Morbid Tales
Morbid Tales
Album info
ReleaseJune 24, 1984
GenreBlack metal, thrash metal, death metal
Length24:51 (Europe)
32:09 (USA)
LabelNoise (Europe)
Metal Blade (USA)
ProducerMartin E. Ain, Tom G. Warrior, "Mad" Horst Müller

Morbid Tales is the debut album by the Swiss extreme metal band, Celtic Frost. It was released in November 1984. It was originally released in Europe as a six-track mini-album. However, the first American release by Enigma/Metal Blade added two tracks, making Morbid Tales an LP.

Morbid Tales had a major influence on the then-developing death metal and black metal genres.[1][2] It included elements that were adopted by the pioneers of both styles.

In the commentary for Darkthrone's album Panzerfaust, Fenriz cites this album along with Bathory's Under the Sign of the Black Mark and Vader's Necrolust as key riff inspirations.[3]

Album reviewEdit

The majority of its content is thrash/death metal ("Into the Crypts of Rays", "Visual Aggression"), although some is mid-paced ("Procreation (of the Wicked)", the majority of "Return to the Eve"). Also, some material could also be hints of future changes, due to violin parts on the latter (along with some brief female vocals) and "Danse Macabre", which is more along the lines of being an ambient, rather than a metal instrumental.

Originally released by Metal Blade Records, it was also re-released twice by Noise International Inc., once as Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return, including that EP along with this cd, with several, different bonus tracks with each release.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Tom Gabriel Fischer and Martin Eric Ain, except where noted.

European versionEdit

Side One
# Track title Length
1. "Into the Crypts of Rays" 4:46
2. "Visions of Mortality" (Fischer) 4:49
3. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" 4:02
Side Two
# Track title Length
4. "Return to the Eve" 4:05
5. "Danse Macabre" 3:51
6. "Nocturnal Fear" 3:35

USA versionEdit

Side One
# Track title Length
1. "Into the Crypts of Rays" 3:39
2. "Visions of Mortality" (Fischer) 4:49
3. "Dethroned Emperor" (Fischer) (additional song) 4:37
4. "Morbid Tales" (additional song) 3:29
Side Two
# Track title Length
5. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" 4:04
6. "Return to the Eve" 4:07
7. "Danse Macabre" 3:52
8. "Nocturnal Fear" 3:36


Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return
Album info

Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return is a 1999 remastered edition of the first Celtic Frost album Morbid Tales along with the tracks from their 1985 release Emperor's Return.

Track listingEdit

# Track title Length
1. "Human (intro)" (Intro to "Into the Crypts of Rays"; originally joined as one track, CD reissue split this into 2 tracks) 0:41
2. "Into the Crypts of Rays" 3:39
3. "Visions of Mortality" 4:49
4. "Dethroned Emperor" (additional song) 4:37
5. "Morbid Tales" (additional song) 3:29
6. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" 4:04
7. "Return to the Eve" 4:07
8. "Danse Macabre" 3:51
9. "Nocturnal Fear" 3:36
10. "Circle of the Tyrants" (additional song) 4:27
11. "Visual Aggression" (additional song) 4:10
12. "Suicidal Winds" (additional song) 4:36


Celtic Frost
Additional musicians
  • Oswald Spengler - violin (Tracks 7, 8)
  • Hertha Ohling - additional vocals (additional) (Track 6)
  • Horst Müller - additional vocals (additional) (Tracks 3, 5, 7)
  • Stephen Priestly - drums
  • Urs Sprenger - Artwork, Back cover, Typography
  • Burzelbar Martin Kyburz - Photography
  • Karl-U. Walterbach - Executive Producer
  • Martin E. Ain - Producer, Engineering, Cover Design
  • Tom G. Warrior - Producer, Engineering, Cover Art
  • "Mad" Horst Müller - Producer, Mixing, Engineering, Mastering, Arrangements (Track 7)
  • Walter Schmid - Re-mastering


  1. Rivadavia, Eduardo. ((( Morbid Tales > Overview ))). AllMusic. Retrieved on 13 May 2003.
  2. "The First Wave", 2005, page 42.
  3. Bennett, J.. DARKTHRONE – PANZERFAUST. Decibel Magazine. Retrieved on 8 April 2013.

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