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King Diamond
Fatal Portrait
May 2000
Released: 1986, Roadrunner Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Joe

The first solo album from the notorious King Diamond after the break up of Mercyful Fate (who, as you all know, reunited in ‘93), Fatal Portrait proved to the metal world that even without the backing of his infamous former band, King was a musical force to be reckoned with. Even though he still retained the services of former Fate guitarist Michael Denner and bassist Tim Hansen, this album was pure King Diamond. The only other band member to contribute to the writing process was Denner, who co-wrote the music for only three tracks, "Charon", "Halloween", and "Haunted". Fatal Portrait also introduced us to guitarist Andy LaRocque (the only band member still with King) and Mikkey Dee (currently in Motorhead), one of the most incredible drummers to ever grace the metal scene.

It was also the first time King had attempted to link songs conceptually (something he is now famous for) with the trilogy of "The Candle", The Jonah", and "The Portrait", the CD’s opening tracks. Unfortunately, my copy of the disc doesn’t have the lyrics printed in the booklet, so I have no idea what the story is about (Maybe I should take the time to actually LISTEN to the CD, huh? haha...).

Every song on this CD is great, in my opinion. I really don’t know what else to say about the disc other than if you like King Diamond’s music at all, then this is a "must have". An amazing start to the solo career of the most unique vocalist of all time and a true Metal Legend. All hail... THE KING!!!

King Diamond Discography

No Presents For Xmas (single)

Fatal Portrait


Live: In Concert ‘87


The Dark Sides (EP)


The Eye

A Dangerous Meeting (King D./ M. Fate compilation)

The Spider’s Lullabye

The Graveyard


Mercyful Fate Discography

The Beginning (EP)


Don’t Break the Oath

Return of the Vampire (compilation of demos and unreleased songs)

In the Shadows


Into the Unknown

Dead Again


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