Greatful album from King of all 90-th.
This is one of my favorite King Diamond albums and this reissue is great, sadly last year's reissues sold out very quickly but I'm glad that metal blade decided to had another press.
Not Kings Best
There are a number of musical highlights across the album with "Digging Graves" being perhaps the most profound of the albums offerings. There is some excellently ominous stuff being delivered by Andy LaRoque on every track and his guitar screams in cruel agony during tunes like "Oh Daddy" and "Sleep Tight Little Baby". This recording tells a full story which folks expect of the King on each of his albums because it seems to bring the whole dramatic mood to a larger effect than if they were scattered tunes that cover a number of different stories. He did this with his The Spider's Lullabye, which was the album that preceded this one and while a strong and interesting effort it seemed to piss the larger fan base off a little bit. I felt the King was in excellent vocal form on this release as he delivered a number of different parts of the tale in character and hence brought these characters to life in the music. Joining Diamond and LaRoque on this recording are Herb Simonsen (guitars), Chris Estes (bass) and Darrin Anthony (drums) and for the most part there are no real acrobatics being done and much of the music is relatively straight forward. A booklet is included which only gives us two small photos of King Diamond and a single one of the other musicians (also small) so one might feel a little bit of a visual cheat going on. After my full listen I realized that the best way to sink into this one was to relax and play at moderate volume and let your mind take you on a journey into the gruesome tale. Like most King Diamond releases it's very easy to do this with the vivid imagery that he paints in his lyrics. I've read that some folks regard this as a weak album but perhaps to its 1999 audience it was met with this based on the other music that was going on around at the time. It is hard to appreciate a conventional Horror laden Metal album when the airwaves of the day are telling us about "Living la Vida Loca". If you don't yet own this recording, then now is your perfect chance to bundle up and listen as the tale chills the very air around you.
All in all, The Graveyard really takes the time to establish itself as a powerfully driven album with an interesting theme which deviates from the rest of King Diamond's catalog. For fans of Diamond's voice, it's a no-brainer. For fans of metal or a good concept album in general, it's also a no-brainer.