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  • Vinyl (19 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Black Mark
  • ASIN: B001T4HBAI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BATHORY Blood Fire Death (2014 UK Record Store Day exclusive limited edition 9-track LP Picture Disc the fourth studio album by the Swedish extreme metal band originally released in 1988. Comes inadie-cut title sleeve with tracklisting on the reverse and still factory sealed BMPD6664)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S on 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 By Paul WJM on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "the_filthgrinder" on 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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By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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.

'Odens Ride Over Nordland' breathes mystery over the darkening world before segueing into the opening of 'A Fine Day to Die', a paean to dying in battle. An eerie acoustic passage recounts the night before the conflict, then thunderously heavy guitars announce the onset of battle. Another piece, 'For All Those Who Died', is a tribute to the victims of institutionalised Christianity, who died "burning naked but smiling, not full of fear but pride."

But the most epic and moving song is the title track, which seems to sing of the fate of Europeans, who have lost their identity and are now mental slaves:

"Children of all slaves, unite be proud
Rise out of darkness and pain

"A chariot of thunder and gold will come loud
And a warrior with thunder and rain

"With hair white as snow, hammer of steel
To set you free of your chains

"And lead you all where horses run free
And the souls of your ancient ones reign."

This messianic longing is actually a bad thing - it's up to us to save ourselves, and no 'warrior with thunder and rain' is going to do it for us. But it's hard not to be moved by the intense emotion with which Quorthon sings those lines. Maybe we should interpret the 'warrior' as our own innermost Selves, who will rise and fight in our hour of deepest need...

Now where's my hammer?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt-Taylor on 28 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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