Select Page

Bolt Gun – Begotten

Bolt Gun – Begotten

Bolt Gun - Begotten

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Release Date: 03 April, 2020
  • Label: Art As Catharsis
  • Musicians:
    A.T. - vocals and noise Jon Vayla - guitars, synth and orchestral arrangements Val Macukat - bass and noise Talya Valenti - drums and noise
  • Favorite songs:
    They Herd Together To Bleat Their Hopes, To Lay Like Worms Amongst The Silence, The Altar Of Lies Will Not Be Destroyed
  • For Fans of:
    Thou, Planning for Burial, SWANS, Einstürzende Neubauten, Bell Witch

Not to be mistaken with the 1989 film with the same name, “Begotten” is the newest release from the Australian blackened doom band Bolt Gun. Besides the name and the religious subtext, what those two have in common is that they both work to create a very specific atmosphere, which is rather minimalistic, but effectively makes your skin crawl.

The ambience of this album is so well crafted, it easily reminds me of Bell Witch and Thou, and on my personal favourite – ‘To Lay Like Worms Amongst The Silence’ – I get some lovely Earth vibe.

Listening to this album in the small hours of the night is truly something else. The sound compliments the peacefulness of the night but keeps the tension of the feeling that something might be lurking from the darkness.

The atmosphere builds up so well that up until ‘How long the same?’ you might find yourself in a trance until the vocals drag you back into reality. A much darker side of reality. All the tension hits at once in the last song, ‘The Altar Of Lies Will Not Be Destroyed’, where the agony in the line “What have we done?” can easily make your heart sink.

Bolt Gun – The Altar of Lies Will Not Be Destroyed (click here if the video does not play)

Overall, I really enjoyed this. A fantastic album to accompany your existential crisis at 4 am.


  1. Existence is Exile-Nothingness, Home
  2. They Herd Together to Bleat Their Hopes
  3. How Long the Same
  4. Crawling Like an Insect Under the Shadow of God
  5. To Lay Like Worms Amongst the Silence
  6. Dragged to the Wood Pile
  7. Congregation
  8. The Altar of Lies Will Not be Destroyed


Bolt Gun

About the Author


Evelina is a small Bulgarian girl with a big passion for music. She was introduced to prog long before she even knew what that is thanks to classic bands such as Genesis, YES and Pink Floyd, but the subgenre grew on her after discovering Haken back in 2015. When she’s not at some local show or driving the neighbours insane with the new obscure band she’s currently obsessed with she enjoys the other fine things in life, like good food and visual art.

Progtalks by The Progspace

Listen to our newest episode right here!

Progtalks by the Progspace
Or tune in on your favorite podcast app!

What’s Hot?! – Our latest Weekly Playlist

Releases of the Week – Spotify Playlist

A lot of news happen on Facebook: FOLLOW US!

About us

ico-2 We’re a group of Prog-lovers who started a journey to share with you our thoughts about albums, concerts, tours and festivals, the photo galleries of the Prog concerts we visit, as well interviews with upcoming or established musicians or prog-related people. Follow our Facebook page for frequent updates and news around the Progniverse.

Read more…