"The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power.
Further, the ancient Europeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld - giving them safe passage and protection until the met their soul’s destination.
Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.”
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is the debut album. It was released in October 1984, through Tyfon Grammofon. It is deemed by many fans and critics to be the first black metal record.
The album was originally to be named Pentagrammaton and to have a pentagram on the cover, but this name was scrapped when several people misread it as Pentagon.The pentagram was moved to the back and replaced with a re-touched portion of a drawing made by Joseph A. Smith in 1981 for the book Witches by Erica Jong. For the writing on the back cover, Quorthon bought a set of rub-on letters in the Old English font; however, he was one letter short (‘C’), and as a result, the second ‘C’ in “Necromancy” was replaced with an ‘S’. The introduction, “Storm of Damnation”, was also mistakenly left off the tracklisting.
Daniel Ekeroth, author of the book Swedish Death Metal, described the album’s style as “basically a mix of the Satanic party rock of Venom and the energy of San Francisco thrash metal”. While Bathory leader Quorthon claimed to have not heard Venom before making the album and to be inspired by Black Sabbath, Motörhead and GBH, former bass guitarist Jonas Åkerlund claimed that Bathory was “exclusively” inspired by Venom during these days.
Quorthon Stefan Larsson Rickard Bergman
Descending Night by Adolph Alexander Weinman, 1914