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One of the most well-planned and beloved concept albums in heavy metal history, King Diamond’s 1987 LP Abigail is in every way a cinematic experience. Composed entirely by King Diamond—the band’s vocalist and namesake—the narrative follows the story of Jonathan and Miriam, an 18th-century couple who inherit a mansion where a count once murdered his pregnant wife. The spirit of the unborn child, Abigail, eventually inhabits Miriam so she can be born again. Powered by the most dynamic playing of King Diamond’s career, each song represents a turn in this twisted but surprisingly gripping story. As lead singer, King adopts a range of voices to inhabit every character, while the masterful band constantly find ways to illustrate the atmosphere and build and release tension. In some concept albums, the story seems like a contrivance to string several unrelated songs together. Abigail is unique in that each song grows originally out of the story, giving the nine-song album an exhilarating and uninterrupted flow. (Four bonus tracks were added in 1997.) Few metal bands have ever been as in control of their sound as King Diamond are on this masterwork.

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Abigail: A review by Hatefulsprite

.. A solid early work by ex-Mercyful Fate member King Diamond. Abigail expounds on the horror movie theme that was begun in King Diamond's "Fatal Portrait" and given the full run of the CD. Its a solid effort and only getting 4 stars due to the Extras... On a concept CD there is no room for rough mixes, they did not appear on the original release and here only seem to be in the way of the story. The label was obviously trying to get another buck from King's fans who followed him to Metal Blade. If you already have this, there is no need to update. If not, enjoy some dark melodies as only King can deliver.

Still the best King Diamond album.

While Fatal Portrait had it's great points, this album surpassed it so much that I can still remember my amazement of it's greatness. This is King and the band at their best. Listen, and you will hear that there was much time spent on the entirety of it. Not a moment of this album is lacking in creativity, musicianship (thanks much to Andy), and just absolut perfection in all areas of it- vocals, lyrics, inventive guitar, very tight (yet not too tight to be one of these over-produced albums I cannot stand the sound of in our present time), and songwriting at it's most intricate to the great story contained within. The next album, "Them", would come close to this and is a classic great. But Abigail is, without a doubt in my mind, the closest to perfection achieved on any King Diamond album. Gotta give the King his due...this stuff outmatched the rest of the genre by far at this time, and it still stands up to most of the others do not.

One of the best! Don't Put this one off!

I'm not the biggest KD fan in the universe. I was born and raised on more typical thrash, and in highschool I got hooked on retro, 70's-hard rock. It was after I got out of college that I more or less stumbled onto this little gem of a recording. I didn't buy it right away, but when I finally did, I wasn't dissapointed! This album flat out rocks, so for those not into horror stories, there's still plenty of musical talent to appreciate. It's easily KD's best effort, and the musicans he plays with all contribute wonderfully. Tight, elaborate drumming, simply wonderful. The dual-lead guitar is classic and inspiring, solos and rhythm. Still, the story itself is great. It's extra-creepy lyrics (thanks to KD's wonderful vocal skills) are easy to understand and are downright chilling in spots. Nothing is worse than a concept album that you can't understand, but this one stays afloat - no, it soars. Just listen to the end track "The Black Horsemen" to understand what I mean. Classic!


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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Abigail, King Diamond
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 1987

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