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Bathory were one of the pioneers of the first wave of Black Metal as well as Viking Metal.

Bathory was formed in 1983 by Quorthon, Jonas Åkerlund and Frederick Melander but didn't come up with the name of the band until the recording of Scandinavian Metal Attack.

When Quorthon formed the band in 1983, his nickname was originally Black Spade. He soon changed it to Ace Shoot, then finally to ...
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Scandinavian Metal Attack Split 1984 2 (88%)
Bathory Full-length 1984 18 (92%)
Scandinavian Metal Attack II Split 1985 1 (85%)
The Return...... Full-length 1985 15 (88%)
Under the Sign of the Black Mark Full-length 1987 17 (95%)
Blood Fire Death Full-length 1988 23 (92%)
Hammerheart Full-length 1990 13 (90%)
Twilight of the Gods Full-length 1991 20 (88%)
Jubileum Volume I Compilation 1992 2 (58%)
Jubileum Volume II Compilation 1993 4 (77%)
Requiem Full-length 1994 10 (74%)
Octagon Full-length 1995 11 (30%)
Blood on Ice Full-length 1996 10 (88%)
Jubileum Volume III Compilation 1998 2 (38%)
Destroyer of Worlds Full-length 2001 8 (61%)
Katalog Compilation 2002 1 (0%)
Nordland I Full-length 2002 8 (92%)
Nordland I & II Compilation 2003
Nordland II Full-length 2003 6 (90%)
In Memory of Quorthon Boxed set 2006 5 (76%)
In Memory of Quorthon Volume I Compilation 2006
In Memory of Quorthon Volume II Compilation 2006
In Memory of Quorthon Volume III Compilation 2006
Added by: bladewars Modified by: Ferneyhough
Added on: 2002-07-18 04:45:26 Last modified on: 2017-11-27 09:43:12

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Bathory were one of the pioneers of the first wave of Black Metal as well as Viking Metal.

Bathory was formed in 1983 by Quorthon, Jonas Åkerlund and Frederick Melander but didn't come up with the name of the band until the recording of Scandinavian Metal Attack.

When Quorthon formed the band in 1983, his nickname was originally Black Spade. He soon changed it to Ace Shoot, then finally to Quorthon, a name he found on a list of demons.

Contrary to popular belief, Bathory had never released an official demo: the first recording is a never released rehearsal containing four tracks: “Sacrifice”, “Live in Sin”, “Die in Fire” and “You Don’t Move Me (I Don't Give a f**k)”. Only the last two tracks survived and later were bootlegged.

Bathory played only a few live shows (probably between 6 and 8) in the early days. Quorthon refused to play live ever since.

After The Return...... (1985), Quorthon worked on an album to be called Okkulta with drummer Stefan Larsson, but this was scrapped in favor of writing Under the Sign of the Black Mark.

The style of Bathory has changed many times. On the debut Quorthon played a simple kind of thrash metal influenced by metal and punk bands like GBH, Motörhead and Black Sabbath. On the following albums Quorthon developed the raw and dark atmosphere later adapted by Norwegian black metal bands. "Blood Fire Death" contains the first experiments with heroic and epic songwriting and Viking-related themes. This style was perfected with "Hammerheart" and "Twilight of the Gods". In contrast, "Requiem" and "Octagon" were two very different albums sounding like San Francisco thrash metal. All later releases except "Destroyer of Worlds" are Viking metal again. R.I.P Quorthon.

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