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Sunday Old School: Remembering Quorthon And The Legacy Of Bathory

In previous Sunday Old School articles, we have looked at three of the bands that really helped to inspire and form the genre of black metal, in the forms of Venom, Celtic Frost and Mercyful Fate. However there is another band just as important in the formation of black metal that we are yet to examine. Namely, Sweden's Bathory. The band was formed in the city of Stockholm in 1983 by Tomas Forsberg, better known to his fans as Quorthon, and two friends. They went through a number of name changes before settling on Bathory and released their self-titled debut album the following year. This album, along with "The Return" and "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" are now regarded as huge influences on the infamous Norwegian black metal scene's music in the 1990s.

Bathory not only helped to pioneer black metal, but also viking metal too, when they began incorporating viking themes on their next album, "Blood Fire Death." The group went further with this styling on their record, "Hammerheart," now regarded as a landmark in the field of viking metal. They would continue the "Hammerheart" style on their next two albums, "Twilight Of The Gods" and "Blood On Ice" before changing their sound once again, this time sounding more like thrash metal. This move was criticized by many of the band's fans and they returned to the viking approach on their last albums. Sadly, the band would not be able to continue, as in June of 2004, Quorthon (now the band's sole original member) was found dead in his home from an apparant heart failure. The legacy of Bathory has since been remembered with a box set released in 2006 and several tribute albums.

Bathory - One Rode To Asa Bay

Bathory - In Nomine Satanas

Bathory - Satan, My Master

Bathory - Hammerheart

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. grim writes:

"...when they began incorporating viking themes on their next album, "Blood Fire Oath.""

the album name is actually Blood Fire Death

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2. DrumGeek writes:

Jeez, didnt know Quorthon had died!
Used to quite like Bathory (or Batlord) as we used to call them.
Look at the logo, thats what it looks like!

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3. hellrat writes:

Sunday Old School is Slick!!!

some awesome features, great job dudes

I like the thrash phase of Bathory.....Burnin' f***in Leather!

# Feb 21, 2010 @ 7:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. xDecapitation writes:

I actually love the thrash side of Bathory, and not a big fan of all the viking theme stuff lol. Not that the article is bias or opinionated or anything, awesome as usual.

# Feb 21, 2010 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. OlafBerzerker writes:

Long live Bathory.

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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah I wasn't saying their thrash stuff sucked, just that at the time, alot of their fans weren't happy with it.

To the guy above me, your user name kicks ass!

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7. LordAssenfroth writes:

bathory f***ing rules!!!!

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