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Editors’ Notes

King Diamond followed the conceptual triumph of Abigail with another masterpiece of longform storytelling. Vocalist King Diamond was inspired by memories of his own grandmother for Them: the story of a witchlike materfamilias who tortures her family by joining forces with a squadron of screaming ghosts, known only as “them.” The wailing voices provide King Diamond his ideal subject matter, as no other singer in heavy metal can so accurately conjure the sound of wailing spirits careening through a haunted house. A far cry from the grungy riffs of the early Mercyful Fate albums, “Mother’s Getting Weaker,” “The Invisible Guests,” and “Welcome Home” are downright stratospheric, with blazing guitar leads and skintight drumming that work together to push the songs into a realm of torrential, transformative energy. Though the genre of symphonic metal hadn't yet coalesced, King Diamond were already drawing from classical music for inspiration. Listen closely to the rhythms of “The Accusation Chair” and “Twilight Symphony”—where the riffs rock to and fro, as if running up and down a series of winding stairwells—and you’ll hear echoes of the surging momentum found in Bach and Beethoven.

Customer Reviews

One of the best metal albums ever.

I bought this album by chance when I was 13, I used to base the purchase of music from the metal section on the album art. (I found alot of great music this way, including DRI, Deicide, Sepultura, Sex Pistols and more) Anyway, I used to listen to this album on my walkman, and read the lyrics at night with a flashlight. The first time I did this, it scared the crap out of me, like a train wreck, bye bye missy, tea, but I couldnt quit listening. King Diamond didnt invent the rock opera, I think the Who did with Tommy, but this is ultimate perfection of that style. It is a very well told story with an incredible band, especially LaRoque, who may be the most incredibly talented progressive metal guitarist ever to play. Seriously. Ive recommended this album to many people over the years, the operatic style sometimes throws people off at first, but read the lyrics, you'll find that its incredibly appropriate. Cheers, King. Thanks for the years of amazement.

Child Of 80's Metal

The only band I know.... if played loud enough can have every dog within a mile barking for mercy!!! King Diamond... the dog wistle of metal!!

Great album

Thanks for getting the unedited version back, I bought it as promised and think its one of the best 80s metal albums out there... just not very known

Biography

Born: 1985

Genre: Metal

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

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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Them, King Diamond
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1988

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