Blood Fire Death SwedenCountry Of Origin: Sweden
Bathory - Blood Fire Death

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Odens Ride Over Nordland
A Fine Day To Die
The Golden Walls Of Heaven
Pace 'Til Death
For All Those Who Died
Dies Irae
Blood Fire Death Sound

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 1988
Label: Maze America
Categories: Black, Melodic

MetalBite Review by Allan on 4/3/2002
Before trailing off from their black metal past, Quorthon/Bathory left this phenomenal album bridging the gap between their last album, “Under The Sign of the Black Mark”, and their next album, “Hammerheart”. “Blood Fire Death” moves its way through eight tracks of glorious Viking/Black metal and is still leaving its effects today.

Finally, Quorthon has decided that he isn’t going to do another album where the material is as fast as possible! It is on this album that Quorthon takes his musical visions and does a little bit of wandering into the Viking side of things. The first opening track, ‘A Fine Day To Die’, is one of the greatest opening songs for an album that I’ve ever witnessed. It tells you what the album is about, and sets the atmosphere for what follows. Almost every song on here has a very epic feel to it, accompanied by Quorthon’s black metal rasp. This definitely may not be what some people want to hear, but it fits the music terribly well. Following behind the black metal rasps are some backing vocals and choir work. This is definitely something that brings the songs credibility up a few notches. Somewhere in the middle of the album, Quorthon decides he isn’t finished with black metal, and leads a fast-paced assault on your eardrums. The tracks are well done, but it feels a little out of place with the amazing opening and closing of the album. Finally, the album closes with one of the greatest tracks that Bathory has ever done. The title track, ‘Blood Fire Death’, has an excellent epic atmosphere and overshadows what is to come on the bands next work of genius, “Hammerheart”.

“Blood Fire Death” is a stand out album for fans of more than just Bathory, but the genre of thrash and black metal. Mandatory listen for anybody to ever claim to like black metal, or anyone interested in the history of metal or Bathory.

Bottom Line: A highlight of Bathory’s career and a highlight for the genre. Groundbreaking and influential to many of today’s metal bands, consider this something you need to check out.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 10
Musicianship: 7.5
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 8
Overall: 9.5

Rating: 9 out of 10