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Puppet Master

King DiamondAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0000DG06H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Midnight
2. The Puppet Master
3. Magic
4. Emerencia
5. Blue Eyes
6. The Ritual
7. No More Me
8. Blood To Walk
9. Darkness
10. So Sad
11. Christmas
12. Living Dead

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This CD/DVD combo pack includes the album "Puppet Master," along with a bonus DVD, featuring an exlusive interview with King Diamond, narrating, in depth, the chilling story of "The Puppet Master."

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An underground icon and purveyor of all things dark and mysterious, KING DIAMOND and his cohorts continue to terrorize humanity with their latest and most extreme album to date, The Puppet Master. This gruesome tale set to take place in 18th century Budapest, Hungary involving a puppet show and many fascinating characters. One cold night in December the main character known as Unfortunate Man goes down to see a Christmas puppet show and after the show he is standing outside and sees a young woman. He is strangely drawn to this young woman, Victoria, almost as if one of the puppet's ghosts is sitting on his shoulder whispering in his ear to go and kiss the girl. The two get along immediately due to their fascination with the puppet show and end up going out. About a year later everything is going very good until one night Victoria heads down to the puppet show by herself and never returns. The Unfortunate Man goes down to the puppet show to investigate and sees the Puppet Master's wife leaving with a wheel barrel and follows her only to see her murder a homeless man and put his body in the cart. From here the story twists and turns as it takes you through the horrific tale of the Unfortunate Man, Victoria, The Puppet Master, his wife, the puppets and the events leading to the climactic end of the story.

As King describes it this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back of listeners neck. "The rules of censorship are being thrown out the window...this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done." King was also quick to point out that "if you are into horror; you're definitely going to get it with this album!" The Puppet Master is sure to be considered one of King's goriest and most extreme stories yet!

The Puppet Master will also contain a bonus DVD of King Diamond telling the story of The Puppet Master. This is the first time King Diamond has done anything like this and is sure to be a huge success with all his devoted fans. The band also approached their band pictures a little different this time around making all the members look like tormented puppets. It will definitely be different and twisted! As King says, "This is some of the best material to date. You're really gonna love this stuff!!!" Be sure to catch King Diamond live on tour supporting The Puppet Master in October/November 2003. It will not be a show to miss!


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, powerful and moving... November 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Of King's last 3 albums this one is the best. It nails the perfect blend of power and emotion. Abigail II was very good, and House of God was good but not very catchy. This album is great. Some of the other reviews mention Magic as being a standout track, and I think it is the song that could be the closest to what would be a mainstream hit. The rest are still excellent. There's some pretty gorey stuff going on here.

I've been with King since Abigail and consider this to be one of his best albums.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes Back To Abigail Days. 5 Stars. January 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I never thought a release by the King here would ever make me put next to Fatal Portrait and Abigail (1st Abigail). But, in terms of craziest, best told story throught the music, this one is unblelieveable. The bonus DVD you get of King telling the story is great because you really see the way his demented mind sees it. Excellent!. All in all, the best release since the old days. Not to ripp on the ones in the middle. Any new fans of King Diamond should defintely check out, House of God, The Graveyard, Conspiracy, Them, really all King Diamond is like sex ... even if it's bad it's still good. 5 stars!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have for any King Diamond fan October 26, 2003
By Jerry C
Format:Audio CD
I honestly believe King Diamond is incapable of writing a bad album. Out of his solo albums, the only one that I didn't instantly love was VooDoo-need to give that one another go.
King is back with Puppet Master, telling the story of an evil puppet master and his wife as only King can do. He attends a pupet show and meets a girl, Victoria, and they fall in love. Victoria attends the puppet show again, alone, and never returns. The Unfortunate Man (King) goes looking for her and stumbles upon more than he bargained for.
Technically, this is just incredible. It reminds me of his early days. The guitar work is stellar-Andy is in fine form as usual. Riffs dovetailing in and out of each other, VERY melodic. King's vocals are different this time though. Gone are the operatic screams for much if it, instead he uses them to punctuate areas of the story. I also believe this is the first KD album that has no typical introduction as they all have in the past.
The DVD included is a great treat for Diamondbangers! King sitting in full make up telling the story of the Puppet Master. I only wish he had done this for all his other albums. It was a cool touch!
NOBODY does it as well as King! I've been a huge fan since Fatal Portrait and am only more obsessed with each album. He has never faltered and has always remained true to his vision and his fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King is back and with a vengeance August 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Back in 2002, King Diamond boasted on his website that his new album, The Puppet Master, would be out sometime in October 2003 and he made it quite apparent that he is not holding anything back in this new story filled with terror and sorrow. KingThe rules of censorship are being thrown out the window.", claimed his evilness, "This is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done; if you are into horror, you're definitely going to get it with this album!" furthermore assured his fanatical fan base that this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back of listener's neck. "

