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. 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".
The second shock arrived when Quorthon employed a clean singing style (as opposed to his previously preeminent death croak) on the remarkable epic "A Fine Day to Die," whose complex arrangements and wide-ranging use of melody are also far more daring and adventurous than all his previous works. And what may have seemed accidental with the previous year's exceptional Under the Sign of the Black Mark was unquestionably confirmed here: This was the sound of modern black metal taking shape before fans' very eyes.
Blood Fire Death Lyrics. Death's star on horizon Lightning and rain Black winds and thunder The skyline is in flames. Written in the red mist The sign of the one Who rides deaths cold wind And walks disguised among Blood Fire Death. The moment is chosen The battlefield's bare Take now thy stand people The true ones don't fear. Now choose your weapons And fall in the line Choose well your colors And follow your sign. Blood for all tears shed And fire for hate Death for what shall become All false ones fate. The standard bearer is chosen And the day has just begun Shadows growing long by the rising Of the awakening sun. Fists raise like hammers To a clear sunny sky Bonds and chains fallen.
Blood Fire Death is the fourth album by the Swedish band Bathory. It continued the band's transition towards more epic songwriting, and includes some of the first Viking metal recordings. The lyrics to The Golden Walls of Heaven and Dies Irae are acrostics: the first letters of each line form phrases, namely "SATAN" (repeated 8 times) and "CHRIST THE BASTARD SON OF HEAVEN," respectively. The lyrics to For All Those Who Died were taken from a poem by Erica Jong, first published in her book Witches (1981). The 1999 and 2004 re-issue of the album In The Nightside Eclipse.
Bathory Blood Fire Death. My Other Fave Bathory Album.
Album Name Blood Fire Death. Released date 02 October 1988. Labels Under One Flag. Recorded at Heavenshore Studio. Music StyleEpic Black. Members owning this album625.
Blood Fire Death is widely regarded as the beginning of the Viking metal genre, however to my ear the Viking aspects aren't as readily apparent as they are on other albums. There's a good amount of black metal on here (as always), and as a nice bonus a large thrash element as well. And of course, you've got your Pagan aspect as well. Personally, I've always found it relatively hard to pin down Bathory's music to one specific genre, especially because they/he was never afraid to experiment. Despite the bare package, Blood Fire Death truly packs a punch musically
Black spine on standard double-gatefold j-card with blank reverse.
|A1||Odens Ride Over Nordland|
|A2||A Fine Day To Die|
|A3||The Golden Walls Of Heaven|
|A4||Pace 'Till Death|
|B1||For All Those Who Die|
|B3||Blood Fire Death|
|CDFLAG 26||Bathory||Blood Fire Death (CD, Album)||Under One Flag||CDFLAG 26||UK||1988|
|none||Bathory||Blood Fire Death (Cass, Album, Unofficial)||Moon Records , WVS Records||none||Ukraine||1996|
|WBM 200.163||Bathory||Blood Fire Death (Cass, Album, RE)||Wizard||WBM 200.163||Bulgaria||1997|
|MCD 1063||Bathory||Blood Fire Death (CD, Album, RE)||Kraze||MCD 1063||US||Unknown|
|BMCD-666||Bathory||Blood Fire Death (CD, Album, RM)||Black Mark AB||BMCD-666||Sweden||2003|