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Octagon

Bathory Audio CD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Mark
  • ASIN: B000006Z9N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Unfinished 5 Mar 2008
By S. Boyd
Format:Audio CD
This is Bathory's must unpopular album. Seemingly thrown together the album feels unfinished and sounds more like a rehearsal tape than a full length album. This, like Requiem is not black metal, nor 'viking' metal. It is speed metal played with raw energy. It is precisely this that I find enjoyable about the album - it is careless and raw. The production is thin, and of particular annoyance to many are the tinny drums.

I enjoy this album. I feel the raw energy of it, I feel it's rage, though I know that many people consider it worthless, so you will probably feel the same way. Perhaps when considered against pretty much anything Bathory has produced before (bar Requiem) the album is worthless.

Proceed with caution, or don't proceed at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutality at its most extreme 11 Oct 2001
By A Customer
This is surely one of the most brutal, mind-bending albums ever made. It's a concept album: every song is about serial-killers, death and the doom of the planet. I particularly love 'Century', which basically sums up the despair and bloodiness of the last hundred years brilliantly. Taken as a whole, this album sums up the disaster of our time, and anticipates the armaggedon which will surely swallow our civilization shortly ... Taste death, disgust and despair if you dare. Not for the faint-hearted or easily-offended, but utterly awesome in its intensity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 5 years to late 7 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
On first listen,this album just sounds like a wall of noise.After a couple of plays you start asking yourself where you have heard those riffs before.My advice is to go and buy a Sacred Reich album ,failing that, check out Demolition Hammer.The difference between these two bands and Bathory is they could write a decent tune as well as play their instruments,which is always a bonus.Octagon,is the kind of album that killed thrash metal off in the early 90s.If you have never heard Bathory before,check out their Blood Fire Death album,which will go some way in explaining,what Bathory are all about.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok 29 Dec 1999
By "dirg77@aol.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After trailblazing through black metal, death metal, and viking metal, Bathory for the first time takes on an already established style - Pantera-style aggro metal. Unfortunately, Bathory doesn't get a good enough production job to pull it off. A weak drum sound and awkward sounding vocals just make this seem like a watered down version of Pantera. Quorthon can scream, and he's even proved that he can sing, but he's not too good at the hardcore-style shout. The underlying songs aren't too bad, but they just don't come across.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bathwater! 1 Feb 2002
By emperorcaligula - Published on Amazon.com
One of the great mysteries in life has to be why metal scribe Martin Popoff ('The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal') dismisses Bathory's first four albums (including...'Blood Fire Death') as "vacuum-cleaner-with-drums ...metal" and loves First, the production and mix: the worst of any Bathory album, including 'Requiem'; thin guitars andnoisy biscuit-tin drums that are borderline unlistenable...it almost strikes me that Quorthon is trying to artificially recreate the garage feel of the Heavenshore days, but he forgot to include the chainsaw on steroids and the vomit vocals. And speaking of vocals...yeesh. Utterly tuneless shouting and without either the sickness or the vitriol he's known for. The songs: like leftovers from 'Requiem' with ridiculous social commentary ("Century" is utterly insipid) or lyrics that are just over-the-top disgusting ("33 Something", which describes John Wayne Gacy's sex murders in repulsively explicit detail). Did Quorthon REALLY want this album to come out this way?
'Octagon' is so bad that it has actually discouraged me from plopping down my (cash)to check out 'Destroyer of Worlds', and anyone who questions my devotion to this band is advised to check out my other reviews. I heartily encourage any young black metal devotee who hasn't heard a Bathory album before to check 'em out...but avoid this one like the plague.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed 27 Aug 2002
By burritobrother - Published on Amazon.com
Flawed, certainly. But nowhere near as bad as many fans would lead you to believe. In fact, "Octagon", while not one of Bathory's best, is still a damned fine album and better than 9 out of 10 albums released in 1996. I think Quorthon was going for an 'industrial', contemporary sound...but, as usual, didn't have the budget to do it the right way. If he'd had the finances "Octagon" could easily have been a masterpiece. The songs, except for that bizarre Kiss cover, are substantial; his guitar work in particular is savage and very hot. He didn't want to return completely to the savagery of the first few Bathory albums which is why his vocals are a cross between his early style and the Viking approach of the later albums. So he came off, as a singer, somewhat stifled and unsatisfying. But thats really a minor complaint as far as I'm concerned. Bathory is incapable of doing poor work. "Octagon", I believe, is a great cd that in time will grow on the listener, as it did me, and thus is an excellent investment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thrashed Bathory. 22 Dec 2006
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you listen to classics like, the first Bathory or The Return and then throw on Octagon, it doesn't sound like the same band. The most wicked one man band strayed away from the early sound that made Bathory a must in any Black Metal freak's collection. On this one you still have that shrewd Bathory guitar sound, the drumming is like old school thrash and speed metal, the singing reminds me of something like old Sacred Reich. Basically, it's not like the early stuff, but still good enough to listen to. I wouldn't listen to this one time and then chuck it: come on, it's Bathory! I gave it 3 stars as a decent thrash outing; an extra star for four because it's Bathory man!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fully rebel. This is Bathory in thrash mode. 19 Aug 2007
By Electro-Industrial madness - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the only Bathory album with such a rebel filled sound. It kinda sounds like slowed down thrash. I had this album many years ago and then sold it because I didn't like it. But recently I remembered how different this album sounds from their other albums and I decided to pick it up once again. And I'm glad I did because it is a really great thrash/black metal album. Listen to it when you're drunk, it's the best.
Quorthon you rebel.
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