Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bathory - Blood Fire Death (1988)

Sacred shrine of life and death
Apharamons gold key
The raping of holy interior
And all concealed
Now masturbated upon is throne of gold

The lyrics come from "The Golden Walls Of Heaven", and if you read the first letter of each line, it spells SATAN (I learned this thanks to Encyclopaedia Metallum). Is this taking it a step further than spinning the record backwards? Bathory is the project of one man, Quorthon, and is considered a part of the first wave of black metal. Listening to this album you can hear the profound influence Bathory had on the coming second wave of black metal in Norway. Some of the songs are short and thrashy, with fast, noisy, and rad guitar solos/spasms. But a few tracks, for example "A Fine Day To Die", are so fucking brooding and epic. "A Fine Day To Die" is a segue from the synthy album opener, starting with sounds of a storm and whinnying horses. A dreamlike whisper over acoustic guitars for a few minutes, and then Quorthon smacks you in the face with such a fantastic shriek and guitar playing. It almost sounds like Ride the Lightning-era Metallica, but heavier and way cooler.

1. Odens Ride Over Nordland
2. A Fine Day To Die
3. The Golden Walls Of Heaven
4. Pace 'Till Death
5. Holocaust
6. For All Those Who Died
7. Dies Irae
8. Blood Fire Death
9. Outro


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