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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Black Mark
  • ASIN: B000006SRT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Revelation Of Doom (intro) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Total Destruction 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Born For Burning 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Winds Of Mayhem 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bestial Lust 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Possessed 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Rite Of Darkness 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Reap Of Evil 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Son Of Damned 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sadist 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Return Of Darkness And Evil 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Winds Of Mayhem (outro)0:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Ralphenstein on 2 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
The follow to 1984's self-titled breakthrough album, 'The Return' shines in other ways. While the production budget had not noticably increased (again, the album was apparently recorded in and around Quorthon's house), this, especially in retrospect, is not an issue. In fact, the raw and somewhat basic sound gives it an atmosphere that many Scandinavian bands were to deliberately recreate a few years later.
At the time there were really only two European precedents for the sound Quorthon (the frontman, and only band actual member) was creating: Venom and Hellhammer/Celtic Frost. Bathory definetly tended towards the latter. What is great about 'The Return' is that it does so successfully.
While many might not think that Hellhammer had set much of precedence, it is important to place it within the context of the time. As a ground breaking sound, it would have been easy for successive bands to simply recreate the Hellhammer style.
Instead, Bathory managed to take it further on 'the Return', the first album where their true potential showed. Managing to top the 30 minute mark, it for one thing more resembles an album than its predecessor. It also has coherence a whole, kicking off ruthlessly after the carefully chaotic intro sequence with one of the fastest and heaviest tracks on the album, 'Total Destruction', and then progressing onto more thought-out and downright groovin' riffs. Highlights such as 'Possessed' follow, in which the Hellhammer influence is alluded to, and 'Born for Burning' must have been in part inspired by Venom. Quorthon's vocals are perfect for the genre, managing to create a pained sound that turned out to be quite ahead of its time, and therefore often imitated.
Basically, 'The Return' is the most chaotic work of Bathory's genuine black metal days.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The First True Black Metal Album! And One of the Best! 2 May 2004
By "jtom181" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Despite the fact that Venom invented the name of the genre with their Black Metal realease, everyone knows they were not TRUE BM, as what they did was done tongue-in-cheek, and mainly for shock effect. Bathory, of course, is quite different. No doubt influenced by the Satanic themes of Venom, indeed the name Bathory comes from a Venom song title-Countess Bathory- Quarthon took things a step farther. What becomes clear in listening to both the first album, Bathory, and especially The Return is: the level of commitment to BM ethos and ideology that is really absent in Venom, overall. This goes way beyond simple snarling vocalizations of allegiance to Satan, which is actually not present with Bathory, and into the black realm of chaos and nihilism. This is clearly evidenced by the song titles, such as Total Destruction, The Wind of Mayhem, The Rite of Darkness, and The Return of Darkness and Evil. Make no mistake: Any issue as to whether or not Quorthon was actually a practising Satanist, and I seriously doubt that he was, is beside the point. What he has done on The Return is the REAL DEAL. It is the true epitome of black metal: evoking the enveloping prescense of evil and darkness in the form of musical hymms to all that is black and destructive. And that is exactly what this album does. It is the first UTTERLY BLACK metal album , and one of the best. All that you could ask for is here: grinding guitars, bashing percussion, torn-throat vocals, lryical invocations of darkness, death, and destruction, etc. This is a foundational album that especially influenced the Norwegian bands that would follow, and is an absolute classic of black death thrash. Also, this album is the perfect music for aligning your soul with the dark, cthonic powers-that-be, and for works of hexing, entropy, and necromancy...
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Early black metal.. 21 April 2003
By en norsk kis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the first TRUE black metal album ever, and damn it's dark!
Every track is brilliant, but the classics "Born for Burning" and
"The Return of Darkness and Evil" are truly breathtaking.
Quarthon is really a mastermind.
If you are wanna hear the roots of modern black metal, buy this.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bathory's best moment. 4 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite album from Bathory. They took the rawness from the first album and made some brutal music. This is true black metal and what it should sound like. Everything Bathory did up to Hammerheart is worthy of 5 stars but if I had to pick one for myself it would be "The Return..". Songs like; Total Destruction, Born For Burning, Possessed, Sadist, The Winds Of Mayhem and The Rite Of Darkness & Evil anchor this album and are the highlights which is practically the whole album, it's just excellent stuff. The production is really cheap since Quorthon had little money to work with, but it's amazing what great results can be done with little measures sometimes. "The Return.." is the second album of the "Black Metal Trilogy" from Bathory and in all honesty Quorthon's best moment before he switched to singing and 10 minute long epic songs about Vikings, Odin, and other things I don't really care for.
After "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" Quorthon still made the very good "Viking Metal Trilogy" of Blood Fire Death, Hammerheart and Twilight Of The Gods thus inventing "Viking Metal" (although Enslaved may have done it at the same time as Bathory), but he lost the ability to crush and kill like in the early days. If you listen to Nordland 1 or 2 you'll wonder what the hell happened to Quorthon. I know Dead (from Mayhem, RIP)was influenced by the early stuff and he hated how Quorthon got softer back in 1991, that was when "Twilight Of The Gods" came out and that was good but not brutal and sick anymore. Dead killed himself in 1991 and I can only imagine what he would have thought of the new Bathory sound, he would probably vomit. I'll have to do it for him. I'd like to remember Bathory from 1984 to 1990 as their creative and most defining era and "The Return" captures it perfectly. A Classic
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Return 27 Jun 2000
By Jessica Servedio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Truly one of the darkest albums ever. Stands the test of time. Each haunting riff gives you a bone chilling effect. The excessive reverb effect gives it a sound as if it was recorded in a deserted dungeon.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
blew me away with one song sample 8 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
i tried one song sample and it blew me away. bathory is the equal to a musical hydrogen bomb, searing and flattening the cilia in your ears.
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