King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul.... Please
King Diamond's latest release finds itself struggling to reach the heights of many of his best albums. That said it is still a great album and a testament to the quality of his past works, most of which are classics. A King Diamond album usually delivers a truckload of brilliant guitar work, strong melodic hooks, a horror story and one of the craziest and most impressive voices in the business (an acquired taste perhaps). You can check all those boxes as this is still the case with Give Me Your Soul....Please.

Yet, a few things are different this time.
King's vocal performance is good, but not as spine tingling as usual. King uses what I call his "Soft falsetto" much more than usual. Unfortunately his insanely highpitch voice a.k.a. "The Grand falsetto" only peeps out a few times.
I don't find the story as interesting as usual. It is strangely charming, but compared to many other King stories nothing much happens and it takes a while to get going. I guess the album fails to create that claustrophobic atmosphere that would have been necessary to draw me in.
This could be due to a few lyric passages which are plain bad. Notably the lines "Black Cat Magic is down by the lake" in Never Ending Hill, "Auu... Auu... something hit me on the head" in Black of Night and "In comes Daddy, he's in a rage. Screaming and yelling, he's not very nice" from Give me your soul.
By no means enough to ruin the album, but enough to crack open the atmosphere.

Musically everything is tight and superbly played. The album peaks midway through with The Cellar and Give me your soul. Two absolutely brilliant songs. The Cellar has a stunning melodyline that will haunt you for a while. The song evolves superbly, speeding up halfway through and unite guitar and vocals in a great way.
Give me your soul opens with a truly stirring riff which has a most excellent way of rising intensely. One listen to this song and I was walking around humming "Give me your soul" for several weeks. That chorus is vintage King Diamond.

Black of night has a very cool opening with a slight mystical vibe as a wicked guitar melody plays. Mirror Mirror has a great break near the middle and shatters the rather grandfatherly home alone vibe the album has till this point. Cold as Ice successfully brings a desperate note to the atmosphere and Shapes of Black continues this with the great image conjurer "I'm dressed in black, with my stick and hat". The girl in the bloody dress and Moving on effectively close the album with a not too surprising twist.

Livia is back and pops up for several harmonies and small passages, always a welcome addition. As was the case with The Puppet Master several "ghosts from the past" appear in both lyrics and music, just not as often this time around.

"Give me your soul...Please" positions itself in the middle of the KD 12-pack behind personal favorites like Them , Conspiracy, The Eye, The Puppet Master, House of God and Abigail. It is not a new classic, but it is a strong, high quality release that serves both as a gentle introduction to The King for new fans and as a pleasing acquaintance for the old. He is still among us, and obviously in very good shape. So go out and buy THIS album!

Written by Steen
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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Comment by Jarkko Kyntäjä (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 1, 2007
In my books this places itself in 4th position right after Abigail, Them and The Eye. I really like his laid back vocals, even though they are somewhat lazy compared to his evil and high-screaming past. Guitar work is absolutely brilliant, best ever with only Abigail to match. No bad songs here, very very solid release and a couple of true highlights: Never Ending Hill, Mirror Mirror, The Cellar and Give Me Your Soul. Overall much better record than I expected and beats its predecessor in every aspect, as a matter of fact, beats everything King has done for 17 years. Greatest disappointment is the storyline, which is a bit too simple and ordinary for a King Diamond horror story. But that´s a minor fault in otherwise almost flawless offering. 9/10


Comment by Christopher (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 2, 2007
I've only listened to the album all the way through once, so perhaps this album takes a few listens to really appreciate. But of his more recent albums, I much prefer The Puppet Master and the under-appreciated Abigail Part 2.


Comment by VonSeux (Anonymous) - Thursday, August 2, 2007
Beats Puppet Master but i still like Abigail pt.2 best

8.5/10

ps: i love that "Auu... Auu... something hit me on the head" in Black of Night


Comment by stryker69 (Anonymous) - Sunday, September 30, 2007
youre review was great. to me, as long as its king diamond you know its gonna be great


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Abigail, in my opinion, it's King's best record.
Mikkey Dee's playing on Abigail is just amazing and the guitar work of Andy and Michael are very good too.

About Give Me Your Soul.... Please..
A nice record with good songs, however I believe the concept is a little bit "Deja vu" even for King.

Still worth buying

Rating: 7/10

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Tracklisting
1. The Dead
2. Neverending Hill
3. Is Anybody Here?
4. Black Of Night
5. Mirror Mirror
6. The Cellar
7. Pictures In Red
8. Give Me Your Soul
9. The Floating Head
10. Cold As Ice
11. Shapes Of Black
12. The Girl In The Bloody Dress
13. Moving On


Style
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The Puppet Master - (Steen)

The Puppet Master - (Tommy)

The Eye - (Steen)

Deadly Lullabyes Live - (Tajs)

"Them" - (Tommy)

Live with Loch Vostok and Secret Sphere at Train, Aarhus - April 17, 2006 - (Tajs)

Live with Loch Vostok and Secret Sphere at Tobakken, Esbjerg - April 15th, 2006 - (Tommy)

Conspiracy - (Steen)



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