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5.0 out of 5 stars often overlooked for "Abigail" and "THEM", 12 May 2003
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This review is from: The Eye (Reissue) (Audio CD)
"The main part of this stories told on this album are unfortunately true, and took place during the French inquisition, 1450-1670."
"The Eye" King Diamond's first album of the 90's followed a significant change to the line-up of the band. Original member Mikkey Dee left (He would later join Motorhead) and was replaced by Snowy Shaw, who's technique completly contrasted with that of the very free-flowing style of Dee. Although it would be his only album with the band (He was later in Mercyful Fate, Illwill, Notre Dame and has recently started a project with Mike Wead) Snowy left a large impression on it with his unique style.
The music itself is highly keyboard orientated, but unlike other Metal bands who had attempted to use keyboards and ended up sounding incredibly cheesy, King uses them to move up a step in eeriness and atmosphere to get the hairs rising on the back of your neck. King's singing of course adds to the atmosphere and as usual with any King Diamond album the guitars are delectable. Andy La Rocque and his partner for the 3rd and final time Pete Blakk play a variety of solos which will leave in awe and wanting more.
The writing on this album is far more all round with all but bassist Hal Patino putting their name to the song writing credits.
While "The Eye" seems to see King sticking to a winning formula, there are certain changes to the style, and, while I hate to categorise it seems as though he is moving towards a more Progressive Metal sound than the old Black Metal sound he has used so well. As usual with King this is a top class album which you need in your King Diamond/Mercyful Fate collection, and as long as you don't buy this expecting another "Abigail" you won't be disapionted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to the above comments, 11 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Eye (Reissue) (Audio CD)
Just to correct the chap above, drumming on THE EYE was done using a drum machine with King & Snowy involved in it's programming. King Diamond after many many years confirmed this was true, as many KD fans like myself had suspected this due to the drum sound and how perfect each cymbal crash sounded.
This was to my knowledge the only time this was done and I think it was done to save time more than anything else. I've been a fan of KD/MF for about 21yrs now, everything this guy writes is a masterpiece, call it bias or whatever, but when you have loved a band this long there's no going back.
Don't be put off, the drum machine sound is superb and really suits the album, one of the best produced machines I've heard on a metal album, the songs are brilliant. This is one of his more catchy albums, some amazing chorus lines, stunning guitar work as you come to expect on anything KD does and the way he tells the story is genius.
A very strong album and as the guy rightly said above, often overlooked, yet for me it's one of his best albums.

Stay Heavy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars king diamond has got his 'EYE' on this album!!!, 2 Aug. 2012
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After losing the best drummer in the world to (in my opinion) the best band in the world 'Motorhead', King Diamond released 'The Eye', this album is more of a progressive album than his past works, which had a 'Black metal', and 'Speed metal' sound to them. 'The Eye' however focuses more on the use of keyboards, and accoustic guitars at the start or certain songs. this is an album that has never been given the credit it deserves, but i can assure you, that 'The Eye' is one of King Diamonds greatest achievements, BUY IT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BURN!!!, 30 July 2013
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GREATNESS.

Simply; King Diamond leaves Mercyful Fate, starts this band and releases FIVE of the greatest metal records of all time in a row.

This happens to be my favourite of those five beasts.

A great place to start in the King Diamond catalogue. Andy LaRoque's guitar playing is out of this world, King's vocals are as mental as ever and 'Burn' is probably one of the best metal songs ever. Fact.

Ripping heavy metal: Check.
Evil badass album concept: Check.

You buy, you win. Huzzah!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Oct. 2014
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100 % satisfied
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sept. 2014
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