Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Monday, November 28, 2011

KING DIAMOND / Fatal Portrait (1986)

King’s music is firmly rooted in the traditional heavy metal camp but is much more inventive and visually theatrical.  He fuses quality riffs with technical widdly guitar solos that sometimes go on too long.  King can go from a balls in a vice falsetto to a balls in hell demonic growl in the same sentence, and it’s this talent that can make people laugh and fail to look beneath the surface.  This, the first of his solo albums, isn't his best work, his voice is too screechy much of the time but it has some fun moments (and some comedy moments).  Get the reissue for his Christmas song as a bonus track - I shit you not.

Songs of Note: The Portrait; Charon

2½ faces in the candle flame out of 5

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