2014 - 10th Anniversary of Quorthon's Passing...
No one can underestimate Bathory's influence on the world of extreme Metal...no one. If the UK's Venom is (arguably) ground zero for the Black Metal movement it's definitely Quorthon, and his creation Bathory, that started the sub-genre of Viking Metal with groundbreaking albums such as Blood Fire Death, Hammerheart, Twilight of the Gods and Blood on Ice. His influence on many Metal acts is undisputed.
However, as history has shown many times, at some point, every saga comes to an end. Sadly, this one ended sooner and more unexpectedly than any of us would have thought when Quorthon (aka Thomas Börje Forsberg) was found in his apartment after passing on due to heart failure. He was only 38 years old when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge into Valhalla.
Click on the link below to read a fine tribute to Quorthon and his legacy: