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5.0 out of 5 stars Them, 8 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Them (Reissue) (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." "Blood was pouring into the tea pot and then I heard THEM laugh, a drop of this in a cup of tea."
"Bye, Bye Missy" has a great chorus, and after the bit "The beautiful fireplace in the kitchen will do." It has an irresistible riff and a killer solo by Pete Blakk. "A Broken Spell" is a great song I think it's got a really awesome bit somewhere before Pete Blakk's solo. A nice ending, as well.
"The Accusation Chair" has a really intense, gruesome and bloody concept when Grandma gets killed, but I won't tell how. "Them" is an acoustic piece written by Andy LaRocque which is very melodic and I do love melodic songs, even if they are acoustic pieces they still rock!
"Twilight Symphony", well, what can I say, I just don't understand Roadrunner didn't put this song on The Best Of King Diamond Roots of Roadrunner compilation album, it's very melodic and still heavy, with a very nice sounding chorus and King Diamond shows off his best falsetto and growls in this song, the last chapter of this stunning story is called "Coming Home"

"Grandma'?"
"I knew it was You at the door, I saw You from the window. Now come inside My dear. It's good to see You again, despite what You did to MY throat. "THEY" are waiting upstairs. Come. Missy is there too. She's sitting on Grandpa's lap. I bet You're dying for a cup of tea."

This album has a sequel, Conspiracy, which is a unmissable part of the story told on "THEM". Without Conspiracy in your collection, and you've already got "THEM" you are missing out on a big part of the story.
King Diamond has an impeccable legacy, no one is quite like him, and that, we hail him!
A great package when combined with the album Conspiracy.

~ Calum Fairweather (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate Fan)
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