Don’t Break the Oath is the second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate , released in Not that I cared, after all as a young metal head I just couldn’t get it, why would anyone want to listen to an incoherent mess of blast beats over hypnotic guitars. Thankfully though, King Diamond fans would be treated to classics from his solo band such as Fatal Portrait , Abigail , “Them” and Conspiracy , those albums being a fine enough continuation of what was founded here, especially considering Michael Denner and Timi Hansen got to stick around for the first couple King Diamond albums. He drops into his lower register to give accents to the evil lyrics when necessary but spends most of his time as high as he can go. From that, it’s just pure fucking ownage- catchy riffwork with badass single note moments under the verses, memorable vocal lines and even some double kick drumming can be found here. This album features the complex bluesy bass work of Timi Hansen, as well as the technical and complex drumming patterns of Kim Ruzz.
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Is it the hot, hellish production? Some hate him, most love him and there is really no in between. Sometimes his playing jumps to the front, being even more noticable than the guitar such as the verse riff in “Welcome Princes con Hell”mercycul other times he’s content with jumping to the back and watch the mutilation take place while jamming a simple riff.
Diamond did, and it paid off marvelously with this song.
Don’t Break the Oath – Wikipedia
If you think Metallica, Slayer mercycul Megadeth were important bands, they would not even exist the way they had if it was not for Mercyful fate. Don’t Break The Oath is their second full length album. As for visuals, the album cover art features a dark, ominous figure pointing at the listener from a consuming wall of flame, demanding the listener’s soul in return for gracing their pale existance with a shimmer of the awesomeness that writhes within the flames of bbreak.
Songs like A Dangerous Meeting and Welcome Princess of Fatf has some lethal stuff, but for the most part they feel a tad uninspired. Unfortunately, the Diamond mine seems to have been depleted for awhile, for the next two tracks, “Welcome Princess of Hell” and “To One Far Away”, are not as exceptional as the latter work and unfortunately slow this album down considerably.
If other metal albums are burnt offerings to the Devil, then this offering is one that stills burns, constantly burns.
Night of the Unborn, despite the definite overuse of falsetto, is really solid- just check out that solo section towards the end. The last few lines in particular bleed blasphemy. This is not a rip-roaring speed metal fest – then, this album really isn’t, though it would like to be very much – and yet it’s better than all of them.
Don’t Break the Oath – Mercyful Fate | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
Songs like Night of the Unborn just rip right into lead work from the get go before the band kicks in and the ass starts to be kicked. Instead of a darkened cemetery, we now are surrounded by leaping hell fire, conjured by the guitarists themselves. Ffate, my child, yes!
Dno reference to originality is that I could easily compare Melissa to Stained Class with some modifications. You get Mercyful Fate, that’s what. I slightly prefer the former, but this isn’t weak. The music itself was another story, sure there was a razor sharp guitar tone to Hank Shermann and Michael Denner’s work, but it had a Judas Priest bite to it rather than sporting the icy fangs of Darkthrone, with songwriting more akin to NWOBHM, especially for the purposes of the band’s sophomore release Don’t Break the Oath.
Truly, he does something that few other metal singers have achieved, namely adapting his voice to several different styles in both piercingly high and menacingly dark low register, giving the album an extra edge of virtuosity and complexity, not to mention a few insane, spine-chilling moments.
The lyrics are mostly based on Satanism or the occult. Nightmare is, as well, probably his best performance.
Have you the courage to heed the call? There’s more ‘normal’ fare on the album with tracks like “Welcome Princess of Hell” and “Desecration of Souls”. This album is ultimate best of both words: Night of the Unborn is K. The instruments are layered so wonderfully yet it is so crisp, fat will swear it is jumping out of you speakers. In particular, King Diamond carries the album along.
Thankfully though, King Diamond fans would be treated to classics from his solo band such as Fatal PortraitAbigail”Them” and Conspiracythose albums being a fine enough continuation of what was founded here, especially considering Michael Denner and Timi Hansen got to stick around for the first couple King Diamond albums.
It’s not so generic or otherwise too out of place that it necessarily detracts from the album itself, but I’d have liked a little more interesting things to have transpired on these tracks, they’re otherwise solid tunes that help keep the album afloat though, and a little pop-metal never hurt anyone. He does an excellent and audible job on Nightmare and The Oath, so he’s not gone. At some points, the songs just don’t seem to flow quite well, as more effort seems to have been put into the individual riffs, which sometimes don’t work together.
This album, my friends, is awesome.
Don’t Break the Oath
King Diamond sounds truly tortured here, thw if demons really were mocking him with taunts of “you are insane! As I said previously, it’s splitting hairs between their first two, but I do lean towards this one. If you’re more of a Diamond fan, than you will almost certainly prefer this to the debut.