Don't Break the Oath

Don't Break the Oath is the second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, released in 1984.

Don't Break the Oath
Studio album by
Released7 September 1984
RecordedMay 1984
StudioEasy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, Denmark
ProducerHenrik Lund
Mercyful Fate chronology
Don't Break the Oath
The Beginning
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[2]

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". Metal Rules named this the greatest extreme metal album of all time.[3]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by King Diamond.

Side one
1."A Dangerous Meeting"Hank Shermann5:10
3."Desecration of Souls"Shermann, Michael Denner4:54
4."Night of the Unborn"Shermann4:59
Side two
5."The Oath"Diamond7:31
6."Gypsy"Denner, Diamond3:08
7."Welcome Princess of Hell[4]"Shermann4:03
8."To One Far Away"Denner, Diamond1:31
9."Come to the Sabbath"Diamond5:19
1997 re-release bonus track
10."Death Kiss" (demo)4:30


Mercyful Fate


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


Chart performance for Don't Break the Oath
Chart (2020) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 66


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath review". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 220. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ "Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums". Metal Rules. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Ludwig, Jamie (October 22, 2014). "King Diamond Interview". Wondering Sound. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  5. ^ " – Mercyful Fate – Don't Break the Oath" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 12, 2020.