Give Me Your Soul...Please

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Give Me Your Soul...Please
Studio album by King Diamond
Released June 26, 2007
Genre Heavy metal
Length 53:58
Label Massacre
King Diamond chronology
Deadly Lullabyes: Live
(2004)
Give Me Your Soul...Please
(2007)

Give Me Your Soul...Please is a concept album by King Diamond released on June 26, 2007. The album's concept and cover art are both based on a painting titled "My Mother's Eyes." The black cat featured in the album is based on King's own cat, Magic.[1]

In the July/August issue of UK metal magazine Zero Tolerance, Diamond elaborated on the themes of the album, being a story of two dead children, murdered by their father, relating their tale to him. He stated that cases of parents killing their children and then themselves were a large influence, citing such an incident which occurred in Dallas four days before the interview took place. Coincidentally, the music video for: Give Me Your Soul was also released the day after the highly publicized Chris Benoit double murder and suicide.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Dead"   King Diamond 1:56
2. "Never Ending Hill"   King Diamond, Andy LaRocque 4:36
3. "Is Anybody Here?"   King Diamond 4:12
4. "Black of Night"   King Diamond, Andy LaRocque 4:00
5. "Mirror Mirror"   King Diamond 4:59
6. "The Cellar"   King Diamond, Andy LaRocque 4:30
7. "Pictures in Red"   King Diamond, Andy LaRocque 1:27
8. "Give Me Your Soul"   King Diamond, Andy LaRocque 5:28
9. "The Floating Head"   King Diamond, Andy LaRocque 4:46
10. "Cold as Ice"   King Diamond 4:29
11. "Shapes of Black"   King Diamond 4:22
12. "The Girl in the Bloody Dress"   King Diamond 5:07
13. "Moving On"   King Diamond 4:06

Reception[edit]

The track "Never Ending Hill", was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance but lost to Slayer's "Final Six." The album peaked at #174 on the Billboard 200.[2] Also the album charted in the Finnish Charts (peaked at #25) and in the Swedish Charts (peaked at #28).[3]

A music video was filmed for "Give Me Your Soul". Depicting King and his bandmates as ghosts, it tells the story of the girl and her brother being killed by the father. It premiered on MTV's Headbanger's Ball on Wednesday February 27th, 2008.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[4] 3.5/5 stars
Lords of Metal [5] (75/100)
Digital Steel [6] (80/100)
About.com [7] 3.5/5 stars

Plot summary[edit]

At the beginning, a sister and brother are waiting in the afterlife. The brother is to go to Hell, so the sister decides to find another soul for him so that he can follow her to Heaven ("The Dead"). She takes off to a house in Neverending Hill, where King Diamond lives with his black cat, Magic ("Never Ending Hill"). The girl tries to contact him for help but she only manages to haunt him ("Is Anybody There?", "Black Of Night"). As the darkness grows, objects are moving on their own, lights flicker ("Shapes Of Black") and the temperature drops to freezing levels ("Cold As Ice"), and haunted by the body-less ghost with only a head ("The Floating Head"). King uses black magic to contact the girl ("The Cellar", "Pictures In Red"). She reveals that her father chopped up her brother with an axe, splashing her with his blood, then choked her to death before shooting himself in the head. The "Thirteen Judges" mistakenly think that the brother committed suicide, so she needs to find a soul free of sin for him ("Give Me Your Soul"). She wants Diamond's soul but, since she finds him full of sin when she gazes at him, he pleads her to leave and find another soul before sunrise ("The Girl In The Bloody Dress"). The girl decides to come to 'THIS house' (implying a visit at the listener's home) ("Moving On").[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ lobomensch User Score 50. "King Diamond Trivia & Quotes". TV.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ "King Diamond Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung (2009-11-14). "King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul... Please". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Give Me Your Soul...Please". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  5. ^ "King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul… Please | Review | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - issue 72". Lordsofmetal.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Album Review: Give Me Your Soul...Please". Digital Steel. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  7. ^ "King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul...Please Review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-02-18.