King Diamond - _The Graveyard_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (8 out of 10)
He's baaaaaaaaack! That's right boys and girls, say your prayers and sleep tight for the King is here tonight. This album marks King Diamond's second effort since _The Spider's Lullaby_ hailed his return to the solo fold. First thing I asked myself when I received this promo copy of _The Graveyard_ was, "How the fuck am I supposed to review a King Diamond album without the lyrics?!" Well, sometimes the impossible must be done, so here I am. According to the bio, this conceptual album is about incest and child molestation and the trial of this monster by a man driven insane. The music on this album is much more fresh and modern sounding than the current Mercyful Fate album (reviewed elsewhere in this issue) could ever be. Andy LaRocque shows off some of his hottest licks in some of the most killer solos I've heard in a long time. Some of the best songs include the slow ballad-like, "Heads On The Wall," the fast paced solo-fest, "Meet Me At Midnight" and "Sleep Tight Little Baby." As always, the King utilizes multi-track recording for his vocals which are in as great shape as ever. This album blows the new Mercyful Fate out of the water by a long shot and proves to the world that metal's greatest storyteller has NOT gone stale.

(article published 8/12/1996)


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