||King Diamond is one of metal's most recognized
icons. In the past 15 years he has sold 1.5 million records through
Metal Blade Records and Roadrunner Records. That will tell anyone
that he has a big presence in the metal field. There have been some
tribute albums to the King, but none have been as extreme as this
one. Necropolis Records has put together a CD with probably the most
evil presence that even the King himself would be surprised. Dark
Funeral, Usurper, Exhumed, Destiny's End, and Ancient all of which
have to give King Diamond credit for what they have accomplished today.
All the tracks have their own special characteristics, but a few tracks
stood out for me. Dark Funeral "The Trial," Usurper "Charon,"
Aurora "Eastmann's Cure," and Aggressor "Welcome Home"
have something that made them stand out amongst the rest. Those songs
are some of my favorite tracks by King and I do not know if I chose
those tracks because of a self bias or whatever, but all the tracks
are good. If you are a fan of either King Diamond or extreme metal,
this tribute is for you. There are 11 tracks covering over 47 minutes
long. Tributes are one way to glorify a person you respect, and Necropolis
Records showed just how extreme a tribute can be. This shows what
King Diamond has done for metal and what he will do in the future
to influence bands for years to come.