Bathory   Under the Sign of the Black Mark
4.2 Ranking: #22 for 1987
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5.0 classicSkapalPes | June 22nd 14

As for me, this is the first masterpiece of Bathory. It retained its roughness, darkness and brutality and added some extra sense for melodiousness to create one fantastic black metal opus, where fast and slow tracks co-exist together in perfect balance.

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0.0 RYMsfullofscenesters | October 16th 13

Easy to romanticize, but it's not quite as good as s/t or Return, is it? The superficial appeal is obvious: the thrashers are faster and the epic tracks are epicer...er. Or rather, there actually are "epic" tracks at all, foreshadowing the upcoming axes & ale era. But the riffs just aren't really there for the most part, and there are some really obvious throwaways. Not quite a classic I say.

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4.0 excellentMicah-Nahum Ferguson is reading again. | September 15th 13

Definitely the best of their early work. This is quintessential black metal. Thundering drums, wailing guitars, and retching vocals. Not to mention some great atmosphere, too. Excellent album.

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4.5 superbCabrero | January 1st 13

Black Metal

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0.0 Wreath | April 17th 12

My gateway to black metal. Well, it's early Bathory so obviously it's atmospheric and while not that much of a sensation technically it definitely has its moments in terms of songwriting, most noticeably on Equimanthorn. Albums kinda drags sometimes though, would it have showcased a more varied collection of songs it would be well worth a 4.

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3.5 greatTheNotrap | August 6th 11

In my opinion Quorthon's best record. My favourite tracks here are Enter the Eternal Fire and specially Woman of Dark Desires, his best song. Essential and extreme influential to the second wave of Black Metal.

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4.5 superbThrashK | June 28th 11

Quorthon, a lone man gone years ago before the day. Mindblowing, especially as this is among the first released true black metal records!

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