Those Once Loyal

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Those Once Loyal
Studio album by Bolt Thrower
Released 14 November 2005
Recorded May–September 2005
Genre Death metal
Length 43:43
Label Metal Blade
Producer Andy Faulkner, Bolt Thrower
Bolt Thrower chronology
Honour – Valour – Pride
Those Once Loyal

Those Once Loyal is the eighth and final album by the British death metal band Bolt Thrower. It was released on 11 November 2005 in Germany, 14 November 2005 in the rest of Europe and 15 November 2005 in the United States by Metal Blade Records. It was recorded and mixed at Sable Rose Studios [1] in Coventry, England. It is produced by the band and Andy Faulkner. With Bolt Thrower deciding against releasing a follow-up to Those Once Loyal,[1] it was Bolt Thrower's final studio album before breaking up a year after drummer Martin Kearns' death in September 2015.[2]

Like all of Bolt Thrower's albums, Those Once Loyal deals with war, specifically World War I. The cover shows a World War 1 QF 18 pounder field gun and its crew in action and is based on an original WW1 photograph.[3] The picture is also found on the back side of the Guards Memorial in St James's Park in London.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Blabbermouth 7/10 stars[6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[7]
Terrorizer 8.5/10[8]

Ian Finley praised the album in Terrorizer as "immune to the corrupting influence of all musical trends" while offering "the epitome of what a metal album should be: hard, fast and uncompromising".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bolt Thrower

No. Title Length
1. "At First Light" 4:41
2. "Entrenched" 3:44
3. "The Killchain" 4:43
4. "Granite Wall" 4:06
5. "Those Once Loyal" 4:17
6. "Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)" 4:15
7. "Last Stand of Humanity" 3:13
8. "Salvo" 5:21
9. "When Cannons Fade" 5:30
Total length: 43:43
Digipak Edition Bonus Track
No. Title Length
10. "A Symbol of Eight" 4:10


Bolt Thrower
  • Arranged by Bolt Thrower
  • Produced by Bolt Thrower & Andy Faulkner


  1. ^ "BOLT THROWER: New Album Recordings 'Postponed Indefinitely'". Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Bolt Thrower : Latest News". Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  3. ^ File:QF18pdrRHA.jpg, QF 18 pounder in 1916.
  4. ^ review
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Blabbermouth review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ a b Finley, Ian (December 2005). "Bolt Thrower: Those Once Loyal". Terrorizer (138): 68.