Emperor's Return

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Emperor's Return
three scantily clad or topless women lounging with a demon
EP by
ReleasedAugust 1985[1]
RecordedOctober 1984 at Caet Studio in Berlin, Germany (tracks 2 and 3)
April 1985 at Line in Recording Studio in Zürich, Switzerland (tracks 1, 4, 5)
LabelNoise (Europe)
Enigma/Metal Blade (USA)
ProducerHorst Müller, Rick Lights, Tom Warrior, Martin Ain, Karl Walterbach
Celtic Frost chronology
Morbid Tales
Emperor's Return
To Mega Therion

Emperor's Return is the second release by the Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost. It was released in 1985 as an extended play and was their first record featuring American drummer Reid Cruickshank (a.k.a. "Reed St. Mark").[3] The band's bleak publicity photographs from this period had an influence on the fashion and style of the developing black metal genre.[2] The tracks of Emperor's Return were remastered and re-released in the 1999 edition of Morbid Tales and yet again remastered and included in the 2017 edition of To Mega Therion.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Circle of the Tyrants"4:29
2."Morbid Tales"3:29
Side two
3."Dethroned Emperor"4:37
4."Visual Aggression"4:11
5."Suicidal Winds"4:36


Celtic Frost
Additional musicians
  • Stephen Priestly – drums on "Morbid Tales" and "Dethroned Emperor"
  • Andrew Loyd – producer
  • Horst Müller – engineer
  • Karl Walterbach – technician
  • Phil Lawvere – cover art


  1. ^ "Gatefold of Best of Metal Blade, Vol. 1" (JPG). Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Strachan, Guy (February 2005). "Part Two: In the Name of the Lore". Terrorizer. No. 128. p. 42.
  3. ^ Fischer, Thomas Gabriel (2000). Are You Morbid?: Into the Pandemonium of Celtic Frost. London, UK: Sanctuary. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-86074-310-8.
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Celtic Frost – Emperor's Return review". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.