Bathory - Blood on Ice

Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010

This ancient recording finally sees the light of day, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The past few Bathory CDs haven’t exactly been inspirational, and Quorthon’s solo album was truly pathetic, so I was more than a little worried that the venerable inspiration to a whole legion of current Black Metal outfits might fuck this up, too. However, my concerns were unfounded. This look into the past (recorded in ‘88 and ‘89, but not completed & mixed until 1996) brings back some memories of what this band once was, and hopefully it has brought something back to Quorthon, too. The music, for the most part, has a Thrashy, yet Doomy (in some places even majestic) feel, but there is much experimentation here. I’m happy to finally be able to once again recommend a Bathory album.

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