Realm of Chaos (album)

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Realm of Chaos
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Studio album by Bolt Thrower
Released October 28, 1989
Recorded Loco Studios , July 1989
Genre Death metal, grindcore
Length 38:12
Language English
Label Relativity/Earache
Producer Digby Pearson and Bolt Thrower
Bolt Thrower chronology
In Battle There Is No Law
Realm of Chaos
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Bolt Thrower.
No. Title Length
1. "Intro" 1:17
2. "Eternal War" 2:08
3. "Through the Eye of Terror" 4:22
4. "Dark Millennium" 2:59
5. "All that Remains" 4:39
6. "Lost Souls Domain" 4:13
7. "Plague Bearer" 2:54
8. "World Eater" 4:55
9. "Drowned in Torment" 3:04
10. "Realm of Chaos" 2:50
11. "Prophet of Hatred" (CD bonus track) 3:52
12. "Outro" 0:59


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