They were cult gods in Europe and underground icons in the US since the very beginning of the 80’s. This is normal growth, and it’s an obvious positive that they are experimenting with their sound. Now we’re going to get to the final, summary paragraph, where I tell you why you should buy this album. Meanwhile, “Come to the Sabbath” sports the most memorable lyrics on the album some pretty damn awesome lyrics, by the way. And then there’s another falsetto shriek – the best on the album – at the climax of the pseudo-oath. Most of the numbers on Melissa were pretty close in speed, and tended to want to gravitate towards mid-paced until the title track. For that reason I usually point towards the band’s debut album, I’d wager it has fewer high pitched squeals from Petersen, but that’s not really saying much for any Mercyful Fate album, or King Diamond album for that matter.
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Don’t Break the Oath is bbreak second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fatereleased in For pure lead work this is up there with the best of Murray and Smith, Downing and Tipton, or any of the classic 80’s guitar duos.
A much more wild and crazy ride than their debut, which was great nonetheless. The depths that this album reach are Purchasable with gift card. This is bemoaned by some Fate fans, since Fate without atmosphere is nothing special, but I don’t believe that the subtleties were robbed with the sharper sound, merely that the band sound more determined you may choose to read “less plodding” herewhile that sharpness leaves the musicians with breqk room for error, which is thankfully absent.
This is classic 80’s metal played with exceptional skill and mercyfhl to detail. You get Mercyful Fate, that’s what.
Here it is, boys and girls, the transition of heavy metal from a rebellious godchild of rock-and-roll to bbreak religious philosophy. Razor sharp, Like the edge of a straight razor that you are about to be skinned with.
Abigail by King Diamond. Paul Schwarz Thisss one’sss for the unborn!!! They’re still pretty Priest influenced, but this is more subtly.
Don’t Break the Oath – Mercyful Fate | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
faet Still, worth getting when all is said fafe done. Meanwhile, “Come to the Sabbath” sports the most memorable lyrics on the album some pretty damn awesome lyrics, by the way. Sure, King Diamond’s vocals are probably easier on the ears than today’s run-of-the-mill Marduk or Darkthrone rip-off, and the riffs share about as much with Bathory and Sodom as they do with Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest. This is an awesome album worthy of great praise.
I’m of two minds about this honestly. Their sense of melody is much improved, and even average solos are more technical than any on Melissa. Sometimes his playing jumps to the front, being even more noticable than the guitar such as the verse riff in “Welcome Princes of Hell” dknt, while other times he’s content with jumping to the back and watch the mutilation take place while jamming a simple riff.
Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
From the beginning, you’re subjected to the majesty of Mercyful Fate, and once you hear it, there’s no turning back. Dani Filth, of Cradle of Filth, plays a similar role donnt his band’s sound, bridging the gap between extreme black and death, dramatic oration, and camp atmosphere: This is the album where they truly shine with their tight as a fist rhythm section, also bringing in an almost 70’s hard rock style to this crushing metal release.
This is not a rip-roaring speed metal fest – then, this album really isn’t, though it fatw like to be very much – and yet it’s better than all of them. Zackary Lawrence go to album.
I really can’t find a blemish. The dual utilization of Hank Shermann and Michael Denner is a key aspect of the album, with both guitarists utilizing a strong sense of rhythm with memorable, catchy riffs that still manage to sound evil, as well as supplying an almost god-like sense of shredding, with solos that shred like fire from the skies and go leaps and bounds above the work of many, many lesser bands, without abandoning any sense of melody.
Once one has allowed time to grow used to King Diamond’s vocals, the power and density of these songs will unfold many different points of focus.
Don’t Break the Oath
It is perfect for the tight shredding metal riffs that Sherman and Denner are laying down here. King Diamond sounds truly tortured here, as if demons really were mocking him with taunts of “you are insane! Mercyful Fate’s early material has been widely lauded and rightly so, since the EP, ‘Melissa’, and this album, ‘Don’t Break the Oath’, all contain some fantastic music and have proved to be influential far beyond Fate’s original limited sphere.
Hell it’s so damn catchy, I could never figure out what the complete lyrics were until looking them up although King always had a bit of a pronunciation problem with his higher registers. What has often been overstated is Mercyful Fate’s influence on later bands, particularly the embryonic extreme metal scene. This album features the complex bluesy bass work of Timi Hansen, as well as the technical and complex drumming patterns of Kim Ruzz.
Built on bludgeoned blues and filled with low-rent hedonism, this rarities compilation is party music for burnouts. This record is amazing and while some give Melissa the nod as Fate’s best I think this one takes the cake. They revolutionized what we knew metal was!