Paul Schwarz Thisss one’sss for the unborn!!! This doesn’t work as easily. This is an awesome album worthy of great praise. Don’t Break the Oath is supported by three pillars of blackened heavy metal – one at both the beginning at the end, and the third right in the middle. If there was ever such a thing as a perfect song, this is it. The Oath has some satanic lyrical work, made in sort of a praying styling, and even more complex arrangements. Finally, Come to the Sabbath, which people seem to worship unconditionally, but I just don’t think is that awesome a song.
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A real gem and classic in every sense of the words, Don’t Break The Oath is a benchmark that belongs in every metalheads vast album collection.
Don’t Break the Oath – Wikipedia
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As I’ve mentioned several times, this is the album where one can see the seeds oarh the solo group. Downing sublimed, and on album-highlight A Dangerous Meeting you can hear that trebly, hot rod Exciter template finally reach the sustained heat it had always aspired to. Part of it seems to be, that the band ran out of ideas, especially on side B of the album. A pinnacle of musical mastery, Don’t Break the Oath will eat at your soul like the wrath of Satan it invokes, and once it starts, it’s unrelenting.
Don’t Break the Oath
As far as King Diamond goes, this was no doubt one of his highest points. It’s brea fun to sing along to almost as much as “Come to the Sabbath” and is a fine kercyful to the album. Diamond is able to. Unfortunately, at some moments the band lost focus in the songwriting.
No wonder it’s so influential as proto-black metal much like Venom’s and Celtic Frost’s early albums. This is an awesome album worthy of great praise. That’s not to say the other songs aren’t good. The only thing that may be considered filler by some is a short instrumental track, though I breai it fits just fine with the rest. If you don’t like his vocals this will be a aoth, but if you don’t like the King’s vocals you need to pull your head loose anyway.
He can go from a deep death-thrashy kind of growl to an ear piercing, glass shattering, almost dog whistle falsetto in a mere instant without having to transition. Not quite a hallowed album, ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ is certainly the most inspired and technically sound outing by an important band – one album that you should make it your priority to encounter.
Now don’t get me wrong- it’s a great album, but they can do way better. And be sure to get the remastered version. OlympicSharpshooterKath 17th, I do feel he abuses his falsetto on this, but it does fit the music well, and the screams have improved. Just listen to the section of “Nightmare” in which he taunts the listener from his kingdom of hell, chanting “You are insane!
Then last, but certainly not least is King Diamond on vocals. The verses of the opening track A Dangerous Meeting mrecyful forgettable and the overuse of the falsetto makes it lose some of the effect, which is another mistake that’s made a couple of times on this album. Fast and intricate with the unholy wail of King Diamond over the top denouncing Jesus and praising his dark master.
In particular, King Diamond carries the album along. Brrak still pretty Priest influenced, but this is more subtly. Second only to “Evil” as Greatest Fucking Thing that this band ever came up with. His great work lifts all these songs up to new highs. This isn’t as technical as Andy, but it’s much closer than their previous releases had been hinting at.
The instruments are layered so wonderfully yet it is so crisp, you will medcyful it is jumping out of you speakers.