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Don't Break the Oath

Mercyful Fate

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Widely regarded as the high point of Mercyful Fate’s career, 1984’s Don’t Break the Oath was a more fearsome and focused iteration of everything that had made 1983’s Melissa an underground classic. Though shaped by the great proto-metal bands of the '70s, Mercyful Fate had by this point honed their own distinct sound. “A Dangerous Meeting,” “Come to the Sabbath,” and “Welcome Princes of Hell” present a potent mixture of Iron Maiden’s glorious speed, Black Sabbath’s doom-laden riffs, and Rush’s audaciously technical progressive rock. Obviously, the icing on the cake was Mercyful Fate’s erudite and explicitly Satanic lyrical content, most of which was penned by singer King Diamond. With his unpredictable operatic wail, King Diamond was unlike anyone else in metal. Though he was clearly untrained, his confidence made his performances truly compelling. In combination with the band’s complex multipart riffs and ritualistic lyrics, the result was a completely unique image of modern metal. The album’s undeniable centerpiece is “The Oath,” a cinematic survey of the band’s Satanic aesthetic.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful Hymns, Vol. II

Very close to being as good as the great Melissa album (though many others consider this the best), this another wonderous collection of hymns that are without comparison. Every song here is great. "The Oath" is simply amazing, as is "Come to the Sabbath". The more "listener-friendly" songs, such as "Gypsy", and "A Dangerous Meeting" are equally as good in their own right. Another one that will live on forever.

FREAKING AWESOME

If you don't have album, don't even consider yourself a metalhead

Classic

A landmark in the Black Metal genre. Mercyful Fate was a part of the first wave of Black Metal. Most of the bands from the first wave were Thrash Metal bands with satanic elements in their music (Mercyful Fate, Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, etc.) Out of all of those bands Mercyful Fate is definitely my favorite. King Diamond is one of the best Black Metal vocalist's because his banshee like shriek is not human. He can get his voice at a higher pitch than any other Black Metal vocalist ever. This is probably their best album along with Melissa and 9 in my opinion. The song The Oath is reason enough to buy this album. Hank Shermann's guitar work on that song and this album in general is absolutely god-like. If you are a fan of Black Metal, Thrash Metal, or Gothic Metal you owe it to yourself to buy this album now.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Danish band featuring vocalist King Diamond, guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner, bassist Timi Hansen, and drummer Kim Ruzz. Mercyful Fate won a large cult following thanks to their dramatic lyrics, showing a Gothic obsession with evil and the occult, and Diamond's amazing vocal range, which shifted from a low growl to a banshee scream, plus the interplay of Shermann and Denner. The band broke up after two full-length albums owing to differences of opinion about what direction the group should...
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