Although trumped musically by follow-up recording 'Conspiracy', 'Them' has a decidedly eerier atmosphere. The opening shriek "GRANDMA..." still sends a chill down my spine. The cover sets the mood with its gloomy mansion, only the top floor lit, where the old crone sits thinking her murderous thoughts. King Diamond's vocals would grow more amazing on 'Conspiracy', but even here they attain heights of power no one else in metal could possibly imitate. The musical backing is competent enough in a NWOBHM style (with excellent lead guitar, and inventive flourishes on tracks like 'The Accusation Chair' and 'Twilight Symphony'), but it is King Diamond's glass-shattering vocals and brilliant story-telling that make this what it is - a heavy metal opera unsurpassed by anything other than its follow-up 'Conspiracy'.