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Abigail II: The Revenge

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  • After listening to King Diamond’s latest epic release, i may have to rethink all my other reviews for past albums in the 90s, as “Abigail II: The Revenge” is the best Diamond album since the original “Abigail”. The original storyline almost seems like a footnote compared to its sequel, as King continues with Abigail going back to the old Mansion, only to discover a horrible secret and inadvertently commit revenge. The lyrics are powerful , sad, sick and really scary, don’t listen to this in the dark! King’s vocals are realised very well here, with creative mixing and editing, it’s unlike anything he has done. And the band, the line-up is the best since the “Them/Conspiracy” era. Mike Weed complimenting Andy LaRocque’s guitar playing is a wonderful surprise, and makes all other guitarist working with King and LaRocque during the 90s sound like they never fit. And Hal Patino does a good job and is also a highlight for nostagliac fans of the 80s. And Matt Thompson does a more than admirable job on the drums, with some also great keyboard and sound effects thrown in to help with that eerie, scary King Diamond’s almost a shame that this band, which indeavours to maintain a certain continuity and high standard of metal, will not get it’s due rewards, as most people feel that King Diamond is an “acquired taste”. King Diamond happens to be one of the most creative, melodic and immaginative bands, brave enough to make albums into complex stories, as to listen to the whole album and not just certain radio played tracks and songs made just for videos. Even death/satanic/devil/thrash metal of the 90s should take a cue from this band, as King has proved beyond a doubt, that this is way you make a superb goth metal album which will only be copied by many so-called wanna-be immitators. I’ll never listen to the “Abigail” the same way I did 15 years ago…

    Posted on November 28, 2009