Released: 2007, Metalblade
The new King Diamond album, GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE is finally upon us. Following up THE PUPPET MASTER (2003) might seems like a difficult task since that album was one of King’s best in a while. Although not the same, GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE is another powerful dose of King Diamond that should keep most fans happy.
If you haven’t heard much King since the early 90’s then there are some differences. The wailing vocal shriek of albums such as THEM and CONSPIRACY is hardly present. He uses the extreme falsetto, but more for effect than for carrying the song's main vocal melody. The vocals are also layers and there are some of his classic “ohhh oooo” style of “choir”. The drumming that was once a highlight from master skinsman Mikey Dee is also missing. That said, I wouldn’t call this band or the music a shadow of it’s former self. It might not be quite as gripping, but as a long-time fan, I am not disappointed. The first full song on the album “Never Ending Hill” is up-tempo with a familiar feel and nods to the past even in the lyrics with lines like “the old oak tree is standing still”. This is perhaps my favorite track on the album, but “Moving On” is also quite memorable with it's great chorus. Throughout the album I am more reminded of material from THE EYE (with less keys) meets THE PUPPET MASTER than I am with King’s other albums. The lead guitar work from Mike Wead and Andy Larocque on GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE are noticeably more over the top, not insane, but there are more leads and trade-offs reminiscent of earlier works. As on other KD albums, the guitar rhythms genre cross with styles from traditional metal, power metal, and thrash metal.
Although GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE might not be considered as King's best (except by King himself of course heh!), it is definitely one of the better albums from his recent releases. If you have ever been a fan of KD, you will love this album immediately. If you've never been into the King, then there is not a lot that will win you over at this point as this album offers more of the same great heavy metal that has helped make King Diamond the metal icon he is today.