Blood Fire Death

Bathory - Blood Fire Death
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Based on 63 ratings
1988 Ratings: #7
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October 8, 1988 / Release Date
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Under One Flag / Label
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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.
I have an affection for Black Metal albums that go one step further and push the sound towards much more than your typical sound of the genre. This album not only has a great atmosphere that throws you into the setting that it's presenting, but for an album of the 80s the production has held up really well. It still sounds as loud an epic as it did back then. It offer much more than what you'd get with other black metal albums of the time.

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Blood Fire Death marks one of the most clear improvements in a band I’ve seen. Bathory’s first album spawned true first wave Black Metal, and the two that followed delivered more quality yet samey material. All were very consistent packages of thrashy Black Metal with amateurish musicianship, horrible production and yet some sort of incredibly alluring interest factor that made it all sound right. On Blood Fire Death, Bathory opted to stop delivering more of the same and put the bar ... read more
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
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