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Studio album by Bathory
Released 16 April 1990
Recorded June – August 1989 at Heavenshore Studio in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Viking metal
Length 55:46
Label Noise
Producer Quorthon, Boss Forsberg
Bathory chronology
Blood Fire Death
Twilight of the Gods

Hammerheart is the fifth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It continued the previous album Blood Fire Death's transition away from black metal to what became recognized as Viking metal, and is considered a cornerstone work of the genre.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Quorthon

No. Title Length
1. "Shores in Flames"   11:07
2. "Valhalla"   9:33
3. "Baptised in Fire and Ice"   7:57
4. "Father to Son"   6:28
5. "Song to Hall Up High"   2:30
6. "Home of Once Brave"   6:43
7. "One Rode to Asa Bay"   10:23
8. "Outro"   0:52
Total length:

The 2003 remastered edition combines tracks 5 and 6.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

AllMusic called the album an "unqualified triumph for the pioneering Swedish act."[1]


  • Quorthon – Main and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, special effects.
  • Kothaar: Electric Bass.
  • Vvornth: Drums and Percussion.


  • Executive Producer: Black Mark Production
  • Arranged by Quorthon
  • Produced, Recorded and mixed by Quorthon and Tomas "Boss" Forsberg
  • All songs published by Black Mark Production
  • Julia Schechner – album design
  • Sir Frank Dicksee – cover artwork, The Funeral of a Viking (provided by Manchester City Art Gallery)


  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Hammerheart - Bathory : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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