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The Return of the Darkness and Evil is the second album by Bathory. It was released in May 1985 and had an influence on the then-emerging and genres.

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… read more



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  • Avatar for Idiots-Rule
    The return.....of darkness and evil!
  • Avatar for althefknamsrtkn
    There's an eerie magic to this album that sneaks up on you the more you hear it. The guitar tone's just a weird drifting fog.
  • Avatar for nlventura93
    The Rite of Darkness and Son of Damned stand out to me. The rest is decent blackened thrash
  • Avatar for MegaDave89
    Quality black metal FTW!
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  • Avatar for Razor-Fist
    Finest Black Metal magic ever committed to tape. Imbeciles whining about the production need to have their heads examined. 'The Return......' was recorded in a high-end, 24-track studio. It's actually one of the more opulent recording setups the band ever used. Conversely, 'Under the Sign of the Black Mark' was recorded in a garage with half as many tracks. As a result, The Return features easily the best vocal and guitar sound Quorthon ever achieved. And certainly sports the darkest atmosphere. Masterpiece.
  • Avatar for dark_wisdom
    do you...
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  • Avatar for XtremeBrutality
    Brilliant album ! Besssstiaaaaal luuuuust !
  • Avatar for outrenoir
    there's a few ways of tagging it i guess (0,3,6 periods, full title...). it's def a lot better than the first but not their best (i m o)

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