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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Following the incredible success of his second solo album, and first conceptual undertaking, Abigail, King Diamond set to work almost immediately on his next extravagant adventure in gothic storytelling with 1988's Them. This time, he inserts himself among the story's characters, which also includes his mother, little sister, a haunted house naturally, and, more unexpectedly, a batty old grandmother whose return from a long stay at the insane asylum famously announced by "Welcome Home"'s borderline hilarious opening shrieks of "Grandmaaaa!!!" precipitates the supernatural acts of possession, murder, and madness that move this tale forward. Also worth noting are the ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Following the incredible success of his second solo album, and first conceptual undertaking, Abigail, King Diamond set to work almost immediately on his next extravagant adventure in gothic storytelling with 1988's Them. This time, he inserts himself among the story's characters, which also includes his mother, little sister, a haunted house naturally, and, more unexpectedly, a batty old grandmother whose return from a long stay at the insane asylum famously announced by "Welcome Home"'s borderline hilarious opening shrieks of "Grandmaaaa!!!" precipitates the supernatural acts of possession, murder, and madness that move this tale forward. Also worth noting are the new musical players who had joined the King Diamond band on this outing. After all, the replacement of guitarist Michael Denner and bassist Timi Hansen by Pete Blakk and Hal Patino, respectively, signaled the King's final break with his former band, Mercyful Fate. Tellingly, other than upping the overall camp factor just so, this development had no discernible effect on Them's musical vision as compared to Abigail, thereby confirming said vision as stemming from King Diamond himself. Now back to the music: co-songwriter Andy LaRocque once again delivers distinctive, semi-thrash riffs, majestic harmonies, and searing, inventive solo passages to standout moments like "The Invisible Guests," "Tea," and "Twilight Symphony," but it's small nuances such as the acoustic break in "A Broken Spell" and the oppressive synthesized clavichords heard on "The Accusation Chair" that lend Them's story its satisfyingly complex personality. What's more, overly theatrical numbers like "Mother's Getting Weaker" and "Bye, Bye Missy" take a little more license with their arrangements when incorporating the key words, plot themes, and even distinct character voices necessary to advancing the story line, but usually do so with very little detriment to the musical flow, which is occasionally embellished further by short interludes such as the title cut's symphonic instrumental interlude, and the opening and closing vignettes, "Out from the Asylum" and "Coming Home." As for King Diamond, he takes full advantage of the story's various points of view to try on any number of vocal guises, but overall, he's employing spiraling vocal chorales built upon layers of his instantly recognizable shrill falsettos far more frequently than his lower-register growling style. Ultimately, pundits generally found Them just slightly lacking in the face of Abigail's rarely challenged excellence, but consumers ultimately disagreed, buying more copies of Them that any other King Diamond album before or after.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/1997
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861878528
  • Catalog Number: 618785

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out From the Asylum (1:44)
  2. 2 Welcome Home (4:36)
  3. 3 The Invisible Guests (5:04)
  4. 4 Tea (5:15)
  5. 5 Mother's Getting Weaker (4:02)
  6. 6 Bye, Bye, Missy (5:08)
  7. 7 A Broken Spell (4:08)
  8. 8 The Accusation Chair (4:21)
  9. 9 Them (1:56)
  10. 10 Twilight Symphony (4:10)
  11. 11 Coming Home (1:11)
  12. 12 Phone Call (1:39)
  13. 13 The Invisible Guests (5:19)
  14. 14 Bye, Bye Missy (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Diamond Primary Artist, Vocals
Mikkey Dee Drums
Roberto Falcao Keyboards
Andy LaRocque Guitar
Pete Blakk Guitar
Hal Patino Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
King Diamond Producer
Thomas Holm Artwork
Roberto Falcao Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Courtney Taylor-Taylor Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kickass! Not one bad song!

    Kings greatest masterpiece! Lived up even farther than my expectations after Abigail! Phone Call's a nice touch at the end too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Time for King

    Great album! This belongs to heavy metal history. Vocals are better than ever. I really enjoy while listening King. The keyboards nd guitars are very very brilliant. This is full of classic songs. It would be wrong to name some songs which are good! They're all excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raw, Screaming Power

    King Diamond has finally arrived at glory. ''Them'' provides the best in heavy metal listening; awesome licks, insanse solos, and best of all, evil screams. This is one of the best metal albums ever constructed.

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    Posted September 30, 2009

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