Bathory must be considered a major influence, either directly or
indirectly, on virtually every black metal band in the last decade.
It was Bathory, along with
who helped pioneer the raw death/black style and gutteral vocals
that are now standard in the genre.
Basically a one-man band
(with a scattered few early-career exceptions),
have run the gamut from more simplistic Venom-ish fare (first two
albums, the debut in particular) to a more epic,
style, steeped in Norse mythology, on much of the middle and later
albums, to a more thrash-based style on releases such as Octagon.
Quorthon (the man himself) also recorded apart from the Bathory
name, releasing two albums under the name Quorthon, said to be very
The last releases were the two part Nordland effort released in 2002
and 2003, with an expected new album in 2004 cut short by the
unfortunate and unexpected passing of Quorthon in June of that year.
Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg)
vocals/all instruments RIP: June 7, 2004, heart failure