LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 5/27/2022
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1984
VARIANT: Yellow w/ Red Flares Vinyl
All of Mercyful Fate's potential was fulfilled on Don't Break the Oath, a doomy, gothic collection of post-Priest/Maiden black metal preoccupied with Satan and the occult. Hank Shermann and Michael Denner keep their progressive rock tendencies reigned in while still delivering plenty of the neo-classical feel that gives the music its atmosphere, and King Diamond uses his vocal range to great theatrical effect.