August 24, 2009

Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark

Genre(s) - Thrash/black metal
Origin - Sweden
Year of release - 1987
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 49.19

Arguably the first actual black metal project to survive its demo period (you can hardly call
Venom a BM band and keep a straight face about it), and later the first, as far as I know, to release Viking-themed metal, Bathory was by all means an innovator, a flag-bearer, and a legend. The first two albums being generally too simplistic for me, and devoid of any emotional depth, third-born Under the Sign... is the spot Quorthon began developing his songwriting. Bathory suddenly had melodies - not too much though - and songs that actually went somewhere. Call from the Grave and most of all the long Enter the Eternal Fire are accurate forecasts on what was to come on Blood Fire Death and later: slow metal, but with a strong, impelling flow and epic riffs. Most of the other tracks were as fast as they used to be, but (still rather crudely) gained a melodic layer during the finale; quite something back in those days.
  1. Nocturnal 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
Load it down


  1. thanks! the Vaselines rule.
    I wouldn't care if you posted A Complete History, or even Enter the Vaselines. It'll just make it more likely for people to check them out, especially with double-blog exposure.

    I'm getting The Pains of Being Pure at Heart now, but I couldn't find any of the Deirdres. *Hint hint

  2. oh and my blogroll got mysteriously swiped clean about a week ago.
    I'll add ya back!

  3. nevermind I just saw your comment.
    but yeah, you're back on the list fershur

  4. and I apologize for spamming this post.

  5. Thanks for adding me again! And it's really no problem spamming, I have the same habit.

    Maybe it doesn't matter as such, but it would make me feel so unoriginal to post anything that recently appeared on any of my favourite blogs.

    Today I bought the PoBPaH cd, a rarity for me, but it's just too good not to. You won't regret it.

    No Deirdres yet, true, but I'm getting a few files ready for upload. Only there's an EP I would like to share but can't find any info on.

    How did you get your curls so curly?