Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series “Spooktober Edition,”where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes is and explore tunes from the 60’s to today. Enjoy the trip! 🎃
Bathory was the name of a heavy metal band from Vällingby, Sweden, that formed in 1983 and disbanded in 2004, which is widely credited with creating the black metal and later Viking metal subgenres, who also dedicated the song “Woman of Dark Desires” to Elizabeth Báthory.
Lords of Chaos described Bathory’s first four albums as “the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal.”
Erzsébeth Báthory, born 7 of August 1560 and died 21 of August 1614, was a Hongarian Countess. She was also known as the Blood Countess.
The stories of her serial murders and brutality are verified by the testimony of more than 300 witnesses and survivors as well as physical evidence and the presence of horribly mutilated dead, dying and imprisoned girls found at the time of her arrest. Stories which ascribe to her vampire-like tendencies (most famously the tale that she bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth) were generally recorded years after her death and are considered unreliable.
BATHORY – CALL FROM THE GRAVE
(Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, 1987)
Across their first trilogy of albums, Sweden’s Bathory redefined just how evil metal could sound. Crudely welding the darkness of Black Sabbath to the roar of Motörhead, the sound mainman Quorthon came up with could freeze blood, and nowhere more so than on Call From The Grave. With all the atmosphere of a freshly-dug burial site at midnight, the diabolic, two-chord riff and Quorthon’s demented vocals make this a haunting paean to all things evil and hellish.