Thursday, March 5, 2009

In the beginning . . . (Bathory: Blood, Fire, Death)

Some older longhairs will argue that the genesis of black metal started with Venom. Others claim that it was the Mighty Frost that first blew the dark sounds of hell onto vinyl. Records which in turn found its way onto stereos of pimply-faced teenage sons-of-satans' everywhere.

Whether its Burzum or Mayhem that you align yerself with, the album above is quite possibly ground fooking zero as far as black metal is concerned. With due respect to both the aforementioned Venom & Celtic Frost, this album is where legions of face painters first got inspired to take the already heavy sub-genre of death metal a couple of notches down the Hades elevator.

The driving force behind Bathory has long left this mortal coil but his musical legacy lives on. Me knows there are plenty of times me sez this is absolutely essential & yes, Blood Fire Death is certainly one album that every self-respecting metalhead must have. Wajip brudder! Despite being released over two decades ago, this album still has the ability to set yer cranium on auto whiplash mode with its the buzzsaw guitars, screeching vocals & Nordic mythology.

Raw & primitive it may sound to some more polished ears but trust me, Bathory were light years ahead of its time. To download Bathory's Blood Fire Death (1988), please click here: http://rapidshare.com/files/47221059/0508.zip
Fer a sample of what Bathory sound like, check out this vid.

10 comments:

Anba said...

Balaji:- yup balaji..me totally agree on this...this album is essential..eventhough i only have Bathory's the return album with me...

anfield devotee said...

anba: So ther you go. Another day, another free download. Enjoy!!!

ps: Am listening to The Return as me slave away at me cubicle . . .

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Quorthon! the legendary Quorthon! i was privileged to be introduced to -what else- Blood, Fire, Death back in the early 90s. but back then everyone was already into Mayham, Darkthrone, Burzum and stuff la. it was all abt Vikernes and Euronymous.

anfield devotee said...

Kerp: Yup, Qourthon & his one man crusade. Killer la this album.

Achilles said...

AD: Awesome looking cover dude. just seeing the cover makes me wanna hear it.

As fer the sounds, me gotta go home to check it out. But Death metal.... mmmmm.... me will give it a listen before i say anything.

BTW, checked out the stuff you gave me. Brilliant guitars and music.... just the vocals a bit kurang-lah. Maybe i need to give it a listen a few more times.

anfield devotee said...

Achilles: Bathory are not exactly death metal but rather prototype black metal.

Atmospheric as fook. Give it a try. Never know, you might dig this.

As fer the the Frost LP me sent you, me hopes you burnt onto a CD, coz it needs to be listened in entirety. Its a grower, trust me.

Achilles said...

AD: Medieval theme, swords, warriors and metal music... Fook Yeah.... how to say no.

Me only humble comment is, me prefers things a little faster paced, but then again making it faster means it won't be as dark as this.

BTW, when you emailing me the songs for this? hehehehehe.

anfield devotee said...

achilles: Fooking hell, you lazy fooking bastard! If you canna be bothered to download when its presented to you on a platter, me tak tau la. Seriously . . .

Achilles said...

AD: i tried to download-lah... but half way through always kena potong.

anfield devotee said...

achilles: excuses . . . What kind of metal warrior is this la?