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Released in 2001, Destroyer of Worlds finds the Swedish veterans returning to the Viking metal they essentially invented following a trio of records in which Quorthon and company took the band in a classic thrash direction. Tempos are decidedly more deliberate and the songs return to the epic form of Hammerheart, with picked acoustic intro, classical majesty and vast hordes of choral backing vocals. For his part, Quorthon goes back to singing like he's been gargling nails and his guitar lines are characteristically economical, with themes of heaviness repeated in an almost tribal fashion. "Lake of Fire" and the title cut set the Viking metal tone but such songs as "Kill Kill Kill," "Death from Above" and "Pestilence" show the band is still interested in (and have a true knack for) Bay Area-style thrash. Destroyer of Worlds heralded an eventual full-on embrace of Bathory's Viking metal years with the band's next (and final) two albums, Nordland and Nordland II, the first installments in an intended four-album cycle that would cover Norse mythology, culture and history, but ended with Quorthon's unexpected death in 2004.

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greatest album

if yove love metal as much as i do tis album is a must have this is by far one of there most epic albums yet

Bathory = greatness..

I loved all the styles that Quorthon had and this album is an absolute stunner. Great from beginning to end no matter what preference of style you have for metal. I recommend any of his album but this is one of his best.. RIP Quorthon.


Formed: 1983 in Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

In a musical realm where scale of influence has little to do with commercial success, few originators of the extreme metal arts evoke as deep a sense of mystery, or incite such hushed, reverential tones of admiration, as Sweden's Bathory. Essentially a one-man operation helmed by the mysterious Quorthon, Bathory's development from the rawest form of embryonic black metal, to thrash, death, and back to its self-devised Viking-themed black metal, has mirrored and regularly defined the genre's very...
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