The Return (Bathory album)

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The Return......
Studio album by Bathory
Released 27 May 1985
Recorded February 1985 at Electra Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Black metal
Length 36:41
Label Combat
Producer Quorthon
Bathory chronology
Bathory
(1984)
The Return......
(1985)
Under the Sign of the Black Mark
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Return...... (full title The Return of the Darkness and Evil) is the second studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on vinyl on 27 May 1985, through Combat Records.

Background[edit]

Quorthon explained the album title as such:

We wanted people to just read out The Return...... – as in a second album or a follow-up – and then flip the album over to look for a tracking list. Not finding one, what they got was this apocalyptic poem with the song titles woven into it. Only after listening through the album to the end would you get the full title of the album; "The Return of the Darkness and Evil".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Quorthon

Side 'Darkness'
No. Title Length
1. "Revelation of Doom (Intro)"   3:27
2. "Total Destruction"   3:50
3. "Born for Burning"   5:13
4. "The Wind of Mayhem"   3:13
5. "Bestial Lust (Bitch)"   2:41
Side 'Evil'
No. Title Length
6. "Possessed"   2:42
7. "The Rite of Darkness"   2:05
8. "Reap of Evil"   3:28
9. "Son of the Damned"   2:48
10. "Sadist (Tormentor)"   3:00
11. "The Return of the Darkness and Evil"   3:49
12. "Outro"   0:25
Total length:
36:41

The 2003 remastered edition combines tracks 1 and 2, and tracks 7 and 8.

Legacy[edit]

The Return...... had a significant influence on the then-emerging death metal and black metal genres.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Bathory
  • Quorthon (Thomas Börje Forsberg) – guitar, vocals, additional bass guitar, album cover design, album back and front cover photography, production, recording, mixing
  • Andreas Johansson – bass guitar, album back and front cover photography
  • Stefan Larsson – drums, album back and front cover photography
Production
  • Gunnar Silins – album back and front cover photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Return of the Darkness and Evil - Bathory : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bathory - The Return". bathory.nu. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Ekeroth, Daniel (29 July 2008). Swedish Death Metal. Bazillion Points Books. p. 33. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

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