Bathory
The Return......


3.5
great

Review

by SickSickSix USER (5 Reviews)
April 9th, 2010 | 129 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bathory Returns with the most evil album of all time

In 1985, Bathory returned with another brutal creation, only this time the brutality is far beyond the merciful debut album in comparison.

"The Return...", once dubbed as the most evil album of all time (that's saying a lot isn't it?) is a raw, thrashing, brutal and humorous interpretation of what it must sound like in Hell, the production even sounds like it was recorded down there and that was according to Quorthon the point of this album. As too few people are aware of, the trio that was Bathory didn't take the music dead serious at the time and surely had a laugh making the early records. It would often result in inconsistent performances and this album was no exception. Quorthon states on the official website that the members, including himself, would record the album often highly intoxicated and the result would often be dim and sloppy. The mistakes were covered up by ridiculous amounts of reverb and the musicianship was anything but professional.

But beyond these factors there is a truly great album, whether it was planned to be or it just turned out that way isn't important since the final result was great anyway. The tracks tend to get monotone and sound very similar and the production may seem unlistenable to inexperienced listeners, but the main contributer to the cult status the album (and band overall) has received is because of its strong atmosphere. There's nothing that can touch that fact, not even the kind of poor musicianship and that itself states a lot. The album creates an untouchable atmosphere by the arrangement of the songs, the lyrical themes, the murky production and the mystery that surrounds it. That itself deserves the "cult title" that it has received.


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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2010


16469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review for it's length. This needed one. Album is eeeeeeh

FadeToBlack
April 9th 2010


11034 Comments


self-titled and UTSOTBM are much better

asaf
April 9th 2010


888 Comments


once dubbed as the most evil album of all time



made me laugh...

taquitos
April 9th 2010


74 Comments


evil is no joke

SickSickSix
April 9th 2010


23 Comments


Well even Bathory, the most evil band of all time can be thought of as cheesy sometimes.

Urinetrouble
April 9th 2010


5764 Comments


sup sicksicksix

SickSickSix
April 9th 2010


23 Comments


I'm good.

FadeToBlack
April 9th 2010


11034 Comments


most of their stuff rapes this

NeutralThunder12
April 9th 2010


8742 Comments


DUDE STOP REVIEWING

SrightryEpic
April 9th 2010


1197 Comments


Why should he stop reviewing? What?

SickSickSix
April 9th 2010


23 Comments


NeutralThunder12, I'm getting sick of you to be honest. You stated you more or less never listens to this band, still you bitch about how wrong I am and how my opinions are inconsistent and I've been listening for god knows how long. I can take criticism dude, but you don't need to keep commenting on stuff you don't know anything about.

FadeToBlack
April 9th 2010


11034 Comments


ugh I can't find a single download of this where Born For Burning isn't cut after 2 minutes

SickSickSix
April 9th 2010


23 Comments


FadeToBlack, give me your email, I'll send it to you.

FadeToBlack
April 9th 2010


11034 Comments


thanks for the offer man, just found one though lol

TheNotrap
July 28th 2011


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The title track is an absolute Black Metal classic.
Essential record that influenced all BM scene.

But his best record come just after...

Digging: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

TheNotrap
July 28th 2011


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

humm...well Hammerheart is the beginning of Quorthon's Viking Metal era...Classic sure, but I prefer the first Black Metal stuff.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011


18886 Comments


Blood Fire Death is where it's at man (but ya hammerheart rules)

Digging: Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011


18886 Comments


Yeah bathory rules then when you see when he released his albums you're like holy fuck man.

TheNotrap
July 28th 2011


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yep Blood Fire Death comes just after Under the Sign of the Black Mark as my favourites.

TheNotrap
July 28th 2011


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Venom created the sound and concept but Quorthon shaped into a new genre.




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