Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath

8.9 | 668 votes |
Release date: 1984
Style: Heavy metal, First wave of black metal


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01. A Dangerous Meeting
02. Nightmare
03. Desecration Of Souls
04. Night Of The Unborn
05. The Oath
06. Gypsy
07. Welcome Princess Of Hell
08. To One Far Away
09. Come To The Sabbath
10. Death Kiss [Demo] [2007 Reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1984: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 61

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1984 was an interesting year for metal which saw the birth of peak albums like Iron Maiden's Powerslave and Metallica's Ride The Lightning, as well as offerings from Dio like The Last In Line and Metal Church's self-titled debut. Mercyful Fate's Don't Break The Oath was easily the darkest and heaviest album out of that group. The band would finally peak with the original lineup to bring us an album that showcased everyone's talents. From King's behemoth satanic prayer Don't Break The Oath to Timi Hansen's relentless driving bass lines in Night Of The Unborn, the band would make their mark in history as a serious black metal act. It's unfortunate that the world would have to wait nearly ten years before the band would return again in 1993.

published 17.06.2008 | Comments (40)

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31.03.2015 - 21:11
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Nightmare is cheesy as all hell, easily the worse song on the album. Except when King goes "YOU'RE ONLY LIVING... ON BORROWED TIME!"
31.03.2015 - 21:54
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Written by Guest on 31.03.2015 at 21:11

Nightmare is cheesy as all hell, easily the worse song on the album. Except when King goes "YOU'RE ONLY LIVING... ON BORROWED TIME!"

To be fair, everything that King does is cheesy as hell
31.03.2015 - 23:06
Rating: 10
I can see why the vocals could totally up people off, and I don't think it's all that sinister, but to be honest I don't listen to it for sinister-ness. A Dangerous Meeting, Desecration of Souls and Night of the Unborn have some great riffs and grooves with some really ace vocals, the main riff in The Oath is just killer, and Gypsy is fun as hell. I've definitely come to prefer this one to Melissa, which suffers for me in having its strongest material clustered in the first half, whilst this one at least has Gypsy and Come To The Sabbath later on.
01.04.2015 - 20:04
Rating: 10
Was inspired to listen to it again, argh Nightmare is such a great song in terms of riffs, structures, solos and those really cool "wooahohoaahohoooh wooahoohaaaohah" bits towards the end, and then there's those stupid "you're insane" playground chants that fuck up enverything.

Ah man I'm pretty sure if I had to take only one album from every genre to some desert island this would be my heavy metal album (although Abigail and Iron Maiden might debate that), thankfully I am on the love side as far as the marmite vocals go, the song structures are great and there's enough killer grooves and interesting solo work that anytime I get burned out of guitar riffs and solos I'm sure I can use this album to re-energise.

And finally, even He-Man digs Gypsy:
07.10.2015 - 19:34
Written by musclassia on 01.04.2015 at 20:04

And finally, even He-Man digs Gypsy:

Hahahaha very good
21.11.2017 - 17:23
Rating: 10
Best metal album ever!!!!!!!!!!!
23.06.2019 - 15:07
Rating: 10
I think Melissa is a great album, but I actually like Don't Break The Oath quite a bit more. This is one of the all-time greatest metal albums for sure, for its songwriting alone. As a relatively young person born in 1989, I can only imagine how much more influential and impressive it must've been back when it was released. A 10/10, no mistake.

Also, the vocals are absolutely perfect for this type of music.
I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".

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