Bathory (album)

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Bathory
Studio album by Bathory
Released October 1984
Recorded June 1984 in
Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Black metal
Length 26:52
Label Tyfon
Producer Quorthon, The Boss
Bathory chronology
Bathory
(1984)
The Return
(1985)The Return1985
 Professional ratings
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Bathory is the first studio album by the Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released in October 1984, through Tyfon Grammofon. Many people say that this album is the very first black metal album[1].

Background[change | change source]

The band Bathory was formed one year earlier. Quorthon was working part-time at the small record label Tyfon. In late 1983 and early 1984, the label was putting together a lot of songs by Scandinavian metal bands[2]. At the last minute, one of the bands backed out. Tyfon agreed to let Bathory appear on the record as a replacement, and the band recorded two songs for the compilation—"Sacrifice" and "The Return of the Darkness and Evil"—in January. The album, Scandinavian Metal Attack, was released in March 1984 and was Bathory's first appearance on record[3]. Much of the fan-mail was directed towards Bathory, and Tyfon asked them to record a full-album[3].

On 22 May 1984, Bathory had their first and only rehearsal together before recording the album[3]. On 14 June the band entered Heavenshore Studio in Stockholm—a garage—to record the album[3]. The recording and mixing were done in somewhere between 32 and 56 hours[3].

Track listing[change | change source]

Side 'Darkness'
No. Title Length
1. "Storm of Damnation (Intro)"   3:06
2. "Hades"   2:45
3. "Reaper"   2:44
4. "Necromansy"   3:40
5. "Sacrifice"   3:16
Side 'Evil'
No. Title Length
6. "In Conspirasy with Satan"   2:29
7. "Armageddon"   2:31
8. "Raise the Dead"   3:41
9. "War"   2:15
10. "Outro"   0:22
Total length:
26:52

People[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ferrier, Rob. "Bathory - Bathory: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. Ekeroth 2008, p. 29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ekeroth 2008, p. 30.