KING DIAMOND — "Them"

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4.14 | 37 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1988

Filed under Heavy Metal
By KING DIAMOND

Tracklist

1. Out From the Asylum (1:44)
2. Welcome Home (4:36)
3. The Invisible Guests (5:04)
4. Tea (5:15)
5. Mother's Getting Weaker (4:02)
6. Bye, Bye, Missy (5:08)
7. A Broken Spell (4:08)
8. The Accusation Chair (4:21)
9. "Them" (1:56)
10. Twilight Symphony (4:10)
11. Coming Home (1:11)

Total Time: 43:14

CD reissue contains 3 bonus tracks:
12. "Phone Call" (1:39)
13. "The Invisible Guests (Rehearsal)" (5:19)
14. "Bye, Bye Missy (Rehearsal)" (4:51)

Line-up/Musicians

- King Diamond / Vocals, Keyboards
- Andy LaRocque / Guitar
- Pete Blakk / Guitar
- Hal Patino / Bass
- Mikkey Dee / Drums

About this release

Release date: September 13, 1988
Label: Roadrunner Records

Thanks to Stooge, UMUR, diamondblack for the updates

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Warthur
Emboldened by the strong performance of Abigail, King Diamond chose to follow it up with another narrative concept album, this time inserting himself into the story as a character - specifically, as a child whose sinister grandmother turns out to be in constant communication with the invisible spirits who haunt the old family home. It's a fun enough story, though it does seem that - unlike on Abigail - the narrative overpowered the music this time around, with few really standout tunes on offer; only an even more diverse and wide-ranging than usual vocal performance from King raises this album to "above average" status.

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Mjöllnir
Following the excellent Abigail was always going to present some difficulty, but you guessed it, there was no need to fear as the King Diamond concept formula was now perfected. I’m a huge fan of this band’s early albums but this is truly the peak of the mountain for me. “Them” is a claustrophobic, unnerving and sophisticated album hindered only by a very thin production (which even a remastering had trouble fixing). The tale of King, his grandma and “THEM” (the spirits in the house of “Amon” they communicate with via bloody tea in the story) is one that sticks in the mind for a long time.

Mercyful Fate stalwarts Timi Hansen and Michael Denner depart, to be replaced by Hal Patino and Pete Blakk respectively. Blakk makes a more than adequate sparring partner for Andy LaRocque and each song’s numerous twists and turns are sewn together by their dazzling solos. Developing further the idea of song structures moving with the demands of the story rather than a simple matter of verse followed by chorus, it adds a variety that makes it stand apart from the previous album. “The Invisible Guests” binds various sections together with a chorus that feels vigorously pulled together and opener “Welcome Home” stretches its legs to set the scene with urgent changes, always retaining a sheer headbanging goodness. “Tea” follows with a very dreamy vocal style from King which develops the unsettling atmosphere.

The album’s story is connected through the songs more smoothly than on Abigail, with the silences in between feeling like moments to intake a deep breath before the next part of the tale is revealed. Later tracks pile on a sense of hopelessness (“Mother’s Getting Weaker”) and a feeling of madness and disorientation is communicated very well through the music (“The Accusation Chair”). The title track is a short eerie instrumental, reliant on the cliches of horror soundtracks maybe, but very effective nonetheless. Also, by the end of the album it’s clear that things are not quite done with yet...

Not everyone enjoys this album to the same level as the last one, and it requires a fair amount of work to wipe away the cobwebs of the production to find the gleaming gems beyond but it is worth it. Rounding off my edition is an intriguing alternative “ending” track, and some rough mixes which are so-so. Once again, the sleeve art is great and reigns the viewer into the concentrated sphere of the story. To be continued...

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