MERCYFUL FATE: Don't Break The Oath LP (180g black vinyl, illustrated download card)
MERCYFUL FATE: Don't Break The Oath LP
(180g black vinyl, illustrated download card)
Many will argue that this is Mercyful Fate’s finest hour, and while Melissa is definitely a contender for that accolade, there’s not much between the two albums in terms of quality. In terms of sound and approach, however, there are noticeable differences. The progressive blues rock overtones are less obvious than on the aforementioned debut and a fuller production – the result of eighteen days in the studio, as opposed to the twelve the band allotted for Melissa – undoubtedly gives an additional punch to the already meaty riffs.
Overall, the vibe is grander and more epic, less cryptic and obscure, and the songs are more textured, with the addition of occasional keyboards and even a harpsichord. It goes without saying that Diamond’s vocals are dramatic, engaging and eccentric, and his range as impressive as ever, adding a rich sense of melodrama to proceedings. Despite all this, it is a rather heavier and more aggressive listen than its predecessor, frequently entering thrash metal territories, while retaining the Judas Priest / Iron Maiden dual guitar attack.
3. Desecration of Souls
4. Night of the Unborn
5. The Oath
7. Welcome Princess of Hell
8. To One Far Away
9. Come to the Sabbath
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[Item type: Black metal vinyl LP]