on 30 September 2013
With this collection you get the first 5 King Diamond albums, all recorded after the initial split of Mercyful Fate and before their reunion. Production quality is improved from the original presses due to a remastering but the analogue (read: slightly weak) sound of the albums is not changed a great deal. It is the virtuoso performances that should engage even the casual fan, King and his cohort of guitarists being on particularly inventive form throughout.
The majority of the albums are conceptually based, though 'Fatal Portrait' and 'Conspiracy' use the least plot in their creation and are fully satisfactory without any engagement in the story. The others can suffer from allowing the narrative to dominate the music ('Them' is especially problematic in this sense) but after a spin or two reading the lyrics, the songcraft stands on its own quite strongly.
For this collection particularly, the albums are all very reasonably priced, but naturally there is some content missing from the original releases in the way of artwork, lyrics and bonus content - you get the basic albums, front cover art and no more. Still worth a buy for any fan of Mercyful Fate, later King Diamond, or 80s metal in general.
on 14 September 2013
These five albums really are the best KD has ever produced. The man famous for his ludicrously high vocals just delivers these five stunning albums, each one concerned with the occult and ghost stories. I would definitely recommend if you are in to the New Wave of British Heavy metal, in which many of the guitar riffs are similar. Literally, cannot praise high enough, especially concerning the price.
on 5 April 2013
Do you like Kings?
Do you like Diamonds?
Do you like Danish blokes in "scary" make up?
Then this could be for you.
Well, I've given this four stars, but that could be because it's five albums worth 4/5 of a star each. Of course that isn't that case, but the fact is that young KIng basically makes the same album over and over again. A crumby horror story that is as scary as a Jackanory story all sung by a bloke who's bawbag has just been stung by a Scorpion all "sung" over music brimming over with sub Priest/Maiden Euro Power METAL Tropes.
I'd say that Abigail was the prime slab of these, but for what they're charging the whole thing is a relative steal.
So that's a cautious buy then...