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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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  • versionfiv

    there is no way it's an original unless it was your wife, husband, or life partner that gave you that gift after you finally did that thing in bed they've been begging you to do for years. the original is one of the most expensive albums out there, definitely in extreme metal... we're talking $300-$1500 usd there. there was a relatively recent bootleg of the yellow cover and I've seen plenty of copies at the more unscrupulous distros. like slav said, look close at the little letters inscribed on the record itself in between the grooves and the label, and if it says "BA B" on sideB and "BA A" on sideA then it's the boot. the original has a bunch of letters and numbers along with an etching of a pentagram on sideA.

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  • ColonelTheSlav

    The easiest way to find out if you have the original first press is by checking its matrix and catalog number on discogs.

    24 Jul 1:47pm Reply
  • Deathrash111

    anyone has original yellow goat? I got one as a present! would like to talk about it a little with someone who is 100% sure that he/she has the original one. not saying I don't, but yeah, I'd like to check it.

    21 Jul 9:25pm Reply
  • caduds

    Musical supremacy.

    20 Jul 3:22pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    начал с них знакомство с блэком, и в отличие от других первопроходцев жанра - venom, эти вполне доставляют.

    19 Jul 11:14am Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    Hothory bardes supreme!

    9 Jul 10:04am Reply
  • ballseven

    "Cattle die, kinsmen die; the self must also die. I know one thing which never dies: the reputation of each dead man." Hávamál, st. 77

    3 Jul 9:41pm Reply
  • CosmicPi

    I like this guy quite a bit.

    3 Jul 9:21pm Reply
  • Evilmantheone

    I could be interested by buying the first and second Jubileum volumes with these reissues, any ideas where to get them for the best price with preorders from Europe ?

    2 Jul 6:41pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    by August, they're reissuing all the Jubileum volumes on vinyl again, just like Requiem and Octagon, after 11 years of being out of print!

    28 Jun 7:29pm Reply
  • Punks_is_Hoi

    Rest in Valhalla, Quorthon [14]

    27 Jun 8:08am Reply
  • M-Morbid

    Looking forward to the Bathory tribute in Stockholm, 27 June!

    23 Jun 2:20pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Bathory

    22 Jun 6:55pm Reply
  • bluegrassishhh

    you don't fucking rest in valhall, c'mon guise

    21 Jun 10:30pm Reply
  • RippedtoShreds

    @ClassyMusicSnob obviously not, in Death there were a lot of musicians, in Bathory, Quorthon used to make all by himself

    21 Jun 9:38pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    I wonder if a tour will ever happen similar to what Death is doing.

    20 Jun 7:24pm Reply
  • s_mars

    Rest in Valhalla, Quorthon [13]

    16 Jun 12:21pm Reply
  • MetalWarriorRus

    Rest in Valhalla, Quorthon [12]

    15 Jun 8:25pm Reply
  • nimbostratus - The current episode of The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast is a tribute to the life and works of Quorthon. No Bathory album has been left on the shelf (even the ones everybody hates) and I've thrown in a few other bits and pieces he was associated with for good measure. This show will be available on Podomatic for two months before it is archived at Tomorrow may be a fine day to die, but today is a fine day to remember our fallen musical hero.

    15 Jun 11:44am Reply
  • AnaMaiden

    Rest in Valhalla, Quorthon [11]

    13 Jun 2:24pm Reply
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