Bathory ‎– Under The Sign Of The Black Mark

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FLAG 11 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album) Under One Flag FLAG 11 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FLAG 11 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (LP, Album, TP) Under One Flag FLAG 11 UK 1987 Sell This Version
T FLAG 11 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album) Under One Flag T FLAG 11 UK 1987 Sell This Version
NRC33 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album) New Renaissance Records NRC33 US 1987 Sell This Version
2370 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album) N.E.W Musidisc 2370 France 1987 Sell This Version
NRR-33 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album) New Renaissance Records NRR-33 US 1987 Sell This Version
NRR-33 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, TP) New Renaissance Records NRR-33 US 1987 Sell This Version
BMCT 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album) Black Mark Production BMCT 666-3 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
OR-028 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Orion (4) OR-028 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
BMCD 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black Mark Production BMCD 666-3 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
MG 0633 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0633 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
MG 0633 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0633 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
989 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Takt Music 989 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
BMCD 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black Mark Production BMCD 666-3 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
KPL-3055 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, RE) King Record KPL-3055 South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Dol) Morbid Noizz Productions 666-3 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
HEL: 022 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album) Hellion Records HEL: 022 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
WBM 200.141 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album) Wizard (4) WBM 200.141 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
none Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Global Music (4) none Russia 1997 Sell This Version
AI-98-125 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, Unofficial) Audi AI-98-125 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album) Morbid Noizz Productions 666-3 Poland 1999 Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
BMLP666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, RE) Black Mark Production BMLP666-3 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
BMLP666-3, BMLP 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, RE, Cle) Black Mark Production, Black Mark Production BMLP666-3, BMLP 666-3 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
BMLP666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, RE, Red) Black Mark Production BMLP666-3 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
IROND CD 04-715 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Irond IROND CD 04-715 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
BMDP666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE) Black Mark Production BMDP666-3 Sweden 2007 Sell This Version
BMDP666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Ltd, Pic) Black Mark Production BMDP666-3 Sweden 2007 Sell This Version
BMLP666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Black Mark Production BMLP666-3 Sweden 2010 Sell This Version
BMLP6663 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, RP, Gol) Black Mark Production BMLP6663 Sweden 2012 Sell This Version
BMLP666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, RP) Black Mark Production BMLP666-3 Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
BMPD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Ltd, Pic, RE) Black Mark Production BMPD666-3 Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
CFM-042 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Cryptic Fan Musick CFM-042 Canada 2018 Sell This Version
none Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(10xFile, MP3, Album) Black Mark Production none Unknown
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black Mark Production BMCD 666-3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Black Mark Production BMCD 666-3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Black Mark Production BMCD 666-3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD666-3, BMCD 666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, RE, RP) Black Mark Production, Black Mark Production BMCD666-3, BMCD 666-3 Sweden Unknown Sell This Version
BMCD666-3 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(CD, Album, Unofficial) Black Mark Production BMCD666-3 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MG 0633 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0633 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
686 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Takt Music 686 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
OR-046 Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Orion (4) OR-046 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
none Bathory Under The Sign Of The Black Mark(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pic, Unofficial) Bathory Records none Unknown Sell This Version

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Neonknightprowler

Neonknightprowler

February 17, 2019
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, FLAG 11
I'm pretty sure I saw Under the Sign CD in a record store in 1990. So, it must've been Under One Flag pressing, the only explanation - seems nobody is aware of this pressing, judging from here.
Barghest

Barghest

December 21, 2018
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, CD, Album, RE, RM, BMCD 666-3
This version was likely pressed in 1994-95. As it doesn't have Mastering SID Code, which is in line with Black Mark Releases pressed at the same plant at this period.
vuzkoth

vuzkoth

December 15, 2018
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, NRR-33
Looking for copy in shrink w/ sticker. Feel free to message me for sale or trade.
bloodysabotagevol4

bloodysabotagevol4

June 1, 2017
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, FLAG 11

So glad to have this original pressing. Sounds so much better than any of the reissues that followed it. Man they really messed up the sound of this album when they reissued it, same for the first album and The Return.
corpsealtarlight

corpsealtarlight

January 18, 2017
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, FLAG 11
This was before they jacked up the sound when it came out on CD. Legitimately sounds completely different production-wise.
exumer

exumer

August 30, 2015
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, FLAG 11
As eloquently stated previously this is unquestionably the greatest Black Metal album ever. Nothing really comes close. Equimanthorn alone is worth the price of purchase. Quorthorn was blazing a trail, in a league of his own in the 80's (including 'The Return' that he admitted he barely remembers making, he was so drunk) that many aspire to but likely none will ever match.
enfantterrible

enfantterrible

December 18, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, FLAG 11

In 1987 it was too early for anything to be as remotely as powerful as this, anything as remotely as macabre. This album was extreme by all means by the time, both musically and in the resources employed. Neither Slayer,Venom, Possessed, nor Death, even touching similar grounds were as close to reach the "perfection" of a music so abrassive and yet so powerfully atmospheric.

While previous albums were rutheless and defined what will be the blast beat for the upcoming black metal generation, this particular one paved the way for dark ambient as well, take notice of the subtle interludes in the opening track "Nocternal Obeissance", depicting a scene of atmospheric ritualism that could be well the initiation for what will later be a band like Aghast on the Cold Meat Industry. Or how the organ notes and the damned voice from beyond the grave could pretty well revive images from the morbid tales of Allan Poe so effectively. Or the doomed ambience and pace of "Eternal fire" with the -for the time" extremely powerful mix of synths and guitar arrangements in a very precise form can also bring the scenes of a hellish abyss.

It is in the concatenation of the lyrical elements, such as the extremely powerful and enticing rhythms from the guitar and the tribal like beat of the drums where the heart of the effect reside, adding the often abrasive yet utterly dramatic guitar interludes in between the rythmical section, aided by the pervading synth lines or premade effects, creating this solicit aura of darkness and malevolence.

Everything is granted by the genious of Quorthon that conformed an album with a strong sense of atmospherics concocted in the oven of analog synth, basic guitar drone and drums (epic for the time!) , equal dose of doomed guitar arrangements and interludes, rhythmic changes and an energetic proportion of merciless blast beat to balance the album in the proper ammount.
Another thing to notice is the lyrics implied in this album, they are so damn rich in images and descriptions. "Woman of dark desires" for example is a perfect tale of gothic horror along with "Call from the grave", so plenty of description and detail of sensation and sentiment.

The best tracks in my opinion are nevertheless the mid paced ones, "Woman of dark desires", "Call from the grave", "Into the eternal fire" and "13 candles" for all the powerful magnetism and aural charge they grant, while the rest remain as examples of the uncompromised brutality of the blast beat and stormy rhythm so characteristic in the debut and in "The return". Equally "Equimanthorn" is somewhere in between the region of virulent rhythm, mid paced rhythmic changes and atmospherics making it a pivotal centre, so well placed at the middle of the album.

This is the godfather of black metal by all means, still today it sounds so ominously obscure.
Psychocandy13

Psychocandy13

September 8, 2013
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, RE, BMLP666-3
I have a copy with Eternal Fire only on the B side - dated from 2003, too
Dinocasino

Dinocasino

July 22, 2013
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, FLAG 11
My copy has one label wrong: it says ROUGE MALE - Animal Man (on Music For Nations). The music is correct though.
DerFeindHoertMit

DerFeindHoertMit

July 10, 2012
referencing Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pic, Unofficial, none
Possible year of release: I bought this in the spring of 1998.