BATHORY — Twilight of the Gods

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3.91 | 29 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1991

Filed under Viking Metal
By BATHORY

Tracklist

1. Prologue / Twilight of the Gods / Epilogue (14:02)
2. Through Blood by Thunder (6:15)
3. Blood and Iron (10:25)
4. Under the Runes (5:59)
5. To Enter Your Mountain (7:37)
6. Bond of Blood (7:35)
7. Hammerheart (4:57)

Total Time: 56:52

Line-up/Musicians

- Quorthon / vocals, guitar
- Kothaar / bass
- Vvornth / drums

About this release

Label: Black Mark Production
Release date: June 29th, 1991

Recorded in April, 1991, at Montezuma Studio, Stockholm, Sweden.
Produced by Boss.
Album cover design by Quorthon
Album front cover photo by Rick Ridgew and Oscar Kihlborg.
Album back cover design, construction and photo by Quorthon.

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Warthur
For the final album of the classic viking metal trilogy that began with Blood Fire Death, Bathory occupy a space closer to the epic narrative thrash metal of Blood On Ice than the preceding Hammerheart, which still retained certain elements of their former black metal style. Less immediately gripping than the preceding albums, the album has a melancholic and contemplative atmosphere, with slow thrash riffs and long acoustic interludes emphasising this. It's said this was intended as the band's swansong, and I can believe it: it masterfully captures an air of wistful nostalgia for past times which can never be reclaimed. Not quite a classic by my reckoning, since I really have to be in a receptive mood to fully appreciate it, but still a grand finale to the journey begun in Blood Fire Death.

Members reviews

SilentScream213
Bathory (Quorthon) is the type of band that is always innovating. They managed to invent 2 completely original styles of metal, Black Metal with 1984’s Bathory, and Viking Metal 6 years later on Hammerheart. They toyed with this style on 88’s Blood Fire Death, and finally the genre came into fruition here.

While this album is amazingly unique for its time, I do find a slight step down from Blood Fire Death, which is odd because the bookend Viking Metal tracks of that album were my favorite. It turns out, slower paced epic Viking Metal doesn’t feel as powerful without a ton of Blackened Thrash pummeling you in between. Hammerheart has some truly epic songs that amaze (One Rode to Asa Bay is a masterpiece) but the majority of the material doesn’t leave me in the same awe as say, Blood Fire Death or A Fine Day to Die. Since this album is much more uplifting and much less dark, the riffs aren’t really evil or sinister; rather, they are just there. In all honesty, I can’t remember any notable riffs off the album, as it puts much more emphasis on atmosphere and Quorthon’s vocals. The rhythm section is slow and monotonous, but it does create a martial mood befitting the themes.

Off of those notes though, this is still a fantastic album, and Quorthon’s vocals are actually quite awesome. He’s evolved from a pure Black Metal shriek to what sounds like a haggard yell very capable of hitting and holding notes, which was necessary to make the jump from Black to Viking Metal. The atmosphere is effective and the backing vocals provide a great sense of grandeur to the whole package. The songs individually are not always Bathory’s greatest, but the album as a whole works very well due to these connecting themes.

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