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“Live In Concert 1987: Abigail” by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “Live In Concert 1987”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 12/1/1990
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3/5

While this release was remastered a few years ago, my review words are about the previous and hence now unavailable issue of the album. That being said it’s the only one that I own and since I’ve heard the remastering can say that it was not sonically different enough for me to purchase. The King Diamond album “In Concert 1987: Abigail” was originally released by Roadrunner Records back in the days when they were called Roadracer and it captures a very “raw” sounding King Diamond set during the “Abigail” tour. Let’s face it, back in those days we didn’t find a lot of money really being tossed at groups like this and recordings were generally a few well placed microphones and a recorder on the soundboard. In the end you got what you got and had to run with it. With this recording I will say that despite its shortcomings how it is fantastic to have a full live set of King Diamond from the tour for what was to become one of his seminal albums. “Abigail” was the singer’s second album as a solo performer, but also his very first concept album and one that would set the ball rolling in how his musical presentation would continue. Since this was for the “Abigail” tour, the strongest focus of the material was from this album. As it was early in the King’s career I kind of expected a little bit more from his Mercyful Fate tenure but we only get the one tune in “Come To The Sabbath” which is slid in just after the show begins. We also get a couple of numbers from the singer’s debut album “Fatal Portrait” which was something I expected. For those who love the solos on live albums we find two with Andy LaRoque’s guitar solo and Mikkey Dee’s drum solo. Both of these are solid in terms of their technical delivery but there is just something that bores me about listening to these kinds of solos on albums these days as opposed to seeing them in the actual concert. Since I did not see King Diamond way back then I was able to deal with it.
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“The Graveyard” (remaster) by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “The Graveyard” (remaster)
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 10/13/2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

Continuing the remastered editions of the King Diamond catalog that were released under the Metal Blade Records banner comes the 1996 recording of “The Graveyard” and remaining true to form the King weaves a tale that both horrifies and compels the listener as it plays out. I admit that I paid little mind to this release when it first came about and enjoyed the fact that I was listening to it with what I felt were fresh ears with this version. The story told across the span of the album is that of the King character who works for an evil boss that is caught molesting his daughter. The King’s outrage and pointing out of this activity finds him declared mad and locked away in a sanitarium. I guess he should have expected this when accusing the mayor of such an insidious deed. In time the King escapes and is now officially mad and a resident of the local graveyard where he becomes a living spook or ghoul in some respect and kills unsuspecting passers by as he plots the demise of the mayor who locked him away so long ago. The two eventually meet and to know the full story you will just have to listen for yourself. We don’t plan on spoiling the end of the movie for you in these words that’s for sure.
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“The Spider’s Lullabye” (remaster) by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “The Spider’s Lullabye” (remaster)
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 10/13/2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Freshly remastered by guitarist/producer Andy LaRoque, King Diamond’s 1995 opus “The Spider’s Lullabye” comes at us for another attack. It’s interesting to listen to this particular album some fourteen years later as it’s quite different from what fans of the King had grown used to him delivering, and it was also the first album to be released on his then new label Metal Blade Records. Some felt this release was the weakest offering that the King had delivered and in one sense I can agree that it is not as strong as your “Them” or “Abigail” recordings, but those are very, very hard to top when it comes down to it based on how they impacted the Heavy Metal genre and its use of Horror as a consistent genre for source material. When you play the remastered edition you will quickly realize that “The Spider’s Lullabye” is not a timid release in any shape or form, but it is different in how it begins because it starts up by offering up several small stories as opposed to one centralized theme that runs a full album. Perhaps the hardcore fans expect Mr. Diamond to only release full stories and never experiment with his own musical ideas every once in awhile. Musically this is on point as long time collaborator Andy LaRoque is in place and with subject matter that involves ghosts, serial murderers and being buried alive one can see that the switch to Metal Blade from Roadrunner Records did not find the King dulling his senses or skill at things macabre. My favorites from this part of the recording are “The Poltergeist” and “Six Feet Under”.
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“Give Me Your Soul….Please” by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “Give Me Your Soul….Please”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 6/26/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

It’s been four years since he delivered the truly terrifying “Puppetmaster” and now the Master of Horror Metal is back with sinister purpose Yes King Diamond has returned with “Give Me Your Soul…Please”, an album that once again paints a dismal picture of mankind’s actions against one another and places the tale to energetic Heavy Metal music. The story this time around is that of two children who were brutally murdered by their father and while this sad occurrence is something that we read about far too frequently in today’s world, the King presents an even eerier twist on the horrific event. You see the deceased girl is trying to get her brothers soul into Heaven because he was wrongly sent to Hell. The only way that she can do this is by getting another one to replace his own and her perfect candidate for the not so cozy Underworld apartment is just as you guessed it – King Diamond’s immortal soul. It sounds like quite the tale and while it makes for some interesting reading as far as the lyrics go, I did not find myself as gripped by it as I was finding with “Puppetmaster”. That album sent chills through the spines of many Metal heads and had them squirming in their seats as they listened to every bone-chilling track.
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“The Puppet Master” by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “The Puppet Master”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 10/21/2003
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

It only took me a couple of listens to King Diamond’s “The Puppet Master” to convince me of his being the Stephen King of Heavy Metal music. King is not only fearsome in his appearance but also with the stories he weaves from deep within his dark mind. For years he has given us tales of horror and villainy and with “The Puppet Master” we find him telling perhaps the scariest tale of them all. To sum up the story this time around King sings to us about an insidious Puppeteer who along with his wife uses real people as puppets to entertain audiences and make their money. King is the central character in this “play” that falls prey to the evil couple. One surely needs to read the lyric book along with this piece for it is very well thought out and delivered from beginning to end. Joining the King as his lineup for the recording are Mike Wead (Guitar), Matt Thompson (drums), Hal Patino (bass), and Andy LaRoque (guitar). Livia Zita joins in on background vocals and she adds a wonderful aspect to the music. I feel this is the strongest lineup that he has assembled in many years and this is also the second full recording that this same lineup has worked on.
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