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The Return......
The Return of the Darkness and Evil coverart.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 May 1985
RecordedFebruary 1985
StudioElectra Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
GenreBlack metal
LabelBlack Mark/Tyfon (Sweden)
Combat (US)
ProducerQuorthon, The Boss
Bathory chronology
The Return......
Under the Sign of the Black Mark

The Return...... (full title The Return of the Darkness and Evil) is the second studio album by Swedish extreme metal band Bathory. It was released on vinyl on 27 May 1985, through Combat Records in the US. The Return...... had a significant influence on the then-emerging death metal and black metal genres.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[3]


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 song titles woven into it. Only after listening through the album to the end would you get the full title of the album, The Return of the Darkness and Evil".[4]


In various interviews, Fenriz of Darkthrone praised the album and defined it as "the essence of black metal".[5][6][7]

Track listing

All tracks written by Quorthon.

Side 'Darkness'
1."Revelation of Doom (Intro)"3:27
2."Total Destruction"3:50
3."Born for Burning"5:13
4."The Wind of Mayhem"3:13
5."Bestial Lust (Bitch)"2:41
Side 'Evil'
7."The Rite of Darkness"2:05
8."Reap of Evil"3:28
9."Son of the Damned"2:48
10."Sadist (Tormentor)"3:00
11."The Return of the Darkness and Evil"3:49

The 2003 remastered edition combines tracks 1 and 2, and tracks 7 and 8.


  • Quorthon (Thomas Börje Forsberg) - guitars, vocals, additional bass guitar, production, recording, mixing, album cover design, album back and front cover photography,
  • Andreas Johansson - bass guitar, album back and front cover photography
  • Stefan Larsson - drums, album back and front cover photography
  • The Boss (Börje Forsberg) - engineering, production
  • Gunnar Silins - album back and front cover photography


  1. ^ Ekeroth, Daniel (29 July 2008). Swedish Death Metal. Bazillion Points Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-0979616310. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Bathory - The Return of the Darkness and Evil review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  4. ^ Quorthon. "The Return of the Darkness and Evil". Barthory Official Website. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Interview: Darkthrone (Fenriz)". Isolation 5 September 2013. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Zebub, Bill. "Darkthrone". The Retrieved .
  7. ^ Cook, Toby (19 March 2013). "Underground Attitude: Fenriz Of Darkthrone Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved .

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