BathoryUnder The Sign Of The Black Mark

Label:Under One Flag – FLAG 11
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Black Metal


Side Darkness
A1Nocternal Obeisance
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
A3Woman Of Dark Desires
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
A4Call From The Grave
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
Side Evil
B1Enter The Eternal Fire
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
B2Chariots Of Fire
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
B313 Candles
Music By, Words ByQuorthon
B4Of Doom......
Music By, Words ByQuorthon

Companies, etc.



Similar to Aston Clinton pressing but with the following differences:
- "Made in England" is missing from labels.
- Side label text is wrongly placed under label's logo in both side A and B labels..
- Upper label text is placed above the edge of flag in both side A and B labels..
- Inner sleeve has different pocket cut and different folding edges.
- Different runouts.
Be aware too of a third version having the labels of this entry, but being Aston Clinton pressings with "Λ" at nine o'clock position when usual matrix code is at twelve o'clock Bathory - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark

Some copies were distributed with a gold promo stamp on sleeve: "For promotion only - Not for sale - CBS Records, Sweden"

Inner sleeve with lyrics, credits etc.

Track A1: is misspelled as "Nocternal" instead of "Nocturnal"
Track Α3: is a tribute to the band's namesake, Elizabeth Báthory 1560-1640.
Track B1: was the band's first epic, reaching nearly seven minutes in length, with lyrics referring to a deal with the Devil.
Track A5: makes references to Hell as well as to Norse mythology, including Odin's "eight-legged black stallion" Sleipnir.
Track B4: is dedicated to You!

Recorded and mixed at Heavenshore, Stockholm, Sweden.
All songs published by Tyfon Music.
Manufactured in UK.

℗ 1987 Under One Flag.
© 1987 Tyfon Grammofon AB.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): FLAG 11 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): FLAG 11 B1

Other Versions (5 of 77)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (LP, Album)New Renaissance RecordsNRR-33US1987
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Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (LP, Album, Test Pressing)New Renaissance RecordsNRR-33US1987
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Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (LP, Album, Stereo)N.E.W Musidisc, Under One Flag2370France1987
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Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (Cassette, Album)New Renaissance RecordsNRC33US1987
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Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (Cassette, Album)Under One FlagT FLAG 11UK1987



  • Evil_Fidelity's avatar
    This original pressing sounds massive. It cant even be compared to the remastered versions. All the instruments have a real punch and Quorthons voice sounds otherworldly.

    Get this if you can.
    • THE_METALLIAN's avatar
      • _Michal13Mraz's avatar
        This is the GO TO version of this release. Overall feel from this release is just monstrous. From thickness of vinyl, soundscape and desing, it´s a beauty to own. Funny that Elizabeth Báthory died in august of 1614, not in 1640, as it is put out inthe OIS. Important album in metal history, every fan of black metal subgenre should own this release.
        • shadow9911's avatar
          This vinyl sounds way better than any release of this album.
          • Neonknightprowler's avatar
            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.
            • bloodysabotagevol4's avatar
              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.
              • exumer's avatar
                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's avatar
                  Edited 9 years ago
                  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.
                  • Dinocasino's avatar
                    My copy has one label wrong: it says ROUGE MALE - Animal Man (on Music For Nations). The music is correct though.


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