From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Disbanded
Bathory Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Bathory.
When you hear the news that a metal icon has died, you always remember what you were doing at that moment in time. It was the summer of 2004 and the end of a long day of work for me. Sifting through the news and portals, the headline "Quorthon Dies at 38" hit me like a lead ballast. What was so haunting about it was that I had just been playing "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" a few days earlier. Quorthon - the man, the legend - gone so soon. How could this be?
It is ironic that in the strange world we live in, an artist’s status becomes glorified after their demise. They may have been legendary and innovative in what they created and did in the musical realm while they were living and they may have fallen off the radar for a while - but their death brings their accomplishments front and center. After Quorthon's death the metal community really took stock in him, the artist, and his immeasurable contributions to metal.
When you die, you are instantly immortalized. Quorthon's passing, especially at a young age, made him into an icon. But in the eyes of a true innovator, he did not see himself that way. Humble, funny and self-effacing, Quorthon proved to be a very down to earth musician who created for the sake. He shrugged off his own accolades and press releases and never believed the hype of all the praises. This is the true measure of accomplishment - let others sing your glory and don't get sucked into it.
During the height of his creative period, Quorthon conducted a few interviews as time permitted. This one comes from 1997, and for fifteen years it has been an undiscovered gem collecting dust. That's the beauty of finding this rare recording, in that all these years later it resurfaces and becomes a voice from the grave. Now that Quorthon is legendary, this interview may be appreciated more than when he was alive. The old school fans and the new devotees may get a rare and personal glimpse into the personality of a man who influenced two genres of metal, a soul who cannot speak again in the flesh. Join us today as we take another glimpse into the man, the legend - Quorthon - on what would have been his 46th birthday.
- Victoria “Sonic Therapy” Willis
Below is a complete transcript of a never before aired or published interview with Quorthon, conducted via telephone during the promotion of his second solo album in May of 1997. Both the transcript and the accompanying streaming audio of the interview are released today, on what would have been his 46th birthday, for the very first time, as our respectful tribute. We hope that his family and friends, as well as admirers of his music and talent, would appreciate hearing him speak to us from 15 years ago, as much as we do.
Quorthon had often expressed frustration over being misquoted and misrepresented by the press, so, with that in mind, and in order to accurately preserve every nuisance and nuance of the interview, both the audio and the transcript are presented in their unabridged forms.
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