A morbid tale of supernatural violence and lustful reincarnation. The record’s mystic celebration seemingly culminated with a music video entitled “The Family Ghost”.

Belief in the afterlife predates many pre-literate cultures. The terms ghost, specter or spirit have been with us since the dawn of mankind. I’ve always considered immortality more than just folklore. How can so many races and cultures around the world make references to something that does not exist?

Although I don’t worship any particular God, I can honestly say I believe in the great beyond. I’ve always found King Diamond’s tales of communicating with the dead fascinating. This captivation caught my attention in 1987 when the band released Abigail. Now considered one of King Diamond’s greatest achievements, this was the group’s first concept album. A morbid tale of supernatural violence and lustful reincarnation. The record’s mystic celebration seemingly culminated with a music video entitled “The Family Ghost”.

“The Family Ghost” is a performance offering with a few humorous clips thrown in. A coliseum-stylized setting, different acts attempt to entertain the king. The only successful artist appears to be the band members themselves. Which is easy to understand considering this is King Diamond’s classic line-up at its best. This is the last offering to feature Timi Hansen and Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate.

Breaking your neck has never sounded so cool. Check out “The Family Ghost” and let the spirit of Abigail terrify you! \m/

King Diamond (1987):

  • Timi Hansen – Bass
  • Andy LaRocque – Guitars
  • King Diamond – Vocals
  • Michael Denner – Guitars
  • Mickey Dee – Drums
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