Blood Fire Death

Bathory - Blood Fire Death
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1988 Ratings: #9
October 8, 1988 / Release Date
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A transitory album, Blood Fire Death sees Bathory moving from the black metal to their new endeavor to viking metal; despite some minor drawbacks (weird production choices, namely, that seem to reduce the quality despite the remaster), it's quite a great release, with wonderfully powerful energy. The introduction of acoustic guitar and various vocal styles add to the variety; definitely one of the most underrated albums by Bathory.
If Immortal were the best blackened thrash metal band of the late nineties, then by all means Bathory definitely peaked in the late eighties with the sound. Alongside bands like Venom and Celtic Frost, I'd almost congratulate them on fusing these sounds and actually solidifying the genre. Even if they didn't mean to, the combination of black metal and thrash metal is actually recognisably good, with Bathory and Celtic Frost perhaps being the more prominent of the three to combine both (I ... read more
A Black/Viking Metal classic.Nice mixture of Thrash and Black Metal
I think this is the first trace of the birth of viking metal. Bathory 1988 LP "Blood Fire Death'' is an explosive mix of thrash and black metal. The mixing and the vocals here what makes this album stand out of their discography. This is an essential album for any fans of black metal.
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Added on: May 15, 2015