King Diamond
Abigail II: The Revenge


2.0
poor

Review

by Gigglesdemon USER (31 Reviews)
October 1st, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can the sequel recapture the magic of the original?

I remember when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out. I was as excited as I had ever been in my five year old life. There was a new Star Wars movie! And I got to see it on the big screen! I remember coming out of that movie, still rushed with the excitement of seeing a Star Wars movie in theaters. I recall enjoying it, but even as a five year old, I knew there was something wrong. There was something a little…off about it. I didn’t get the same thrill as I did when I watched the original trilogy. The effects were great, the characters were pretty good, and it had some amazing scenes (The Podrace, and the lightsaber duel with Darth Maul). What was missing? There was an air of magic in the originals, of exploration and discovery that was missing. This film was just a retread of sorts of the originals. Abigail II: The Revenge falls into this same trap.

Abigail is arguably one of the greatest concept/metal albums of all time, and the pressure was definitely on if you even DARED do another one. But I had faith. If anyone could pull it off, it would be King Diamond, whose solo career has almost no bad albums. On the surface, everything seems fine. The King’s high pitched and growling vocals were as good, if not better, as they always are. The dueling guitars of Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead were solid and air guitarable. The rhythm section of Hal Patino and Matt Thompson was robust, and the production is crystal clear. With all these good traits, shouldn’t the album get a good rating? Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Abigail II starts off strongly, with the tracks Mansion in Sorrow and Miriam. These two tracks are arguably two of the King’s strongest tracks ever written, with great guitar work and King Diamond’s always stellar vocals. However, quality quickly drops off from there. Little One feels like a mish mash of various tracks from both King’s solo career and his stuff with Mercyful Fate. And many of the other tracks feel the same way, as if they were just retreads of some of King’s best stuff. While I am all for an artist taking his previous work and using it to thread in and out of his albums, here it feels more like “Oh, we need another track here. Let’s take the guitar part from this song, the chorus structure of this song over here, and the bass line of this other song. There, boom, another song done.” Therefore the tracks are all enjoyable, but they are missing the magic and mysticism that seems to surround King Diamond’s work. After the first four tracks, the rest of the album feels almost like filler. I can pop in this album and head bang and enjoy it the whole way through, but I feel almost robbed and cheated at the end, like “I swear I’ve heard this riff before somewhere…” Where’s the creative spirit that seems to thrive in King Diamond’s work?

While a fan whose never been exposed to King Diamond’s work before will enjoy this album immensely due to the immaculately crafted riffs and vocal parts, any long time fan will quickly be able to pinpoint that the King is ripping himself off, which detracts from the album significantly. I once read an interview with King Diamond when he had just finished touring with Metallica. The magazine asked him what he thought of the accusations that Metallica has sold out. He responded with that he didn’t feel that Metallica was a sellout. He said they followed their creative spirit and didn’t insist on retreading their old work. The King said that made them artists. He said if he made an Abigail II, that would be selling out. It wouldn’t have that creative spirit and energy that is required for an album. I never thought I would say this, but King Diamond, YOU ARE A ***ING SELLOUT!

Pros:
-The King’s always amazing vocals
-Great Production
-Great Guitar work

Cons:
-Feels awfully similar to his old work
-Filler feel of many of the tracks
-Concept is harder to follow than most of the King’s work
-Cannot hope to live up to the legacy of the original

Recommended Tracks:
Miriam
Mansion In Sorrow
The Storm



Recent reviews by this author
Nobuo Uematsu Final Fantasy VI: Original SoundtrackHuntress Spell Eater
Holy Terror Terror and SubmissionLegend (USA) From the Fjords
Manilla Road Atlantis RisingVyrion Vyrion
user ratings (177)
3.1
good


Comments:Add a Comment 
Gigglesdemon
October 1st 2011


187 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

As always, CC welcome! Abigail is one of my favorite albums ever. I was really disappointed when I heard this. Oh well, it's a solid album, but it's just such a step down from the King's usual work.

bloozclooz
October 1st 2011


1770 Comments


you were born in '94?

foreverendeared
October 1st 2011


14720 Comments


People had children in 1994?! IMPOSSIBLE!

Gigglesdemon
October 2nd 2011


187 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you were born in '94?



Umm..yeah? Any particular reason you want to know?

bloozclooz
October 2nd 2011


1770 Comments


if i had sex with you i would get in trouble

Ire
October 2nd 2011


41944 Comments


I remember when Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out.


winwinwinwinwin. didn't read the rest


pos'd


Titan
March 20th 2013


24926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no

Titan
March 20th 2013


24926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah u said that in the other thread.......understood

Titan
March 20th 2013


24926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I found this to be very tired and uninspired, lacking the cohesiveness that his earlier albums had......same goes for House Of God, Voodoo, and The Graveyard. The vocals (not lyrics), riffs, and solos were lacking imo, and I love Andy LaRocque.

beeroine87
February 5th 2018


142 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really can't tell what's wrong in this one... Although it's certainly not bad, I believe that some songs lack imagination. Mainly their fundamental riff ideas, while not being bad, they still lack agressiveness and substance, that he tries to fill with corny synth parts.

The story is good though, King's voice is as good as always, some solos are amazing but there are better KD albums.

Anthracks
June 21st 2018


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the fact that this is his "worst" album says so much for king. there's nothing really wrong here except that there is sometimes too much going on with the vocals, even for the band's standards. but compared to heavy metal as a whole this is still really fucking good

Anthracks
October 23rd 2018


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Miriam is an all time great KD track

DarkSideOfLucca
October 23rd 2018


17521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is fine. It doesn't deserve the title of Abigail, though.

Relinquish
November 23rd 2018


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album owns. I don't get why this is the lowest rated, as it's easily better than the 3 albums prior. I guess people like to unfairly compare this to the original, instead of looking at it as a stand alone album.

Anthracks
November 24th 2018


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely under-appreciated inside of and out of the KD canon

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 28th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A stepdown from the first but still rules m/

Titan
May 28th 2019


24926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was so disappointed with this, and still am

Anthracks
June 8th 2020


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank god I love this

FR33L0RD
June 7th 2022


6401 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First full visit; why is it that this feel much better than the crappy review and the somewhat low average rating

Anthracks
June 7th 2022


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very underrated album good to see some love for it



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2023 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy