Bathory - Hammerheart


8.8 | 539 votes |
Release date: 16 April 1990
Style: Viking black metal, First wave of black metal

Owners:

771 have it
87 want it
2 trade it


01. Shores In Flames
02. Valhalla
03. Baptised In Fire And Ice
04. Father To Son
05. Song To Hall Up High
06. Home Of Once Brave
07. One Rode To Asa Bay
08. Outro

Top 20 albums of 1990: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 102

Additional info
Produced by Boss & Quorthon
Recorded at Heavenshore Studio, Stockholm Sweden
Album cover design by Quorthon
Album cover painting by Sir Frank Dicksee
Album fold-up photo by Jörn Böhmer Olsen and Ralf Sörensen

Guest review by
Gordon Freeman
Rating:
8.8
Often considered the first true Viking metal album, to this day it continues to be the standard by which all other albums in this sub-genre are judged.

The music is grand, emotional, and epic while at the same time being very simple and straight-forward. It captures the essence of its subject material in a way that was unprecedented in heavy metal in the late 80's. And what I mean by that is even without the lyrics (dripping in Viking lore and Norse mythology as they are), you still get a huge sense of cold-shores, swift raids and smoke filled mead halls.

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published 24.08.2008 | Comments (15)

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20.11.2011 - 15:11
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid

Posts: 1424
From: UK
First true viking metal album or not, it doesn't mattter to me. The level of musicianship here is exquisite and unique. Quorthon was so far ahead of his time when writing this...
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16.05.2012 - 18:00
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict

Posts: 882
From: Russia

Epic, majestic, powerful... This album leaves me speechless up to this day.
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We are who we're afraid to be"
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30.06.2012 - 23:55
Rating: 9
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious

Posts: 7383
From: Bahamas

Fucking Epic! This offering is arguably the most significant Bathory album of all time. Quorthon ahead of his time indeed.
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03.07.2012 - 12:38
Rating: 10
hauntedgt

Posts: 9
From: Sri Lanka

My favourite bathory album. So powerful music/lyrics/vocals.
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10.07.2012 - 17:42
Rating: 10
skime

Posts: 21
From: Poland

I'm in love with this album.
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03.11.2013 - 19:27
Rating: 9
schlakt

Posts: 66
From: Sweden

My mind was fucking blown just hearing the first song! i think i will enjoy this album!
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11.01.2014 - 01:26
Bad English
Masterchief

Posts: 44945
From: Sweden

Epic, one alum is like epic never ending road to Asa Bay, where Dragon ships stand mighty , I love this album, this is why I love Bathory, true epic album, but even Quorthon might play power metal or glam metal and be awesome, true Odinsson , true viking, good album, good epic music, good lyrics
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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16.10.2016 - 01:43
Rating: 10
anathema_1977

Posts: 45
From: Germany
A classic.
Firm place in my all-time top 30, it always kept ever since.
Funny, when talking to "the new generation" of black metal fans today, many guys have never heard of Bathory.
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