Abigail II: The Revengeby King Diamond
Abigail II: The Revenge, King Diamond's tenth full-length solo album and sequel to his 1987 classic, Abigail, unfortunately doesn't recapture much of the magic of the original, but instead continues the consistent but less inspired professionalism of most of his latter-day work. What separates King Diamond's great records from the mediocre ones is not storylines, but songs; his best have memorable melodies, detailed atmospheres, and imagination (listen to the first four or five records for evidence of this). Abigail II naturally has all the sonic hallmarks of classic King Diamond and, of course, the music is beautifully executed. It's just not as memorable as the old stuff, and is nearly indistinguishable from its predecessors. Still, hardcore fans won't be disappointed. Also includes some cringe-inducing dialogue and "acting."
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- Metal Blade
Performance CreditsKing Diamond Primary Artist,Strings,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kol Marshall Strings,Harpsichord,Keyboards
Andy LaRocque Guitar,Strings,Harpsichord,Keyboards
Hal Patino Bass
Matt Thompson Drums
Mike Wead Guitar
Technical CreditsKing Diamond Producer
Kol Marshall Producer,Engineer
Andy LaRocque Producer
Travis Smith Artwork
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The Revenge isn't worth it. Now I have noticed it. King Diamond's vocals have failed totally. The only good songs are "Sorry Dear" and "The Storm". I couldn't believe that King Diamond would failed so much. Well, good times bad times.
this was a disappointment after Abigail 1. :-(
The story in this one is continued from the classic "Abigail". The story is really good, but the songs lack some of the greatness they used to have. Good guitar work by latterday-Mercyful Fate guitarist Mike Wead and the underrated Andy LaRocque As for fright, plenty of cringe-inducing moments, but nothin big. Still, a good album to get for long-time fans.
I gave this album one star, only because there was no choice of ''zero stars'' or ''negative stars''. I can't force myself to listen to this trash. His singing style is a poor imitation of Bruce Dickenson, (certainly NOT flattering). This is just what I expected, a poor attempt at 80's style heavy metal music. And the make-up? Don't get me started on the make-up. I will say this for him, I would want to cover my face too if I had to sing this trash. But wait, here's the real kicker. If King Diamond and his fans are insulted by this, they'll say that I hate his music because he's so good, and I'm so jealous, or I don't know what good music is, blah, blah, blah. The fact of the matter is that this really is garbage music. I will still call it music, because it is afterall, his ''art form''. All that this is, is a wannabe rock star, no talent, junk peddler who decided that if he ''hailed satan'', he would have a million fans. Well, I'm sure he does have a million fans, but can you really respect so called ''fans'' who wouldn't know real talent if it came up and poked them in the eye?