Bathory Hammerheart on Picture Disc LP
Black Mark is reissuing a selection of the classic catalog from Swedish black metal legends Bathory on picture disc vinyl. Titles include: Bathory (1984), Hammerheart (1990), Requiem (1994), Octagon (1995), Blood On Ice (1996), Destroyer Of Worlds (2001), Nordland I (2002) and Nordland II (2003). Compilation album Jubileum Vol. I (1992) will also be issued on double vinyl.
Jumping the repetitive satanic bag, Bathory turned the wheel of time backwards and ended up in an age and place nearer to their roots and origin - Scandinavia prior to the arrival of Christianity. The ice cold waves that begins this album - their fifth release - welcomes the listener by sending shivers down the spine of the unprepared. One continues to shudder throughout as the swords are drawn, the snow falls and the tale of an era bygone is unfolded Bathory style.
Every track is majestically arranged and enriched with sound effects to set the mood. Perfected here is the slower - more powerful style - which Bathory began to explore already on the previous Blood Fire Death release. Hammerheart - with it’s multi-tracked harmony backing vocals, acoustic breaks and sound effect laden atmosphere - still acts as the blue print for hundreds of band of the 90’s. Not only the beginning of the true Tundra metal, but also its peak!
Bathory Hammerheart Track Listing:
1. Shores in Flames
3. Baptised in Fire and Ice
4. Father to Son
5. Song to Hall up high
6. Home of Once Brave
7. One Rode to Asa Bay