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After a substantial gap that saw King Diamond return to his former band Mercyful Fate, the Danish shock rock star finally unveiled 'The Spider's Lullabye,' an album that had allegedly been written as far back as 1991. This is one of the band's weaker releases on the whole, but will still be enjoyed by fans as a more melodic take on the usual style, even more so than the previous 'The Eye.' It's just not as memorable on the whole, the exception being the catchy opener 'From the Other Side.'
There are still some hard rocking songs here, chiefly 'Killer,' 'Six Feet Under' and 'Eastmann's Cure,' but the style now lacks the excitement of earlier releases, meaning that the slower, melodic tracks such as 'The Poltergeist' and 'The Spider's Lullabye' end up being favourable. King Diamond's voice is almost entirely rooted in the high end of the scale which spoils its effect through over-use, and will doubtless prove extremely annoying to the uninitiated, but perhaps the biggest disappointment of all is that the album largely forgoes the traditional horror story concept, with only the latter half devoted to a comparatively dull tale of a man's deathly phobia of spiders.
1. From the Other Side
3. The Poltergeist
6. Six Feet Under
7. The Spider's Lullabye
8. Eastmann's Cure
9. Room 17
10. To The Morgue
Track Listings: 1. From The Other Side / 2. Killer / 3. The Poltergeist / 4. Dreams / 5. Moonlight / 6. Six Feet Under / 7. The Spider's Lullaby / 8. Eastmann's Cure / 9. Romm 17 / 10. To The Morgue