Though the band was formed in 2008 by Okoi Jones and Fabian Wyrsch, they did not release their first EP Roman Acupuncture until October 17, 2012. Jones has explained the title as “a bit of an avant-garde term for crucifixion”. They released their second EP Aura on May 13, 2013 on Iron Bonehead Productions. Aura generated substantial critical acclaim from music critics and metal fans, with Stereogum later writing that “the hype around them has been rising to alarming heights”. The EP has been roundly praised as one of the best metal releases of 2013 and “a breath of fresh air”, and its success landed the band spots at major music festivals around the world. Stereogum named it the 12th best metal of 2013, writing that “Listening to Aura is like entering a warped atmosphere, a drunken look through a kaleidoscope with a blast beat foundation. “Entranced By The Wolfshook” anchors the three-track EP, an all-too-short introduction to a band that has great things ahead”.
Bölzer released their third EP Soma on August 11, 2014 on Invictus Productions. Soma likewise received very positive reviews from music critics. The Quietus described the album as the “side B to Aura’s side A” and wrote that “The way in which the band bludgeon brutally and then return to the shadows with ease of transition is something that takes time to master. Yet even though the band has only released a handful of songs at this point in time, we’ve now come to expect this kind of instantaneous tension and release mastery from Bölzer.” Later that year the band performed at Maryland Deathfest, their first show in the United States, and later toured Latin America with Grave Miasma.
In May 2016 it was confirmed that the band had entered the studio to record their debut full-length album Hero, to be released on Iron Bonehead and Invictus Productions later in 2016. On September 12 the band began streaming the song “I Am III” from the album, confirming that the album is due to be released on November 25, 2016. On October 24, the band began streaming a second track from the album titled “Spiritual Athleticism”. Hero was officially released on November 25, 2016 to generally positive reviews from music critics.
Bölzer contributed a previously unreleased track titled ‘Born. Led. God. Death.’ to the C.H.A.O.S. Split album released on July 20, 2017 through Art of Propaganda. The album was dedicated to the memory of their recently deceased friend and fellow Swiss metal musician Domi Keller. The track was originally written and recorded during the Soma recording sessions in 2013, but was not released until this split album. The band will tour the west coast of the United States in August 2017, and will embark upon the Continental Crucifixion tour across Europe in September with Svartidauði, Archgoat, and Eggs of Gomorrh.
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