On May 11, 2012, Bazillion Points Books honors main man Quorthon and the memory of black metal’s most influential band, Bathory, on the 25-year anniversary of the group’s incomparable third album, Under the Sign of the Black Mark.
Says Jon Kristiansen, author of METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries: “For lack of a better word, Bathory brought more ‘class’ to primal black metal. Where certain bands polished their sound over time, you can’t really accuse Bathory of that. They still embraced all their earlier trademarks, but Quorthon took the total darkness concept to a whole new stage. And when I randomly got a copy of the U.S. version, they had printed one of my quotes as a selling point sticker on the cover. I am still extremely proud of that.”
Says Daniel Ekeroth, author of SWEDISH DEATH METAL: “Bathory’s most notable aspect still is the aura of complete mystery. Nobody seemed to know anything about them in the mid-’80s, not even in Sweden. The albums featured no band photos and no names except for the pseudonym Quorthon. Interviews were scarce and they never played live. All you had were albums loaded with fiendish music. Bathory seemed to exist in another dimension, and that made the impact all the greater.”
Says Ian Christe, author of SOUND OF THE BEAST: “Under the Sign of the Black Mark is still the blueprint and point of departure for all black metal. The scorching, all-consuming fire of this record lit the torch that is still passed from hand to hand, year after year. I spent hours talking with Quorthon and his producer Boss Forsberg about the record, and in the end this breakthrough was really a miracle of perfect timing. As far as black metal is concerned, this might as well be the first Black Sabbath album.”
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70000 TONS OF METAL
Christmas is coming soon, so it is time for the first of their surprises to be revealed: Five prominent heroes of the Northern metal-scene have joined forces to pay endless tribute to the dignified Swedish cult-combo Bathory. As TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, Alan Nemtheanga (Primordial), Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Cradle Of Filth), Blasphemer (ex-Mayhem), Frode Glesnes (Einherjer) and Patrik Lindgren (Thyrfing) will open the history-books to honor the fabulous legacy of master Quorthon 6 years after his tragic decease. 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Stay tuned for more Christmas surprises and specials to be announced soon!
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
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Interview with Nordavinden Lien
Interview by Lord of The Wasteland
**All Pics Courtesy of Bloodaxe
Blistering cold, howling winds, Norse history?sounds like your standard theme for a Scandinavian Black Metal CD, right? Well, in the case of Thunder Bay, Ontario?s Bloodaxe, a one-man band featuring Nordavinden Lien, those themes populate the vicious sounds of the band?s music through and through. Lien, a Canadian of Norwegian descent, is the driving force behind Bloodaxe and has been steering the longship for the better part of five years. The release of RAPING THE ANCIENT in 2004 brought new attention to Bloodaxe and the upcoming, FOR THOSE WHO HUNT THE WOUNDED DOWN, will elevate the band to the next level of greatness amongst the realms of underground blackened thrash.
Lien is extremely frank and candid in this interview and offers no apologies for his thoughts, ideas or opinions?nor should he have to. ?The Force From The North? is here to bludgeon, pillage and dominate and NOTHING will stand in his way?
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Tags: Bathory, Bloodaxe, EMPEROR, For Those Who Hunt The Wounded Down, Raping The Ancient, Thunder Bay, White Legends, Yngwie
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