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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… read more

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  • Avatar for versionfiv
    gatefolds are for falses
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    caralho hein
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    Trve Legend
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    "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" and "Blood Fire Death" will always be my favorites .
  • Avatar for DouglaStormrage
    Veldig klassisk, men likevel fantastisk!
  • Avatar for Evilmantheone
    As is said longtime before, i'm clearly not a "first-press" maniac, i don't fucking care if my collection is remastered, reissued or not, if it sounds decent of course when it comes to remasters. The fact is, Bathory remasters fucking sucks, and that's it, people were complaining back then when they released the remasters, Quorthon was well aware about this, the rest is History. First three albums are awfully remastered, especially Under the Sign which is a total disaster. Blood Fire Death reissues are decent, the original sounds a bit sharper however when it comes to drums (especially songs like Pace 'till Death). Hammerheart sounds (unfortunately) a bit shitty on every edition. I have the original Gatefold single vinyl, it doesn't sound any better than the reissues. You can go for the vinyl reissues after Under the Sign (however, no gatefold for BFD / Hammerheart and the colors looks like shit), but the first three, save money and grab original pressings, that's all.
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    I guess I can never recreate that feeling. I didn't listen to him in the 80's. Do I even like metal? Lol, good one. I think his cult status is so legendary, it somewhat clouds the fact that his music wasn't THAT amazing. It was solid, it was shocking for the time, it was crazy influential like you said, Its just not wowing me like I thought it would... yet. What did he do besides take Venom, add screechy vocals and even worse production on that first album? This is Just my opinion (as of March 29 2016) of course. I will continue to try and get into his stuff, because I respect his influence.. I'm just saying, it hasn't been easy so far...
  • Avatar for dark_wisdom
    "something that deserves all this insane praise" holy fuck dude, are you saying this shit seriously? I really can't tell since you seem to be trolling every shoutbox out there, but this... I don't now, anyway... It is obvious that common sense is not one of your strongest skills but just make a little effort and try to transport yourself to mid 80's and imagine listening to albums like bathory, the return or under the sign of the black mark for the first time in your life. Not impressed? Do you even like metal? Now, go to early 90's, listen to hammerheart, yeah, there's nothing remotely similar out there. Doesn't it deserve some sort of praise? Quorthon developed two metal genres in less than 10 years, Do you still believe it's not worth all thet pretty little "insane praise"?
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    @s_mars quorthon fucked everything up with his 1990 remasterization of the first three albums. the first one sounded different but still sounds decent (altho the original one sounds obviously greater) but the second and the third one i can't say that... there's something wrong with equalization, it is a total desaster, sounds muffled and weird. like, if you're listening in headphones looks like the sound is pumping into your ears in different frequencies, i can't explain it because i aint no expert in this topic, but certainly he did some fuck up shit with the remaster, making it sound like shit. i passed my whole life thinking that Under the Sign of Black Mark sounded like shit on purpose, with a weak guitar sound and muffled af, but it was me, listening to the remastered version after all these years! my jaws dropped when i listened to the original 1987 Under One Flag FLAG 11 LP

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