The first King Diamond record I got was VOODOO, and it was alright, but it kind of let me down. The second, A DANGEROUS MEETING, just showed me how much better some of his older stuff is. The I got this one. Instead of the standard, full-album rock opera that you usually get, TSL features four songs that tell the story of Harry and his fear of spiders. The rest have no real relation, and in this respect it is similar to FATAL PORTRAIT (a few linked songs, the rest not). SPIDER is more of a crossover record, viewing his older-style sound (THE EYE on back) with a contemporary metal-scene viewpoint(a scene which he helped create, I might add). The first thing that struck me was the attention to melody he places on his vocals; tracks like “Killer” and “Moonlight” are rife with King’s haunting, eerily tuneful falsetto and occasionally his tough growl. The second was the absolutely killer (no pun intended) guitar work, courtesy of Andy LaRocque and Herb Simonsen (now replaced by Glen Drover)(smoking solos, guys!). My personal favorites are “Killer,” the short but brilliant “From the Other Side,” “The Poltergeist,” and most especially the title track, which actually conjures up images of a spider creeping along in a dark corner. King’s voice will take you a while to get used to (at least, it did for me) but it is definitely worth the price.
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Heavy Metal icon’s 1995 album including bonus video content. . King Diamond is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific personality ever in Heavy Metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore, King Diamond, the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and now again, the future of Heavy Metal.
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I’ve been a fan since the first days of Mercyful Fate, and it’s a shame this CD doesn’t get the praise it deserves. The storyline draws you in, and the songs are killer! If you call yourself a KD fan, do not miss “From the Other Side”, “The Poltergeist”, “Six Feet Under”, the title track, and “To the Morgue”. Outstanding production as well. One of King’s best! Don’t be swayed by bad reviews, you’ll miss out!
Four years later after “The Eye”, King & Andy with new members of the band dish out “The Spider’s Lullabye”, an a-typical Diamond album, which might be the strangest story line King has put out. Musically, it sounds very similar to many different Diamond songs. Herb Simmonsen’s guitar playing wouldn’t catch my attention until “Voodoo”, and La Rocque is brilliant as ever. Not an epic album, most of the songs, with the exception of the last four, are all self contained stories. But I always felt that “Lullabye” was a follow-up to “The Eye”. The “eye” is mentioned in “From the Other Side”, which leads me to believe all the songs are related experiences of other people, just like “The Eye”. I’m sure a lot of Diamond fans might have been disappointed, but it really isn’t that bad. Certainly not to be overlooked!
This is awesome, why do so many people say it is the weakest KD cd ever?? Maybe if they were true KD fans they would realize he sounds just like he did in the 80’s. I consider myself one of the biggest KD fans in the world, i have almost all of his cd’s,(i cant seem to find SHAPE anywhere.) Oh well, this cd rocks. It only has a story on tracks 7-10, but the first 6 rule too. My favorite song is Six Feet under but all of the songs rule. King Diamond is the god of Power Metal. Buy this along with any other King Diamond cd……AND GO BUY THE PUPPETMASTER IN OCTOBER!!
Because of negative reviews on this record, I was hesitant to buy it. Finally, I decided to take a chance. Being unable to find it locally, I took a trip to F.Y.E. One of those ‘you name it, we got it’ places. (…) Granted, this is not King Diamond’s best. It is not exactly “Them,” “Abigail,” “Conspiracy,” or even “In The Shadows.” But let’s be fair about this. No matter how good any artist is, not every single record they make can be their best. There are elements that make this record worth listening to. It has Andy’s great guitar techniques as well as King Diamond’s creepy harpsichord techniques. The lyrics are fairly intense, and the record flows well. Granted, King Diamond has written better stories than Harry’s fear of spiders. But one thing that is not missing (even in this weaker story) is King Diamond’s captivating technique of showing his characters losing their sanity. (…)If you are a King Diamond fan, you will not want to miss this record. Alright, maybe you only want King Diamond’s best. (Well, they are ‘Abigail,’ ‘Them,’ ‘Conspiracy,’ and ‘In the Shadows.’) But I suggest that if you are hesitant to spend the money, that you at least borrow this record and test it, rather than ignore it. This is truly an underrated record that you will miss out on if you are moved by the negative reviews. (…)