No offense to Slayer, but they did. BEFORE any hardcore Slayer fan starts bashing me, let me just say that Quorthon among other's owe alot to Slayer, they were without a doubt a major influence on this man and many other bands out there to this day. Reign was no doubt the heaviest album in 86, but of course many a band has their influences and wanted to see if they could out do it. Bathory has truly left a mark (no pun intended) on metal history with this release, here on 1987's "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark". While Venom may have coined the Black Metal phrase, Bathory delivered it full on since 1984's self titled release and pathed a way for many bands to follow throughout the 1990's. We start off with a bleak and dark intro that will leave you wondering when the intensity is going to kick in, then suddenly BOOM "Massacre" punches in and delivers a deadly blackened speed metal assault more fierce than anything you will find on Reign In Blood. The particular pressing that I own has "Nocternal Obeisance" and "Massacre" combined onto one track, but they are listed separately on the track listing just in case if anyone gets confused on what track they are listening too. Next up is "Women Of Dark Desires" a tale of Elizabeth Bathory herself. We start off with some of the smoothest snare drumming solos followed by more of the blackened speed metal. Quorthon's shrieks send chills down my spine on this one. We slow things down a bit with "Call From The Grave", but this is no ballad at all, we have some ultra heavy doom riffs and even middle eastern style horns in the mix. Truly an excellent mix. After that "Equimanthorn" starts up with a bass intro that resembles the Jaws theme and brings us back the blackened speed metal once again. Quorthon also shreds it up near the end, excellent thrasher if you ask me. This track was also featured on the Gummo soundtrack. As Side Darkness comes to a close we continue the album on Side Evil, with "Enter The Eternal Fire" it gives you the Hell Awaits feel times ten. It gives you that hellish surroundings that the kings of thrash have given us. Cool guitaring as well. "Chariots of Fire" delivers the pure fast black metal that the genre became known for. You can tell were Darkthrone got their influence for, while 13 Candles thrashes your head to pieces and has probably the most demonic lyrics ever, and finally we end with "Of Doom" probably the fastest track on the album, even the vocals are almost too fast to keep up with. This album truly is a landmark in black metal, very influential for bands like Burzum, Mayhem, Darkthrone, and Immortal, if you are into fast paced black metal, this is for you.
Killer Tracks: Massacre, Woman Of Dark Desires, Call From The Grave, Equimanthorn, 13 Candles, and Of Doom.
This cd is one that had a lot of influence on the Scandinavian black metal scene which began in the early 90s. For good reason too. Dark, evil and dirty in its sound, it also includes a touch of dark ambience. All tracks are black metal gems and if you're curious about where a lot of black metal bands began, this is an essential album to own. It took a while to arrive in the mail, but was well worth the wait.
Excellent condition, excellent music, excellent seller. This is coming from a true God-loving heaven-bound anti-religious lover of TRUE music, and Black/Death Metal and any and all musicians who either worship or prefer the act of satanism over Christianity. Personally, I detest both equally, but this album is probably the greatest Black Metal record ever made. It just goes to show you that morality doesn't mean s*** when you've got such empowering and exquisite music such as this right here. Album highlights include "Call From the Grave", "Enter the Eternal Fire" (editor's choice), and "13 Candles." Buy it and other landmark efforts such as "Blood Fire Death" (1988) and "Blood on Ice" (1996), supporting Quorthon's musicality and skill. R.I.P. I know you've got a place up there in heaven my man.
Yah sure I liked it. A little bit corny, and it takes some repeat listens, but there are some really sweet songs on here. I perhaps like the albums before and after this a lot better, but a lot of what is good in those (chasmatic violence, shredding guitars, harsh violent vocals, utter depravity and non-melody) is in this.
In my opinion this is one of Quarthon's failed experiments but the guy was a genius so it's still definitely worth it.
This is the first black metal album that I have ever owned, and I vow it won't be my last.
The first time I listened to it, it felt like I had been listening to it all my life, and it still felt fresh.
The other reviews I read were right. The slight imperfections in this album's production somehow make it sound more authentic, and Quorthron's vocals are terrifying and magnetic.If you are even considering delving into black metal, this may be an ideal place to start.
The best Bathory cd... Classics. 13 candles, Equimanthorn, Massacre, Call from the grave. Classics! Quorthon stepped it up big time on this release after the haunting "the Return". This is still the best sounding Bathory disc and it slays from start to finish. Also great cover art.. Better now than ever.. RIP quorthon..