Facts about Bathory
- Quorthon's birth name was Thomas Börje Forsberg, he was born 17th February 1966 and died 3rd June 2004. Not many people knew his real name before his death.
- Bathory formed when Quorthon was only 17 years old, in 16th of March 1983, with Freddan Hereafter (Fredrick Hanoi) - bass (1983-1984) and Jonas Åkerlund (Vans McBurger) - drums (1983-1984).
- Börje "Boss" Forsberg, owner of Black Mark Production and producer of Bathory, is Quorthon's father; Jennie Tebler is Quorthon's little sister.
- When Bathory formed in 1983 the line-up consisted of Black Spade (vocals and guitars), Hanoi (bass) and Vans (drums). Black Spade is Quorthon, he changed name in 1984 to Ace Shoot (which he is called on "Scandinavian Metal Attack") before he picked the name Quorthon from a list of demons. The names Vvornth and Kothaar were also on that list.
- In 1983, Bathory had a fourth memeber, a singer, for about half a year. He was called "The Animal".
- Before Bathory, Quorthon played guitar in an oi-punk band called Stridskuk.
- Bathory played live a couple of times between 1983 and 1985 in Alvik, Stockholm.
- In the beginning Bathory called themselves Nosferatu, Natas, Mephisto, Elizabeth Bathory and Countess Bathory before they finally settled for Bathory.
- The outro which appears on the first five albums had the meaning `Bathory is crawling back under the rock but will be back`. That is why the outro don't appear on "Twilight Of The Gods" which was intended to be the last Bathory album.
- Band wrote song "Hades" fefteen minutes before recording.
- The guy with the Bathory mask on the cover of "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark", Leif Ehrnborg, was a then top class Swedish bodybuilder.
- "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" was first called "Nocturnal Obeisance".
- There are secret messages in "The Golden Walls Of Heaven", "Dies Irae" and "In Nomine Satanas". Look here.
- In the late eighties Bathory planned to release a spectacular one hour long live video, but unfortunately nothing happend.
- There are four versions of "The Return Of The Darkness And Evil"; one on "Scandinavian Metal Attack" (and "Jubileum Volume II"), one on "The Return......", one demo version and finally a two-channel rehearsal track.
- In 1986 Witchhunter of Sodom came to Sweden and rehearsed with Bathory for two weeks for a planned tour with Celtic Frost and Destruction. Both Bathory and Sodom realized, though, that the fans might be confused if Witchhunter played in Bathory and nothing happened.
- The monument on the back cover of "Twilight Of The Gods" was built by Quorthon. It is about 3x3 meters big. It depicts Yggdrasil, the world tree in old norse mythology.
- Two songs on "Octagon"; "Genocide" and "Resolution Greed", were censored in the last minute because of the lyrics. That's why "Deuce" ended up on the album, which wasn't the idea at all. Look at the lyric sheet on "Octagon" and you'll see that two songs are missing. These songs are now available on "Jubileum Volume III" though.
There was also a third song that was never released: "Disease With A Purpose".
- Carsten Nielsen, drummer in Danish Artillery, was supposed to join Bathory in 1985, but he choose to stay in Artillery as he though they would become bigger.
- The famous Swedish video director Jonas Åkerlund (who did Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up", Madonna's "Ray Of Light" and Metallica's "Turn The Page" to name a few) once played drums in Bathory.
- Cliff Lundberg of Driller Killer, tried out as bass player for a few days, but it didn't work out. In Sweden Cliff is known from popular Punk bands such as Black Uniforms and Anti Cimex.
- In the book "Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise Of The Satanic Metal underground" Quorthon's real name is "revealed", they claim it is Pugh Rogefeldt. For those of you not living in Sweden; Pugh Rogefeldt is a 50-55 year old Swedish progressive Rock/Pop musician! Your webmaster (of Twilight) laughed long and hard at this "revelation".
- In the latest issue of Terrorizer, #100, Bathory is listed as the 13th most important extreme Metal band. Again, Quorthon's "real" name is revealed as Pugh Rogefeldt.
An interesting fact is by the way that Pugh Rogefeldt (now we're talking about the real Pugh) released an album in 1985 called "Hammarhjärta" which, translated to English, means "Hammerheart"...
- Another name which claimed to be Quorthon's real name appeared a couple of years ago in a German magazine. They "unmasked" him and wrote that his name is "Runka Snorkråka". For those of you who aren't familiar with the Swedish language, runka is Swedish for "jerk off" and snorkråka means "booger". Don't believe everything you read...
- The airplane in "109" is Messerschmitt Bf/Me 109, a German propeller-driven plane with one engine constructed by Willy Messerschmitt, made between 1935-1945. It was built in Bayrische Flugzeugewerke's factories in the city of Augsburg in southern Germany.
- While recording "Requiem", Bathory for fun called the song "Apocalypse" "Calypso" (A nymph who kept Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years)...
- The sound at the end of "Shores In Flames" are actually replicas of Viking Age bronze horns. A guy from the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm came to Heavenshore and "played" on the horns. However, the people at Metal Hammer thought the sound came from farting elks...
- Quorthon is a self-taught musician, being his first instrument a drum, then guitar and bass, also his first recording was done when he was about 2 years old, in an auto-recording machine.
- A few weeks before they recorded the two tracks for the Scandinavian sampler, Quorthon kicked off the vocalist they had on that moment.
- The bass line for "The Return..." were recorded using a aluminum pipe-line.
In the end solo of "The return of the darkness and evil" there is the sound of the guitar threw away and smashed because Quorthon wanted to hear what it would sound like. All this noise was left and can be heard as part of the solo.
- The song "Bestial Lust" is a track dedicated to all the groupies they fucked at that time.
- On the Combat version of the debut album the outro was omitted.
- In a photo session in Los Angeles, Quorthon and co. almost got picked up by the police after some neighbors called the police wheh seeing flames rising up the sky on the top of a buiding, fortunately Quorthon and the others made a getaway.
A picture from this session can be seen on the back of the "Blood Fire Death" picture disc.
- There have been about several bass players in Bathory who used the name Kothaar. Once the name had been used, the new bass player just had to take that name on when joning the band, even though he just stayed for a few days.
- Quorthon does all the vocals in all albums from "Under The Sign..." and onwards, using a voice bank system to do the monumental chorus, not a real choir.
Sources: Twilight, findagrave.com, Wikipedia.org
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