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It really deserves more than five stars!
on March 21, 1999
This album will ram your head through a brick wall! There are so many great elements in it. It's a shame that more people haven't heard it, as it truly is a work of genius. It's true that King Diamond's approach to singing is a bit unusual and takes some getting used to, but he really is an excellent singer who grows on you after a while. If you like vocalists such as Bruce Dickinson (formerly of Iron Maiden) and Rob Halford (formerly of Judas Priest), then you'll probably like KD's vocal style. What really sets him apart, however, is his music-writing ability. The instrumental music on ABIGAIL is so complex and full of contrasting moods and tempos that it might not sink in the first time you hear it; however, after giving it a few more listens, you'll never be able to live without it again. Guitarists Andy La Rocque and Michael Denner deserve special praise, as their playing -- particularly Andy's blinding speed and Mike's emotional, melodic leads -- is simply astounding. Without exaggeration, these are two of the best guitarists on the globe, and they have been grossly overlooked and underrated. Not only is the playing terrific, the actual guitar sound itself is the best I've ever heard on any album; it sounds downright evil! The bass playing of Timi Hansen is also strong and solid, and drummer Mikkey Dee unleashes very complex patterns with creativity and enormous technical skill. I've owned ABIGAIL for about ten years now, and it still sends shivers down my spine. If you're seriously into metal (and I mean REAL metal, not the corny alternative stuff you hear on the radio incessantly), then you NEED this album.