Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

BATHORY / Bathory (1984)

Venom reportedly coined the phrase Black Metal, but it took the genius of Quorthon to turn it into something more than just playful word association; he gave it life. The first Bathory album is a primitive blast of distorted guitars, repetitive drums and fuzzy vocals that sound like they were recorded inside a dead tree. That lack of finesse doesn't diminish its power or importance; instead, it's the very thing that defines it. It's a landmark release that paved the way for Norway to explode with blackened creativity.

Songs of Note: Hades; Sacrifice

4 bloodstained goats out of 5

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