KING DIAMOND - Give Me Your Soul… Please

King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul… Please

13 songs
54:32 minutes
***** ***


Holding a new King Diamond CD in your hands is always a very special experience. You know very well that his highlights Abigail (1987) and Them (1988) are already twenty years old, but you’re always excited to hear what the master of horror metal will produce next, as his last album, The Puppet Master, was released four years ago.

His new horror album Give Me Your Soul… Please is the tragic story of a father who murdered his two children. Demons want to bring them to hell, but especially the girl is strong enough to find for both kids the way to heaven. King Diamond was influenced by the large number of cases where parents are killing their children and then themselves. The cover artwork showing a blood-stained girl and an upside-down crucifix underlines King Diamond’s bizarre concept of aesthetics.

The meanwhile twelfth King Diamond CD starts with a mood-setting organ intro and haunting voices that make you feel like entering a ghost train. The next few songs bring the typical King Diamond program that you either love or hate, and there’s not much space between both extremes. I have to admit that I’m still fascinated by the master’s voice, the high notes as well as the deep ones. Furthermore the album features again guest singer Livia Zita who was already present on The Puppet Master. As King Diamond’s music is always orchestrated richly, the classic metal instruments are sometimes accompanied by cellos and a harpsichord. The songs are in general quite fast, contain a lot of guitar solos and always a large number of breaks to add some variation to the music. My favourites are The Cellar with its numerous speed changes, the title track and Moving On where male and female vocals are harmonizing wonderfully. The Floating Head and The Girl In The Bloody Dress are extremely straight for King Diamond, but this doesn’t mean that the album has become commercial.

Give Me Your Soul… Please is possibly less dark than The Puppet Master, but it’s still not too different from The Eye or The Graveyard. I guess it’s nearly impossible for King Diamond to create another milestone like Abigail and even a possible Abigail III release couldn’t change that. But as Motörhead have the right to follow their way without taking prisoners, why shouldn’t King Diamond have the same privilege?

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