Don't Break the Oath
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Don't Break the Oath
Don't Break the Oath
Studio album by
Released7 September 1984
RecordedMay 1984
StudioEasy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark
GenreHeavy metal, black metal[1]
LabelRoadrunner (Europe)
Music for Nations (UK)
Combat (USA)
ProducerHenrik Lund
Mercyful Fate chronology
Don't Break the Oath
The Beginning
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]

Don't Break the Oath is the second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, released in 1984.

The style Mercyful Fate employed on Don't Break the Oath resembled a mixture of heavy metal with progressive elements, lyrically preoccupied with Satan and the occult and distinguished by King Diamond's theatrical falsetto vocals. Although very influential to future black metal bands due to its lyrical content, the music itself is more reminiscent of traditional heavy metal. The album was remastered and subsequently re-issued on Roadrunner Records in 1997. This reissue came with the bonus track "Death Kiss (Demo)", which would eventually evolve into the album's lead-off track, "A Dangerous Meeting". Metal Rules named this the greatest extreme metal album of all time.[5]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by King Diamond.

Side one
1."A Dangerous Meeting"Hank Shermann5:10
2."Nightmare"Hank Shermann6:20
3."Desecration of Souls"Hank Shermann4:54
4."Night of the Unborn"Hank Shermann / Michael Denner4:59
Side two
5."The Oath"King Diamond7:31
6."Gypsy"Michael Denner / King Diamond3:08
7."Welcome Princes of Hell[6]"Hank Shermann4:03
8."To One Far Away"Michael Denner / King Diamond1:31
9."Come to the Sabbath"King Diamond5:19


Mercyful Fate
  • Henrik Lund - producer, engineer
  • Niels Erik Otto - engineer
  • Thomas Holm - cover art


  1. ^ Bukszpan, Daniel (2003). The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal. Barnes & Noble Publishing. p. 149. ISBN 9780760742181.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath review". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 220. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  4. ^ Nash, J. "Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums". Metal Rules. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Ludwig, Jamie (October 22, 2014). "King Diamond Interview". Wondering Sound. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved 2019.

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