[ B O L T ] // ( 0 5 ) - GREEN & BLUE TINT VINYL (2LP)
April 21, 2023
( 0 5 ) by [ B O L T ] on double 180g colored vinyl.
Comes in a gatefold sleeve with a partial glossy UV finish on Green & Blue Fade colored vinyl and is limited to 300 copies worldwide.
Unrelenting, suffocating, intense, heavy … many words have been spent describing [ B O L T ] and their music. Only one is however really necessary to define them, DEVOTION. The German trio’s devotion towards their dark craft is commendable, moving, and total. With a career now spanning well over a decade, [ B O L T ]’s uncompromising mission to build punishing sonicscapes through the most unconventional means, is a real force to be reckoned with. The band self-describes this approach as “dark meditation”; a compositional style that is as linear as it is unorthodox, a drenched in distortion yet breathing with full life, and a caustic sound palette filled with drone and noise yet shimmering with anticipation. Operating as a “bass+bass+drums” trio, [ B O L T ] are a rare sight in the modern “post” and noise scenes, for their virtually unparalleled open-mindedness in the compositional department. The band’s ductility and versatility is truly something to be lauded and admired. Though three continuous exploration of music’s darkest and lesser beaten paths, [ B O L T ] have delivered some of the most challenging yet extremely gratifying sonic journeys we have ever travelled. Seven long years after their latest full album, [ B O L T ] return with what turns out to be their most ambitious yet most accomplished record yet. A monolithic testament to the band’s unrelenting and unfaltering dedication to pushing the boundaries of the extreme.
The latest instalment in the band’s discography immediately echoes at the most accessible and varied to date; and fully convincing at that. As the curtain drops, and ( 0 5 ) starts its massive monolithic advance, the listener is welcomed into as close a ritualistic experience as music gets. These first crucial minutes are truly one of the highlights of the record. One of the many moments of compositional brilliance scattered throughout this record. Hear how the album naturally expands into something bigger, feel how it organically transforms into a long slow journey into sensory annihilation and full mental bliss. To say that something the size and weight of [ B O L T ]’s music moves nimbly might sound like a stretch, but ( 0 5 ) really does move with agility between total sonic onslaught and peaceful droned-out bliss. The band takes turns between restrained and stripped back moments and full-out aggression, on the ears, on all senses. “A schizophrenic scenario - half threatening, half hopeful” says the band, but one absolutely worth checking out - add we. This album once and for all shows [ B O L T ]’s commanding control of soundscapes. It sees the band freely flowing time and time again from calm relaxation to a crushing wall of sound then back again to tranquility and stillness. And the rewards this cycle returns are just as massive.
Imagine watching one of the nature documentaries where the camera zooms in the most minuscule detail of flower’s pistil. Blow that detail out and continue filming while the world continues spinning, scorching rays are alternated with thunderous rains, day and night, the flower continues its existence unperturbed, obviously conscious yet unfazed by all other forces around it. ( 0 5 ) is this exactly. It testament to [ B O L T ]’s ductility and versatility as something truly laudable and unmatched. It is final proof that [ B O L T ] firmly belong to the metal realm, but should be credited for ever pushing its boundaries, for ever expanding its possibilities. There is so much to be found hidden beyond the almost impenetrable walls of ( 0 5 ). Amongst the layers of distortion and the suffocatingly somber atmosphere there’s a fluttering beacon of light rising tall against the darkness within and around. A strange message of hope in these dark times. A sonic lesson in building tension and catharsis, or how the gentlest forces in nature are inevitably the strongest and most unrelenting. dunk!records is immensely proud to offer this new chapter in the band’s sprawling and immense discography.