Bathory
Destroyer of Worlds


2.0
poor

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
June 9th, 2008 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A definite contender for most inconsistent album of all time, 'Destroyer of Worlds' contains some of Bathory's very best and very worst work, with very little in between.

When people think of Bathory, they usually think of the first few influential black metal albums, then the folky Viking metal albums and then the very unsuccessful thrash albums ‘Requiem’ and ‘Octagon’. After these Bathory returned to the Viking metal style with ’Blood on Ice’ and the first two parts of the ‘Nordland’ four-album set (the third and final parts were never finished as the band leader Quorthon died before he finished them.) There was also another often much ignored Bathory album released before the ‘Nordland’ albums that mixes both the Viking and thrash styles, ‘Destroyer of Worlds’.

Hidden between the worst albums and the better later Viking metal albums, it is easy to see how ‘Destroyer of Worlds’ has become so ignored. It’s not nearly as consistent as the other late Bathory albums, but while there are some truly abysmal songs on it, when the band return to the Viking metal style they manage to create some of the very best songs of the band’s career. In fact, if all the songs were of this quality we’d probably be looking at the very best Bathory album.

‘Destroyer of Worlds’ opens fantastically with the atmospheric ‘Lake of Fire’. An acoustic guitar plays a haunting riff while a rising backing chant is used to enhance the atmosphere. A distorted guitar soon kicks in and takes over as the main instrument, gradually getting heavier until the catchy, but not at all cheesy, chorus. While Quorthon’s vocals have quite an odd raspy tone that could put some people off, his voice really fit’s the music here.

The next two songs are equally as good. The title track has a great crushing riff throughout, again backed up by backing chants. While the music isn‘t very complex, the simplicity only helps to accentuate the war-like atmosphere. ‘Ode’ is the most epic sounding song on the album, containing a mixture of ‘ Lake of Fire’s’ acoustic guitar melodies and rising chant and also a strong, heavy riff similar to ‘Destroyer of Worlds’.

After these first three tracks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the whole album would be brilliant. Unfortunately, it suddenly takes a huge dip in quality. The powerful riffs, and chants disappear completely, taking the grand atmosphere along with them. The sound becomes much weaker sounding with poor bland thrash riffs and even worse vocals. Even the lyrics become worse. For some reason Quorthon decided to leave the Viking topic and start singing about completely random subjects that don’t go with each other at all, like ice hockey. Even lyrically it sounds like a completely different album.

It’s amazing that this is the same band, let alone the same album. Quorthon’s vocals seem to deteriorate completely, becoming irritatingly grating. The production really hinders these thrash songs too, muffling the singing and instruments.

Some of these songs occasionally do show some promise but never get close to the level reached by the first few tracks. Instead, they end up sounding very rushed and not well thought out or are destroyed as soon as Quorthon starts singing. Luckily the album does return to form with ‘Pestilence’ and ‘Day of Wrath’, both of which regain the quality and atmosphere of the first few tracks, but you have to get through a lot of rubbish to get to them if you listen the whole way through.

I would love to give it a 3.5 because of the incredible Viking style songs but honestly, it was a pain to listen to this the whole way through because of the horrible thrash. It’s only really worth paying full price for it if you are prepared to press the skip button a lot, but if you can get this album for less money it’s definitely worth having just for the good tracks alone.



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masscows
June 9th 2008


2230 Comments


might wanna put those 3 short paragraphs before the last one all together as one paragraph. Decent review.

I've totally avoided this and a few other Bathory albums because I fear they will ruin Bathory for me if I hear them.

username345
June 9th 2008


594 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I merged 2 of them.



If you can find 'Destroyer of Worlds', 'Ode', 'Lake of Fire', 'Pestilence' or 'Day of Wrath' on youtube or something, definitely give them a listen. Avoid the other songs though, or they probably will ruin your view of Bathory.



To a Metallica fan 'DoW' would be a bit like having half the songs from 'Master of Puppets' and half from 'St. Anger' placed on the same album.This Message Edited On 06.09.08

Lunarfall
June 9th 2008


3178 Comments


Post Twilight of the Gods Bathory (besides Blood on Ice obviously) sucked anyway.

Eliminator
June 9th 2008


2067 Comments


bathory preffer the cumpany of small boys dressed in pirate costumes who gracefully fondled his moist testicles while he patted their heads and begged for their mercy

masscows
June 9th 2008


2230 Comments


Post Twilight of the Gods Bathory (besides Blood on Ice obviously) sucked anyway.
Nordland I is awesome


LaughingSkull
March 1st 2010


599 Comments


Nice review, but I think that some of the songs you ignored do have their merits. White Bones for example is a great song.

Insurrection
October 7th 2012


24729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed about the first three songs.



liberty & justice is just awful

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RutseyLives
October 7th 2012


190 Comments


bad album yea but not even their worst!

Insurrection
October 7th 2012


24729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i like requiem more than this but i havent heard octagon yet. im kinda scared to

RutseyLives
October 7th 2012


190 Comments


it sucks dude

Snowdog808
August 15th 2014


2922 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it sucks dude [2]. The lyrics are nonsensically immature, the drums are extremely repetitive and borders on the level of annoyingness that St. Anger's snare tone has, and the bass is almost non-existent.

Spacesh1p
October 25th 2016


7669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Motorcycle sound on Krom is pretty lame lol.

Spacesh1p
October 25th 2016


7669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

LIIIIIBURRRRRTEEEEE AND JUSTIIICE!

Maco097
December 5th 2016


2999 Comments


Gonna listen to this now.

Insurrection
May 15th 2017


24729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

inconsistent af album



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