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King Diamond Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ROADRUNNER UK
  • ASIN: B000000H46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Them 8 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a big massive fan of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate, I would be interested in owning any of their works. THEM on the other hand, is the most successful album by the King Diamond band. Selling over 200,000 copies in the USA, and hopefully selling over 50,000 copies elsewhere. It is also the second concept album the King Diamond band has made.
First of all, the story told on the album THEM is striking, magical, spooky and gruesome. The story introduces King, his sister Missy, his evil Grandma, and his mother. It starts off when Grandma is released from the asylum. They said she was insane went she kept on babbling on about "THEM". The story is chilling when Missy and Grandma get killed. I won't tell you how though or the rest, all will be revealed when you purchase this album.
Another factor is that Michael Denner and Timi Hansen left the band during the recording of the album, and they were replaced by Swedish lead guitarist Pete Blakk, and transplanted American bass player Hal Patino. The King Diamond band became much more multicultural seeing King Diamond was the only Danish member, and Andy LaRocque, Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk were all Swedish.
"Out From The Asylum" is a creepy start off point where Grandma is released from the asylum, and she enters the house of AMON. "Welcome Home" has two top class solos and the song is probably one of the best on the album. "The Invisible Guests" is a way of explaining who "THEM" are, and it has a good bit when Grandma says "Now you must go back to sleep, GO TO SLEEP, SLEEP", this song has an awesome ending, with terrific guitars, love that song.
"Tea" has another top class guitar solo with killer riffs, simply an awesome bit when "the knife cuts a tiny wound in King's mother's little hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Them' 9 Dec 2009
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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'.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a biased review from a big fan. 22 Jun 2001
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This album was brought out in 1988, consists of 12 tracks and for me has the best drumming I have ever heard. Sadly the drummer Mickey Dee has now joined Motorhead, boo hoo. Anyway this is another concept album about a possessed house and how it affects the residents of it. Don't want to give away the story as you should read it for yourself. The album opens with the atmospheric Out from the asylum and then blasts into Welcome home which is my favourite song. As usual the guitars are perfect and with a lot of oustanding solos. Kings vocal range is second to none and he is at his brutal best on this album. Its a very heavy King album and If you are buying your first King Diamond album then this should be it. If this record does not appeal to you then you are to be pittied.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Along with Abigail and Conspiracy, a Must-Have 12 Jun 2000
By D. Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this record. To me, there are three essential King Diamond records: Abigail, Them, and Conspiracy. These three records comprise some of the best metal recorded in the late 80s. It's hard to put King Diamond, the band, in a category. This is metal for sure, but may not appeal to die-hard thrash/death/speed metal fans who shy away from melody and harmonies. That's not to say that this goes as far as Helloween or other such melodic-metal bands, but it's more towards that ballpark.
King Diamond, and these three records, work so well because of a perfect combination of great songwriting; inspired and extremely skillful playing; tight, well-rehearsed arrangements; and the chemistry and personality of the players. Mikkey Dee is one of the great unsung metal drummers. Andy LaRoque's hooks and flourishes are always a joy. Earlier and later King Diamond records suffer from the lack of at least one of these qualities, or from the lack of some of the personnel. Mikkey Dee, especially, is sorely missed in the post-Conspiracy era. The songwriting on the later records is lacking the great hooks of the Abigail/Them/Conspiracy triumverate (but, after 1990, songwriting for most metal bands changed in a way I did not like). Also, King's story conceptions on these three records have always seemed to me to be more inspired.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of people who are never going to like Kind Diamond. Either they're simply not into this kind of metal, or they can never get used to King's singing style. For my money, though, these three records are important, inspired, and a must-have.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Tale, and Thrilling Music 27 Oct 2004
By Barry Dejasu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to King Diamond came with the high recommendations given by my former SEARS co-worker and friend, Richard. He told me of King Diamond's ultra-screech, mysterious nature (relating to "the Devil's Church"), and provocative, dark, conceptually-themed albums. But most importantly, he recommended a particular album, called "THEM."

A couple of weeks later, I was in a Newbury Comics in Boston and purchasing "THEM." My first couple of listens impressed me, but didn't exactly grasp me. Now, as I write this review, four days before Halloween, I am listening to "THEM" again, and I'm quite in awe of just how awesome my first King Diamond experience has been.

Thematically, King Diamond likes to be mysterious and controversial. His heavy makeup, vague biographies, and talks of tales such as the one found on this album as having been true tales which happened to him! This, of course, makes it easy to assume his lyrics are of a similar nature. There are some pretty cheesy executions to Diamond's nature, including his ear-grabbing vocals. In fact, VERY cheesy. So cheesy it's hard to believe that the music is so good, not so much in spite of, but rather BECAUSE of, the overly-thematic cheese.

However, as cheesy as these material aspects go, the lyrics are quite the contrary. Although some word choices are perhaps a little overdone ("I hate that b---!," for one), the story what's within behind is very well-plotted and rather eerie. And when I say "plotted," I mean there is actually a whole PLOT behind every story on the album. Yes, folks, this is a concept album (or "rock opera," as many prefer). Every song (except for this edition's last three tracks, which are bonuses) on "THEM" is a chapter in a rather eerie story. For those who have no imagination, the main plot is as follows.

