I’ve had this album since I was a young lass, and let me tell you it never gets old. Some of the 80’s metal gets tired, when you listen to it now it just kind of leaves you bored. But King Diamond will never forsake you in that way. The vocals are funny! His voice sounds like a banshee screaming from the bottom of hell. It has a queer kind of resonance in it. And the songs are great. My favorite is Princess of Hell and also I like Desecration of Souls, and the best song is A Dangerous Meeting.
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This album is quite simply a classic. It is one of the most beautiful, artistic, dark albums ever created and this is why it is such a masterpiece. The sheer class of this album carries an aura of blasphemous, but quality, music.
The only downfall, which is a typical criticism thrown at the band, is King Diamond lyrics and vocals. The falsetto vocals while not my scene, are bearable, but I would be lying if I said they didn’t take away from the album. Then theres the lyrics. I don’t care that they’re evil. It’s just they’re quite ridiculous, simplistic, innane. The vocabulary is stupid.
Nonetheless, when one gets past that (which is not that hard to do), one will realise this album is one of the most perfect, understated albums ever. Hank Shermann is definitly amongst the best musicians to come out of the metal genre. His songwriting is the work of a genius. No lies.
Turning attention to the actual songs now…the only let down’s are Welcome Princess of Hell, and (to a lesser degree), To One Far Away. All the others are absolute gems. My personal favourite is Nightmare. I can’t believe I never hear anyone rave about that song. It’s amazing.
Anyway, DO NOT HESITATE TO GET THIS! A metal collection without this is simply less of a thing. Only a fool would sideline this. This is heavy metal/thrash at it’s poetic best.
Before metal turned into speed, anger, and insanity, there were bands who had singers who sang(and with vocal range),guitarists who could play cool riffs,and drummers who could play heavy grooves without double bass thunder. This album came out at the same time that “extreme” metal was taking flight, but it retains what I feel that thrash and death metal lost in an effort to kick it up a notch….that being the elements of early Maiden and Priest, the ability to make kick[ing] rock music.I would put this album up there with Sabbath’s “MASTER OF REALITY”, Priest’s “STAINED CLASS” and Maiden’s “NUMBER OF THE BEAST” as essential metal.I’ve heard that King Diamond’s voice bothers some people,I don’t see why because it fits the music perfectly. His vocal ability coupled with the dark lyrics create a cool eerieness and the tempo changes in the music is something that(for me),good metal should have. I’ve heard some of what’s called Progressive Metal now, and the singers [are bad], the players create no tension with their playing, it just seems BLAH! I listen to all different kinds of music now that I’m older but if I were going to put in a METAL album to jam on…this would be it!
This has to be Satan’s favorite band! This also has to be his favorite album, and I’m sure that he’s blasting it in the pits of hell even now! This album is full of demons, devils, satanic pacts, and truly great metal! From top to bottom this recording is full of outstanding music! The highlights are “A Dangerous Meeting,” “Desecration Of Souls,” “Night Of The Unborn,” “The Oath,” “Welcome Princess Of Hell,” and “Come To The Sabbath.” With wickedly great vocals from King Diamond and outstanding play from Michael Denner (Lead Guitar), Hank Shermann (Lead Guitar), Timi G. Hansen (Bass) and Kim Ruzz (Drums), this piece of dark metal is classic! This is certainly the best album ever produced by Mercyful Fate or King Diamond! Buy “Don’t Break The Oath” if you like great heavy metal, but keep your holy water near.
After their Roadrunner debut “Melissa” became an underground hit, “Don’t Break the Oath” found Mercyful Fate at their apex. Loaded with satanic lyrics, incredibly complex guitar melodies, and King Diamond’s eerie voice, “Don’t Break the Oath” is one of the best albums to ever be found in black metal. “A Dangerous Meeting”, “Desecration of Souls”, “The Oath”, and “Come to the Sabbath” are Mercyful Fate classics, and even the instrumental “To One Far Away” is pure metal joy. The band would breakup not long after “Don’t Break the Oath”’s initial release before getting back together some years later, but nothing they released since has compared to how powerful this album is. Contrary to what a previous reviewer has stated, it’s no secret that Mercyful Fate and King Diamond are not for everyone. Yes, King’s voice is an acquired taste to say the least, but this reviewer knows of fewer frontmen that can do lyrically and musically what King Diamond can; that’s why he’s been around for over 20 years. And I wouldn’t necessarily call Dio “real aggressive, kick a$$ metal” either.