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Release date: 16 April 1990
Style: Viking black metal, First wave of black metal


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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: 106

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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

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.

published 24.08.2008 | Comments (15)

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musicalkaratekid - 20.11.2011 at 15:11  
Rating: 9 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...
NocturnalStalker - 16.05.2012 at 18:00  
Rating: 9 Epic, majestic, powerful... This album leaves me speechless up to this day.
ThunderAxe1989 - 30.06.2012 at 23:55  
Rating: 9 Fucking Epic! This offering is arguably the most significant Bathory album of all time. Quorthon ahead of his time indeed.
hauntedgt - 03.07.2012 at 12:38  
Rating: 10 My favourite bathory album. So powerful music/lyrics/vocals.
skime - 10.07.2012 at 17:42  
Rating: 10 I'm in love with this album.
schlakt - 03.11.2013 at 19:27  
Rating: 9 My mind was fucking blown just hearing the first song! i think i will enjoy this album!
Bad English - 11.01.2014 at 01:26  
  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
anathema_1977 - 16.10.2016 at 01:43  
Rating: 10 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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