By Riju Dasgupta [bassist & lyricist, Albatross]
Abigail is a classic. Abigail is history. Abigail is a lesson in musicality. Abigail is the awesomeness that grunge could never ruin. But most importantly, Abigail is the spirit of an unborn child which haunts the crypt in the mansion that traditionally belonged to Count De La Fey. Where do I begin? What are the individual components which made Abigail so unique. Obviously, I do not know this answer, and so I asked King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRoque. This is what he had to say.
‘We caught a very magical atmosphere on that album, I still remember the session and the overall feel of that album, very special moment indeed ! And of course the material on the album combined with a great producer, just made it sound unique.’
From a very personal point of view, with some exceptions I’d always found lyrics a hindrance to great music, especially in metal. This is prior to me discovering Abigail. Of course, I’d heard concept albums before but never with the depth of detail of this particular album. I loved how, perhaps for the first time in the history of metal, music was written as the soundtrack to a great original story and not vice versa. I also loved how, I stayed hooked from one song to the other. Overnight, lyrics changed from something I took little or no interest in, to my primary sphere of interest. I say without reservation that my current band Albatross wouldn’t exist, if not for this earth shattering record.
I do hope that the classic lineup of King Diamond, Andy LaRocque, Michael Denner, Timi Holm and Mikkee Dee do a special show to commemorate this album. It’s midnight, and I’m going to crank up my speakers to 12 as I play the album on loop.