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Don't Break the Oath

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  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000000H42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After their Roadrunner debut "Melissa" became an underground hit, "Don't Break the Oath" found Mercyful Fate at their apex. Loaded with satanic lyrics, incredibly complex guitar melodies, and King Diamond's eerie voice, "Don't Break the Oath" is one of the best albums to ever be found in black metal. "A Dangerous Meeting", "Desecration of Souls", "The Oath", and "Come to the Sabbath" are Mercyful Fate classics, and even the instrumental "To One Far Away" is pure metal joy. The band would breakup not long after "Don't Break the Oath"'s initial release before getting back together some years later, but nothing they released since has compared to how powerful this album is. Contrary to what a previous reviewer has stated, it's no secret that Mercyful Fate and King Diamond are not for everyone. Yes, King's voice is an acquired taste to say the least, but this reviewer knows of fewer frontmen that can do lyrically and musically what King Diamond can; that's why he's been around for over 20 years. And I wouldn't necessarily call Dio "real aggressive, kick a$$ metal" either.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian Saacks on July 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Before metal turned into speed, anger, and insanity, there were bands who had singers who sang(and with vocal range),guitarists who could play cool riffs,and drummers who could play heavy grooves without double bass thunder. This album came out at the same time that "extreme" metal was taking flight, but it retains what I feel that thrash and death metal lost in an effort to kick it up a notch....that being the elements of early Maiden and Priest, the ability to make kick[ing] rock music.I would put this album up there with Sabbath's "MASTER OF REALITY", Priest's "STAINED CLASS" and Maiden's "NUMBER OF THE BEAST" as essential metal.I've heard that King Diamond's voice bothers some people,I don't see why because it fits the music perfectly. His vocal ability coupled with the dark lyrics create a cool eerieness and the tempo changes in the music is something that(for me),good metal should have. I've heard some of what's called Progressive Metal now, and the singers [are bad], the players create no tension with their playing, it just seems BLAH! I listen to all different kinds of music now that I'm older but if I were going to put in a METAL album to jam on...this would be it!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steven Whitehurst on June 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This has to be Satan's favorite band! This also has to be his favorite album, and I'm sure that he's blasting it in the pits of hell even now! This album is full of demons, devils, satanic pacts, and truly great metal! From top to bottom this recording is full of outstanding music! The highlights are "A Dangerous Meeting," "Desecration Of Souls," "Night Of The Unborn," "The Oath," "Welcome Princess Of Hell," and "Come To The Sabbath." With wickedly great vocals from King Diamond and outstanding play from Michael Denner (Lead Guitar), Hank Shermann (Lead Guitar), Timi G. Hansen (Bass) and Kim Ruzz (Drums), this piece of dark metal is classic! This is certainly the best album ever produced by Mercyful Fate or King Diamond! Buy "Don't Break The Oath" if you like great heavy metal, but keep your holy water near.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big J Moreno on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is MF's 2nd and groundbreaking album folks, released in '84. So it was just totally crazy for back then. It's even ranked as #1 on Metal-Rules site's Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums list. That's what originally turned me on to MF since they described the album as influential and amazing as Master of Puppets, Screaming for Vengeance, and Number of the Beast. So I of course was immediately intrigued with them and luckily found this album at my used CD store. First a review of the album.

Dangerous Meeting 9/10 Solid opener with fierce drumming and guitar choppin'. KD wastes no time blasting your helpless ear drums with his insane voice. Actually the guitar work in this one in particular goes very well along with his singing.

Nightmare 10/10 The vocals are just seething on this track, especially in certain parts. I love it when KD throws in some of his cool "cookie monster" growling here. Ironically, this was one of the songs at first that made me not like KD, but now it's one of my favorite MF songs!

Desecration of Souls 10/10 Another MF classic with those "cookie monster vocals" to open it up. I mean after that you know it's gonna be a killer song. The drumming in particular was really awesome and right on key on here. Dare I say it even has a catchy chorus perhaps? Yeah I said it. Another one of my favorite MF songs.

The Oath 9/10 Wow, talk about a creepy intro! You hear rain start to pour, then spine-tingling organ music as if you were watching the beginning of a horrow movie and the camera was focusing in on Dracula's lair or something. This is the 'epic' song of the album clocking in at 7 mins. This is the song you play (and the whole album) if you wanna have a kick-@$$ halloween party or play it at your cult gatherings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Huntsmæñus on January 11, 2001
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Never would you think that Mercyful Fate could come up with another masterpiece after their debut with "Melissa", but somehow, they did! "Don't Break the Oath" continues Fate's melodic, thrash, crunching guitar sound, King's growling, melodic and high octave singing, and bass playing never to heard again like this on any Fate or Diamond release. Without this albums' influence, many a heavy metal/garage band/ect would not be around. The album is also mixed incredibly, it really gives a feeling of atmosphere. And the minute keyboard effects certainly help it maintain its creepy and eerie sensation. Too much has been said, and sometimes I feel I can't review it with authority. But being around when it was released, and still finding something new everytime I listen to it, really gives this recording its' immortality in the metal world. Highly influencial, and undeniably classic metal.
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What's Mercyful Fate's/King Diamond's Best LIVE album?
Real late here but check out "Deadly Lullabies Live" :D
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