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Bathory Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B0000048CP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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QUORTHON R.I.P. Many pretenders come and go but he will forever be the king... Hail and Hail again.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Black Metal at it's best! 24 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is considered a milestone in Black Metal, and one of the Black Metal classics of all time. it is simply a superb album, with a raw sound no other band has ever managed to reach. BUY IT NOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not My Personal Favourite, But Still Fantastic. 21 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I won't delve too deep into the history of either Bathory or the sorely missed Tomas Forsberg, also known as Quorthon. An innovative in every sense, Quorthon inspired and pioneered in the early days. Not only did he have a hand in shaping black metal but he also forged a genre now known as Viking metal. The respect for Quorthon will run deep as long as metal is alive and, I daresay, even after its death. In terms of his discography with Bathory, it's hard to pick out a defining moment, although many will argue that `Blood Fire Death' is his grand opus, the album which immortalised his name forever. Personally, although I've grown to adore, love and treasure this album, his fourth and first steps into Viking metal, I've recently come to the conclusion that I prefer `Hammerheart', his fifth full-length and second journey into the land of Vikings. However, although this may be true, my initial disappointment with this album has turned into deep admiration and a sense of longing to hear something even remotely close to its godliness.

Even the introductory song, `Odens Ride Over Nordland' sends shivers down my spine. When dealing with a so-called classic, I find it very easy to become underwhelmed by the levels of expectation I put on the shoulders of a release. For example, although unrelated musically, their stories are similar - Slowdive. This is a band I once thought were overrated but, ever since my expectations were lowered and I knew what I was going to hear the second time round, after many months of having left the dust to settle, I was blown away. The exact same thing happened with Bathory's `Blood Fire Death' and, hopefully, in time, the same will happen with Bathory's original black metal trilogy, a series of albums I've yet to grow to appreciate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Extreme Metal 11 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was a monumental album at the time of its release and today, while the production is obviously not up to the standards of much of today's extreme metal, it stands up as a classic landmark. Quorthon was never more in tune with what worked than he was at this point...

The proper opening track (Fine Day to Die) is powerful and epic more than ever before for Bathory, but you are kept on your toes: Golden Walls that follows is one of the most effective speed metal tracks ever put on to plastic with relentless power and incredibly accute time changes accompanied by great lyrics. Holocaust contains one evil sounding riff with sledgehammer aggression throughout and the album concludes with something close to the direction he would take with Hammerheart, the epic and mid-paced title track utilising properly for the first time what would become a Bathory staple, the majestic choral background.

With a Viking atmosphere (although not strictly a Viking album in the lyrical sense), plenty of variety in the well-written song structures and a beautiful album cover Blood Fire Death is an essential album to own for anyone with a taste for extreme/black/viking/thrash metal.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly, this is a great album. However, I'm not going to bother reviewing the music, this is more of a warning about the awful release on Kraze Records. I've been buying CDs for about 25 years, and I've never seen such a pitiful 'official' release.

It looks no better than a bootleg...in fact I've seen better bootlegs. Poorly scanned artwork? Check. Single sheet, one sided 'booklet'. Check. Poor quality paper. Check. Inferior sound quality. Check.

Avoid Kraze Records like the plague, go for a different version for this masterpiece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, and with good reason. 24 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's a hard job reviewing a classic and influencing album, but luckily when I first heard it I had seen none of the hype surrounding it so therefore I had an unbiased view. After hearing it I think it deserves to be called a classic. I will do a short track by track description to show what I thought of it:

1- A three minute long intro starts the album of and it really sets the mood, preparing you for the metal onslaught you are about to experience. 9/10

2- This song is mid-paced with grooving guitar riffs, black metal style vocals that reek with aggression and drums that complement it all perfectly. At 8.37 it feels like it's over very quickly it's so enjoyable. 10/10

3- This is where the true onslaught begins, everything speeds up on this song and it turns into a pretty damn intense song even compared to modern metal bands. 10/10

4- The song title says it all; it's another thrasher and doesn't relent until the end. It follows on nicely from the previous track. 10/10

5- This is the last complete thrash assault until track 7 and it makes its presence known with its sheer speed and intensity. 10/10

6- This song slows down a little to a crushing mid-paced groove, and if the riffs here don't get your head moving, I suggest you give up listening to metal. 10/10

7- Whoa is what I think after hearing this song, it's probably the fastest on the album and has one of the sweetest solos I've ever heard in any metal song. A gem among gems. I have to mention it slows down a bit a few minutes in and you can hear the vocals wailing clearly and despairingly before the storm begins again, a nice memorable part to the song.
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I bought this on vinyl in 1988. Prior to that I had bought UNDER THE SIGN OF THE BLACK MARK. Back then the term "black metal" was just the title of a Venom record. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steven Neville Dilks
5.0 out of 5 stars Bathory's epic, Blood Fire Death
Orgy of silence
Conspiracy of peace
Only the sound
Of the cold northern breeze...

Blood fire Death released in 1988 is essentially a thrash/black metal... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Metalmythology
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD FIRE DEATH
This album is truely amazing. The slow ambiant sounds that introduce the album being you to the mercy of "A fine day to die"; a song of immense intensity by anyones standards. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by Alex Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's my hammer?
This album continued developments only hinted at on the preceding 'Under the Sign of the Black Mark', and took Bathory's music to a new level of splendor and intensity. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
wouldnt it be great to look back at your career and say that you influenced a genre of music nevermind a range of bands,this is something that bathory can say,this is a class album... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2006 by sean paul mccann
3.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough black metal goes viking
Bathory were without a doubt one of the best bands to emerge out of Sweden at the time. It being 1987, and also having had no budget, they played in what was to become a very... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2003 by Dr Ralphenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Ear-shattering best from a Swedish legend
This is the point at which Bathory crossed over from black into gothic metal, from hyperspeed Satanic songs to Viking epics. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Pace and more Pace, this is Bathory at their finest hour
Simply awsome, to all you speed and death freaks out there, Bathory really kick ass and this is in my opinion their finest work. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2000
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