STYLE: , , ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1983LABEL: Black Mark
  • Quorthon (Thomas Börje Forsberg) – vocals, lyrics, composer (1983–2004; died 2004)

Bathory was an extreme metal band formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 named for Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory. The band’s frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Considered to be one of the most influential acts in heavy metal, Bathory‘s first four albums are considered to be “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 Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to thrash metal with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.


Nordland II / 2003

Bathory - Nordland II
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Black Mark

1. Fanfare
2. Blooded Shore
3. Sea Wolf
4. Vinland
5. The Land
6. Death and Resurrection of a Northern Son
7. The Messenger
8. Flash of the Silverhammer
9. The Wheel of Sun
10. Outro

Nordland II is the twelfth and final studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It is the successor to Nordland I. It was released on 31 March 2003, through Black Mark ProductionNordland II was intended to be the second installment in a four-album series but Quorthon’s death precluded the completion of those projects.

It is also released as a limited digipak.

Nordland I / 2002

Bathory - Nordland I
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Black Mark

1. Prelude
2. Nordland
3. Vinterblot
4. Dragon’s Breath
5. Ring of Gold
6. Foreverdark Woods
7. Broken Sword
8. Great Hall Awaits a Fallen Brother
9. Mother Earth Father Thunder
10. Heimfard

Nordland I is the eleventh studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on 18 November 2002 through Black Mark Production. It is a return to the Viking metal of Bathory’s middle period, and features songs mainly concerning Norse mythology. It was to be the first in a projected four-album set, but Quorthon only lived long enough to finish the first two volumes (2003’s Nordland II being the second).

Destroyer of Worlds / 2001

Bathory - Destroyer Of Worlds
  • Album Info
  • 2001
  • Black Mark

1. Lake of Fire
2. Destroyer of Worlds
3. Ode
4. Bleeding
5. Pestilence
6. 109
7. Death from Above
8. Krom
9. Liberty & Justice
10. Kill Kill Kill
11. Sudden Death
12. White Bones
13. Day of Wrath

Destroyer of Worlds is the tenth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on 9 October 2001, through Black Mark Production.

Blood on Ice / 1996

Bathory - Blood On Ice
  • Album Info
  • 1996
  • Black Mark

1. Intro
2. Blood on Ice
3. Man of Iron
4. One Eyed Old Man
5. The Sword
6. The Stallion
7. The Woodwoman
8. The Lake
9. Gods of Thunder, of Wind and of Rain
10. The Ravens
11. The Revenge of the Blood on Ice

Blood on Ice is the ninth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on 27 May 1996, through Black Mark Production. It is a concept album.

Octagon / 1995

Bathory - Octagon
  • Album Info
  • 1995
  • Black Mark

1. Immaculate Pinetreeroad #930
2. Born to Die
3. Psychopath
4. Sociopath
5. Grey
6. Century
7. 33 Something
8. War Supply
9. Schizianity
10. Judgement of Posterity

Octagon is the eighth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released in October 1995, through Black Mark Production. It continues the retro thrash metal style of the previous album, Requiem. It was reissued in 2003, with the first two tracks combined and “Winds of Mayhem” outro added.

Requiem / 1994

Bathory - Requiem
  • Album Info
  • 1994
  • Black Mark

1. Requiem
2. Crosstitution
3. Necroticus
4. War Machine
5. Blood and Soil
6. Pax Vobiscum
7. Suffocate
8. Distinguish to Kill
9. Apocalypse

Requiem is the seventh studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It eschews the Viking metal style of Bathory’s three previous releases for a thrash metal style that recalls many of the bands that initially influenced Bathory. This album marks the return of Bathory after Quorthon put the band on hold to record his first solo album.

