Genres: Heavy Metal
Tags: black metal viking metal thrash metal pagan metal metal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Swedish death/black-metal project was masterminded by the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Quothorn (Thomas Forsberg, 1966, d. 7 June 2004, Stockholm, Sweden; vocals/guitar). Formed in 1983, the band originally comprised Black Spade aka Quothorn, Kothaar (bass) and Vvornth (drums), but the latter two left after recording just a single track for a heavy metal compilation album. Aided by session musicians, Quothorn decided to continue alone and recorded a series of pioneering black-metal albums during the latter half of the 80s. He attracted a cult following, many of whom were Satanists, but refrained from taking his music out on the road. Hammerheart, released in 1990, was an ambitious concept album based on Viking legend and represented one of his more accessible works. Further albums ensued, with 1995’s Octagon marking a move towards a thrash-based style and including an unlikely cover version of the Kiss song ‘Deuce’. The two part Nordland...

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