Don't Break the Oath

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Don't Break the Oath
Studio album by Mercyful Fate
Released September 7, 1984
Recorded May 1984 at Easy Sound Recording in Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Heavy metal
Length 43:11
Label Roadrunner
Producer Bill Turjancik, Henrik Lund
Mercyful Fate chronology
Melissa
(1983)
Don't Break the Oath
(1984)
In the Shadows
(1993)

Don't Break the Oath is the second studio album by Mercyful Fate, a heavy metal band from Denmark. Some people who make music and people who talk about music think it is one of the best heavy metal albums ever.

History[change | change source]

In the 1980s, there were a lot of bands in Europe playing heavy metal. Many of them were playing music like bands from the United Kingdom, in a way that was called the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (or NWOBHM for short). There were a lot of hard rock bands, too, and there were a lot of things hard rock bands and NWOBHM bands both did. Mercyful Fate was one of the first few NWOBHM bands to be different from hard rock bands on purpose.

King Diamond, the singer and leader of Mercyful Fate, painted his face with upside-down crosses and wrote lyrics about Satan, Hell, and things like that. Hank Shermann, the band's guitarist, played very fast and with a lot of guitar solos to help make the band sound evil. Mercyful Fate had already started to do these things in 1983 with their last album, Melissa.

Sound[change | change source]

How they played their instruments[change | change source]

Hank Shermann and Michael Denner wrote the songs in a way that fit well with King Diamond's singing. Like on Melissa, King Diamond sang in a high-pitched way that was different from other heavy metal singers.

What the songs are about[change | change source]

All of the ideas in all of the songs are evil. They talk about things like bringing back people from the dead, casting black magic, and witches and demons. Worshipping Satan is a special subject, and is talked about on almost every song.

What happened after[change | change source]

What people say about it[change | change source]

Not many people paid to say things about music talked about Don't Break the Oath in 1984. Sites like Amazon and Rate Your Music show that normal people who listen to music think the album is one of the best heavy metal albums ever.

How it changed music[change | change source]

Don't Break the Oath helped create extreme metal, a special kind of heavy metal that is built around ideas that are dark, evil, or hateful, and that is almost always played louder and in a way that hurts some people's ears. One kind of extreme metal took a lot of ideas from this album and other albums by bands like Venom, Hellhammer, and Celtic Frost, and came to be called black metal.

Song list[change | change source]

  1. "A Dangerous Meeting" – 5:12
  2. "Nightmare" – 6:21
  3. "Desecration of Souls" – 4:57
  4. "Night of the Unborn" – 5:02
  5. "The Oath" – 7:34
  6. "Gypsy" – 3:10
  7. "Welcome Princess of Hell" – 4:06
  8. "To One Far Away" – 1:31
  9. "Come to the Sabbath" – 5:18

People who made the album[change | change source]

People who played music on the album
People who helped make the album sound right
  • Bill Turjancik – producer
  • Henrik Lund - producer, engineer
  • Niels Erik Otto – engineer