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King Diamond - The Spider's Lullabye (7,5/10) - Denmark - 1995

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 47:20
Band homepage: King Diamond

Tracklist:

  1. From The Other Side
  2. Killer
  3. The Poltergeist
  4. Dreams
  5. Moonlight
  6. Six Feet Under
  7. The Spider's Lullabye
  8. Eastmann's Cure
  9. Room 17
  10. To The Morgue
King Diamond - The Spider's Lullabye
Album number six for the Kingster and the last one that was worth a damn, if you ask me. I thought "The Eye" was OK, but aside from a few songs, it was mostly kind of bland. This CD, however, was an excellent return to form. A riffacious Metal attack reminiscent of the good old days of "Fatal Portrait" or "Abigail".

Even though this is an all-new line-up (except of course for the inescapable Andy LaRoque) the band sounds tighter than ever and the production is first rate. The first three songs here are actually kind of tepid - not bad, but nothing to get excited about, though "Killer" has a pretty good chorus. "Dreams" shows off a great main riff but overdoes the start-and-stop arrangements that so often annoy me about King's songwriting. "Six Feet Under" just kills. Period. This is easily one of the best songs this band has ever put together. The riffs are heavy and catchy, the chorus is a memorable stomp - this is a great song.

Next up we get the 'concept' part of the CD (this is KING DIAMOND after all) by which I mean the 'boring' part. The last four songs are part of this stupid 'spider clinic' story and the title track has to rank as one of King's lamest, silliest and most self-indulgent tunes. It's a good thing "Eastmann's Cure" is next, as this song has the best riff on the album, just a classic Metal lick that carries the song - it has to, as there's nothing else to carry it. Too bad they couldn't do better with such a great riff. Don't even get me started on the tedious drag that is "Room 17". Thank the Dark Ones King decided to finish out the album with the slow, heavy, grooving stomp of "To The Morgue" - an awesome tune.

So this CD has 5 pretty good tracks, 2 clinkers and 3 absolutely killer cuts. For 1995, that's fucking amazing, considering the abominations against Metal that were running rampant that year. "The Spider's Lullabye" won't hold up to "Abigail" maybe, but it's better than "Them" or "The Eye" by a mile. (Online December 29, 2003)

Paul Batteiger



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