Twilight of the Gods / 1991

Bathory - Twilight Of The Gods
  • Album Info
  • 1991
  • Black Mark

1. Twilight of the Gods
2. Through Blood by Thunder
3. Blood and Iron
4. Under the Runes
5. To Enter Your Mountain
6. Bond of Blood
7. Hammerheart
8. Outro

Twilight of the Gods is the sixth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It continues the exploration of the newly created Viking metal style, and also displays heavy epic doom and classical influences; it is titled after an opera by Wagner. It is a mid-tempo, more acoustic album than previous Bathory releases, though it follows on from the Hammerheart album. Of significance is Quorthon‘s total control of the album, playing all electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass, and drum programming. The background vocals are a particular feature of this album, with Quorthon multi-tracking himself, as he did on the Hammerheart album, though this time in a more sophisticated way, sounding like a whole chorus at times. The song entitled Hammerheart is based on a melody from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Specifically, it is Quorthon‘s own “rearrangement” of the middle section of the fourth movement, Jupiter. Originally this was to be the final Bathory album.

Hammerheart / 1990

Bathory - Hammerheart
  • Album Info
  • 1990
  • Noise

1. Shores in Flames
2. Valhalla
3. Baptised in Fire and Ice
4. Father to Son
5. Song to Hall Up High
6. Home of Once Brave
7. One Rode to Asa Bay
8. Outro

Hammerheart is the fifth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It continued the previous album Blood Fire Death‘s transition away from black metal to what became recognized as Viking metal, and is considered a cornerstone work of the genre.

Blood Fire Death / 1988

Bathory - Blood Fire Death
  • Album Info
  • 1988
  • Black Mark/Tyfon

1. Odens Ride Over Nordland
2. A Fine Day to Die
3. The Golden Walls of Heaven
4. Pace ‘Till Death
5. Holocaust
6. For All Those Who Died
7. Dies Irae
8. Blood Fire Death
9. Outro

Blood Fire Death is the fourth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on 8 October 1988, through Music for Nations sublabel, Under One Flag. The album, although mostly black metal, includes some of the first examples of Viking metal. According to the book Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult by Dayal PattersonBlood Fire Death began a second trilogy, an era Quorthon described as the “pre-Christian Swedish Viking Era“.

Under the Sign of the Black Mark / 1987

Bathory - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark
  • Album Info
  • 1987
  • Black Mark/Tyfon

1. Nocternal Obeisance
2. Massacre
3. Woman of Dark Desires
4. Call from the Grave
5. Equimanthorn
6. Enter the Eternal Fire
7. Chariots of Fire
8. 13 Candles
9. Of Doom……
10. Outro

Under the Sign of the Black Mark is the third studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was recorded in September 1986 and released on 11 May 1987 through New Renaissance Records and Under One Flag. It was a key album in the development of the black metal genre and greatly influenced the Norwegian black metal scene that emerged in the early 1990s.

The Return…… / 1985

Bathory - The Return Of The Darkness And Evil
  • Album Info
  • 1985
  • Black Mark/Tyfon

1. Revelation of Doom (Intro)
2. Total Destruction
3. Born for Burning
4. The Wind of Mayhem
5. Bestial Lust (Bitch)
6. Possessed
7. The Rite of Darkness
8. Reap of Evil
9. Son of the Damned
10. Sadist (Tormentor)
11. The Return of the Darkness and Evil
12. Outro

The Return…… (full title The Return of the Darkness and Evil) is the second studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on vinyl on 27 May 1985, through Combat Records in the US. The Return…… had a significant influence on the then-emerging death metal and black metal genres.

Bathory / 1984

Bathory - Bathory
  • Album Info
  • 1984
  • Black Mark/Tyfon

1. Storm of Damnation (Intro)
2. Hades
3. Reaper
4. Necromansy
5. Sacrifice”
6. In Conspirasy with Satan
7. Armageddon
8. Raise the Dead
9. War
10. Outro

Bathory is the debut studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released in October 1984, through Tyfon Grammofon. It is deemed by many fans and critics to be the first black metal record.

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