8 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The cold winds and ironclad honor of Scandinavian mythology are perfectly captured on Hammerheart, Bathory’s Viking-metal opus from 1990. While bands like Darkthrone were still developing their black-metal sound, Quorthon and co. reach new frontiers on the searing, 11-minute “Shores In Flames,” leaving a trail of screaming guitars in their wake. Thunderous riffs and melancholy keyboards narrate a tale of Christian conquest on “One Rode to Asa Bay,” and “Song to Hall Up High” invokes the sweeping melody of Nordic folk.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The cold winds and ironclad honor of Scandinavian mythology are perfectly captured on Hammerheart, Bathory’s Viking-metal opus from 1990. While bands like Darkthrone were still developing their black-metal sound, Quorthon and co. reach new frontiers on the searing, 11-minute “Shores In Flames,” leaving a trail of screaming guitars in their wake. Thunderous riffs and melancholy keyboards narrate a tale of Christian conquest on “One Rode to Asa Bay,” and “Song to Hall Up High” invokes the sweeping melody of Nordic folk.

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