King Diamond - "Them"
King Diamond's back catalogue is a treasure chest of precious stones, all shining with their characteristic gloomy light. "Them" has a very compelling effect on me and I think some of the band's best songs are to be found here.

Out From The Asylum is one of the coolest intro passages I can think of, the twisted piano creates this unsettling mood before all hell breaks lose with the arrival and return of Grandma. Welcome Home is indeed one of the biggest Metal classics in my book; the spectacular drumming from Mikkey Dee is enough for me to adore this one.
The break at 2:48 is so headbangingly inviting, superbly followed by an ultra catchy guitar lick.

The Invisible Guests features some fantastic progressive bass handling from Hal Patino and the split solo spot is breathtakingly thrilling. This brilliant high-octane track ends with a mesmerizing lead spot bringing the intensity level from a hundred to zero.

Giving the album and additional charisma we find Tea with its different but rather successful jamming and loose formula. The heavy rhythm guitar adds a tight groove and King's varied vocal approach is a joy to follow on its own.

An aspect I value highly in the music of King Diamond is the minor details that always seem to find their way onto the albums. The dark keyboard theme in the middle of Mother's Getting Weaker is one example, the playful acoustic guitar section and luring key outro are another two, all in one bloody song that is.

The main riff structure in Bye, Bye Missy is a bit simple, but the demanding soling surely makes up for a lot of it. A complex song with stunning variation in the drum apartment, the ending is a bit stretched out though.

A Broken Spell stands out as a bit anonymous in comparison with most of the other songs, it's simply missing something to remember it by, the acoustic break is clever but otherwise it's standard material.

Highlights in The Accusation Chair is definitely the monster riff attack and thunderous guitar solos, a great song leading into "Them" which is a scary instrumental type of song making its appearance in just the right time of the album.

The immensely catchy chorus in Twilight Symphony has burned itself into my conscious; the high pitch screams are just unbelievable. The change in pace, coupled with a progressive tease, forceful drumming and ingenious guitar moves lifts this song into the premier league.

Coming Home takes off where Out From The Asylum ended; the spoken words are quite fitting and enhance the creepy atmosphere, a point that goes for the album as a whole. The story is of course unfinished, as Conspiracy would prove to be a most worthy sequel only a year later.

The guitar work by Andy and Pete is one of the reasons why this album is so damn good, bouncing off each other making way for a whole lot of dynamism and thrilling passages. Especially the split solos contain both technicality and drive in abundance. The bass delivery is refreshingly creative, the drums are simply amazing, the keys wisely used and King offers a stunning and convincing performance.
The remastered version has a decent sound quality, it's not the most powerful production but the balance is finely weighed.

The story is actually quite cool, a haunted house, a mad grandma, a strong bond between brother and sister and of course some kind of revenge.yep it is a classic KD scenario and the way he sings the lyrics makes it very trustworthy, this being one of King's biggest talents by the way.

Bottom line: A great classic Metal album with a horrific twist giving it that special sombre mood.

Absolute killer tracks: Welcome Home, The Invisible Guests and Twilight Symphony.

Written by Tommy
Sunday, September 4, 2005
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Tommy: 7.5/10

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Comment by VonSeux (Anonymous) - Friday, September 30, 2005
are you out of your mind? giving 7.5 to one of the more outstanding metal albums ever. A total classic as "them"?
This album is fucking amewsome, you´d never seen anything like it. the guitar work is so crazy, with many many riffs per song. Drums just fucking insane, Mikkey Dee is surely on the TOP as Metal drummer, lyrics ar amewsome and vocals are unique.

do you miss something to remenber "a broken spell"
you call it standard?
try to play it on bass guitar
just catch up to that solo.
and the final phrase
"i went there, to see if my grandma was still there... oh i hate that BITCH"


And the story isn´t unfinnihed. it´s ends up very well with King being taken to asylum, not being able to explain the killing

The production is not perfect but it doesn´t cloud the glory of this release. a whole fucking 10 for this one.



Comment by VonSeux (Anonymous) - Friday, September 30, 2005
totally Masterpiece


Comment by Tommy (Member) - Friday, September 30, 2005
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@ VonSeux

Let's agree on one thing, the whole performance aspect of this album is truly fantastic.
That just doesn't save a couple of songs from lacking a more exciting nature, in my opinion that is. If a song isn't brilliant, it doesn't get so by having a great musical delivery, even though it could make it slightly better.
With the rather short amount of playing time on this album, a couple of "so so" cuts makes it more vulnerable.

