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  • Nothing quite compares to placing a record on one’s record player, placing the needle on the vinyl, & absorbing that particular sound that only a record can emminate – soft crackles & all. Just light some candles in a darkened room, burn some incense, & experience the evocation; so much the better if you happen to possess a novelty grammophone connected to perfectly placed speakers.

    The first time I ever saw this recording, I was in a Moby Disc Records Store, where I would always peruse the imports section. I was immediately drawn to the striking cover, which bears the demonic image of the Baphomet Goat — a veritable bust which would look quite handsome as a statuette in one’s parlor. I eventually sent away for a poster & a T-shirt bearing this image. I also eventually met with Quorthon at a local Metal store, where I got the poster & the LP signed, with a firm handshake to boot.

    On the original record, the Black Goat had red burning eyes. On the back cover, the songtitles were printed in bloodred Olde English lettering, imposed upon a large blazing white pentagram on black backround. Again, quite striking. It no doubt found itself on many a xian pyre, in the hopes of ridding the land of the evil it wrought. Indeed, I have seen this very record on the “death row” of records destined to be burned, as I went undercover amongst the xian deathcult’s “occult seminars” {a couple of instances in order to view My own artwork which had been first confisctaed by school staff, xeroxed, then eventually returned to Me}.

    This is pure Black Metal, with 9 songs, including the Intro.

    Storm of Damnation
    In Conspiracy With Satan
    Raise The Dead

    On the CD, the Black Goat is still thereon, sans the red glowing eyes, & the back cover sans the pentagram & the Olde English font. Still, the musick is brutal, heavy, & dare I say it? Possessed vocals spewn from the depths of Hell.

    “Storm of Damnation” sets the eerie mood with sounds seemingly drifting up from The Abyss. Very doom oriented. Useful for Destruction rituals & Hex Spells.

    The so-called “re-mastered” version here, is really just a recording from vinyl straight to CD, as I was delighted to hear very subtle traces of those unmistakable needle noises from time to time, whioch really adds an arcane element to the recording. So now, you can listen to Bathory on your CD player, whether it be in your automobile, on a discman, at your friends’ homes, or in your own Lair.

    Bathory, along with Venom, Celtic Frost, Possessed, & Mercyful Fate, formed the bedrock for the current Black – Death Metal underground, which continues to thrive in the darkened shadows; the occult recesses of the nightmarish musickal black.

    As I have stated before, some Musick is timeless — & I will add some of the Primevil Black Metal along with it.
    Despite what happened to Bathory after ‘Bathory’, ‘The Return’, & ‘Under The Sign of The Black Mark’, {the Infernal Trinity, & the best Bathory ever created}, these three opuses are as a triune barb of Hell thrust into a bleeding Heaven, & remains a classic in Luciferian blasphemous rage.

    Posted on January 7, 2010