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Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden (1983 – 2004)

Bathory was a Swedish band formed in Vällingby in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory. The band’s frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Bathory’s first four albums were “the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal”. The band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.


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  • HyRRa

    Hey all! Nodding Sky has just released a new song called "Hukka" - listen to it here: - a song in the vein of Moonsorrow, early Amorphis, Primordial and yes Bathory too!

    Yesterday 4:36pm Reply
  • TobogganOfHate

    odens ride over buttland

    29 Jul 3:33am Reply
  • Elaneandrade

    Quorthon foi um dos melhores escritores que já existiu.

    28 Jul 1:01am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    nordland is so good. you'd think it'd be bad since it's an older artist deviating from their original sound. but it's soooo good.

    26 Jul 4:43pm Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Big fan of both the satanic and viking era. Quorthon really was a master musician. Perhaps not of any higher technical prowess, but certainly so in the epic structure and riff category.

    26 Jul 12:05am Reply
  • ThrashGangsters

    Check out ThrashGangsters new video clip "Terror Has Begun"

    20 Jul 8:53pm Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    @versionfiv: calling these versions "remastered" is beyond me, a remaster is supposed to improve the original audio quality, all first three albums in this case are simply downgraded, they used a damaged tape for Under the Sign... When these came out back in 2003, there was already people complaining about this, Quorthon & Boss said the original tapes "didn't aged well"... why the fuck would they bother to use bad masters to improve the original recordings then, why not using the original mastering ? I'm not gonna say you're dumb or else if you like these versions, you're free to do so, but absolutely no one who really owned / heard both will tell you these remasters worth anything...

    13 Jul 12:42am Reply
  • MegaDave89

    One of the best Black Metal-bands, Best era! 80s and beginning on 90s-

    8 Jul 4:03pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    " Screw Black Mark and their shitty CD & Vinyls repress, i had to hunt down a first press of the original Bathory self-titled to enjoy it as it is supposed to be, with a godlike and evil sound, not the bad tape one they're using since the first CD pressings. The difference is really something else on this one, and it's nothing about elitism or shit like that. " i have the bathory represses since 2003 they are sounding fine. yes they are different from the first presses in sound. they are remastered, and it is well known...

    3 Jul 5:27pm Reply
  • Mystificati0n join

    29 Jun 8:04pm Reply

    The Return! Best BM album ever.

    19 Jun 3:53am Reply
  • Nymphetaamine

    Hail <3

    11 Jun 4:33am Reply
  • ECW3XTREMERULE <<<<<<<<< look like to mr slave, surely are inspired by it

    5 Jun 3:22am Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    @dark_wisdom: if you want the original album, yes, you have to be ready to spend some cash - i still don't have them all, but managed to grab Near Mints copys of Self Titled and Blood Fire Death for less than 55€ with shipping cost - recommended price i'd say, these are not rare records, there's just many demand. Both Black Mark pressings of the self-titled use the same master, you don't need to get the yellow goat, the second pressing is still easy to find. The Under One Flag edition is pretty fine too. Beside that, there's also a lot of quality rips of these first pressings on the web, and it will cost you nothing :p Vinyl is for die-hards, but every fan has the right to hear these masterpieces in their original glory for nothing, at least.

    4 Jun 6:16pm Reply
  • mightyguy12

    Lost this legend 11 years ago today RIP Quorthon, gone but certainly not forgotten \\m/

    3 Jun 3:57pm Reply
  • Steelvagina

    np Bathory - A fine day to die

    3 Jun 10:15am Reply
  • maxxy

    RIP Quorthon.

    3 Jun 5:29am Reply
  • Cartmancc

    Моя любимая группа!

    23 May 9:32pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    I just noticed the outro of "from whom the bell tolls" at the end of "Home of once brave" and it fucking blew my mind.

    22 May 6:56pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    Evilmantheone's suggestion is fine if you're ready to spend hundreds or even thousands of bucks for a first press record.

    22 May 4:34pm Reply
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