you have always
wanted to know about
was always too busy headbanging to ask)
BATHORY recorded the self titled debut album back in June
1984, cash flow problems prevented the band from bringing
any more advanced equipment to the studio than a single
tiny 20W Yamaha amp (that Quorthon still owns). This amp
was used for both guitar and bass.
albums BATHORY, UNDER THE SIGN
OF THE BLACK MARK, BLOOD FIRE DEATH
and HAMMERHEART were recorded, BATHORY
had only eight recording tracks to work with. The remaining
four tracks of the board used, would be used as effect
tracks (eg delay, reverb etc). Only for the recording
of HAMMERHEART in June 1989 did BATHORY
bring a hired effect rack to the studio, and were thus
able to use the last four tracks for additional overdubs.
album HAMMERHEART was recorded in June
1989, the band arrived to studio Heavenshore only to discover
that the entire floor had been bulldozed and the gaping
hole filled with gravel (to be covered in wet cement a
forth night later). The drums and amp's would be placed
right on top of the undulating bed of gravel. And since
all electric wiring had been ripped out, bare light bulbs
had to be tacked to the ceiling to provide the band with
recording the self titled first album took only 56 hours,
recording DESTROYER OF WORLDS took only
112 hours. Recording the two hours and fifteen minutes
worth of material for the twin head NORDLAND
release took nearly four months in total.
title for the debut album was Pentagrammaton,
but this working title was discarded when several people
read it out as Pentagon. The
pentagram was moved to the back of the album cover and
replaced with a monster face made up from several bits
cut out from various horror comics.
the working title for the second album was REVELATION
OF DOOM, one tentative title for the third
album was NOCTURNAL OBEISANCE.
And just for the record: BLOOD ON ICE
was never planned to be called BLOOD
UPON THE ICE.
artist Boris Vallejo was scheduled to paint the album
cover for BLOOD ON ICE. In the end, Mr.
Vallejo asked for $10.000 up front. This was money that
BATHORY quite simply did not have to spend on an album
cover. Luckily budding Swedish master Kristian Wåhlin
was more than happy to paint the exclusive art work for
the complex BLOOD ON ICE project.
first edition of the debut album (limited to 1 000 copies
produced) was by accident printed in a neon or canary
yellow dye. The golden dye requested for by the band turned
out too expensive for the young group. These days, according
to various sources, a mint condition "yellow goat"
album cover will sell for well over $100.
used the same guitar on all BATHORY recordings between
the "Satan My Master"/"Witchcraft"
session in May 1983 and the OCTAGON album
recorded in February 1995. The guitar was a Ibanez Destroyer
I, equipped with Dimarzio's and Dean Markley strings.
Since then the weapon of choice is a Gibson Flying-V with
Dimarzio's and (since Dean Markley is out of business)
(during proper recording for several albums) recorded
among other covers Queen's "Now I'm Here" and
"Ogre Battle", Motörhead's "Overkill"
and Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".
None of these recordings have ever been released. The
only covers recorded by BATHORY to be released to date
are Kiss' "Deuce" and "Black Diamond",
Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Motörhead's
"Ace of Spades".
wrote Danish drummer Carsten Nielsen in the summer of
1986, asking him if he'd be interested in joining BATHORY.
Herr Nielsen replied that he figured his band Artillery
would be ten times bigger than BATHORY, and thus kindly
but firmly turned the offer down.