Bathory Blood Fire Death T-Shirt
Men’s standard fit Bathory t-shirt featuring the album cover art from the band’s Blood, Fire, Death album. 100% Cotton. Officially licensed. Black.
Brand: Bravado Entertainment
AGE GROUP: adult
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EXPECT A WEEK 1-3 WEEK LEAD TIME
Bathory was an extreme metal band formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory. The band’s frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Bathory’s first four albums are considered to be “the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal“. The band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to thrash metal with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.
After Blood Fire Death, the band shed its early black metal style. Their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), was the first “archetypical Viking metal album”. This was said to have been influenced by the American power metal band Manowar, although Quorthon described this rumour as “another total misconception”. A music video was made for the song “One Rode to Asa Bay“. The style of Hammerheart was continued on Twilight of the Gods (1991) and Blood on Ice (recorded in 1989 but completed in 1996).
With Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995), Bathory changed style once more, this time turning to retro-thrash in the vein of 1980s Bay Area thrash bands. However, the 2001 release Destroyer of Worlds was a transitional release that led to a full return to the Viking metal style with the releases of Nordland I (2002) and Nordland II (2003). These were meant to be the first two volumes of a four-album saga, but Quorthon did not live long enough to complete it.