Our take: Bolt Thrower’s second album is back in print, and boy am I a happy camper to have this one back in stock. I’m not a scholar of death metal, nor am I particularly knowledgeable about Bolt Thrower in particular, but in my unschooled opinion Realm of Chaos kicks ass. To me, Bolt Thrower is death metal stripped of its technicality and reduced to sheer brutality. Sure, there are riffs galore on Realm of Chaos and there are even a handful of guitar solos, but nothing on this album feels flashy in the way that Death or Morbid Angel were wont to, particularly later in those bands’ careers as different influences started to creep into the mix. No, Bolt Thrower is just uncompromising death metal, recorded beautifully and delivered in as pure a form as you will ever find. If you only own five death metal albums, I dare say that this should be one of them. Mandatory.