Bathory
Octagon


1.0
awful

Review

by JohnnyGetYerKnife USER (19 Reviews)
November 28th, 2009 | 42 replies | 14,891 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If 'St. Anger' made a baby with 'The Unspoken King'...

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I want to start by saying that the most positive thing that can be said about Bathory's 'album' Octagon is that it's not quite as bad as some people claim, and yet that in itself would be untrue. If Bathory had put this out as his debut, then it would have been easy to dismiss. However, it's the seventh album in the mostly perfect discography. Hell, I'm just going to say it. It hurts to listen to. Honestly, to this day I can’t even look at an octagon without sighing and hanging my head in shame. This must a joke, an experiment to prove that people will buy anything with a Bathory logo on it.

Whilst its predecessor, 1994's Reqium was made to replicate the sound of many European thrash bands such as Kreator, this follow up sounds like nothing more than a cheap attempt at trying to recreate Slayer, and failing. Quorthon's usually exceptional riffs are only decent when directly stealing from other bands, whilst Vvornth's drums are usually insane, whereas here, they've become more annoying, just like St. Anger. The production is terrible, and not good-terrible like on most black metal albums, and early Bathory albums, but it's practically unlistenable, whilst the bass drum sounds like a CD fault. But, the most tragic of all is that the flaws can’t be placed solely on the production, but more squarely on Quorthon’s lousy performance, songwriting and lyrics.

Whilst Reqium attempted a snarled approach to the vocals, here Quorthon tries the singing style that worked so well on such masterpieces like Hammerheart and Twilight Of The Gods where it didn't matter that he couldn't sing. However, here it does matter, and it matters a great deal, especially on tracks like Grey which basically sees him talking really fast over thrashing riffs that should be conveying a sense of power and urgency, rather than a bored Anders Fridén trying to kill death metal even more, as he shouts lyrics like 'Your clothes will always bite big chumps out of their concrete ass'. Schizianity tries something different, showing a glimmer of hope, but ends up being even less listenable than every other track, thanks to the even worse vocal styles. And just when you thought it was all over, there's a KISS cover that's even worse than the original.

Octagon really is an abortion. Imagine if St. Anger made a baby with The Unspoken King... Yeah... This abortion should never have been released, but at least things went upward from here, to the point where the final two Bathory albums rank among the best he ever made. Quorthon is a talented guy, but something possessed him to release this. Whoever it was, it was certainly not the inspiring demon that influenced his classic early works.



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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Octagon... ROFLMAO!

Hawks
November 28th 2009



35286 Comments


Good review man. I'll stay the fuck away from this.

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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You should. Don't touch it! Treat it like it's the plague!

TheSpirit
November 28th 2009



17624 Comments


Great review as always. You're relentless with reviews I wish u had more time to do some myself

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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lol, thanks.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I don't know what to review next. Somebody give me a list of death metal albums that you want me to review.

FistfulOfSteel
November 28th 2009



894 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=30730

check that out bro, and review what already hasn't on there. that would be unreal.

LepreCon
November 28th 2009



3801 Comments


The summary made me lol
Good job, almost a pity the review is truth

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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks, man. I really wanted to like it as well. I liked St. Anger, so I didn't believe the rumours of this crap.

Hawks
November 28th 2009



35286 Comments


Alright I listened to Psychopath on Youtube and now I'm definitely going to stay very, very far away from this. Quorthon sounds like a fucking retard.

Carnifex
November 28th 2009



1918 Comments


I like Born To Die and the Kiss cover, but honestly this album is miserable.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It really is, and that, unfortunately, is the sad, sad truth.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2009



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah this album is horrible.

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Hawks
November 28th 2009



35286 Comments


That's really sad considering how great the band's first 4 albums are.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 28th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Totally, they were, like, the Reign In Blood of Bathory. Btw, does everyone know who Andres Friden is?

Wizard
November 28th 2009



19296 Comments


Comparing this to St. Anger? There is no way this album is as bad as that. Good review.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2009



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Comparing this to St. Anger? There is no way this album is as bad as that.

It is.

pride
November 28th 2009



227 Comments


Its Worse

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 29th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Totally.

Wizard
November 29th 2009



19296 Comments


Wow, I've been proven wrong.



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