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KING DIAMOND's video for the song "Give Me Your Soul" is now in the final editing phase and is expected to be released around Halloween. The band's first clip in 17 years was shot in September with director Bill Schacht from video company Aestheticom, which has previously worked with DIO, ALICE COOPER and DREAM THEATER, among other artists. Speaking to MTV.com, the group's frontman/namesake — who is currently suffering from a herniated disc — said about the video shoot, "They limited what I had to do, of course, so I only did one day of shooting for 90 minutes, but just standing there moving a little bit in the full outfit was very difficult. And afterwards, I got one of those sharp attacks of pain that I hadn't had in a month and a half. The only thing I can compare it to is a really super-bad toothache or earache. And afterwards, I was like, 'OK, I'm not ready [to tour] yet.' "
KING DIAMOND's latest album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please" entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 28. The CD also landed at No. 58 on the Danish chart (the second highest new entry on the chart behind VELVET REVOLVER).
"Give Me Your Soul ... Please" sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.
King Diamond has told MTV.com that he may be forced to cancel his band's U.S. tour — which is scheduled to launch March 23 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and run through May 8 in Houston — due to a herniated disc.
"I can't sit down, even on my couch, for more than a few minutes," he said. "About a month ago I tried, and after 15 minutes, it started feeling like my left leg was getting set on fire."
"It can take up to a year and a half for a severe herniated disc to heal properly, but it varies from person to person," he added. "So, we are crossing our fingers and praying that we won't have to cancel the U.S shows. Right now there's not much more we can do."
Diamond got a taste of what might happen if he hits the road too soon in September when director Bill Schacht from video company Aestheticom — which has also worked with AMON AMARTH — shot a video for "Give Me Your Soul", the first KING DIAMOND clip in 17 years. "They limited what I had to do, of course, so I only did one day of shooting for 90 minutes, but just standing there moving a little bit in the full outfit was very difficult," he said. "And afterwards, I got one of those sharp attacks of pain that I hadn't had in a month and a half. The only thing I can compare it to is a really super-bad toothache or earache. And afterwards, I was like, 'OK, I'm not ready [to tour] yet.' "
Regarding how he injured his back, the 51-year-old singer said, "I think the real damage happened mixing the record, because I did that three weeks straight for a minimum of 12 hours a day. One of the last nights, when I was going to bed, I felt these pains in the sciatic nerves on each side, and I thought, 'Oh what is this?' The next morning I woke up and I couldn't walk or stand. It was like being paralyzed. I can't begin to say how painful it was. They say that's the worst pain you can experience as a human being. Had I not lived on the ground floor in a house, I would have jumped out the window."
California metallers CAGE have posted a preview clip for their forthcoming DVD release, Live In Switzerland.
A clip from the DVD, of the band performing the track 'Final Solution', can be viewed here More details to follow soon.
Cage have posted their original KING DIAMOND tribute song (called 'King Diamond') on their official band MySpace page.
The song is an homage to all things King Diamond/MERCYFUL FATE and is a bonus track on the - Hell Destroyer CD versions released in Europe (MTM Music); Mexico (Asenath Records) and Central America / South America (Dynamo Records). More...
Liv Kristine and Alex Krull just returned from a Leaves' Eyes film shooting in Norway. Liv commented: "We travelled with our crew along the incredibly interesting and breath-taking west coast of Norway. Our journey started in Stavanger, my hometown. We filmed in sunny and rainy weather, which really shows the harsh climate of this region. We went through the fjords by boat and spent hours at the North Sea catching waves. We drove through the mountains, visited the old town of Stavanger, moreover, we did a lot of interviews, also with my family members. Most of the material will be presented on our up-coming DVD, however, it was also very important to gather nature shots for our special show at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium 20 October 2007. We would like the audience to see that we are very close to nature and that Norway is part of Leaves' Eyes. A warm thank you to hard-working Stefan Liebhauser (The Day After) and Gunnar Sauermann (Metal Hammer) who did a fantastic job, fixing this visually."
:eaves' Eyes has announced only a few more shows this year, with major touring (of the US) next year with King Diamond, Kreator and Cellador. The latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates follow: More...
Swedish metallers OPETH have issued the following update:
"A memorable evening for any OPETH fan took place on September 8th and 9th at the notorious Anchor Bar in central Stockholm, Sweden. Martin Mendez (bass), Axe [Martin Axenrot; drums] and Fredrik Åkesson [guitar] played a full-on heavy metal cover set fronted by Mats Levén [KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION]." The group's setlist was as follows (in no particular order):
01. Fast As A Shark (ACCEPT)
02. Disturbing The Priest (BLACK SABBATH)
03. Mob Rules (BLACK SABBATH)
04. Hole In The Sky (BLACK SABBATH)
05. Welcome Home (KING DIAMOND)
06. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (METALLICA)
07. Painkiller (JUDAS PRIEST)
08. Victim Of Changes (JUDAS PRIEST)
OPETH's "The Roundhouse Tapes" will be released as a high-definition-filmed DVD in early 2008. This will also feature lots of fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos, along with exclusive menu music written by mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt and keyboardist Per Wiberg.
