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Formed: 1985
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Last Known Status: Active

Latest King Diamond News

Below is our complete King Diamond news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Diamond Oz: My Top Five Albums Of 2019

Another year, another welcome barrage of metal albums. After some absolute belters last year from the likes of Judas Priest, Mantar and Primordial, 2019 had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, there were plenty of legends, established artists and fresh faces with new material on offer this year. OK. Obligatory intro out of the way, let's get on with why you'll tell me how wrong I am on Twitter this year...

Best Live Band

Just like last year, I've been a very lucky boy this year in terms of how many bands I've seen. A great live band, in my opinion, is one which can cut it in a large venue as well as a smaller place. Some notable performances this year came from the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, where Candlemass, Slayer, Orange Goblin and Discharge, to name but a few, treated fans to unforgettable shows. In fact, I very nearly gave this year's award to Discharge, since they attracted a big number to see them at Graspop, but I've also seen them perform just as sharply in venues the size of bedrooms. However, this year the award goes to...

King Diamond

Anyone who's familiar with the man won't be surprised by this, but finally seeing King Diamond live was a dream come true. Anyone who can get a crowd to go crazy, without playing a note, without saying a word, without even moving, is a born performer. Currently blowing audiences minds in North America, the Danish metal icon opened his set simply by sitting in a chair, before the lights go up and the audiences can be hold the two floor set promoting his new album, "The Institute." The man is sixty three years old and still in phenomenal voice, treating fans to classics and album cuts, King Diamond puts the likes of Alice Cooper and Kiss to shame with his theatrics too. He's still a bucket list artist for many people and I strongly urge everyone to see the King as soon as they can. More...

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King Diamond Posts New Song Online

After debuting the song on tour this year in Europe and North America, Danish metal icon King Diamond has finally uploaded the official audio for the track, "Masquerade Of Madness." You can check it out below. The song comes from the forthcoming new album, "The Institute," which is the first album of fresh material from King Diamond since the 2007 release, "Give Me Your Soul... Please."

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Mercyful Fate Bassist Passes Away

Mercyful Fate bassist Timi "Grabber" Hansen has passed away at the age of sixty one, his bandmate King Diamond has revealed. A message from the vocalist reads as follows:

"I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way.

"He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times.

"I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten.

"When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said “we fight on”.
I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy.

"Rest in Peace my dear dear friend.
"King"

Hansen was a founding member of Mercyful Fate and performed on the classic eighties albums, "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath," as well as the 1993 release "In The Shadows." He was also an original member of King Diamond's eponymous band, recording the albums "Fatal Portrait" and "Abigail," as well as the single, "No Presents For Christmas" and some live releases.

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King Diamond Premieres New Song

King Diamond performed a new song titled "Masquerade Of Madness" live on June 21 at Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can stream a fan-filmed footage of it below:

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King Diamond Premieres “Arrival” Live Performance

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Arrival” from it can be watched below:

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King Diamond Debuts “Sleepless Nights” Live Clip

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Sleepless Nights” from it can be watched below:

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King Diamond Premieres “Black Horsemen” Live Clip

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Black Horsemen” from it can be watched below:

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King Diamond Premieres Live Video “Welcome Home"

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Welcome Home” from it can be watched below:

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King Diamond Premieres Another New Live Clip

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “A Mansion In Darkness” from it can be streamed below:

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King Diamond Premieres Another New Live Video

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Come To The Sabbath” from it can be streamed below:

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King Diamond Premieres Live Video

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Sleepless Nights” from it can be streamed below:

The Blu-ray/DVD release will be out on Metal Blade Records and features two live shows: June 17th, 2016 at the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ festival in Dessel, Belgium and November 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Both of which showcase performances of King Diamond‘s 1987 classic album “Abigail” plus several fan favorites.

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2019

The organisers of Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further eight bands for next year's event. Newly announced headliners Kiss will be performing their final show in Belgium at the festival, as will thrash metal icons Slayer, where they will also be joined by Slash & Myles Kennedy, Cradle Of Filth, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Death Angel and Skalmold. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

The current lineup is as follows:

Within Temptation (Headliner)
Slipknot (Headliner)
Kiss (Headliner)
Agnostic Front
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Bleed From Within
Borknagar
Candlemass
Carcass
Children Of Bodom
Combichrist
Cradle Of Filth
Crisix
Crowbar
Cult Of Luna
Deathstars
Death Angel
Def Leppard
Delain
Demons & Wizards
Disturbed
Eluveitie
Equilibrium
Fleshgod Apocalypse
FM
Gloryhammer
Godsmack
Grand Magus
Halestorm
Hammerfall
Hatebreed
Hawkwind
Immolation
In Flames
King Diamond
Krokus
Lamb Of God
Legion Of The Damned
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Municipal Waste
No Fun At All
Orange Goblin
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Power Trip
Sabaton
Sick Of It All
Skalmold
Slash & Myles Kennedy
Slayer
Sonata Arctica
State Champs
Testament
To The Rats And Wolves
Trivium
Whitechapel
Whitesnake

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Graspop Announces First Batch Of Bands

The organisers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the first fifty names for next year's edition of the event. Headlining the Friday night will be Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation, while capping off Saturday will be Iowa nine piece, Slipknot. Also performing at the festival will be Def Leppard, Whitesnake, King Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Testament and many more. You can see the initial lineup below. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

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King Diamond Action Figure Revealed

Having lately teamed up with Iron Maiden and Misfits for similar styled figures, Super 7 have revealed an early prototype of a forthcoming King Diamond vinyl figure at the New York Toy Fair. You can take a look at it below:

We're sharing a lot of fun stuff over at #ToyFair18! Via @toyark

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Just For Fun

10 Great Metal X-Mas Songs: A Playlist

We've compiled a playlist of some hard-hitting X-mas tunes so you can rock out this Holiday Season with your family and friends....

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King Diamond Posts Live Footage Of “Halloween”

The following rough footage of King Diamond performing “Halloween” from his forthcoming live DVD was shared online. The clip was filmed with director Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage) during the band’s November 2015 live appearances at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA and The Fillmore in Detroit, MI.

Check it out below:

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Psycho Las Vegas Unveils Full Daily Lineup

In less than three months, the 2017 edition of Psycho Las Vegas will make its descent upon the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Set to commence on August 18th and run through August 20th, 2017 with a pre-party to be held on August 17th, the event flaunts a lineup that includes headlining sets from Atlanta goliaths Mastodon, psychedelic rock legends The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and heavy metal icon King Diamond performing the zenith "Abigail" opus in its entirety.

Today the festival's organizers are pleased to unveil the day-to-day lineups as well as single day ticket options. Tickets are selling fast and you can secure yours right here, while the full lineup is available below. More...

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King Diamond Headlining Psycho Las Vegas

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 is set to take place from August 18th through August 20th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas.

Today the festival organizers confirm King Diamond as the festival's grand headliner. 2017 marks thirty years since the release of King Diamond's landmark "Abigail" release and King's appearance at Psycho will be his only U.S. performance of 2017.

Additional headliners and official festival artwork are to be revealed in the coming weeks with tickets currently available for the monumental event at this location. The currently announced lineup is listed below.

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:



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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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