A nine-year-old boy, King (supposedly King Diamond himself as a child), along with his older sister Missy and their mother, are getting a visit from their grandmother. Grandma was coming home after being released from a several-year sentence in a mental asylum (which she had been put into because she spoke of "invisible guests..."). As she settles in, King notices she's acting very strangely...and one night comes into her room in the attic, only to find her drinking tea - with other mugs floating in the air, as if being held by invisible guests! At first terrified, King slowly falls to Grandma's lulling words, and soon gets involved with her and..."Them." Meanwhile, their mother was getting sick, and sicker and sicker, feeling weaker every day. Because of this and King's strange new behavior, Missy, tries to figure out what's going on, and deemed too inquisitive, is killed by "Them." This horrific episode freaks King out and makes him come back to reality, and he rebels. He flips out in his fury at Grandma, now knowing what has really been going on. They get into a squabble, and he ends up killing her by biting her in the neck. Before he knows it, King is placed in that same asylum for the murders of his mother, sister, and grandmother, and he tries to tell them that "They" did it, that he's not really crazy... And of the ending, I shall not speak. You can figure that out for yourself.

What a plot. That's one half of why I love this album. Here's the other half: the music.

King Diamond's band includes guitarists Pete Blakk and Andy la Rocque (the work of whom I'm familiar with on Death's album INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT PATTERNS) are a tight duo. Shredding like pure thrashers, incorporating lots of great melodies (fast and slow), and crossing solos left and right with such ease, they are a good team. There are great solos and leads in each song, and some great harmonies. I like. Oh yes, I like. Bassist Hal Patino lays down some good lines, mostly mirroring the guitar riffs but still being a much more prominent feature in the overall heaviness. And Mikkey Dee on drums...very good. Fast, complex, lots of double-bass, snare, and tom bashing. King Diamond's got quite a good band to back his insane vocals.

Vocally, King Diamond outdoes even the great Rob Halford in how high-pitched a male soprano singer can be. Thankfully there are lyrics to read the story with, as well as to understand what Diamond is pronouncing. He has a bit of range, from alto growls and snarls to the more prominent shriek. He also performs all the vocals on the sound effects, performing young King, Missy, and even Grandma! It's easy to see how he has influenced upon black metal vocalists.

There's not much else to say about this album. Every song is very singular and original, telling another chapter in this horrifying episode. The music is more than often appropriate for the mood of each piece. There's even an instrumental, the title track "Them," which relies on acoustic guitar and clean electric leads, courtesy of Mr. La Rocque. Oh, and there's an awesome acoustic break in "A Broken Spell," with a brief bit of low-end alto vocals, which is a nice little breather.

Finally, there's this new edition of "THEM," which is remastered and recorded on a gold (yes, the metal gold) disc. I've not heard the original, un-mastered edition, so I can't tell how much better the sound might be, but the sound here is crisp and yet with just enough mist to add an extra touch of atmosphere to the album's vibe. As I mentioned before, there are three bonus tracks on this album. They include an outtake, "Phone Call," which makes both a nice prologue or epilogue to the rest of the plot (it's a phone conversation between King and Grandma), as well as demos of two songs on the album, "The Invisible Guests" and "Bye, Bye Missy." These latter songs are not of particular interest to me, but they're a nice look into the past.

At my friend Richie's recommendation, I bought this album and fell in love. So now I am recommending to you, the reader, to buy this album, and enjoy it...but don't listen to it after dark.

Now, would you care for some tea?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish the sound quality was better 1 Sep 2005
By William H. Bishop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The songs are great (as expected), but the sound quality isn't great. I was hoping the remaster would fix some of it, but it didn't. When I compare Them and Conspiracy - what a difference! Conspiracy is engineered much better.

Note that I am not rating the songs, because the songs on Them are great - just wish the sound quality was better. Take a listen to Conspiracy if you want to be able to crank it up and hear everything.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Will you stop playing that thing?" 26 April 2000
By Huntsmęńus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the underground success of "Abigail", the Master of Horror Metal is back! "Them" isn't as brilliant as "Abigail", but it is incredibly enjoyable, as King throws himself into his second epic album. King presents us with a story about his Grandmother returning from the nut house, and causing havoc to his mother and sister with horrifying results. Musically, it took me a little time to really get into it when it first came out, but "Them" has completely warmed up to me over the years. Although, Denner and Hansen have left Diamond, Pete Blakk is an excellent replacement for Denner, and Hal Patino ain't no Timi! Mickey Dee is still in top form on the drums in every song! Songs like "Welcome Home", "The Invisible Guests", "Bye-Bye, Missy", "A Broken Spell", and "Them" really stand out. "Tea" has a nice 3/4 beat to it, and "Mother's Getting Weaker" is only the first of things to come by the brilliant Andy LaRocque. Great keyboard effects only enhance the music. And "Conspiracy", the sequel, is even better!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rules 21 Aug 2008
By OldCharon - Published on Amazon.com
Look, there are metal fans, and then there are King fans. King usually takes some getting used to. The falsetto's and the intricate music don't go down like a Britney-pop. I remember when I first heard King. I was unsure at first, needing to latch on to the lyrics before I could understand how the vocals actually brought chilling life to the words. On to the review...

There are essentially 3 must have King records. Abigail, Them, and Conspiracy. This one being Them, is the first of a two part concept recort that may be the best thing King ever put out. The music is just about as good as it gets, and the lyrics and story behind them are top notch. It will take a few listens in the dark to truly get everything meshing, but it is worth the time invested. I have listened to this record since release, and it just never gets old. If you have never listened to King before, do yourself a favor and let the record play through a couple of times while reading the lyrics. It will all tie together and paint quite the mental movie.
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