Bolt Thrower ‎– Realm Of Chaos

Earache ‎– MOSH 13
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve


A1 Intro
A2 Eternal War
A3 Through The Eye Of Terror
A4 Dark Millennium
A5 All That Remains
B1 Lost Souls Domain
B2 Plague Bearer
B3 World Eater
B4 Drowned In Torment
B5 Realm Of Chaos
B6 Outro

Companies, etc.



Artwork by Games Workshop. Includes booklet with lyrics and Games Workshop illustrations.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MPO MOSH 13 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MPO MOSH 13 B2 NS
  • Barcode: 5 018615 101314

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MFER-5 Bolt Thrower Realm Of Chaos(CD, Album) Metal Force MFER-5 South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
MOSH 13 CD Bolt Thrower Realm Of Chaos(CD, Album) Earache MOSH 13 CD UK 1989 Sell This Version
501 Bolt Thrower Realm Of Chaos(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Tact 501 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
A-327 Bolt Thrower Realm Of Chaos(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ALF A-327 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
MOSH 1301CD Bolt Thrower Realm Of Chaos(CD, Album, RE) Earache MOSH 1301CD US 2005 Sell This Version


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March 3, 2020
Posted this to earwaxwisconsin below, but here's the story from Earache:

Question: Hi, How come Bolt Thrower's Realm of Chaos has a new cover? Did GW drop the rights to use it or what? John Sibbick's a killer artist, but I have to say I do prefer the original cover. Do you still have the original in stock? I noticed it in the store but I've contacted one of your guys before and he said he hadn't seen the original artwork version at all in years. Any info you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Answer: This question is a cause of much consternation between Earache and Bolt Thrower. In short, you are exactly right- the original sleeve art was the property of Games Workshop, not Earache or Bolt Thrower and when the lease on its use ran out in around 2002 or so, we approached the famous Fantasy Wargaming company for a renewal which was flatly refused to us.This refusal knocked us for six.

So we faced a harsh decision to either discontinue the album, or commission new art by the same artist in a similar style and theme, but being careful to not fall foul of copyright laws. Bolt Thrower themselves were pretty unhelpful by insisting that the original be used in further pressings, but this was impossible as it wasn't ours or their art to use, it was Games Workshops artwork and copyrights. Luckily we had separately commissioned the actual Bolt Thrower logo, drawn by Mark Craven, so could still use that at least!

John Sibbick drew the original artwork under commission by Games Workshop. Back in the 80's the original edition of the company's biggest fantasy war game 'Warhammer 40,000' had this artwork adorning the box cover. Everything about it is copyrighted to the hilt, right up to the design of the weapons, and even the logos on the clothing of the Space Marines fighting in the picture. We obtained the rights to use it after an exceedingly friendly meeting with the managing Director Bryan Ansell of Games Workshop, and Andy Jones the general manager. The company was small but growing fast at the time, and being based in Nottingham's Lace Market area, it was a short walk from our office.The guys saw the sense in reaching out to the Rock/metal market which Earache and Bolt Thrower offered by using their art on an actual release- and a deal was struck.It was a one page contract/bit of paper saying we had rights to use it lasting 13 years.

By the time of 2002 or so the Games workshop company had become a global billion dollar corporate behemoth.When we asked for a renewal of the artwork rights, it suddenly dawned on us that this wasn't the same local company I met with 13 years beforehand.We were hit with a barrage of legal letters, cease and desist and copyright infringement claims.It was as if the company in its new corporate form had never heard of us, accusing us of theft of their highly prized copyrighted art in the first place.We avoided all contact with GW after that.

So the only solution was to try to track down the artist John Sibbick who had long since left the Wargaming art scene, his new career was as a highly respected artist drawing dinosaurs for scientific papers and research. Luckily when he heard of our dilemma he agreed to kindly redraw similar themed artwork but without any GW copyrighted elements. This is the art used on the new edition from 2004 onwards.


December 8, 2018
The official story is Games Workshop wouldn't renew the artwork license. I suspect Earache didn't want to pay what Games wanted, seeing as GW became so huge.


December 29, 2017

the FDR 2017 disc, they leave to be desired.

I bought them because they reported that the art was the same as the first edition and it is not like that. It does not bring books, the colors are different.

The sound of the disc shows a remastered change. They do not sound bad, but there is something strange.


April 2, 2017
Regarding the 2017 Earache pressing "full dynamic range - pressed from original tapes". Don't get too excited. Sounds way more bright/trebly and definitely lacks the " punch" and presence of the original pressing. Its not horrible, but if you can afford it I would save your $ for the original (WAY better art and packaging, too)