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Man Is Wolf To Man

by Bolt Gun

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Jeff Richardson
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Jeff Richardson Not sure if Justin Hayward had this in mind with, 'On the Threshold of a Dream'. Things are much different now; nihilism and existentialism being strong undercurrents with this new generation. That said, this piece explores the coming storm; the madness, isolation and horror of the event. Favorite track: Man Is Wolf To Man (Part 2).
Nick Bradey
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Nick Bradey Incredible recording conveying the
terror of Stalin almost to an equal extent as Schostakovich did ...
I have now discovered several excellent releases from Australia thanks to Bandcamp . Favorite track: Man Is Wolf To Man (Part 2).
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Meatbreak This is so transportive. My jaw is on the floor, my mind is on another plane. Favorite track: Man Is Wolf To Man (Part 2).
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With their new album, ‘Man Is Wolf To Man’, Bolt Gun have created a sonic, cinematic epic that depicts the existential horror of Stalinist Russia.

Like a Pink Floyd epic unfolding in some kind of nightmare dimension, the group takes listeners across the decimated countrysides, through the villages thinned through famine, through the cities choking with fear, and finally deep into the gulags where millions died of starvation, disease, overwork, torture and execution.

It is a vision of almost transcendent horror. To their credit, Bolt Gun walk this territory with considerable subtlety - their work is not an explosion of aural violence, but rather a meditative, multi-faceted, and slowly underfolding cinematic journey, which utilises elements of 1970s progressive and psychedelic music, fused with aspects of black metal, post-rock, ambience and drone.

Drifting through the wreckage of shattered bone and screaming psyches, we can hear influence from groups like Swans, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, Einstuerzende Neubauten, The Necks, Khanate and Corrupted.

For this album, Bolt Gun drew influence from Konstantin Lopushansky "A Museum Visitor", as well as works by Tarkovsky and Kieslowski. For this reason, the album is best accompanied by imagery from these films.


released November 14, 2017

All songs by Bolt Gun

Vocals - Andrew Trevenen

Guitars, additional vocals, synths - Jonathan Carroll

Bass guitar - Valent Macukat

Drums - Talya Valenti


Recorded at Rada Studios by Dan Carroll in December 2016.

Additional recording at Bad God Motel by Jonathan Carroll.

Mixed at Rada Studios by Dan Carroll.

Mastered by Jonathan Carroll at Bad God Motel.

Man is Wolf to Man is dedicated to
Pete "Black Captain" Dunstan
Rest in Peace brother


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