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Conspiracy (King Diamond album)

Conspiracy
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 1989
GenreHeavy metal
Length46:58
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerRoberto Falcao, King Diamond, Andy LaRocque, Chris Tsangarides
King Diamond chronology
"Them"
(1988)
Conspiracy
(1989)
The Eye
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Conspiracy is the fourth studio 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 BrĂ¼tal Legend. Conspiracy is the last album to feature drummer Mikkey Dee who left the group but recorded the album as a session member.

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.

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

Guests

References

  1. ^ "Conspiracy - King Diamond". AllMusic.