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Where King Diamond’s earlier concept albums were imaginations of historical horror, The Eye is based on factual events from the French Inquisition. The band used names of real people for their tale of an enchanted necklace passed among witches and clergy in 16th-century Paris. As usual, King Diamond’s sympathies rest with the darker forces, and despite the album’s fantastical narrative, there's a deep undertone of social commentary in the way it presents hypocrisies and atrocities of the Catholic Church. Then again, King Diamond fans don’t come for a history lesson—they come for the fiery and hysterical heavy metal of “Eye of the Witch,” “The Trial (Chamre Ardent),” and “Burn,” which might form the best three-song opening salvo of any of the band’s albums. “Behind These Walls” is boosted by a wash of synthesizers, while “1742 Imprisonment” could almost pass for an amped-out outtake from the Broadway version of Les Misérables—but The Eye also boasts some of the band’s heaviest riffs. Punctuated by the impeccable double bass drumming of Snowy Shaw, “Father Picard” and “The Meetings” go directly for the throat.

Customer Reviews

King Diamond Delivers!

Okay, I love all of King's work I've heard. This is another really cool album. I don't support the fact they use a drum machine for "Eye of the Witch", but it's still a great edition to their works. This album's story is laced with historical information such as the Christian persecution of alleged witches ("The Trial", "Burn"). "Two Little Girls" is filler, but it is flippin' evil, with cool violins. The rest of it focuses on the Louviers possesions and the imprisonment of the nuns and Father Picard. Good album. Pick it up.

My intro into the KING

This was my introduction into King Diamond and his music back in 1990. I love this album!! Rapid fire drumming from Snowy Shaw, excellent guitar work by Peter Blakk and Andy LaRocque and of course the King's vocals. I love every song on this album. Great buy!

His best album!!!!!

"The Eye" is actually the best album from King Diamond. I think the story, songwriting, and production are better than any previous release and none of his newer stuff has ever impressed me as much as this one. His vocals are in top form, Andy's guitar work is stunning, and other than "Two Little Girls", every song on here is solid, if not great. "Father Picard", 'The Meetings", "Burn", "Into The Convent", "The Trial", and of course "The Eye" are all in KDs Top 20 songs ever. "Insanity" is a beautiful classical instrumental guitar piece by La Roque, sounding similar but slightly better than hugely popular tracks from Bay Area thrashers Testament like "Musical Death" and "Hypnosis".
All in all, this is the most accessible album from KD. I would make this my first reccomendation to anyone just getting into him.


Born: June 14, 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Widely regarded as the finest vocalist in all of metal (who possesses a multi-octave range), theatrical rocker King Diamond first rose to prominence as a member of Mercyful Fate before launching a solo career on his own. Born Kim Bendix Petersen in Denmark on June 14, 1956, the future King Diamond was originally drawn to theatrically based hard rock due to such trailblazers as Alice Cooper, and soon began fronting local bands in the '70s, including a punk metal outfit called the Brats. Shortly thereafter,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1990

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