Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bathory-Blood Fire Death (1988)

Any self-respecting metal fan already has at least an inkling of who Bathory is, but for the uninitiated, they (well, really, just Quorthon) were one of the most influential and beloved bands in the extreme metal world. While Bathory's first three albums were exclusively blackened thrash in the same vein as Venom, Hellhammer, and Sodom, "Blood Fire Death" is where Bathory almost single-handedly started to create the viking metal genre of metal. While this album still bears traces of the blackened thrash roots of Bathory, the use of epic, atmospheric touches throughout the album, and the second and eighth tracks, really kicked things off. Acoustic guitar intros, slowed, march-like tempos, epic as hell riffs, it's all here. You need this album. Period. Black Mark Productions. 

1. Odens Ride over Nordland  3:00
2. A Fine Day to Die  8:36
3. The Golden Walls of Heaven  5:23
4. Peace 'till Death  3:40
5. Holocaust  3:26
6. For All Those Who Died  4:57
7. Dies Irae  5:12
8. Blood Fire Death  10:30
9. Outro  0:58

Total Running:  45:43


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