With "Mercenary" Bolt Thrower raised the bar damned high, but although front man Karl Willets is replaced on "Honour - Valour - Pride" by Benedictions Dave Ingram, the British manage to deliver another Death Metal-masterpiece of high level.
Not their best
Blend the best elements of IVth Crusade and For Victory and you get Honour, Valour, and Pride. Bolt Thrower finally resurface 4 years after their last album, apparently and hopefully past all their line up difficulties. Dave Ingram, formerly of Benediction, takes up the front man duties quite well. His deeper more powerful voice brings out a fiercer quality from the rest of the band as they're forced to keep up with the tone. New drummer Martin Kearns fits right in with the veteran band as well.
This album is mid-tempo which is where Bolt Thrower is at their best. Each song is heavy as hell with some really catchy riffs throughout. Contact-Wait Out will literally call to mind what a tank sounds like crossing a battlefield. They've taken guitar layering to a new level for this genre of music and it's definately a must have for any fan of extreme heavy metal.