Twilight of the Gods

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Band Name Bathory
Album Name Twilight of the Gods
Type Album
Released date 29 June 1991
Produced by Stig Borje Forsberg
Music StyleViking Black
Members owning this album373

Tracklist

Re-Issue in 2002 by Irond Records.
1. Prologue / Twilight of the Gods / Epilogue 14:02
2. Through Blood by Thunder 06:16
3. Blood and Iron 10:25
4. Under the Runes 05:59
5. To Enter Your Mountain 07:38
6. Bond of Blood 07:35
7. Hammerheart (Gustav Holst Cover) 04:57
Total playing time 56:52

Comment @ vikingman369

21 October 2010
This is the last Bathory album to feature a full band line-up. Having lost enthusiasm with metal in general (including black metal), Quorthon's tastes started leaning towards classical music. Those albums from "Blood Fire Death" to this one are proof of his classical influence.

The quality of the album is similar to that of "Hammerheart", but this is less black than its predecessor. There aren't many screams to be found, nor any full acoustic tracks.

The opening track is rather lengthy, and has absolutely nothing to do with vikings or black metal: it's Nietzschian and atheistic, with an epic guitar sound behind it. The next three tracks are more-or-less viking-themed, with less high fantasy and more humanistic realism featured within. Track number 5 feels like "One Rode/Twilight 2" and therefore gets boring after the first three listens. Fortunately, the last two tracks are full viking. There's a bit of an acoustic intro to "Bond of Blood" (formerly called "In Nomine Satanas ") followed by an epic length of riffs, chanting, layered vocals and Quorthon's need to put even a simple guitar solo into everyone of his songs.

The last song is called a cover on here, but is it?. What you find is a symphonic arrangement of Gustav Holst's melody to the movement "Jupiter" from his Planet Symphony. Albeit slower, and with Quorthon's own lyrics featuring the viking warrior going to Valhalla to be with Odin, this song is named after the previous album, and feels like a good conclusion to the career of a metal-giant.

Fortunately, he came back for round two. Unfortunately, Nordland II did not end with as much power as this does.

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