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4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Viking Metal, 24 Aug 2006
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Paul WJM (Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Twilight of the Gods (Audio CD)
If there's one thing that can be said about Twilight and its predecessor, Hammerheart, it's that there was nothing else that sounded like them at the time - they were highly original and, as a result, incredibly influential, but it took some time for the effect to be felt within Metal generally.

Hammerheart had lost all the speed of Bathory's previous albums but built on the epic side and Twilight continued in this vein. Quorthon also cleaned up the vocals somewhat, switching between a completely clean, deep voice and a rasp closer to Hammerheart's Valhalla. Some of the music here was incredibly well developed - the title track, which is generally excellent, closes with a long acoustic passage that's quite beautiful, this effect sandwiching the second track as Blood and Iron similarly opens with a long acoustic passage that's quite stunning. Quorthon had never really approached his music with this much sensitivity before and it was eye-opening.

There's one real problem with the album - the uneven vocals. At times they are Quorthon at his best (Bond of Blood, Blood and Iron), but at others he messes up - witness Enter Your Mountain, which features some incredible electric riffs combined with acoustics and is then spoiled by the vocal.

Other than that the excellent material here makes this essential listening for those interested in Viking or epic metal. Blood and Iron is one of the most evolutionary, epic, and well-written songs imaginable and remains one of the best Bathory tracks ever put on to plastic.

For Bond of Blood Quorthon took a previously discarded riff (for a track called In Nomine Satanas) and created a supremely doom-laden and downtuned track that leads the album to conclude with a 'cover' of a piece of music from The Planets by Holst (Quorthon was listening to a lot of classical music at the time) with lyrics written by the main man.

A flawed but effective piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viking epics all the way ..., 11 Oct 2001
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This is the culmination of Bathory's Viking era - it gets more moving as it goes on. Get 'Blood Fire Death', 'Hammerheart', and this one - as a trilogy they are unmatchable for intensity and metal musicianship, and they tell an incredible story of men and their adventures 1000 years ago at the same time ... Buy, buy, buy if you like epic metal ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, 25 July 2004
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This review is from: Twilight of the Gods (Audio CD)
Bathory come of age with this album. Stirring, mid-tempo "Viking" metal at its best, this album moves Quorthorn away from the darkness and despair of his early work. Having invented black metal, Quorthorn really hits his stride with this album; it is NOT like his early work. You'll be re-visiting these riffs for some time to come; riffs that rival even Iommi's efforts. Admittedly, the vocals are not strong but who cares with the soaring majesty of the tracks, especially "Blood and Iron". If you like dark, brooding metal, tinged with desperate longing and sadness, then get this today.
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