Sound — 10
"Them", being personally one of King Diamond's most inspired works, is a treasure trove of metal riffs and a plethora of bewitching solos (don't worry I'll get to the vocals later), the guitar work really shines. Also, credit should go to Mikkey Dee for supplying this album with some really great percussion, undoubtedly the best drumming on any King Diamond record. Compared other KD works, the production sounds a notch poorer, however this does seems to intensify the feeling of horror and uneasiness this album induces. The album has been constructed masterfully, each song blending right into the next. Not only that, but the "feel" of the album changes in such a way throughout, curiosity, ecstasy, terror and insanity... Something perhaps only King Diamond is able to do.
Lyrics — 10
This is a concept album, based on King's childhood (he actually refuses to tell us if it's actually fiction...) when his grandma came back from a "holiday". After the arrival, strange mishaps start to occur and King feels a mysterious force present in the house. King delivers the vocals in his signature falsetto excellently. No doubt why he is considered to be one of the greatest vocalists in heavy metal. His technique perfectly reflects the emotions in the plot of the album; you'll find yourself looking behind your back in fear of a figure in a wheelchair!
Overall Impression — 10
King Diamond has been surprisingly consistent in terms of musicianship. Each album, especially "Them", is not only a reminder of what a good metal record is, but the outrageous originality in both technical and vocal approach. From the opening track to the final one, there isn't a single "filler" track. The album grips you and plunges you right into the nightmare. Watch out for tracks like "Welcome Home" and "Bye, Bye Missy".