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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I have 3 cds of King Diamond:
a) Abigail
b) Them
c) Conspiracy
Abigail is no doubt the best of the three. King uses different pitches of voice in the songs which makes them sound very nice, and the played music is also powerful.
The song "Abigail" is a song which remains in one's mind since it sounds hypnotic and it is very good.
This is...
Published on 8 Mar 2006 by Marco A.G.Pinto

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2.0 out of 5 stars Loud remaster
This is the best King Diamond album, along with Conspiracy and Them.

The sad thing is that music wise this is worth a 5/5 with little or no arguing about it as the melodic highly skilled guitars and bass and King Diamond's trademark gripping vocals tell a tale of horror and supernatural that brings shivers to your spine, but Roadrunner's decision to ruin a...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 8 Mar 2006
This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
I have 3 cds of King Diamond:
a) Abigail
b) Them
c) Conspiracy
Abigail is no doubt the best of the three. King uses different pitches of voice in the songs which makes them sound very nice, and the played music is also powerful.
The song "Abigail" is a song which remains in one's mind since it sounds hypnotic and it is very good.
This is a cd I would recomend to all heavy metal fans and I am the kind of guy who usually only likes a few songs from each cd I listen to, but in this case except for one or two songs, all are very good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Masterpiece!!!, 23 April 2001
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This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
This album caputures King Diamond's finest hour and is a classic that every KD/MF or Heavy Metal fan should have in their collection. The album is extremely well recorded with a solid and powerful sound. Each and every song is a masterpiece in itself and the overall quality of the production is nothing less than superb!! King's vocals are in top shape, Mikkey Dee's drumming is beyond mastery on this album, very solid and powerful and the guitar work is a relentless and massive attack of dual guitar solos and bone crunching rhytm and riffs. This album is not to be missed!! Some of the songs seem like they've been taken straight out of a horror movie. Listen to this one if you dare, it will send the shivers down your spine. Worth every dime. No matter how many times you listen to it you wil never be tired.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest heavy metal albums ever., 22 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
If you do not buy this then you should be shot at point blank range. This for me represents all that King Diamond is, which is brilliant. This concept horror story is excellent and something I'm sure Stephen King would be proud of. Although this album was brought out in 1987 it still has a fantastic level of production. Something which King takes very seriously. It's a powerful piece of metal, and with master axe man Andy La Roque it's a masterpiece. The remastered version has bonus tracks on it so don't miss this great album. So if you like to hear music with great guitars, awesome drumming and outstanding vocals then here it is. Don't take this review lightly. I can't put into words how excellent this band are. Stay heavy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Classic album, 16 Jun 2012
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Oh, King Diamond is a great musician and lyrics man. Love this album, everything in it is awsome, the production, the vocals, the riffs, the drums.
Highly recommended to anyone, even if you don't know King you should start with this one.
Just push play, read the lyrics, bite your lips and enjoy the experience!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time, in any genre, 5 Aug 2007
This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
But if you're a metal fan, and dont own this.... what planet have you been on?!

I recently reviewed King's new album elsewhere and said although it was good it was certainly no 'Conspiracy' or 'Them'. 'What about Abigail ?' I was asked...... goes without saying I replied.... Abigail is not just one of the greatest metal albums of all time, but one of the greatest in any genre.

'Nuff said ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well you can certainly tell who Dissection were listening to.., 10 July 2014
This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
Without albums like 'Abigail', 'Dont Break The Oath', 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' or name your 'Iron Maiden' album, masterpieces like

'Emperor ~ In The Nightside Eclipse'
'Dimmu Borgir ~ Stormblast'
'Children Of Bodom ~ Follow The Reaper'
'Sear Bliss ~ Forsaken Symphony'
'Bishop Of Hexen ~ The Nightmarish Compositions'
'Limbonic Art ~ Moon in The Scorpio'
or even the band 'Dissection'
probably would have never existed.

ROOTS..

'Abigail' is one of the most Beautiful metal albums ever recorded & which
I have ever heard, you don't find many bands doing story telling / operatic metal
which actually works.

'Andy LaRocque's' playing here is truly stunning,
King has this habit of surrounding himself with talent
it should be influential for any ambitious artist who is
looking for inspiration for their playing and for their band.

I gave it 4 stars because Andy LaRocque is an incredible guitarist &
I wish king would of let him loose a bit more in their works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abigail, i know you're in control of her brain...., 16 Dec 2013
This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
King Diamond never disappoints, this was his first full length concept album after leaving Mercyful Fate, King Diamond made Fatal Portrait which was not a full length story and while it was a good album, it wasn't until he made Abigail that he truly made his mark. Whats so good about Abigail is that the story is fantastic and well thought out, but more importantly the music is even better, with the eerie opening track 'funeral' the stomping 'arrival', the galloping 'mansion in darkness' the rocking 'family ghost' along with a few others, oh and the title track 'Abigail', my favourite song on this album. King Diamond goes nuts with his falsetto vocals, that newcomers may find difficult to get used to at first but after a few spins you'll be hooked.

Most people say King Diamond never topped this album, which may have a little truth to it, dont discount the mans ability, he has made some fantastic albums with this being his most famous album.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 27 Feb 2010
This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
On the 7th July 1777 an evil being is brought dead into the world. It's name (perhaps improbably) is Abigail.

The Black Horsemen are instructed by protocol to nail Abigail to her coffin with seven silver spikes. The record opens with O'Brien of the Black Horsemen volunteering to administer the first.

The rest of the record takes place in 1845, when Jonathan Lafey and his bird Miriam Nathas come to live in the mansion which the former has inherited.

As they approach a horseman (not a centaur) (one of seven) calls Jonathan over and warns him not to enter the mansion 'on this night'. Presumably it is the 68th anniversary of Abigail's "birth". The horseman says if Jonathan doesn't take his advice, "18 will become 9".

So, 7/7/1777 = 7's are bad, or at least represent the evil being.

18 will become 9 in 1845. And the year 1845 breaks down like this: 18 is two 9s, and 45 is five 9s. What do two and five make? 7! Jonathan is 27, Miriam is 18. 27 + 18 is 45.

At this point it's fairly predictable that Jonathan and Miriam are in for a tough night.

Can anyone explain the significance of 68 though?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loud remaster, 7 July 2013
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This review is from: Abigail [Reissue] (Audio CD)
This is the best King Diamond album, along with Conspiracy and Them.

The sad thing is that music wise this is worth a 5/5 with little or no arguing about it as the melodic highly skilled guitars and bass and King Diamond's trademark gripping vocals tell a tale of horror and supernatural that brings shivers to your spine, but Roadrunner's decision to ruin a perfect record and (and this should be underlined) a perfect sounding record over that, with a lousy, loud, and utterly clipped remaster bring it down to the listenable/unlistenable boundary.

Why can't they just re-release this classics without completelly ruin the sound? Would sound thin and shallow and not so punchy and would probably not sell so many copies? I agree with the last part, yes, it would probably sell less, but thin, shallow or worse? No way.
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