The cover artwork for OPETH's upcoming "The Roundhouse Tapes" double CD has been posted at this location. Due on October 22 via Peaceville, "'The Roundhouse Tapes' contains a captivating OPETH performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career," according to a press release. "You know what to expect from OPETH: unrivalled composition; seamless progressive dynamics and boundless atmosphere from the mellow to the incredibly heavy, all sealed with the unmistakable vocal presence of mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt."
Commented Åkerfeldt: "The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the 'Ghost Reveries' tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come."
"The Roundhouse Tapes" tracklisting:
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. Under The Weeping Moon
05. Face Of Melinda
06. The Night And The Silent Water
02. Blackwater Park
03. Demon of the Fall
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
King Diamond recently spoke to MetalAsylum.net about his new record, "Give Me Your Soul…Please", as well as his views on Satanism, songs he would like to include for the upcoming tour, and Dimebag Darrell's contribution to the "Voodoo" album. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
MetalAsylum.net: How about Satanism. There are so many views and opinions on the "religion" so what are your thoughts, or beliefs in the subject? Maybe what it means to you to be a Satanist?
King: Yeah, I mean, there have been a lot of those as of lately. I mean, there are about as many views on Satanism as there are different types of Christianity (laughs). For me, I was living my life that way before I read that book, you know, "The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey, and I think that book was mistitled because once you hear the word Bible people automatically think of religion and it's really not — it's more of a philosophy, really. You are not worshipping anything when you are a Satanist. I mean, there are other types of Satanists who actually worship some kind of horned creature, which is a God that is Christian if you really look at it, because Satan is a God within Christianity and just one they (Christians) don't want you to worship. I mean, I wouldn't want to worship that fellow either. I mean, I dont see anything positive in the Christian Satan either. If someone comes up to me and asks if I am a Satanist, I ask them first "What does that mean to you?" and then if they can explain to me intelligently what a Satanist is, then I can say yes or no, depending. But if they say, "Oh, you slaughter animals and pray to the devil," well, then you are way off there. That is not in my way of life. But Satanism is not a religion and I don't have a religion myself. I don't believe in one God and I would be the last person to say there is one because there is no real proof there is a God and there has been no one person to prove to the world there is a God. Maybe some people be convinced they have proof for themselves there is one, but it has never happened that one person could prove that to the rest of the world. And the sad thing is that people can't accept that not everyone believes in the same thing and can't give people that respect without thinking of them as a lower type of species or something because they don't share a same belief. It makes no sense to me whatsoever. And if people had that type of respect for each other then we would have way less wars because many wars happen because of religious differences.
MetalAsylum.net: When you toured for "Abigail II" and "The Puppet Master", the setlist did not include any songs from "The Spider's Lullaby", "The Graveyard", "Voodoo", or "House of God". Will you include some songs off those records for the current tour?
King: Well, I don't want fans to think I was rejecting those records because I wasn't. In my opinion, some really excellent work is on those records and those records are as important as other KING DIAMOND albums. But like with the last live album "Deadly Lullabyes", it wasn't supposed to be a greatest-hits type thing. That's just the setlist we performed at the time. I would love to play some songs off those records for the next tour yes, and then again there are even some older songs we have never played before that I would love to get in there for this tour. Plus the new record "Give me Your Soul" has plenty of great songs I want to include. The last time for "The Puppet Master" tour we played "Burn" off "The Eye" and that totally worked live. This time I would love to do "Behind These Walls", "At The Graves" off "Conspiracy" has not been played live since that tour so I want to bring that one back. That one is like KING DIAMOND's "Satan's Fall" (MERCYFUL FATE) really and that’s a fun one to play, very challenging musically.
MetalAsylum.net: Well, I think "Voodoo" is one of your best albums and a couple from that would be great to hear live again. When I saw you for that tour in 1998 I recall hearing the title track "Louisiana Darkness", "The Exorcist" and "One Down Two to Go".
King: Yeah I am very satisfied with that record too. You know, Dimebag Darrell from PANTERA played a great solo on that record. It was a nice experience. You know, we saw each other from time to time and he was such a great player. I'm glad he was part of that record.
KING DIAMOND's latest album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please" has landed at position No. 58 on the Danish chart. It is the second highest new entry on the chart (behind VELVET REVOLVER).
"Give Me Your Soul ... Please" sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Give Me Your Soul ... Please" draws from themes from the occult and both King Diamond's personal life, after-life experiences, as well as King Diamond's signature dark imagination. The result is a montage of murder-mysteries-meets-nightmare-dream-sequences wrapped in a proto-power-metal soundtrack. King says, "It's a horror murder mystery story mixed with reality from beginning to end."
