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Quorthon's masterpiece - 95%

Darkwinterdweller, March 19th, 2007

Bathory is just simply one of those bands that was spawning creations far ahead of the times. Granted that Venom is often credited for creating black metal, they truly only receive such credit due to coining the term with there 1982 album, there music is just thrash with Satanic themes. Despite being influenced intially by Venom, Bathory ended up creating a legacy of their own. Quorthon's first three albums seem embrace Satanic and occult themes, and are essentially, the first true black metal albums, as they create the raw atmosphere and demonic vocals that is a commonplace today. Blood Fire Death however, was an entirely different concept. This album is credited by being the first true viking metal album, incoporating atmospheric elements and far more epic themes.

The actual music here still features Quorthon's demonic vocals, which sound quite typical as black metal of today, yet considering this was before black metal existed really, this shows how ahead of his time Quorthon truly was. The guitars seem to be composed in a very simplistic manner, yet the riffs are quite powerful. Those present on the tracks A Fine Day To Die and The Golden Walls Of Heaven are very energetic. Some of the songs seem to focus on atmospheric repetition, for example on the title track, which is done very well, and allows the mind to almost get lost in the music at times. The title track is simply amazing, standing at over ten minutes in length, yet feels as though it still ends far too soon. This track is enhanced with a slight backing choir, which is almost haunting in it's own way. Easily the best Bathory song in my opinion, and one of the best for this genre. Bathory's lyrics are mainly about war, epic battles, fantasy, and viking oriented themes, along with some hidden Satanic messages.

This album is nothing short of a cult classic, it's hard to believe it's age really. It's eternal albums such as these that do not diminish as time goes on. Thats how you know it's special.