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Twenty-five years after the release of Abigail—one of the most acclaimed conceptual albums in the history of heavy metal—King Diamond revisited their most famous protagonist for a sequel, Abigail II: The Revenge. Far from being overwhelmed by the original album's looming reputation, the band appear completely re-energized by the return to their classic tale. Abigail II might be the group’s most explosive work since their '80s heyday, as proven by the onslaught of marauding songs that start the album, from “The Storm” to “Slippery Stairs.” As usual, leader King Diamond isn’t concerned with writing simple riffs as much as crafting entire environments. There are moments of atmospheric uncertainty and moments of climactic tumult, but as a whole the album is remarkably unified, with each song connected to those surrounding it. The big payoff comes in “More Than Pain,” in which Abigail enacts revenge on her evil father by putting glass in his food and setting him on fire while he chokes to death. As the band bring the music to a boil, leader King Diamond acts out all the roles with wicked gusto.

Customer Reviews

Utter Crap!

What happened, King? You have successfully failed with your last 3 or 4 albums. It is time to return to form and put out something worth listening to. Stop speaking your vocals and sing again. I think you are too worried about the story and not enough about the song. Want to tell a story? Write a book. Want to regain your fans? Write a song...

very good

Kind D is awsome as a vocalist, lyrisist, and story teller this is a very nice sequil to the first Abigail Album and i recomend both of them together. Like most other King albums you should buy the whole album and listen to it from start to finish because if you dont you wont get the story and the album wont make sence. (very good)

Only for hardcore fans.

For any in general metal fan, this will probably seem like utter garbage, but for a hardcore King Diamond fans, this album is pretty damn good. Although it departs from his classic style which has worked so well in the past, it still has some goodness in it. Lately, I have found this album in my playlist more than any other. The story is kind of conflicting from what you thought was concluded in the original and masterful Abigail. The album picks up precisely where the previous one left off, in mid sentence! The first, but chronologically last track of Abigail ended with, "Who will be the first?" "I, O'brien of the Black Horsemen." However, this album proposes a sort of derivation of what was to be expected here. This album begins with, "I, O'brien of the Black Horsemen...Forbid this sacrilege!" Presenting the fact that Abigail in fact survived the first album. As it also turns out, Jonathon has also (miraculously) survived his little fall down the slippery stairs. The rest of the story is based on Abigail finding Jonathon and exacting her revenge. The main literary flaw with this story is that there really isnt much for her to avenge in the first place. Jonathon could not bring himself to kill Abigail and Miriam, yet, she wants revenge? The basis of the story is flawed, so it can be hard to grasp. In addition to this, the story is told so unapologetically intricate. Even Abigail experts will be confused with this one. Crazy claims of distant relatives make the story almost unfollowable. However, if you can get the basics, it can be enjoyable to listen to. As the the music, it sounds much more modern than any other King Diamond album, and there are parts where it shines, and other parts where you wished you never heard it. In the end, this title will leave King Diamond fans satisfied, but newcomers wanting more...much more.

Biography

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 II - The Revenge, King Diamond
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jan 29, 2001

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