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Release date: 15 June 1987
Style: Heavy metal

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8.8 | 504 votes

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Disc I
01. Funeral
02. Arrival
03. A Mansion In Darkness
04. The Family Ghost
05. The 7th Day Of July 1777
06. Omens
07. The Possession
08. Abigail
09. Black Horsemen
10. Shrine [Remastered bonus]
11. A Mansion In Darkness [Rough mix version]
12. The Family Ghost [Rough mix version]
13. The Possession [Rough mix version]

Disc II [Live DVD] [25th anniversary of Roadrunner bonus]
01. Funeral
02. Arrival
03. Come To The Sabbath [Mercyful Fate cover]
04. The Portrait
05. The Family Ghost
06. The 7th Day Of July 1777
07. Halloween

Top 20 albums of 1987: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 94

Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Kim "King Diamond" Bendix Petersen - vocals
Anders "Andy LaRocque" Allhage - guitars, keyboards
Michael Denner - guitars
Michael "Mikkey Dee" Delaouglou - drums
Timi Hansen - bass

Session musicians
Roberto Falcao - keyboards


Additional info
Recorded and mixed at Sound Track Studio, Copenhagen, December 1986 - February 1987.

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antonio2 - 10.05.2011 at 22:30  
  I like this album.
John Shock - 12.05.2011 at 02:16  
  Abigail is one of the best Heavy Metal albuns i've ever heard!!! King as a funny voice, not anoying, nothing like that! Not very commun but it's a cool voice that some guys don't like! I Like that's what counts!
M C Vice - 03.07.2011 at 11:32  
Rating: 10 Was the bonus track, Shrine, supposed to fit in the story, and if so, where?
king_matt - 04.12.2011 at 06:25  
Rating: 10
Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2011 at 11:32

Was the bonus track, Shrine, supposed to fit in the story, and if so, where?

I doubt it does, bonus tracks are what they're called, bonus tracks.
Angelic Storm - 04.12.2011 at 09:22  
Rating: 10
Written by king_matt on 04.12.2011 at 06:25
I doubt it does, bonus tracks are what they're called, bonus tracks.


Well, a bonus track on the "Them" remaster is actually a part of that album's story and concept. Also, "Phantoms In The Mirror" by W.A.S.P. is part of the storyline of "The Crimson Idol", yet it was not on the original album, it was only a single B'side. When the album was remastered, it was included as a bonus track. So that isn't always true.

As for "Abigail", King never bettered this album. It is the apex of his solo career, where everything just clicked perfectly into place. Definitely one of metal's definitive classics.
M C Vice - 04.12.2011 at 12:18  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 04.12.2011 at 09:22

Written by king_matt on 04.12.2011 at 06:25
I doubt it does, bonus tracks are what they're called, bonus tracks.


Well, a bonus track on the "Them" remaster is actually a part of that album's story and concept. Also, "Phantoms In The Mirror" by W.A.S.P. is part of the storyline of "The Crimson Idol", yet it was not on the original album, it was only a single B'side. When the album was remastered, it was included as a bonus track. So that isn't always true.

As for "Abigail", King never bettered this album. It is the apex of his solo career, where everything just clicked perfectly into place. Definitely one of metal's definitive classics.

On Them, the bonus track Phone Call seems to be an alternate ending, a substitute for Coming home. Or it could be ment to go before it and be the cause of King returning to Amon, thus setting up Conspiracy.
But I'd still like to know if Shrine has anything to do with the Abigail story.
Angelic Storm - 04.12.2011 at 12:36  
Rating: 10
Written by M C Vice on 04.12.2011 at 12:18
On Them, the bonus track Phone Call seems to be an alternate ending, a substitute for Coming home. Or it could be ment to go before it and be the cause of King returning to Amon, thus setting up Conspiracy.
But I'd still like to know if Shrine has anything to do with the Abigail story.


It's the latter. King Diamond himself has said Phone Call was supposed to be on the original album, as it sets up the continuation of the story on the next album. ("Conspiracy")

As for "Shrine", I've always wondered that myself. Certainly the nature of the lyrics makes it hard to determine one way or the other, as there are no obvious references to other parts of the story in the song...
M C Vice - 05.12.2011 at 03:16  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 04.12.2011 at 12:36

Written by M C Vice on 04.12.2011 at 12:18



As for "Shrine", I've always wondered that myself. Certainly the nature of the lyrics makes it hard to determine one way or the other, as there are no obvious references to other parts of the story in the song...

Also it's in the 1st person, whereas the rest of the album is in 3rd person (I think thats what it is, not sure what the term is). Perhaps it's about Abigail when she is born?
JÄY - 12.06.2013 at 00:56  
Rating: 8 Rhythm guitar is pushed too far back and too often gives us only chugs.....a problem which was fixed on the next two albums
Nick K. - 27.06.2013 at 20:15  
  Overwhelming. King Diamond is truly the "KING".
pkillerjp - 13.02.2014 at 21:34  
Rating: 9 For some reason this album took me a while to warm up to, after being purely a Mercyful Fate addict first, but I've since come to realize it's immortal greatness. I love how KD's solo albums sound different from the MF classics, but still hold legendary qualities as well. Abigail is probably my third favorite album King ever did, behind Melissa and Don't Break the Oath.
pkillerjp - 15.07.2014 at 17:29  
Rating: 9
Written by JÄY on 12.06.2013 at 00:56

Rhythm guitar is pushed too far back and too often gives us only chugs.....a problem which was fixed on the next two albums


That is true, the production on this makes it sound almost faint, which is rare for such a celebrated classic. I never hear anyone complain about this production, but I've always wondered how it would sound with the production of the Them album instead.
Lord_Regnier - 17.07.2014 at 01:15  
  I've always thought this album is quite average, boring and very overrated.
FotisKanios - 20.07.2014 at 21:28  
  Check my list with his best works and tell me if you agreee
God Buster 鬼 - 10.08.2014 at 12:11  
Rating: 5 A damn overrated band.
I liked this album during my puberty, after my pubic hair had fully grown I started thinking this album was really annoying (untill now).

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