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Release date: October 1988
Style: Viking black metal, First wave of black metal


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01. Odens Ride Over Nordland
02. A Fine Day To Die
03. The Golden Walls Of Heaven
04. Pace 'Till Death
05. Holocaust
06. For All Those Who Died
07. Dies Irae
08. Blood Fire Death
09. Outro

Top 20 albums of 1988: 13

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)

Tomas "Ace" "Quorthon" Forsberg - vocals, guitars
Kothaar - bass
Vvornth - drums

Additional info
Produced by Boss & Quorthon
Recorded at Heavenshore Studio, Stockholm Sweden
Album cover design by Quorthon
Album cover painting by Peter Nicolai Ardbo
Album fold-up photo by Pelle Mattéus

Staff review by

Bathory, a legend among extreme metallers and especially Black metal fans, without doubt one of the most important bands in Black metal history. Period. "Bathory", "The Return", "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" and "Hammerheart": they have all left their mark on the face of metal. Another undeniable classic from the warrior mind of Quorthon, leader of Bathory, is the fourth album named "Blood Fire Death".

published 13.11.2008 | Comments (9)

Guest review by
Head of Metal

"You are walking out of here with that," my metal friend commanded, nodding towards the copy of this album with a five-dollar price tag in my hand. "You won't be sorry."

I had come into the black metal genre rather later than I had gotten into other genres, and although I like it now, it was a bit of an acquired taste for me personally. With such a profusion of bands and very few universally agreed-upon classics, I was looking for a good place to start. Luckily, even the most elitist black metaller would have no issue starting with the legendary Bathory and this incredible classic.

published 22.01.2014 | Comments (2)

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!J.O.O.E.! - 31.07.2011 at 21:04  
  Dont really agree, this owns all other Bathory if you ask me (which I'm sure you were all going to). Under the Sign is a fine album but not a patch on this. Probably the finest album of its era. Exemplifying early black metal whilst looking forward.
musicalkaratekid - 13.09.2011 at 02:40  
Rating: 9 Not a perfect album,but very nearly. Two of the tracks sounded very similar in terms of guitar work, but apart from that this remains one hell of a classic album\m/
Lit. - 16.01.2012 at 18:33  
  This blows any black metal work Bathory's done right out of the water. Amazing atmosphere and pinnacle song working.
ThunderAxe1989 - 30.06.2012 at 23:16  
Rating: 8 Classic! Musically, the majority of the songs are still Black/Thrash. Only a few tracks add the Viking sound to them. epic though!
Bad English - 08.01.2014 at 21:36  
  A begging of ''epic'' era, old good Bathory, still thrashy, venom style, but more ''viking'' influence, Scandinavian lyrics, more viking thematic, fast, aggressive, old school Bathory what we all know and love, songs as Fine Day To Die, Blood, Fire, Death , are legends and true Odin worshipers will understand it
master 666 - 22.01.2014 at 23:18  
  Good album
deadone - 22.01.2014 at 23:47  
Rating: 8 Love this album. Superb Thrash Metal! It does everything right - the sound, the songs, the diversity, the riffs and all that wonderful demented energy coupled with Quorthorn's unique approach to epicness.
Paw!! - 25.05.2014 at 16:01  
Rating: 9 Nearly Perfect album. Classic Masterpiece.
Satan, Satan. Christ The Bastard Son Of Heaven
Dr.Overkill26 - 26.05.2014 at 23:07  
  My First Bathory Album! i will never forget listening to A Fine Day to Die for the first time ever on youtube... there was a tornado in my town that day like hitting while I blasted and jammed out to that song.
Kreator22 - 16.01.2015 at 00:51  
Rating: 10 Love it. Especially the first track

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