Don't Break the Oath

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Don't Break the Oath
Studio album by Mercyful Fate
Released September 7, 1984
Recorded Easy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 1984
Genre Heavy metal, black metal[1]
Length 47:30
Label Roadrunner (Europe)
Music for Nations (UK)
Combat (USA)
Producer Henrik Lund
Mercyful Fate chronology
Don't Break the Oath
The Beginning
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[2]

Don't Break the Oath is Mercyful Fate's second full-length album. It was 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. 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". named this the greatest extreme metal album of all time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Hank Shermann and King Diamond unless noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "A Dangerous Meeting"   5:10
2. "Nightmare"   6:19
3. "Desecration of Souls" (Shermann, Diamond, Denner) 4:54
4. "Night of the Unborn"   4:59
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "The Oath" (Diamond) 7:31
6. "Gypsy" (Diamond, Denner) 3:08
7. "Welcome, Princess of Hell"   4:03
8. "To One Far Away" (Diamond, Denner) 1:31
9. "Come to the Sabbath" (Diamond) 5:19
1997 re-release bonus track
No. Title Length
10. "Death Kiss" (demo) 4:30



  1. ^ a b Steve Huey. "Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate review". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^