Fatal Portrait

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Fatal Portrait
KingDiamond FatalPortrait.jpg
Studio album by King Diamond
Released February 17, 1986
Recorded July-August 1985
Studio Sound Track Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Heavy metal
Length 41:41
Label Roadrunner
Producer King Diamond, Rune Höyer, Michael Denner
King Diamond chronology
Fatal Portrait
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[2]

Fatal Portrait is the debut album by the heavy metal band King Diamond. The album was released in 1986 on Roadrunner Records. It is the only King Diamond album to date in which guitarist Andy LaRocque does not receive writing credits. Fatal Portrait was produced by Rune Hoyer. Along with The Spider's Lullabye, this is one of the band's only albums which is not a whole concept album. This album has sold over 100,000 copies in North America alone.


Five songs on this album (first four and "Haunted") form a short story. Narrator sees a face in "every candle that [he] burns". This face speaks one word to him: "Jonah". So he finds an old book, speaks a rhyme and frees the spirit from the candle. It's the spirit of a little girl named Molly, who tells him her story, that happened seven years before. Mrs. Jane kept her 4-year-old daughter Molly in the attic until she (Molly) died. Before, Mrs. Jane painted Molly's portrait and put it above the fireplace, so that Molly would become immortal; however, Molly made the portrait speak to her mother, so that Jane would know about Molly's pain. Mrs. Jane then speaks a rhyme and burns the portrait. A free spirit of Molly returns to haunt her until she goes insane.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by King Diamond.

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "The Candle" Diamond 6:38
2. "The Jonah" Diamond 5:15
3. "The Portrait" Diamond 5:06
4. "Dressed in White" Diamond 3:09
Side two
No. Title Music Length
5. "Charon" Diamond, Michael Denner 4:14
6. "Lurking in the Dark" Diamond 3:33
7. "Halloween" Diamond, Denner 4:12
8. "Voices from the Past" (instrumental) Diamond 1:29
9. "Haunted" Diamond, Denner 3:54
Remastered edition bonus tracks
No. Title Music Length
10. "No Presents for Christmas" Diamond, Denner 4:20
11. "The Lake" Diamond 4:11


Band members
  • Rune Höyer - producer
  • Roberto Falcao - engineer


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "King Diamond - Fatal Portrait review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 184. ISBN 978-1894959315.