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Though Venom had named an album Black Metal two years earlier, the 1984 debut by Sweden’s Bathory is what really established the genre’s sound—no human had ever sung with the phlegmy, demonic screech that Quorthon does here. The band’s murky, zero-fidelity mixture of Motörhead’s momentum with Black Sabbath’s pagan pessimism adds up to a battering ram of depravity. The nefarious subject matter of tracks like “Storm of Damnation” and “Raise the Dead” just makes the creep show creepier.

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Bathory took part in the church burnings?

No, don't listen to the main reviewer. He/she dosen't know what he/she is taking about. Those church burnings took place like 9 or ten years after this came out. Don't believe the hype! This album is my personal favorite of the Bathory catalog. Go get it. NOW!


Brutal and Raw be Bathory's debut. These are your roots children. Don't forget that.


one of the 1st black metal bands i started to listening to,this album,great.


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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