Love him or hate him, King Diamond is the heavy metal standard bearer when it comes to releasing consistently excellent albums. Whether this consistency comes from a lack of progression or a knack for continually writing interesting melodic metal is up for debate, but the point of the matter is that King and his various bands have continued to release quality albums year after year.
The Eye, King's fifth album, is yet another in a long string of concept albums. I won't go into the story too much, although I should tell you that the tale being told is apparently a true account of the actions of five characters during the French Inquisition which lasted from 1450 until 1670. Not his most interesting concept perhaps, but the gothic-tinged melodic metal that King specializes in truly suits the bizarre story. Musically this album might be King's most melodic effort and the instrumentation includes plenty of keyboards, harpsichords, and even some acoustic guitar thrown in for good measure. King Diamond is his usual self on this album, spewing forth lots of falsetto screams and plenty of interesting vocal melodies. However, as great as King's performance is, it's guitarists Andy La Rocque and Pete Blakk who steal the show by trading off some of the coolest leads this reviewer has ever heard.
I've never heard a disappointing King Diamond release and this album is no different. In fact, I'd recommend this album to veteran King Diamond fans as well as those unfamiliar with his work.