|Give Me Your Soul...Please by King Diamond (CD, Jun-2007, Metal Blade)|
Omaha, NE, USA
|Give Me Your Soul...Please by King Diamond (2007, Metal Blade) MERCYFUL FATE|
Park Forest, IL, USA
|King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul...Please (CD, Jun-2007, Metal Blade)|
Yukon, OK, USA
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|Record Label:||Metal Blade|
|Genre:||Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal|
|Playing Time:||54 min.|
|Producer:||King Diamond, Andy La Rocque, J.T. Longoria|
Average review score based on 5 user reviews
Music: Heavy Metal, Gothic Metal
Country: USA by way of Denmark
Label: Metal Blade
Cool Songs: Shapes in Black, Moving On, Pictures in Red, Never Ending Hill
One of the originators of atmospheric, occult metal, KING DIAMOND has once again returned to claim his throne as the king of dark heavy metal. With his new album “Give Me Your Soul…Please” King has brought to life an ominous thirteen chapter-tale into the unknown. This album shows King penning the type of story he does best, a ghost story. The man’s most-herald albums, by fans and critics alike, were “Abigail,” and the two-album story of “Them” and “Conspiracy.” Those albums had featured certain spooky characteristics that would make the listener’s skin crawl and blood chill. “Give Me Your Soul…Please” revisits many of those same facets.
First and foremost, all KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE albums feature King Diamond’s haunting vocals. Although his vocals over the last few albums are not as strong or creepy as his early, classic era, his repertoire of voices still makes the man sound as if he possesses multiple personalities. King still manages to reach a ghostly falsetto pitch. The falsetto used in combination with his normal, mid-range voice helps narrate the story in a theatrical way, with certain voices representing certain characters. On “Is Anybody Here” the falsetto vocals present a cry for help from the character in the story, while King’s mid-range voice narrates the story. “Moving On” shows King’s softer, more subtle vocals, singing smooth choral “oohs” and other mellifluous crooning. Unarguably King’s oddest vocal personality is a seemingly shift of gender found on tracks like “Pictures in Red.” He does, however, use genuine female vocals, courtesy of Livia Zita, on the album’s final track, “Moving On.”
King’s haunting vocals give a voice to the shadowy atmosphere he and his band orchestrates. Diamond recruited yet another great lineup of musicians from both the KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE bands to help realize this grand musical of the macabre. Reaching back to the early days of MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND, King recruited Hal Patino on the bass (early KING DIAMOND), who recently played on the latest SAVATAGE-led band, DOCTOR BUTCHER. Mike Wead also comes via the MERCYFUL FATE camp, although from more recent efforts. Wead fills in for Glen Drover, who appears to have left for MEGADETH. Matt Thompson rounds out the group on drums, and of course, the steadfast Andy LaRocque on the other guitar.
The guitar playing styles of Wead and LaRocque are in perfect agreement. Both bust out screaming whammy and impossible string-bending solos that relate many emotions, add a sense of drama or a touch of eeriness. The solo work is a throwback to the wicked solos on albums like “The Eye” and “Abigail,” especially due to the effects and hallow sound. The rhythm work is equally impressive, slowly following King’s lyrics like the foreboding rhythm of “Shapes of Black” or powerfully picking a classic metal and thrash riffs like the triplet riff at the beginning of “The Floating Head” and the fist-banging gallop on “Never Ending Hill.”
The third element needed for King’s mad scientist experiement he calls KING DIAMOND is the front man’s keyboard work. With his keyboards, the painted one has always constructed rich atmosphere of soundtrack quality. “Give Me Your Soul…” continues this tradition, traveling head-long into assured damnation.
- Darren Cowan
Not only is this an excellent album, it will likely be regarded as a landmark -perhaps even a career defining piece of work. It's that good. If the only things you love about The King are the piercing vocals and whiplash musicianship - then you may actually find this album lacking. It is a spot-on vocal performance - but more subdued and dare I say "more musical" than King fans are accustomed to. He sounds more like a ghost than a banshee - but it fits the story.
The classic galloping beats and sudden time signature changes are still here, but they are less severe and more carefully orchestrated. The album is chock full of beautiful melody lines which the guitars carry perfectly with King, as always, singing, growling, and sometimes screeching all around the tune. In the past, King and company have deliberately stayed away from a "classic metal" sound, but here they seem to wholeheartedly embrace it. The last song is the best example of this - kind of this album's version of "So Sad" from King's last album, "The Puppet Master." But this song is better. Better tune, better played, and it will not wear down the listener like repeated listenings of "So Sad". That's really my feeling for the whole cd. Song for song - it's a little better than the previous album in every way.
The Puppet Master was all about the story - it was a gruesome sprawling epic of creepiness. The story here is almost so slight you can't really call it a story. But that puts the focus on the music - which is here in very heavy supply.
It is a distinct stylistic difference that has come forth on this album and the last, less visceral and thrashy and more straight forward and melodic. And while it may be different than what you are used to from King Diamond, at it's worst it is very strong material, and at it's best it's nothing less than a new classic.
This CD has a couple of cool new King classics like Cold as Ice, Shapes of Black, & The Never Ending Hill - but it also has several surprisingly weak and tired sounding tracks as well. I think its a step down from the previous Puppet Master and would probably rank near the very bottom of all King's releases. And still it's worth hearing if you're a fan.
7/10 The master of scare is back again? great sound but does not grab you through the whole cd. If you expect better them Puppet Master, I think you will be disappointed. First half of album kicks ass, but fades after the 8th song.