Sound — 10
King Diamond released this album in 1988 after the success of the band's first two albums "Fatal Portrait" and "Abigail". King Diamond are well respected in the metal world as being one of the best black metal/ horror metal acts with their distinctive neo-classical influences and their blazing duel-lead sound which incorporates rich harmonies and amazing technical ability. "Them" is no exception and is viewed by many as being their finest work along with the "Abigail" album released the previous year. This album is another showcase of the amazing falsetto singing technique used by the band's singer and chief song-writer (who the band was named after) who had already had some success with his previous band "Mercyful Fate".
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in this album tell the story of a posessed grandma who comes home from the assylum and terrorises a boy (who is in fact a young King Diamond) and eventually kills the boy's sister. (The story continues in the "Conspiracy" album which was released the following year) Naturally the lyrics are suitably dark and sinister and portray the boy's feelings of fear and horror at what is going on. King uses his distinctive vocal style to bring the songs to life and they paint a vivid picture in the mind.
Overall Impression — 10
This is probably one of the most accomplished metal albums you will ever hear with amazingly tight guitar solos and incredible ability on the part of every member of the band. I defy you to listen to the solos in "The Invisible Guests" and "Welcome Home" (two of the most impressive tracks on the album) and not be amazed. This is one of my favouite albums of all time beacause the quality of the songs is mind-blowing and you get a sense that every member of the band wanted to create a masterpiece when they recorded this album. If I lost this album I would get a new copy ASAP as I honestly believe that every metal-head should own this CD...go get it now!