Emperor's Return

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Emperor's Return
CelticFrost Emperor'sReturn.jpg
EP by Celtic Frost
Released August 1985[1]
Recorded October 1984 at Caet Studio in Berlin, Germany (tracks 2 and 3)
April 1985 at Line in Recording Studio in Zurich, Switzerland (tracks 1, 4, 5)
Genre Black metal,[2] thrash metal
Length 21:21
Label Noise (Europe)
Enigma/Metal Blade (USA)
Producer Horst Müller, Rick Lights, Tom Warrior, Martin Ain, Karl Walterbach
Celtic Frost chronology
Morbid Tales
(1984)
Emperor's Return
(1985)
To Mega Therion
(1985)

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 (aka "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
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No.TitleLength
1."Circle of the Tyrants"4:27
2."Dethroned Emperor"4:38
Side Two
No.TitleLength
3."Morbid Tales"3:29
4."Visual Aggression"4:11
5."Suicidal Winds"4:36

Personnel[edit]

Celtic Frost
Additional musicians
  • Stephen Priestly - drums on tracks 2 and 3
Production
  • Horst Müller - producer and engineer on tracks 2 and 3
  • Rick Lights - producer on tracks 1, 4, 5
  • Thomas Süsstrunk - engineer on tracks 1, 4, 5
  • Karl Walterbach - executive producer
  • Phil Lawvere - cover art

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gatefold of Best of Metal Blade, Vol. 1" (JPG). Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  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 978-1860743108. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Celtic Frost - Emperor's Return review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  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 978-1894959315.