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Jo Bench

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Jo-Anne Bench
Background information
GenresDeath metal
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1986–present
LabelsMetal Blade

Jo-Anne Bench is a British musician from Leamington Spa,[1] who is best known as the bassist for Bolt Thrower. She has performed on all of the band's albums, but not on any of their demos.[1] Noted for being one of few women in the extreme metal genre, Bench has been influential to a number of other female musicians in the genre.[2]

Bench joined the band in 1987,[1] shortly after Gavin Ward switched from bass guitar to guitar.[3] At the time, she was Ward's long-time girlfriend[4] and notable as one of a few female members in a commercially successful metal band. Bolt Thrower were active until 2016, when they decided to disband following the death of drummer Martin Kearns the previous year.

She contributed guest vocals (spoken word) on the track "Resurrected For Massive Torture" by The Project Hate MCMXCIX on the 2005 album "Armageddon March Eternal – Symphonies of Slit Wrists".[5]




  1. ^ a b c "Band members". Bolt Thrower FAQ. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ Kelly, Kim (22 September 2016). "No Guts, No Glory: How Bolt Thrower's Jo Bench Inspired a Generation of Metal Musicians". Vice. Retrieved 12 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Biography". boltthrower.com. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Issue No 8". Maelstrom. Archived from the original on 10 May 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Deadtide". deadtide.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Band Members". boltthrower.com. Retrieved 17 June 2007.