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Them Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000000H46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love this record. To me, there are three essential King Diamond records: Abigail, Them, and Conspiracy. These three records comprise some of the best metal recorded in the late 80s. It's hard to put King Diamond, the band, in a category. This is metal for sure, but may not appeal to die-hard thrash/death/speed metal fans who shy away from melody and harmonies. That's not to say that this goes as far as Helloween or other such melodic-metal bands, but it's more towards that ballpark.
King Diamond, and these three records, work so well because of a perfect combination of great songwriting; inspired and extremely skillful playing; tight, well-rehearsed arrangements; and the chemistry and personality of the players. Mikkey Dee is one of the great unsung metal drummers. Andy LaRoque's hooks and flourishes are always a joy. Earlier and later King Diamond records suffer from the lack of at least one of these qualities, or from the lack of some of the personnel. Mikkey Dee, especially, is sorely missed in the post-Conspiracy era. The songwriting on the later records is lacking the great hooks of the Abigail/Them/Conspiracy triumverate (but, after 1990, songwriting for most metal bands changed in a way I did not like). Also, King's story conceptions on these three records have always seemed to me to be more inspired.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of people who are never going to like Kind Diamond. Either they're simply not into this kind of metal, or they can never get used to King's singing style. For my money, though, these three records are important, inspired, and a must-have.
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My introduction to King Diamond came with the high recommendations given by my former SEARS co-worker and friend, Richard. He told me of King Diamond's ultra-screech, mysterious nature (relating to "the Devil's Church"), and provocative, dark, conceptually-themed albums. But most importantly, he recommended a particular album, called "THEM."

A couple of weeks later, I was in a Newbury Comics in Boston and purchasing "THEM." My first couple of listens impressed me, but didn't exactly grasp me. Now, as I write this review, four days before Halloween, I am listening to "THEM" again, and I'm quite in awe of just how awesome my first King Diamond experience has been.

Thematically, King Diamond likes to be mysterious and controversial. His heavy makeup, vague biographies, and talks of tales such as the one found on this album as having been true tales which happened to him! This, of course, makes it easy to assume his lyrics are of a similar nature. There are some pretty cheesy executions to Diamond's nature, including his ear-grabbing vocals. In fact, VERY cheesy. So cheesy it's hard to believe that the music is so good, not so much in spite of, but rather BECAUSE of, the overly-thematic cheese.

However, as cheesy as these material aspects go, the lyrics are quite the contrary. Although some word choices are perhaps a little overdone ("I hate that b---!," for one), the story what's within behind is very well-plotted and rather eerie. And when I say "plotted," I mean there is actually a whole PLOT behind every story on the album. Yes, folks, this is a concept album (or "rock opera," as many prefer). Every song (except for this edition's last three tracks, which are bonuses) on "THEM" is a chapter in a rather eerie story.
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The songs are great (as expected), but the sound quality isn't great. I was hoping the remaster would fix some of it, but it didn't. When I compare Them and Conspiracy - what a difference! Conspiracy is engineered much better.

Note that I am not rating the songs, because the songs on Them are great - just wish the sound quality was better. Take a listen to Conspiracy if you want to be able to crank it up and hear everything.
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By OldCharon on August 20, 2008
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Look, there are metal fans, and then there are King fans. King usually takes some getting used to. The falsetto's and the intricate music don't go down like a Britney-pop. I remember when I first heard King. I was unsure at first, needing to latch on to the lyrics before I could understand how the vocals actually brought chilling life to the words. On to the review...

There are essentially 3 must have King records. Abigail, Them, and Conspiracy. This one being Them, is the first of a two part concept recort that may be the best thing King ever put out. The music is just about as good as it gets, and the lyrics and story behind them are top notch. It will take a few listens in the dark to truly get everything meshing, but it is worth the time invested. I have listened to this record since release, and it just never gets old. If you have never listened to King before, do yourself a favor and let the record play through a couple of times while reading the lyrics. It will all tie together and paint quite the mental movie.
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After the underground success of "Abigail", the Master of Horror Metal is back! "Them" isn't as brilliant as "Abigail", but it is incredibly enjoyable, as King throws himself into his second epic album. King presents us with a story about his Grandmother returning from the nut house, and causing havoc to his mother and sister with horrifying results. Musically, it took me a little time to really get into it when it first came out, but "Them" has completely warmed up to me over the years. Although, Denner and Hansen have left Diamond, Pete Blakk is an excellent replacement for Denner, and Hal Patino ain't no Timi! Mickey Dee is still in top form on the drums in every song! Songs like "Welcome Home", "The Invisible Guests", "Bye-Bye, Missy", "A Broken Spell", and "Them" really stand out. "Tea" has a nice 3/4 beat to it, and "Mother's Getting Weaker" is only the first of things to come by the brilliant Andy LaRocque. Great keyboard effects only enhance the music. And "Conspiracy", the sequel, is even better!
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