Review of the Album "Conspiracy" by Danish Heavy Metal Vocalist King Diamond
King Diamond on the Cover of the Album "Conspiracy"
The Story In the Album "Conspiracy" and Musical Influences
“Conspiracy” is the 1989 solo album by vocalist King Diamond and it is also the second part of the fictional story that was told in the album “Them” in the year before. This album’s story is told by the perspective of a now adult King. From the start of the album as there is this early Megadeth kind of feel to it along with the symphonic metal structure in a way. King has made a deal with “Them” and now the House of Amon belongs to “Them” as King is having trouble sleeping at night. He gives these unseen spirits control of the house in order to see his dead sister Missy again.
Conspiracy Gets Off to a Solid Start
“At the Graves” has this symphonic yet also a kind of dark feel. There is a section of it that sounds kind of like one of the songs in the game Final Fantasy 4. The lead guitar in this first song resembles the kind that we would have heard from a Judas Priest album in the early years of the 1980’s.
The beautiful acoustic guitar in the second song Sleepless Nights makes the album Conspiracy VERY solid only two songs into it! The song is about the adult King wanting to see his sister desperately even if the clock strikes midnight. “Lies” tells the story of King seeing his therapist Dr. Landau and telling him lies that all of his nightmares are dead and gone. He cannot even stand Dr. Landau’s breath so he wants to lie to him to get out of the office as quickly as possible. “A Visit From the Dead” is a song about King getting the chills as he is in bed but he cannot move. He sees a spirit and this turns out to be his dead little sister Missy. She warns him that something bad is coming his way and that she will send him a dream.
Conspiracy Is an Even Stronger Album Because of the Song "The Wedding Dream"
Conspiracy is the last album released by King Diamond in the 1980’s and it may be his strongest album of the decade. Although I might also review King Diamond’s 2003 studio album The Puppet Master, it is not likely as I’d like to focus on bands with more positive messages. “The Wedding Dream” is the song that tells King of the message that Missy was planning on sending to him as King’s Mother is about to marry his therapist Dr. Landau, the man whom King detests so much. As the sun rises in the morning, King has been sweating so much as the nightmare is now gone but he does not understand what is going on.
Final Thoughts About the Album "Conspiracy"
“Something Weird” is yet another instrumental song with a great symphonic feel to it and it may be better than whatever the band Cradle of Filth has written. King’s mother and the doctor think that they have gotten rid of King forever but King vows to get revenge on them. This wraps up the 1989 album Conspiracy which is the best early solo album of King Diamond’s career.
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