BATHORY - BLOOD FIRE DEATH GATEFOLD RARE FRANCE release incl lyrics sheeT 12" Vinyl LP Album

Blood Fire Death: A Saga of Black and Viking Metal

Bathory's 'Blood Fire Death,' unleashed in October 1988, melds black metal ferocity with the birth pangs of Viking metal. Recorded in France, its epic compositions like 'A Fine Day to Die' forge a sonic saga. A pivotal moment, shaping the trajectory of both black and Viking metal.

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"Blood Fire Death" Album Description:

Bathory's fourth opus, "Blood Fire Death," released in October 1988, is a monumental chapter in the band's legacy. With its unique blend of black and Viking metal, this gatefold vinyl LP not only solidified Bathory's position as black metal innovators but also marked the birth of Viking metal.

Origins Unveiled: Bathory's Evolution

After three groundbreaking albums, Bathory, led by the visionary Quorthon, embarked on a sonic journey that would transcend the boundaries of black metal. "Blood Fire Death" saw the band delving into Norse mythology, a theme that would become synonymous with Viking metal. The album art, featuring the iconic Bathory goat, hinted at the darker, mythic undertones awaiting listeners.

Forge of Creation: Recording in France

The album was recorded in France, adding an extra layer of mystique to its creation. This marked a departure from the band's previous recordings in Sweden, emphasizing Bathory's desire to explore new realms in both sound and inspiration. The studio alchemy resulted in a crisp yet ominous production, enhancing the grandeur of the Viking metal elements.

Black Meets Viking: Musical Alchemy Unleashed

"Blood Fire Death" seamlessly fuses black metal aggression with epic Viking metal anthems. Tracks like "A Fine Day to Die" and "Blood Fire Death" showcase Bathory's ability to craft intricate compositions that transcend conventional metal genres. The inclusion of choral elements and acoustic passages adds a majestic quality, painting a sonic tapestry that echoes through the corridors of time.

Legacy Carved in Metal: Influence on Viking Metal

This album's significance extends beyond its release; it laid the foundation for Viking metal as a distinct subgenre. Bathory's exploration of Norse themes set a precedent for bands seeking to infuse metal with ancient sagas and mythic imagery. "Blood Fire Death" became a cornerstone, inspiring subsequent generations of Viking metal artists.

Music Genre:

  Swedish Black Metal, Viking Metal 

Production information:

The album: "BATHORY - Blood Fire Death FOC Gatefold" was produced by: Boss and Quarthon

 Stig Börje "The Boss" Forsberg was a record label owner, music producer and drummer. He was father of Quorthon ( Thomas Forsberg ) and has produced several of Bathory's as well as albums for "The OZ".

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Andy Dacosta at the CBS Studio, London, Great Britain

This album was recorded at: Heavenshore Studio, Stockholm, Sweden

Album cover design: The front cover comes from a painting by Peter Nicolai Arbo: Åsgårdsreien (1872).

Album cover photography: Pelle Matheus

Record Label Information:

  Under One Flag FLAG 26
Packaging: Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

  1988 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: BATHORY - Blood Fire Death FOC Gatefold
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Quorthon - vocals, guitars
  • Vvornth - Drums
  • Kothaar - Bass
Complete Track-listing of the album "BATHORY - Blood Fire Death FOC Gatefold"

The detailed tracklist of this record "BATHORY - Blood Fire Death FOC Gatefold" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Odens Ride Over Nordland" 2:59
  2. "A Fine Day to Die" 8:35
  3. "The Golden Walls of Heaven" 5:22
  4. "Pace 'til Death" 3:39
  5. "Holocaust" 3:25
  6. "For All Those Who Died" 4:57
  7. "Dies Irae" 5:11
  8. "Blood Fire Death" 10:28
  9. "Outro" 0:58
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Index of BATHORY - Vinyl Albums Discography

  Bathory was a Swedish black metal band formed in 1983 by its sole member, Thomas Forsberg, who went by the pseudonym Quorthon. Despite being one of the earliest pioneers of the genre, Bathory has had a profound and lasting impact on the development of black metal, as well as heavy metal as a whole.

 Bathory's early work, released between 1984 and 1986, is widely considered to be the blueprint for the Scandinavian black metal style. These albums, "Bathory", "The Return..." and "Under the Sign of the Black Mark", feature raw, chaotic and aggressive music, with Quorthon's raspy vocals, buzzsaw guitar riffs and pounding drums, all set against a backdrop of grim and often occult-themed lyrics.

 One of the most distinctive features of Bathory's early work is the sense of atmosphere it creates. Quorthon's lyrics often evoke images of pagan rituals, war and death, while the music itself is unrelenting and abrasive, painting a bleak and hostile sonic landscape. This sound, combined with the band's aggressive and anti-religious stance, set the stage for the emergence of black metal as a sub-genre of heavy metal.

 As Bathory's career progressed, Quorthon's musical vision evolved and matured. While the raw energy and intensity of the early work remained, the band's sound became more structured, incorporating elements of folk music, classical music, and even opera. This new direction was first showcased on the 1988 album "Blood Fire Death", which is widely regarded as one of the greatest black metal albums of all time.

 Bathory's influence can be seen in the work of many of the black metal bands that followed in its wake, including Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal, and Darkthrone. These bands took the raw, aggressive sound of early Bathory and refined it, creating a more sophisticated and layered sound that continues to inspire new generations of metal musicians.

 Quorthon's death in 2004 marked the end of an era for Bathory, but the band's legacy lives on. Its music continues to be celebrated and revered by fans of extreme metal, and its influence can be heard in the work of countless bands to this day.