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Black Rose

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This is the type of attic treasures that are sure to please any fan of King Diamond. The story behind this CD is pretty straightforward. King Diamond's original band back in Denmark was called Black Rose, which was a five piece band playing a style of music highly influenced by some of the 70s prog rock bands like Kansas and Deep Purple (both of which are the most obvious influences on this recording). This particular recording comes from a practice session from September of 1980. Although it was recorded direct to two-track, it is of rather amazing quality and captures the band very nicely. Metal Blade has now put this practice tape to disc and King Diamond has written some interesting liner notes about Black Rose as well as the songs on this disc. The result is a great bit of history of one of metal's more prominent singers. The songs Black Rose played weren't too far off from where their influences finished and King Diamond's vocals were already seeking out his infamous falsetto. Fortunately for my ears, his vocals are buried in the mix. The keyboards are straight out of Deep Purple while the guitarist contributes a lot of great licks throughout. The songs are energetic and rollicking, suggesting this band could have had a bit of a future had they stuck it out. The recording also keeps between songs chat intact and if you can understand Danish, you might be amused. Regardless, this is one excellent historical document and should be required listening for any King Diamond fan  (Chedsey)
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CD-Album - Germany, 2001