Conspiracy (King Diamond album)

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Conspiracy
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Studio album by King Diamond
Released August 21, 1989
Genre Heavy metal
Length46:58
Label Roadrunner
Producer Roberto Falcao, King Diamond, Andy LaRocque, Chris Tsangarides
King Diamond chronology
"Them"
(1988)
Conspiracy
(1989)
The Eye
(1990)
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Conspiracy is a name of a concept album by King Diamond, being the second part of a story that begun on the album "Them". It was released in 1989. The song "Cremation" appears in the 2009 video game Brütal Legend . Conspiracy is the last album to feature drummer Mikkey Dee who left the group but recorded the album as a session member.

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A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. There is no consensus among music critics as to the specific criteria for what a "concept album" is.

King Diamond Danish heavy metal musician

Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish musician. As a vocalist, he is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto. He is the lead vocalist for both Mercyful Fate and the eponymous King Diamond.

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Contents

Plot

In this sequel to "Them" , an adult King returns to the House of Amon to reclaim his rightful place as heir to the house. However, unanswered questions about his sister's death, his mother's involvement with his diabolical therapist, and his own madness all prove to be difficult if not insurmountable obstacles.

He makes a deal with "Them" (the unseen antagonists from the album of the same name, part one of the story) to return control of the house to Them in exchange for the chance to see his now-dead sister Missy again. He believes she can help answer some of his questions. An agreement is reached, and Missy returns from the grave nightly to help King uncover some of the mysteries from "Them". As a spirit, however, she cannot save him from the plot against him, try as she may to warn him. His mother and his doctor have conspired to get rid of him permanently in order to inherit the house themselves. While they think they are ultimately successful, the album closes with King's promise to torture and haunt them forever from beyond the grave.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."At the Graves"King Diamond8:56
2."Sleepless Nights"King Diamond, Andy LaRocque5:05
3."Lies"King Diamond4:22
4."A Visit from the Dead"King Diamond, Andy LaRocque6:12
5."The Wedding Dream"King Diamond6:01
6."'Amon' Belongs to 'Them'"King Diamond, Andy LaRocque3:52
7."Something Weird" (instrumental)Andy LaRocque2:07
8."Victimized"King Diamond, Andy LaRocque5:21
9."Let It Be Done"King Diamond1:13
10."Cremation" (instrumental)King Diamond4:12

"The Wedding Dream" contains the elements of "The Wedding March" by Richard Wagner in the introduction.

Richard Wagner German composer

Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Remaster bonus tracks

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."At the Graves (Alternate Mix)"King Diamond7:18
12."Cremation (Live Show Mix)"King Diamond4:12

Personnel

Andy LaRocque Swedish guitarist

Andy LaRocque is best known as a guitarist, songwriter, and occasional synth player for the band King Diamond.

Hal Patino is an American bass guitar player, who has been a member of the King Diamond and Force of Evil metal bands. He also played in Blakk Totem, Maltese Falcon, Palladion and Doctor Butcher.

Guests

Mikkey Dee Swedish musician

Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou, known by his stage name Mikkey Dee, is a Greek-Swedish rock musician. He is best known as the drummer for the British rock band Motörhead from 1992 until the band disbanded in December 2015, due to the death of founder and frontman Lemmy. Dee is currently the drummer for the German rock band Scorpions with whom he became a permanent band member on September 2016.

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