Mercyful Fate
Don't Break the Oath


4.0
excellent

Review

by henderz USER (1 Reviews)
March 17th, 2006 | 422 replies | 24,651 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


2 of 6 thought this review was well written

Mercyful Fate were a huge part in the creating of black metal, a movement started by venom, they have also influenced some of the great metal bands of this time, (metallica, megadeth, slayer) and this is by far there best album yet

King diamonds voice is one that you can just tell by hearing it, his style is so unique and effective, and the guitar and drum work on this album is just amazing, boasting songs like "come to the sabbath" and "Desecartion of souls" if you are not a fan of king diamonds that dosent matter, the riffs, the solos, the power, this is just a monster album.

A Dangerous Meeting - Powerful riffs, melodic solos, a superb chorus, a good level of intricacy , not much wrong with this song, great opener 4/5

Nightmare - cool bass and drum intro, and then the vocals, a great solo from denner, and then the dark mid-section, with some great guitar and drum work to follow, its also great how the song puts you right into kd's singing about, and the last solo by sherman is good but possibly not needed 4.5

Desecration Of Souls - This Song is a great example of why this album is as good as it is, the vocal approach for the first verse is so cool
and of course the solos are awesome, and the riff after the second verse is also so powerful and fits the song perfectley, now shermans first solo is some of his best work to date and denners 3rd solo fits like a gem as well, this song is just superb 5/5

Night Of The Unborn - One of the best songs on the albums, but mainly because of the music not for the vocals(not his best imo) the chorus is awesome and everything about this song guitar-wise is awesome "THIS ONE'S FOR THE UNBORN!!!!) awesome stuff 5/5

The Oath - The Epic of the album, this song scared the *** out of my mate when he listenend to it, and i think thats good, when everything came in together it sounded awesome, the riffs and solo fills in this song are quality, the parts before the last solos are so cool, because of time changes(which prove musical intelligence imo) and also the vocals are awesome, this is the best song on the album 5/5

Gypsy - quite a tough song to follow(the oath) but nevertheless this a cool song, solos again are top notch, vocals werent at best imo not much to say im afraid, not there greatest work 3/5

Welcome Princess Of Hell - A good song, some more quality solos, and theres one really cool riff(you know what one baby) vocals are definately up to kings capability's, also some good harmonies within the guitar duties, a good song overall 3.5-5

To One Far Away - Cool instrumental, nice to hear an acoustic on a black metal ablum, cool solos, and if you want to sound like diamond, heres a good exercise you can use lol 3.5/5

Come to the Sabbath - The Second best Song on the album, this song is also a good example fate at their best, the vocals are just inspirational, also some of these riffs are so awesome as too are the solos, also the harpsichord section is also very effective, and just when u think the song is over they start playing some of the coolest riffs ever written(some parts reminisent of ashes in your mouth by megadeth) and when the vocals hit in you dont know what to expect and when you realise what your listening to "O MY SWEET SATAN, YOU ARE THE ONE!!!)
Album Over, Superb


Theres not much else to say about this album, it speaks for itself, this is one of the greatest metal albums ever written and should be owned by any metal fan

Pros - Quality Riffs
Awesome solos
good level of intricacy

Cons - Bad Production(unless you own the remastered version)
Diamonds Vocal approach maybe not for everyone


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Comments:Add a Comment 
pattern_recognition
March 17th 2006



950 Comments


Well, they weren't just influential in creating black metal, they were pretty much integral in creating ALL the metal we have today. Seriously, listen to these guys and you can hear their influence in almost every metal band around today (whether they realise it or not).
Anyway, great band, great album. A Dangerous Meeting is just awesome.

south_of_heaven 11
March 17th 2006



5433 Comments


i might have to check these guys out...when did this come out?

Apocalyptic Raids
March 18th 2006



810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album. I can't decide between this and Melissa.

It came out in 1984.This Message Edited On 03.18.06

pattern_recognition
March 18th 2006



950 Comments


I'm tempted to say Melissa, but it's all good. Definitely hard to choose.

Aakon_Keetreh
March 25th 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Melissa is there best album no doubt but this cd is very impressive.

Hail King Diamond

Unreal
May 10th 2007



229 Comments


Great review, powerful album
Its funny that King Diamond gets all the credit, because ive always found the axe work in merciful fate to be one of the key factors of the band


rattlehead42147
May 10th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^good point, and yeah i agree, king diamond gets most of the credit, the drummer is also very good

good review, although i like Melissa so much more than this

Hawks
March 11th 2008



35824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the first Black Metal albums and one of my favorites. King Diamond is insane.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

BallsToTheWall
April 26th 2008



44292 Comments


Melissa is pretty rad but so is this. Just got this for 5 bucks today and I can't stop playing it.

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

Hawks
April 26th 2008



35824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Desecration Of Souls is so good. Definitely my favorite off this album.

SylentEcho
October 16th 2008



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

some spelling mistakes in this review.

Hawks
October 16th 2008



35824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for bringing that up two and a half years later.

BallsToTheWall
October 16th 2008



44292 Comments


5 star album. You got it right, hawks mother fucker.

Wizard
October 16th 2008



19375 Comments


Is this really that good? I like King Diamond's solo stuff so would I love this?

Digging: Mistigo Varggoth Darkestra - The Key to the Gates of the Apocalypse

BallsToTheWall
October 16th 2008



44292 Comments


I'll take Mercyful Fate over King Diamond personally but King Diamond is King Diamond meanign it's still good.

Hawks
October 17th 2008



35824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is better than any of King Diamond's solo albums, which is saying a lot because KD solo stuff rules too.

Wizard
October 17th 2008



19375 Comments


Just ordered !

Hawks
October 17th 2008



35824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thats a smart decision lol.

KILL
September 14th 2009



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

BallsToTheWall
September 14th 2009



44292 Comments


Yeah it is. Not sure which i love more though, this or Abigail.



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