What I mean by an unfinished story is the fact that Conspiracy is a continuance of this story; you could of course see it as finished (and with good sense) from a single album perspective.

I know the 7,5/10 score could seem a little harsh, but in the context of our rating system it's a pretty high grade, I must admit that I was close to the 8/10 though ;)
I try to evaluate each album according to my perception of it; a new release should get the same opportunity for scoring a high grade as an album that's 20 years old, no positive discrimination form my side on that account.

Anyway, the fun part of all this is discussing these things; luckily we both appreciate King Diamond and "Them"... thanks for checking in with your opinion.

Tommy
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Friday, September 30, 2005

Comment by VonSeux (Anonymous) - Monday, October 3, 2005
yeah... sorry for the excitement. I really apriciate to see Diamond reviewned, and it was a good review, trully.
I would give a better score for the fact that the better parts are so good, that makes up to the less inspired. And because i just love this tale and the way King drives it onto the music. Thanks for your reply


Comment by Peter Miller (Anonymous) - Tuesday, October 18, 2005
King, YOU ARE THE GREATEST MAN ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU'R 10's BETTER THAN ANY BAND ALIVE FROM "THEN" and "NOW"!!!!!.


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This is by FAR the best album from King diamond.

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Review by Steen (Staff) - Wednesday, April 26, 2006
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I rate this one higher. It is among King Diamond's very best and gains the edge over most of his other albums by being extremely creative as well as having a ton of memorable moments scattered all through the album. Tommy already mentioned several, so I will just shortly get into a couple of personal favorites.

Welcome Home might be the best song King has ever written. It has so many nooks and crannies (grannies?) that the whole song feels like a big metallic maze of horrors. From the stereo effect when King screams Grandma through his genius delivery of lines such as "Missy and mother, they are dying to meet you" and the immortal "I wonder grandma, ARE YOU ALLRIGHT?" this is an insane journey right back into the asylum.

The Invisible Guests is so intense and I can only agree with Tommy's description.

The acoustic element in Tea gives it another dimension while King's vocal deliverance is perfect. Really great breaks with cool guitar solos and varied drumming add the final element in getting high. Knife! Woouuuuund! Aaaaaaahhhhh it is time for Tea!!! (Sorry, got carried away a bit)

I love the captivating drive of The Accusation Chair and the song is simply brilliant all the way through. Only King can sing the word "Fine" in this way. Twilight Symphony has another out of this world vocal performance during the chorus. Don't try this at home.

The music is challenging and inventive all the way through with tons of little detail showing itself on repeated listens. I only have the original release and unfortunately the sound is very void of bass and pump and that is the saddest thing about the album. The drum sound is thin and I could imagine a better sound would add to the impact of several songs. Ahh well, nothing is perfect, but this album comes very close. I don't believe it can be compared to much else. Horror Metal at its very best.

I bet you're dying for a cup of tea now...

Rating: 8.5/10

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Review by ProfessorShred (Member) - Monday, October 19, 2009
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Them is definately a classic K D album...must admit though I still think Abigail stands the test of time for Best King Diamond CD

Rating: 8/10

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Review by notrap (Member) - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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After the previous excellent record "Abigail" King Diamond released his second full concept album Them.

I read from many official sources that this record is his best commercial success ever. This fact was always a mystery for me because, in my opinion, Abigail it's a better record - Has better songs and definitely a better production.

Don't get me wrong..Them is a classic King release (with good songs), however I believe this release was a huge step into the underground.
If Abigail opened the door to a more mainstream market, Them was a step back.

In my opinion, King somehow lost the inspiration of Halloween, The Candle, A Mansion in Darkness or The Family Ghost to embrace a more
underground 1000 riffs per song.

Well..Let´s forget my little disappointed when I first heard Them back in 88. I will try to hear it again this year
It's not my favourite, but who cares? Still an absolute metal classic.

Special credits to:
Welcome Home
The Invisible Guests


Rating: 7.5/10

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009










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Tracklisting
1. Out From The Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. The Invisible Guests
4. Tea
5. Mother's Getting Weaker
6. Bye, Bye Missy
7. A Broken Spell
8. The Accusation Chair
9. "Them"
10. Twilight Symphony
11. Coming Home

Bonus Tracks
12. Phone Call
13. The Invisible Guests
14. Bye, Bye Missy


Style
Heavy Metal

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