|1. Rider At The Gate Of Dawn|
|2. Crawl To Your Cross|
|4. Dies Irae|
|5. Through Blood By Thunder|
|6. You Don't Move Me (I Don't Give A Fuck)|
|7. Odens Ride Over Nordland|
|8. A Fine Day To Die|
|10. Enter The Eternal Fire|
|11. Song To Hall Up High|
|13. Under The Runes|
|15. Blood Fire Death|
Early Bathory albums were competent but formulaic, epitomising the bombast and Hammer Horror Satanism of 80's. No doubt exciting at the time but now feeling very dated.
Later though, with his Asatru trilogy, he completely redrew the boundries of the art, moving beyond Satanism to the rich and exciting world of Norse mythology. Black metal has never looked back and the influence of Bathory can be seen today in acts such as Burzum and Ulver.
This album provides a complete overview of the work of Bathory, ranging from the rough and ready Sadist to later material such as Odens Ride and Under The Runes. The progression is clear and, more importantly the music ROCKS!
The songs are carefully chosen and still sound strong and fresh. The only thing missing is a set of explanatory sleevenotes; as seen in the Blood On Ice album, Quorthon is a clever man and always has something interesting to say. Issuing this album without his notes is criminal.
Nevertheless, 5 out of 5. If you have to take 1 Bathory album to the grave take this one.
NB: This album is a lot stronger than Jubeleum II, which seems to have a lot more "filler" on it.
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