Bathory
Blood Fire Death


5.0
classic

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 597 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Bathory - Blood, Fire, Death
1988, Black Mark Productions


Not enough can be said about Bathory's contribution to metal as a whole, with their self titled release, [URL=http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262013]Bathory[/URL] in 1984, the stage was set for the "first wave" of black metal to come onto the scene.
Bathory's musicial progression is one of epic proportions, starting off as aggressive black/thrash metal they soon evolved into a more atmospheric black metal with hints of thrash before moving onto viking metal.
This album, Blood, Fire, Death is perhaps the climax of Bathory's musical life. Combining elements of thrash, black and viking metal to create this, one of the all-time metal classics...

Lineup...
Quorthon - Vocals, Guitar
Vvornth - Drums
Kothaar - Bass

Tracklisting...
Odens Ride Over Nordland
A Fine Day To Die
The Golden Walls Of Heaven
Pace 'Till Death
Holocaust
For All Those Who Died
Dies Irae
Blood Fire Death
Outro

The album begins with Odens Ride over Nordland which if listened to adds an incredible amount of atmosphere to the album, it sets the stage. This is the calm before the storm which is known as A Fine day to die. A fine day to die is an absolute classic song, with it's death-like acoustics before bursting into a full on attack on virgin ears. This song is incredible in every aspect of the word.
The Golden Walls of Heaven starts off like a spring, wound up ready to explode and when it does, it is pure aggression. Raging solos and harsh vocals push this song onward. Towards the end it begins to slow down and lead into Pace 'til Death, a tantalizing, speedy song that grabs your from the very beginning with a tempting little guitar lick that Quorthon slipped in there. This song keeps the aggression which has been a constant throughout the album so far.
With Holocaust we get more spring-loaded raw aggression. Quorthon's vocals seem to be sung with an anger and a vengeance in this song. This song is brutal throughout. Coming out of Holocaust, we get the high energy track, For all those who Died. Bathory takes more of a thrash metal approach here, slowing down the tempo of the song. Hearing Quorthon screach out "For all those who died!" is one of the most memorable moments here.
Dies Irae is without a doubt the fastest and most raw song on the album, full on black metal here. In this time period, songs like this were the reason Bathory were in a league of their own. This song takes bands like Venom, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost and absolutely dominates them. The next song is quite a contrast from Dies Irae, Blood, Fire, Death is another absolute classic from this album. Choir-filled acoustics mixed with slow, somewhat doomy guitars at times before soaring into a more slow version of Bathory. This song shows many hints of the viking metal that is to come, this song is an all-time classic for Bathory. It really shows that Quorthon and company can do more than make just aggressive music, but they can write incredible pieces of music.
The outro is just a minute, of odd noises and sounds. This outro was used on every album up to Hammerheart. I wouldn't mind it though, if they had just ended on Blood, Fire, Death.

Strengths...
The two pieces of art, Blood, Fire, Death and A fine day to die really show that Bathory can do more than pound your face with aggressive music.
Power, there is never a moment on the album where the music is dull or boring.
Quorthon is not afraid to solo.

Weaknesses...
A few of the songs follow the same song pattern and beats, i really have no problem with this because they do it so they don't sound the same but you can tell that there are a few songs modeled after eachother
The production may be a put off to some, i think it fits perfectly, though there are some who can't take mediocre production.

Overall, 4.8/5
I'm so tempted to give this a 5/5.


R.I.P. Quorthon



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Comments:Add a Comment 
lifer_113
March 7th 2005


2 Comments


Excellent review. After reading it i set out to download the album and now im sitting at only a few songs but i am fucking floored by how awesome this is. Thank you for introducing me to this awesome band!

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 24th 2005


2125 Comments


This album is so classic.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

does anybody know where i can get this cd?

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that works lol

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that would work too, there lots of sites where i can get it

Priestmetal
October 8th 2005


542 Comments


WTF is viking metal???

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it sorta has a vikingish sound haha

Priestmetal
October 9th 2005


542 Comments


uh...ok. Are these guys anything like Venom?

Aakon_Keetreh
October 9th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sorta, but IMO there not as black metalish as venom

Leguman
January 21st 2006


1 Comments


In "The Golden Walls of Heaven", there is also a part from 3:33 to 3:58 that i call the "Venom part". Very nice!!

Apocalyptic Raids
August 2nd 2006


810 Comments


Classic

KILL
February 8th 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ahhhhhhhhh

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Wizard
April 19th 2010


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loving this at the moment.

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Hawks
April 19th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah album slays. This is definitely the best out of the Bathory I've heard.

Wizard
April 19th 2010


19640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His s/t and Hammerheart also rule!

Hawks
April 19th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty much all the earlier Bathory albums are great. I hear the older ones kinda suck though.

demigod!
June 4th 2010


45250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

About to listen to this for the first time, and very excited. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this.

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Hawks
June 4th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well you're in for a treat. Album slays for days.

Coketrain
June 5th 2010


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is manly as fuck.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 14th 2010


7026 Comments


what is great about this



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