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Bulletbelt - Album Review: Warlords

07 Jul 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan

Since 2009 Bulletbelt have been annihilating the eardrums of metal heads across New Zealand. In the eleven years since their emergence, they’ve seen and done a lot including international touring, band line-up changes and three solid albums including three EP’s and three singles.

Earlier this month they released their fourth album, Warlords, and it’s a hell of a force to be reckoned with.

While they’ve always remained innovators of their genre there is a definite step up with this nine track album than what you’ve heard previously. With the band’s emphasis of a more catchy sound, they’ve nailed it. The hooks and riffs are bigger, faster, longer with more melody and it seamlessly draws you in. With new vocalist, Paul Robert and guitarist Josh O’Brian (who is now a leading part of the band's songwriting, having been in the band since 2017), there is a flawless unity that gives the band's sound more of an edge. Paul Roberts really gets his chance to melt faces here with his range, and he can do it all. From the highs to lows and other inhuman sounds he emits, I think he’s just what Bulletbelt needed and he’s doing a fantastic job.

Picking a favourite track isn’t easy because they all demonstrate such prowess and complexity. Punishment of God is up there alongside Herodian Kingdom because it has a Burzum-esque brilliance that is delicate and unique with that larger than life sound. And that solo? Just sublime.

The guys should all be really proud of what they’ve created here. They continue to wave the metal flag becoming stronger and bolder with each release and I’m excited to see this new chapter unfolding.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Bulletbelt

There are two types of metal bands in the world today: those who innovate and those who are content to merely imitate. Bulletbelt have risen above the hordes of imitators to firmly establish themselves as innovators, successfully straddling the divide between thrash and black metal.

This five-piece from Wellington, New Zealand, have proven themselves time and again amongst their peers. Since forming in 2009, nationwide tours, including alongside Goatwhore (US) and Impiety (Singapore) on the Underground Legions tour of New Zealand, and supporting The Black Dahlia Murder (US) and Bolzer (Switzerland), have shown that they can rival any international metal band with their intense and energetic live performances.

Their 2010 EP The Black Army Stands smashed expectations and showcased the band to an unsuspecting world, while 2011’s Writhe and Ascend cemented their reputation for unforgiving, primal metal. The forthcoming album, 2012’s Down In The Cold Of The Grave, described by the band as their proudest moment, will see the band continue to hone their craft and challenge their collective musical boundaries.

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Releases

Warlords
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Faster Than Death
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Nine Centuries
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Rise Of The Banshee
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Down In The Cold Of The Grave
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Live And Ascend
Year: 2012
Type: EP
Writhe And Ascend
Year: 2011
Type: EP
The Black Army Stands
Year: 2010
Type: EP

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