| October 28, 1989|
28 October 1989
| Loco Studios , July 1989|
Death metal, Grindcore, Deathgrind
Bolt Thrower albums, Grindcore albums, Other albums
Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness is the second album by British death metal band Bolt Thrower. It was recorded at Loco studios in April 1989 and engineered by Tim Lewis. It was mixed at Slaughterhouse Studios in July 1989 and engineered by Colin Richardson. It is produced by Bolt Thrower and Digby Pearson. The cover artwork was produced by Games Workshop. The whole album is closely tied to Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 game background and Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness was the title of a gaming book by Games Workshop released in 1988.
The album was released on Earache Records: Mosh 13 in 1989. In 2005 a re-issue was released by Earache, featuring new artwork. The band advises not to buy the re-issue, as they have not been involved and will not get royalties.
Realm of Chaos displays a progression from its previous output in speed and riffage. There is a strong focus on blast beats in many of the songs, with chaotic guitar soloing, common in grindcore. Nevertheless, the signature heavy riffing is also apparent. Thus, this is usually considered a death metal album.
All songs written by Bolt Thrower.
Karl Willetts – Vocals
Gavin Ward – Guitars
Barry Thompson – Guitars
Andrew Whale – Drums
Jo Bench – Bass guitar
Digby Pearson - Production
Colin Richardson - Mix
John Blanche - Art direction
Dave Lund - Graphic Design
John Sibbick - Front cover artwork
Addy Jones - Photography
1Intro1:17Realm of Chaos (album) Wikipedia
3Through the Eye of Terror4:22