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. It included elements that were adopted by the pioneers of both styles.
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.