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Bathory was a Swedish extreme metal band and considered by many to be a pioneer of several prominent extreme metal genres. The band was formed in Vällingby in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory, by the band’s frontman, main songwriter (and, for most of the band’s career, sole member) Thomas “Ace” Börje Forsberg (better known as Quorthon, 17th February 1966 - 3rd June 2004).

Bathory’s first four albums are claimed to be the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal and introduced many of the stylistic touches that would go on to be adopted as a trademark of the Norwegian Black Metal sound. Bathory, however, departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band forayed into thrash metal with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.

Although at times constituted as a full band, even playing gigs on occasion, Bathory was predominately a studio project. An early member of the band was Jonas Åkerlund, the music video and film director - he played bass.

Early years (1980s)

Bathory was formed by Quorthon, a seventeen-year-old guitarist, who was joined by bassist Hanoi and drummer Vans. After various name changes (beginning with Nosferatu, then Natas, Mephisto, Elizabeth Bathory and Countess Bathory) they finally settled on Bathory.

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  • HateMonger04

    kickass!! \\m/

    6 hours ago Reply
  • versionfiv

    666 listenerss of a fine day to die last week, interesting

    Yesterday 10:03pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    fuck yeah they repressed Requiem on vinyl. I emailed them about a year ago about it but of course never got a reply. glad to see it happened though!

    21 Apr 5:44pm Reply
  • serega_ozz_deat

    Как такое может нравиться? По моему ужасная группа с отавратными песнями,не ритма,не риффов вообще нет ничего.Дискография - потеря времени.Первые альбомы ещё более менее - потому,что там не хуя не понятно и не слышно,а дальше ну по моему говно полное,не пойму тех,кому нравиться.Слеер даже напоминает только ещё хуже.

    21 Apr 3:51pm Reply
  • monisiowaty

    God

    21 Apr 12:18am Reply
  • Marulho

    wow

    19 Apr 10:39pm Reply
  • Malitia_

    I can't even heart tracks on Hammerheart because if I did it would be every track. Same with Blood Fire Death <3

    17 Apr 9:22am Reply
  • theseasonisours

    genius

    16 Apr 3:16pm Reply
  • Ryncol

    I liek how their early stuff sounds like 8Bit music from NES.

    16 Apr 1:37pm Reply
  • defnoob

    v Well said

    15 Apr 5:54pm Reply
  • Falling_Eagle

    Bathory's raw musical brilliance is unforgettable

    11 Apr 2:38pm Reply
  • chuplag

    @versionfiv...thanks man

    10 Apr 11:51pm Reply
  • HammerHeart13

    Nordland I & II are the most underrated albums in history of music. [2] Yes! And Twilight of the Gods!

    9 Apr 6:40pm Reply
  • Rogacki

    Oficjalna strona Bathory Hordes Poland właśnie ruszyła. Link znajduje się na moim profilu. Pytania, propozycje, zażalenia i groźby składać do mnie.

    8 Apr 10:36pm Reply
  • RaabMC

    mighty

    8 Apr 6:10pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    @chuplag check out Blood On Ice and the Nordland albums, I think those are the best.

    8 Apr 3:18pm Reply
  • ECW3XTREMERULE

    Quorthon =Himan, ridiculous.

    8 Apr 6:40am Reply
  • dolor3s_

    Nordland I & II are the most underrated albums in history of music.

    5 Apr 11:53am Reply
  • RippedtoShreds

    The Return, the most fucking evil thing they EVER recorded

    1 Apr 11:28pm Reply
  • Pam-param-pam

    Bathory >all

    31 Mar 4:39am Reply
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