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Fatal Portrait
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. The title of the album comes from The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde. Wilde describes the painting as “the fatal portrait” several times throughout the novel.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Track listing 3 Personnel 4 References

Plot[edit] 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

Personnel[edit]

Band members

King Diamond
King Diamond
- lead & backing vocals, all guitars on "Voices from the Past", producer Andy LaRocque
Andy LaRocque
- lead guitars Michael Denner - lead guitars, assistant producer Timi Hansen - bass Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
- drums

Production

Rune Höyer - producer Roberto Falcao - engineer

References[edit]

^ 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, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 184. ISBN 978-1894959315. 

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King Diamond

King Diamond Andy LaRocque Mike Wead Matt Thompson Pontus Egberg

Michael Denner Timi Hansen Mikkey Dee Mike Moon Pete Blakk Snowy Shaw Sharlee D'Angelo Darrin Anthony Herb Simonsen Chris Estes John Luke Hebert Glen Drover Paul David Harbour Hal Patino Livia Zita

Studio albums

Fatal Portrait Abigail Them Conspiracy The Eye The Spider's Lullabye The Graveyard Voodoo House of God Abigail II: The Revenge The Puppet Master Give Me Your Soul...Please

EPs

The Dark Sides Collector's Item

Live albums

In Concert 1987: Abigail Deadly Lullabyes

Compilations

A Dangerous Meeting Black Rose: 20 Years Ago Nightmare in the Nineties Decade of Horror The Best of King Diamond

Singles

"No Presents for Christmas" "Halloween" "The Family Ghost" "Welcome Home" "It is Time for Tea "Eye of the Witch"

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