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An Early Effort That Foreshadows His Eventual Greatness
on July 29, 2001
For those of you who follow my writing, you know that my absolute favorite King Diamond records were "Abigail," "Them," and "Conspiracy." Now this record certainly does not match these efforts. And I do feel "In the Shadows," "Time," and "Dead Again" comes MUCH closer to these 3 masterpieces. But let's try to be reasonable. This is an early effort on King Diamond's part, and while it certainly does not reflect his best efforts, it helps us see the eventual greatness to come. I certainly don't consider Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1st book "Fanshawe" one of his best works; but it does hint at the greatness to come in his later "Scarlet Letter" and "House of the Seven Gables." Well, maybe I should start discussing the record itself now. It has a well done (NOT OVERDONE) rhythm; the sequence of songs show a real good consistency; there is a charming creepy tone in this record; and it is never boring. Even at this early stage King Diamond WAS NOT hiding behind excessive noise, obscenities, or issues that wore thin a long time ago. If you only want King Diamond's absolute best works, they are "Abigail," "Them," and "Conspiracy," "In the Shadows," "Time," and "Dead Again." Hank Shermann has to be the most underrated guitarist in the industry. And it is especially prevalent on "Shadows..." "Time," and "Dead Again." But if we are willing to accept that NO ONE can outdo themself on EVERY record they make, you will not want to miss this early effort that carries a creepy charm, that shows a good consistency, and foreshadows the eventual greatness to come.