Don't Break the Oath

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Don't Break the Oath
Studio album by Mercyful Fate
Released 7 September 1984
Recorded May 1984
Studio Easy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Heavy metal, black metal
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]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 10/10[2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[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". named this the greatest extreme metal album of all time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by King Diamond.

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "A Dangerous Meeting" Hank Shermann / King Diamond 5:10
2. "Nightmare" Hank Shermann 6:20
3. "Desecration of Souls" Hank Shermann 4:54
4. "Night of the Unborn" Hank Shermann / Michael Denner 4:59
Side two
No. Title Music Length
5. "The Oath" King Diamond 7:31
6. "Gypsy" Michael Denner / King Diamond 3:08
7. "Welcome Princess of Hell[5]" Hank Shermann 4:03
8. "To One Far Away" Michael Denner 1:31
9. "Come to the Sabbath" King Diamond 5:19


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