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_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
King Diamond
album to date in which guitarist Andy LaRocque does not receive writing credits. Fatal Portrait
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.

CONTENTS

* 1 Plot * 2 Track listing * 3 Personnel * 4 References

PLOT

Five songs on this album (first four and "Haunted") form a short story. Narrator sees a face in "every candle that 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

All lyrics written by King Diamond
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

PERSONNEL

Band members

* King Diamond
King Diamond
- lead ">

* ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. " King Diamond
King Diamond
- Fatal Portrait
Fatal Portrait
review". _ AllMusic _. All Media Network . Retrieved 2016-11-23. * ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). _The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties_. Burlington, Ontario ,