Blood Fire Death

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Blood Fire Death
Studio album by Bathory
Released 8 October 1988
Recorded February 1988 at Heavenshore Studio in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Black metal, Viking metal
Length 45:41
Label Under One Flag
Producer Quorthon and Boss Forsberg
Bathory chronology
Under the Sign of the Black Mark
(1987)
Blood Fire Death
(1988)
Hammerheart
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Blood Fire Death is the fourth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on 8 October 1988, through Music for Nations sublabel, Under One Flag. The album, although mostly black metal, includes some of the first examples of Viking metal.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

The lyrics to "The Golden Walls of Heaven" and "Dies Irae" are acrostics: the first letters of each line spell out words, namely "SATAN" (repeated eight times) and "CHRIST THE BASTARD SON OF HEAVEN".

The lyrics to "For All Those Who Died" were taken from a poem by Erica Jong, first published in her book Witches (1981),[2] while first three verses of "A Fine Day to Die" are taken from "Cassilda's Song" of Robert W. Chambers' "The King in Yellow".

The front cover comes from the painting Åsgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Quorthon

No. Title Length
1. "Odens Ride Over Nordland"   2:59
2. "A Fine Day to Die"   8:35
3. "The Golden Walls of Heaven"   5:22
4. "Pace 'Till Death"   3:39
5. "Holocaust"   3:25
6. "For All Those Who Died"   4:57
7. "Dies Irae"   5:11
8. "Blood Fire Death"   10:28
9. "Outro"   0:58
Total length:
45:41

Note: The "Outro" is not listed on the cover, and is not included on the cassette release.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2009, IGN included Blood Fire Death in their "10 Great Black Metal Albums" list.[3]

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Blood Fire Death - Bathory : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "TheLeftHandPath.com - On Jos. A. Smith's illustrations for Witches + A statement from Black Mark Records". thelefthandpath.com. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (6 January 2009). "10 Great Black Metal Albums – IGN". ign.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012.