STYLE: Black Metal
LABEL: Black Mark
This visionary release from 1984 which inspired a change to "heavy metal" music. BATHORY were darker, more sinister sounding, with "Satanic" "Evil" imagery way before the many others that soon followed. BATHORY have influenced thousands of underground metal bands! A must have for any connoisseur of "true" Black Metal!
BATHORY "Bathory" was originally released in October 1984.
In 1983 (when Bathory formed) Quorthon, worked part-time at the small record label Tyfon Music. In late 1983 and early 1984, the label was putting together a compilation of songs by Scandinavian metal bands named: Scandinavian Metal Attack, 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 1984. The compilation was released in March. To everyone's surprise, over 95% of fan mail sent to the label after the record's release was dedicated to Bathory. Tyfon asked the band to record a full-length album. With his bandmates having moved away, Quorthon recruited Rickard Bergman as bassist and Stefan Larsson as drummer. On 22 May 1984, they had their first and only rehearsal together before recording the album. They recorded the songs "Satan My Master" and "Witchcraft", which would later appear on the compilation Jubileum Volume III. On 14 June the band entered Heavenshore Studio in Stockholm (a converted garage) to record the debut. The studio had a homemade 8-channel tape recorder. Due to the band's tight budget, they ran the recorder at half-speed to fit everything on one master tape. They also had to work quickly, the recording and mixing were done in somewhere between 32 and 56 hours.
1 Storm Of Damnation (Intro)
6 In Conspiracy With Satan
8 Raise The Head