Style: Viking BlackThrash Metal |
Year of birth: 1983
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Biography of Band
|The band was originally known as Nosferatu, Mephisto, Elizabeth Bathory and Countess Bathory in the beginning with Quorthon/Vans/Hanoi-lineup before settling on Bathory.
Elizabeth (Erszebet) Bathory was a 17th century hungarian noble, who enjoyed bathing in young womens blood. Estimates vary on number of girls and women she killed from 40 to 600.
Bathory is one of the first bands to form the black metal genre and one of the most influential bands ever. Quorthon formed the band in March 1983 after having played guitar in an oi-punk band earlier. In the beginning Quorthon called himself Black Spade. Bathory was just for fun in the beginning and noone took it as particularly serious. They were originally called Nosferatu, then changed their name to Natas, Memphisto, Elizabeth Bathory, Countess Bathory and finally Bathory.
Quorthon, only 15 years old, knew the boss from a record company called Tyfon Grammofon since he helped them out listening to new bands and managed to talk him into recording two tracks for the Scandinavian Metal Attack compilation album. On those tracks Quorthon changed his name to Ace Shoot and later he picked his name Quorthon from a list of demons. After the recording of those tracks the band split up since Quorthon wanted to play faster metal than the other members. Over the next few years lots of members passed through the band.
The line-up changed finally resulted in Quorthon being left alone and he decided to go on solo and just recruiting musicians when he was about to record. The record company boss contacted Quorthon and asked him to record a full-length album since the Bathory tracks on the compilation had gained lots of attention. Quorthon had played drums since the age of 9 and guitars and other instruments from age 15 so it wasn't a big problem for him to be left alone. On the first two albums he actually played everything himself.
The third album from Bathory features a drummer who is still unknown. The fourth album "Hammerheart" had the old death/black metal trademark still there on some tracks but this one was heavily influenced by the ancient Vikings and asatru. This way Bathory continued for their next albums.
Bathory changed their line-up lots of times and for some time the now so famous video director Jonas Еkerlund (Madonna, Metallica, Prodigy) was handling the drums. This was regarded just as a rumour earlier but he has actually confirmed this in the year 2000 in the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. In the year 2000 he also played the drums at a show in Bеstad, Sweden, together with well-known Swedish artists Meja and Stakka Bo. In their early days 1983-1985 Bathory even played live several times in Alvik and Stockholm.
In 1987 the band rehearsed with drummer Christian Dudeck from the German thrash metal band Sodom for an upcoming tour but the whole thing was cancelled for unknown reasons. On June 7th, 2004, Quorthon (real name Thomas Forsberg, son of Black Mark Production owner Bцrje Forsberg) was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm. He apparently died of a heart failure.
Members of Bathory
| Current Members:|
Thomas Forsberg (Quorthon) (Founder). Period: 1983 - 2004. Role: All instruments, Vocals
Fredrick Hanoi (Freddan). Period: 1983 - 1984. Role: Bass
Jonas ?kerlund (Vans McBurger). Period: 1983 - 1984. Role: Drums
Vvornth. Period: 1989 - 1991. Role: Drums
Kothaar. Period: 1989 - 1991. Role: Bass
Hanoi. Period: 1983 - 1984. Role: Bass
The Animal. Period: 1983 - 1983. Role: Vocals
Cliff. Role: Bass
Side projects: Anti Cimex, Black Uniforms, Driller Killer, Vomitory
|CD: Bathory (1984) Tracklist.|
Lineup: Quorthon - Vocals, guitars, Freddan - Bass, Jonas ?kerlund - Drums
Comment: Was firstly released on 1000 vinyl copies, with a yellow goat insted of white.
CD: The Return (1985) Tracklist.
Comment: CD info: Cd-Re-issue (?) has an additional track -- an outro which can be
described as a shorter (30 seconds) version of the intro, "Revelation of
Vinyl/cassette versions: the tracks "Sadist" and "Bestial Lust" are swaped on
the tracklist and lyrics sheet (vinyl). Also, "Revelation of Doom" is unlisted
on the vinyl except in the "tracklist poem" which appears on the back cover.
The vinyl and cassettes were distributed in the United States by
CD: Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (1987) Tracklist.
Comment: Nocturnal Obeisance and Massacre are combined as one track.
The Outro is a hidden track.
CD: Blood Fire Death (1988) Tracklist.
Lineup: Quorthon - vocals, guitar, Vvornth - drums, Kothaar - bass
Comment: This "Outro" track appears only in the CD version.
CD: Hammerheart (1990) Tracklist.
Comment: Reissued by Black Mark Production in 1991.
Promo: Twilight of the gods (1991) Tracklist.
CD: Twilight Of The Gods (1991) Tracklist.
Compilation: Jubileum 1 (1992) Tracklist.
Comment: 1st compilation of old songs with 3 unreleased tracks and "Sacrifice" (1984)
which was released on the compilation album Scandinavian Metal Attack.
Compilation: Jubileum 2 (1993) Tracklist.
CD: Requiem (1994) Tracklist.
Comment: Quorthon drops the Viking theme and goes for straight up Thrash on this album.
CD: Octagon (1995) Tracklist.
Promo: Blood on Ice (1996) Tracklist.
CD: Blood On Ice (1996) Tracklist.
Comment: Quorthon pieced together old tapes, then re-recorded and finished this old
project from the late 80s. This album falls right in line with the Viking era
Compilation: Jubileum 3 (1998) Tracklist.
Comment: Most tracks are from Requiem, Octagon, and Blood On Ice. There are also four previously unreleased tracks.
Compilation: Katalog (2001) Tracklist.
Comment: Featuring one track from each LP up to the "Nordland"-albums.
CD: Destroyer Of Worlds (2001) Tracklist.
Compilation: Nordland I (2002) Tracklist.
Comment: Nordland I" and it's successor "Nordland II" are also available on one double
LP "Nordland I & II".
Compilation: Nordland II (2003) Tracklist.