Ever since he burst onto the metal scene in the early 80's as the lead singer to the Danish satanic metal band Mercyful Fate and throughout his extensive solo career, King Diamond (the late Kim Bendix Peterson) has been shocking audiences and delighting fans alike with concept albums filled with his gruesome tales of horror and macabre.

Ever iconoclastic and firmly ensconced in macabre metal, the King rarely deviates from his secure secret formula of terror and often times goes so far as to engineer and master his albums, most certainly to ensure their evil integrity. The problem with Diamond is that he "blew his wad" back in year one and, in this writer's humble opinion, totally misrepresented The Puppet Master, an album I firmly believe is the pinnacle and possibly a monumental crossroad in his illustrious career. After writing and singing Mercyful Fate songs like Evil, Satan's Fall, Desecration of Souls and ever-heterodoxical The Oath, there is nothing more terrifying or blasphemous that King Diamond can either do or say.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "THE PUPPET MASTER" November 1, 2003
By Tony G.
Format:Audio CD
King Diamond returns to form with 2003's "The Puppet Master". After a pointless return to Abigail and company in 2002(don't get me wrong, the 1987 original is a Metal masterpiece), the King starts fresh with this tale of Unfortunate Man and the horror that lurks within a local puppet theater. I won't go into the plot since you've got to be a King Diamond fan to be on this page anyway and not off looking at the 8,000 reviews of some Sting album. And if you're a King fan, you probably already have this album. So to the fans I say, isn't this one addicting? Doesn't every track stick with you long after the album is over? Doesn't it feel like you're IN Budapest watching these sick events? I listen to this album start to finish and never skip any tracks. It really flows very well. To the naysayers: Sure there are times where the story could be a bit clearer (I had to watch the DVD that came along with the CD to realize why King's eyes received eternal life), sure King's voice isn't what it used to be back in the days of '80s Mercyful Fate (it's probably due to the HUGE cigarette addiction I hear he has) and sure it isn't quite as raw and aggresive as some other albums (like the fantastic "Voodoo"). BUT the musicianship is superb, the tunes are catchy and memorable, King appears to be having a blast and the addition of a female vocalist is to be applauded (she adds alot to every track she's on). And so there you have it, King Diamond's "The Puppet Master". Buy it and wash away the bitter aftertaste of "Abigail 2: The Revenge".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dare I say the best King album ever?
I love all of his albums including Mercyful Fate but I really love this album. Fatal Portrait and Them where probably my all time faves and still are but I think this album is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by puppet master
4.0 out of 5 stars Puppet Master
I thought that the song Christmas was very clever indeed and how he mixed it with Little Drummer Boy.
Excellent!
Published 11 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars The puppet Master
Both the Music and the story make this album a masterpiece. King diamond is one of the best in being able to create such works.
Published 14 months ago by Fernando Arroyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is a great album. I bought it way back when it came out. At the time I was taking a chance on it. Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars King Diamond in Top Form
Amazing album. It's on a par with "Them", and in SOME ways (not all), it's even better. It's always very hard to compare two albums, especially two great ones, but the emotion in... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by megatallicadiozzhalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Still got it! \m/\m/
King Diamond shows why he is still the King of shock rock/metal with this killer album. The classic imagery, vocals, riffs and song writiong perfection are all in tact. Read more
Published on April 12, 2010 by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic metal album
One of the best metal albums made. Better even than the first Abigal. The jettisoning of the falsetto voice makes this album a must for any metal fan. Thanks be to the King.
Published on April 4, 2009 by C. Knittel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
I started from the beginning. Fatal Potrait, Abigail, Them, Conspiracy etc.. This album is awesome. Great music and story. It takes about 3 listens to appreciate it. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by J. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars King Diamond rules once more
First of all when i heard this album it was nothing i expected.I was looking for a more emotional melodic songs and i found it on this album. Read more
Published on November 1, 2008 by Joseph A. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This album is what gothic metal SHOULD be!
Dark, haunting, and full of emotion. Best part, it's catchy.
Published on July 6, 2008 by Voodoo Rob
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