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King Diamond: Deadly Lullabyes Live

Halloween comes a month early this year, with King Diamond's latest treat entitled Deadly Lullabyes. This is the second live album in King's career with the previous one being In Concert 1987 Abigail. Interestingly enough, this live album begins with a sort of an Abigail saga. The first 8 tracks are taken from the original Abigail and Abigail II: The Revenge. The second side features a 4 song section from King's latest studio album The Puppet Master. The remainder of the performance is drawn from The Eye ("Eye Of The Witch", "Burn"), Them ("Welcome Home", "The Invisible Guests") and only single song selections from Conspiracy and Fatal Portrait.

I find this kind of surprising since both of those albums seem to be also amongst fan favorites and only "Sleepless Nights" and "Halloween" (which is one I am sure could never be dropped from the setlist. The same goes for King's Yuletide classic "No Presents For Christmas"). I have to admit being disappointed in hearing no songs from Voodoo which I felt was one of the strongest post Conspiracy efforts. There are also no tracks from The Graveyard, House Of God, or The Spider's Lullabye. In all fairness however, due to the theatrical nature of King's performances that choices for the setlist I believe are partially determined on what he plans on doing theatrically for the show. From looking at the photos in the booklet the show itself is surely a sight to see, and some of the best metal theater this side of Alice Cooper!

The band King has nowadays is a rather formidable one, and are very impressive in live performance. This live album is ample evidence of this. Long time side kick Andy La Rocque and former Mercyful Fate guitarist Mike Wead are a deadly duo, and bring back that same perfect contrast that the band had when La Rocque would be dueling with the Schenker like melodicism of Micheal Denner. Hal Patino from the Them era returns on bass, and drummer Matt Thompson is the most skilled the band has had since the departure of Mikkey Dee back in 1989. The band also is assited by female vocalist Livia Zita, and actress Jody Cachia. The CD sounds very crisp and punchy, but at the same time sounds authentically live. Unlike many other "live" albums that seem to have so much done in the studio.

After hearing this CD, and looking at the images in the booklet it reminds me of how much I have wanted to see King do a live concert video! If King performs that Trick someday, that will surely be a Treat! This year just sit back on all Hallows Eve, turn off the lights and turn up the stereo and prepare for the Deadly Lullabyes King has in store! Believe me either a "Sleepless Night" is in store, or if one dares close their eyes prepare for one hellish nightmare!

Tracklisting:

Disc 1

1. Funeral
2. A Mansion In Darkness
3. The Family Ghost
4. Black Horsmen
5. Spare This Life
6. Mansion In Sorrow
7. Spirits
8. Sorry Dear
9. Eye Of The Witch
10. Sleepless Nights

Disc 2

1. The Puppet Master
2. Blood To Walk
3. So Sad
4. Living Dead "outro"
5. Welcome Home
6. The Invisible Guests
7. Burn
8. "Introductions"
9. Halloween
10. No Presents For Christmas

Added: October 18th 2004
Reviewer: Dean Pierce
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King Diamond: Deadly Lullabyes Live
Posted by Jedd Beaudoin, SoT Senior, SoT Staff Writer on 2004-11-29 22:53:31
My Score:

This two-CD effort makes you understand why there's a King in King Diamond. Loaded with a high yield of his best tracks and supported with fine performances, Deadly Lullabyes is proof positive that the live album is alive, well and kicking in this new century. King and band are in fine form, making you crave a DVD to match this affair (good things come to those who wait). While the first disc touches on many favorite tracks, it's the second one that shines just a little bit brighter with "Blood To Walk," "Welcome Home" and "No Presents For Christmas." But then we're talking about the difference between a 99.9 and 100 watt bulb here. Miss this album at your peril. The King has come to claim his throne.

King Diamond: Deadly Lullabyes Live
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2004-10-18 21:26:43
My Score:

King Diamond has always been one of the most creative forces in heavy metal music. He has been this way for the past 20 years. Fortunately for the fans of his music we have an excellent example of the last tour he did. The CD is called Deadly Lullabyes Live and this double CD piece showcases the King at his very best. The short North American tour was to support his latest CD entitled The Puppet Master which is a killer release with one of the creepiest stories King Diamond has ever come up with. It is worth looking for in addition to the live CD. Both can be found on Metal Blade's website.

I would say that the part that I enjoy most about the CD is the fact that there is a good amount of his newest CD but not the entire piece. Some bands focus too much on the new stuff and avoid their older material. This CD differs as it also includes a nice long assortment of his solo material from the years. King Diamond does not do any Mercyful Fate material in this set, and as I discovered he normally will not perform it. He has far too much solo material, and there are so many key tracks that he cannot avoid playing in his set. To be honest, I would rather hear him do the Fate material with the members of Fate and leave his solo material to his killer band. For this CD and tour the lineup was as follows: Andy LaRoque & Mike Wead (Guitars), Hal Patino (Bass), Matt Thompson (Drums), Livia Zita (backing vocals) and of course King Diamond as Master Of Ceremonies.

The production for a live album is done very well. No instrument overpowers any other. King of course stands out the most and one would expect this. It was produced by Diamond and LaRoque, so the focus does not get lost and messed up by some external producer. The booklet inside is nicely laid out with many full color photos of the shows across the tour. All members are featured and one can see the various costumes worn by the Actress who performed along side the band while they played. Her hard work will be better appreciated when the DVD is available.

This CD comes with the highest of recommendations for fans of the King or just those who are looking for a great live metal album. The best part of this release is that a live DVD of the performance will also be available soon. As someone who attended the concert tour when it hit NYC, I can only say that you will be impressed. Simply listening to the CD gave me the chills once again as King Diamond is an excellent performer who delivers without fail time and time again.




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