Best King Diamond Albums

King Diamond is the band that King Diamond (Kim Petersen) formed after he left Mercyful Fate. Like Mercyful Fate King Diamond's self titled band was one of the biggest successful band in the realm of Heavy Metal/Black Metal and was highly influential as well.
In total, till now they have 11 Studio albums and 2 EPs.
The Top Ten
1 Abigail

I'm not a metalhead by any means, but this is one of the best albums ever created in any genre of music. The musicianship is equal to the production. There are so many great things happening throughout that I still feel I don't truly know this album, even though I've listened to it well over 500 times.

Musicians beware: it's one of those pieces that can inspire you, but more likely make you want to quit because...well...you can't do that. Period.

Abigail and Them are 1A and 1B. While Welcome Home from Them is their signature song, I give Abigail the edge because of the great songs, story, and originality. Both are very high on the list of prog metal concept albums.

2 Them

I thought this just pipped Abigail. Great consistently good tracks and what a great horror story! One of the greatest metal albums of all time!

King Diamond involves you in the story incredibly well. I could almost feel Grandma chasing me through the woods.

Best songwriting and guitar solos of all King's albums. Abigail is a very close second.

3 Conspiracy

Though I feel it ends slightly anticlimactically, the whole journey to get there is extraordinary.

Excellent album! My personal favorite, but all of the albums pre-Spider's Lullabye are a must-have.

This album is great from start to finish. By far the best.

4 The Eye

This was maybe the final freshness of King's albums. King Diamond is one of my favorite bands, and this should take the fourth place on the list. While Fatal Portrait is the beginning of a great adventure, it lacks the personal touch in composition that the following albums have.

From Abigail onwards, King Diamond evolves into something apart from other heavy metal bands in a compositional matter. King's vocals are always irreproachable, but it is Andy LaRocque who does a hell of a job creating King Diamond's unique backtrack layers so the Diamond may shine. This is a fine piece of art, and it brings back some good memories of my youth!

For me, this album stays as my personal third favorite, with Conspiracy as my first and Them as my second. However, Abigail has to be in first because it's a landmark. I discovered it later, and I am sure that is why it doesn't give me the same adrenaline these others give.

5 Fatal Portrait
6 The Puppet Master

Amazing set-up on the album! It should have been in the top 3 together with Conspiracy and The Eye! A brilliant intro with Midnight and an amazing starter with The Puppet Master. Blue Eyes is at least one of the greatest songs ever made by Diamond.

Best post-first-era King Diamond album. Does deserve to be in the first 6.

An excellent album. His most emotional and also his most gruesome, I think.

7 House of God

Just listen to "The Trees Have Eyes," and you will understand why this album deserves to be in the top 5.

King Diamond's most underrated album. Deserves to be way higher.

8 The Spider's Lullabye

A personal favorite with great storytelling, inspired lead guitar work, and a good dose of creepy harpsichord! Easily the best KD album post-Mikkey Dee.

The most underrated King album by far. I can listen to it again and again and always have a blast.

9 Voodoo

This is the most underrated Diamond album. It smokes House of God and has the best drums since Mikkey left. Deserves to be in the top 5.

This album has everything, including Dimebag!

Very good songs. Not his most memorable, but a fun album on a rainy day.

10 The Graveyard
The Contenders
11 Give Me Your Soul... Please

The best album ever. Its background cover story, along with the musical power, backs the album up. It should definitely be in the number 1 spot.

It does have the weakest vocal performance by King, but the songwriting makes it otherwise well worth it.

It's great and emotional, and more refined.

12 Abigail II: The Revenge

I really like this album and have for a long time. While some individual songs might not be instant hits, the whole thing flows and comes together really well.

13 The Dark Sides (EP)
14 Collector's Item (EP)
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