Bulletbelt - Warlords

The band first struck fear and awe into the hearts of New Zealand’s metal-loving audiences in 2009. With music featuring on the soundtrack to cult-classic movie, Deathgasm, international touring and three previous records of brutal, beautiful sonic assault, it’s a solid foundation that Warlords sits atop. A decade of brand-building, blood, sweat and... beers …tears and forever true and strong of heart, sound of mind and body and committed to the riff, the chorus, the way of the anthem, Bulletbelt’s head is held high, their flag is in the sand. They are Warlords. Bow to the sound.

The new album was recorded at the Surgery Studio in Wellington by group founder Steve Francis (drums) and long-time bassist Tim Mekalick. They are joined by new members Josh O’Brien (guitar) and Paul Roberts (vocals).

The nine songs – all live instruments, no triggers, patches, simulations or samples – were co-produced by James Goldsmith (Beastwars, Mermaidens) and the album’s killer artwork is designed by New York artist David Harrigan (Scarecrowoven)

What hasn’t changed is the intention of this powerhouse act - Warlords is a soaring metal beast of an album. There is a renewed emphasis on hooks and choruses making Warlords the band’s strongest album yet to date. Bulletbelt has toured Australia, Japan and New Zealand and played numerous support slots with visiting international acts including Sepultura, Carcass, Napalm Death, Midnight, Psycroptic, The Black Dahlia Murder, Impiety, Bolzer, Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Midnight, Municipal Waste, Ringworm, Paul Dianno, and Primate.

You will hardly find an album which combines technical Thrash, Black Metal and traditional stuff in a better way.

Selling Points:

  • Black/Thrash metal highlight
  • The european version of „Warlords“ includes the two bonus-tracks „Faster than Death“ and „The Voyager“ (only released in physical format on the strictly limited „Faster than Death“-7“; 150 handnumered copies in white vinyl)
  • Perfectly fitting artwork by scarecrowoven
  • limited edition of only 500 copies


  1. Destroyer Of All
  2. Impaler
  3. Punishment Of God
  4. Herodian Kingdom
  5. Blade On The Fire
  6. Flames Of Hell
  7. Boudicia
  8. Mutilate And Destroy
  9. Warlord
  10. Faster Than Death (Bonus)
  11. The Voyager (Bonus)


  • Down in the Cold of the Grave (2012)
  • Rise of the Banshee (2014)
  • Nine Centuries (2018)
  • Warlords (2020)


  • Interview im Metal&Me (see review-links down below)
  • 8,5/10 in Powermetal.de
  • 8/10 in Darkscene.at
  • 8,5/10 in Obliveon.de
  • 8/10 in Metal & Me
  • 11/15 in LEGACY Mag (nr. 133)
  • 7,5/10 in Deaf Forever Mag
  • 7,5/10 in Crossfire-Metal.de
  • 7/10 in Streetclip.de
  • 12/15 (beeindruckend) in Underground Empire 

Reviews "Warlords"

  • Bulletbelt in Metal & Me

    Author: Tobias Stahl; Rating: 8/10

    Bulletbelt – “Warlords”

    Posted-on4. Mai 2021By lineBylineRaintaker1978           

    Band: Bulletbelt

    Album: Warlords

    Genre: Black/Thrash Metal

    Label: Ragnarök Records

    Release: 23.04.2021

    „Warlords“ wurde in den „Surgery Studios“ in

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  • Bulletbelt in Obliveon.de

    Author: Ludwig Lücker; Rating: 8,5/10

    Spieldauer: 50:49 Minuten
    Das Quartett aus dem neuseeländischen Wellington zockt schon seit 2009 zusammen. Und obwohl BULLETBELT sehr veröffentlichungsfreudig sind und schon

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  • Bulletbelt in DEAF FOREVER Mag

    Rating: 7,5/10; Author: Felix Patzig
    Bulletbelt in Deaf Forever
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  • Bulletbelt in Darkscene.at

    Author: Alex Fähnrich: Rating: 8/10


    Bulletbelt aus Neuseeland waren mir bislang gänzlich unbekannt. Aber wozu hat man Stephan Becker von Ragnarök Records, der diesmal sogar Down Down Under auf seiner

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  • Bulletbelt in Crossfire-Metal.de

    Rating: 7,5/10; Author: Daniel Müller


    Label:    RAGNARÖK

    Jahr:      2021/2020

    Running Time:  39:52

    Kategorie:          Re-Release

    Auch wenn der Name Bulletbelt klassischen Heavy Metal vermuten lässt, handelt es sich hier um eine

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  • BULLETBELT in Underground Empire
    Author: Stefan Glas; Rating: 12/15 - beeindruckend

    BULLETBELT (NZ) – Warlords
    Die Herren aus Neuseeland holen aus ihrem Patronengurt guten Black Metal raus, der sich vor allem aufgrund der sehr

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  • BULLETBELT im Powermetal.de
    Author: Holger Andrae; Rating: 8,5/10
    BULLETBELT - Warlords
    Genre: Thrash Metal
    ∅-Note: 8.50
    Label: Ragnarök Records
    Release: 23.04.2021
    Frische Akzente im Thrash-Segment!
    Das Quartett BULLETBELT aus Neuseeland ist bislang komplett an mir vorbei

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  • “Bulletbelt im Interview”

    Posted-on 2. Mai 2021 By lineByline Raintaker1978


    “Bulletbelt” veröffentlichten über “Ragnarök Records” ihr Album “Warlords” am 23.04.2021 in Europa. Das Album der Neuseeländer gibt es mit zwei Bonusliedern zu kaufen! Ich

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  • Bulletbelt in Streetclip.de

    Author: Jürgen Tschamler; Rating: 7/10

    BULLETBELT – Warlords
    2021 (Ragnarök) – Stil: Black-/Thrash Metal
    `Warlords` ist eines dieser Alben, die man nur schwer in Worte fassen kann. Hier passiert zu viel, um dies gerecht

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