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 the second studio album by the 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.[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, Michael 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 Princes of Hell[4]"   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