Twilight of the Gods (album)

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Twilight of the Gods
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Studio album by Bathory
Released 29 June 1991
Recorded April 1991 at Montezuma Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Viking metal
Length 56:50
Label Black Mark
Producer Borje Forsberg, Quorthon
Bathory chronology
Twilight of the Gods
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Twilight of the Gods is the sixth studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It continues the exploration of the newly created Viking metal style, and also displays heavy epic doom and classical influences; it is titled after an opera by Wagner. It is a mid-tempo, more acoustic album than previous Bathory releases, though it follows on from the Hammerheart album. Of significance is Quorthon's total control of the album, playing all electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass, and drum programming. The background vocals are a particular feature of this album, with Quorthon multi-tracking himself, as he did on the Hammerheart album, though this time in a more sophisticated way, sounding like a whole chorus at times. The song entitled Hammerheart is based on a melody from Gustav Holst's The Planets. Specifically, it is Quorthon's own "rearrangement" of the middle section of the fourth movement, Jupiter. Originally this was to be the final Bathory album.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Quorthon, except "Hammerheart", music by Gustav Holst (excerpt of The Planets, Op. 32), rearranged by Quorthon.

No. Title Length
1. "Twilight of the Gods" 14:02
2. "Through Blood by Thunder" 6:15
3. "Blood and Iron" 10:25
4. "Under the Runes" 5:56
5. "To Enter Your Mountain" 7:34
6. "Bond of Blood" 7:34
7. "Hammerheart" 4:40
8. "Outro" 0:23
Total length: 56:50

The 2003 remastered edition combines tracks 1–3 as one track.