Blood Fire Death

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Blood Fire Death
Blood fire death.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 October 1988
RecordedFebruary 1988
StudioHeavenshore Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
LabelBlack Mark/Tyfon (Sweden and Germany)
Under One Flag (UK)
Kraze (US)
ProducerBoss Forsberg and Quorthon
Bathory chronology
Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Blood Fire Death

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.[2] According to the book Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult by Dayal Patterson, Blood Fire Death began a second trilogy, an era Quorthon described as the "pre-Christian Swedish Viking Era".

Background and recording[edit]

The lyrics to "For All Those Who Died" were taken from a poem by Erica Jong, first published in her book Witches (1981),[3] while the 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 The Wild Hunt of Odin (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo. The painting as well as the opening track "Oden's Ride Over Nordland" use the Wild Hunt motif from folklore. Blood Fire Death established this motif in metal culture, where it since has become popular with a number of bands and event organizers.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[5]

In 2009, IGN included Blood Fire Death in their "10 Great Black Metal Albums" list.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Quorthon.

Side one
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
Side two
6."For All Those Who Died"4:57
7."Dies Irae"5:11
8."Blood Fire Death"10:28

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


  • Quorthon – guitars, vocals, percussion, effects, producer, engineer, mixing
  • Vvornth – drums
  • Kothaar – bass


  1. ^ a b Ramirez, Carlos (6 January 2009). "10 Great Black Metal Albums – IGN". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Blood Fire Death - Bathory : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  3. ^ " - On Jos. A. Smith's illustrations for Witches + A statement from Black Mark Records". 16 April 2008. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  4. ^ Florian Heesch, Reinhard Kopanski. 2017. "Klang - Text - Bild: Intermediale Aspekte der Black Metal-Forschung". ed. Sarah Chaker, Jakob Schermann, Nikolaus Urbanek. Analyzing Black Metal - Transdisziplinäre Annäherungen an ein düsteres Phänomen der Musikkultur. Transcript Verlag. pp. 29-33. ISBN 978-3-8376-3687-1
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 978-1894959315.