KING DIAMOND will team up with KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES and CELLADOR for a North American tour, to be held in the spring of 2008.
KING DIAMOND has posted this message on the CovenWorldwide Forum:
"Hail to all of you. I've been checking up on the postings to get a feel for what all of you think about the brand new album, and I'm really glad to see that all the hard work was not in vain. It's such a great kick in the ass to see that by far the majority here has the same opinion about the album as we in the band have ourselves.
Of course it's never cool to find out that not everyone of our fans enjoy what we feel is our strongest ever, but I guess it's extremely hard to please everybody's taste. So for those of you who have stated disappointment, maybe the next album will give you more of the entertainment style that you're after if you hang around 'till then.
I know we'll be talking Sunday, but I just saw a couple of posting today that really bothered me because they were quite negative and totally untrue, the kind of posting that start bad rumours:
One posting stated that Livia and I sing a lot simultaneously on the new album, and that she sings all the high parts because my voice can't do what it used to do.
ANSWER: First of all there is not one single spot on this new album where Livia and I sing at the same time, whether in harmony or not, unlike what we did on 'The Puppet Master' album.
For those of you who are interested in who is singing what on the new album, it's quite simple if you have the lyrics. Everything in quotation marks is Livia's voice and Livia's voice only. Everything that is not in quotation marks is me. The amount Livia sings on this album is about the same as on The Puppet Master, but it is spaced out very differently as the lyrics will clearly show you. Livia has big blocks in the intro and on Moving On. Apart from that, Livia mostly does two-three lines in the songs she's singing on, and about half the songs I sing completely alone. Hope this clarifies who sings what.
I would like to state once and for all that the strength of my voice has never been better, and my range has never been higher.
Regarding the strength, let me tell you how my vocals were recorded: Over a three week period I sang in the studio Monday and Tuesday 6 1/2 hours straight each day, only interrupted by fetching a cup of coffee every hour or so. Wednesday was used to rest the voice, and then Thursday and Friday I sang again for approximately 6 1/2 hours each day straight. First Saturday was used to write the lyrics for the song 'The Girl In The Bloody Dress', which might seem quick, but keep in mind that most of the lyric was already there in all my notes. First Sunday was rest. Second week was identical to the first week with the exception of writing the lyrics to 'Moving On'. Third week, same schedule, but no lyrics to write.
Regarding the range of my voice: I can reach higher with better control than ever before. It might not be that noticeable since some of the highest falsettos often are merely a part of an 8 voice 3-4 harmony choir part. One thing that I kind of knew when Andy (Larocque - guitar) and I made the decision to go a specific way with the sound during the mixing, was that my voice would sound much more natural and much more detailed than before, thereby not losing all the emotions and special moods that the vocals were done in. In the past we used to follow normal standard procedures which means using lots of compression on everything which is a thing that can be good for some kinds of music, but for music that has so many different moods and sound that must be fitted into the sound picture (drums, bass, two to four rhythm guitars, guitar solos, lead vox and lead double vox plus 8 backing vocals plus Livia's vox plus the occasional violins, cellos, harpsichord, organ/church organ), as we have, compression can really work against you because it has a tendency to wash things out and thereby losing detail and clarity. We chose to go with way less compression than is standard.
Some of this shit I'm writing now might not make too much sense unless you are familiar with recording procedures but to try and make a long story short, the difference between the overall sound of everything on this new album, compared to earlier albums, is that everything we recorded can be heard. Nothing got washed away. As you might have noticed, everything Hal (Patino) does on his bass can be heard, unlike most albums that are produced today.
Regarding the vocals: When it comes to the falsetto vocals, they are not as piercing in sound as they often have been before for the exact reasons I stated earlier with the compression, but even more so because we left my vocals completely alone, meaning that no equalization was used on my vocals this time. They are one hundred percent natural sounding unlike earlier where the standard often was to cut away low sound frequencies to clear up the voice because of all the compression and then add some mid-high frequencies again for the same reason to bring back some of the lost clarity due to the excessive use of compression. This procedure often resulted in losing the emotions that were originally in the recorded vocals, and that the falsettos often became unnaturally high pitched and almost irritating to even my ears.
There are in fact more and higher falsettos on this album than ever before (especially in the backing vocals), but because of the above, they might not seem as penetrating but actually more pleasing to the ear, I think. I guess it's a matter of taste, but it sure brings out a lot more of the original emotions in the voice.
I hope some of this made sense. It's really hard to explain in writing.
WHY DO I HOLD MATT (Thompson - drums) BACK? I DON'T!!! Again, there are things being posted which is nothing more than guessing without any reality to back it up. Of course none of you know how things work within the band whether we are recording, on tour, or whatever. But I guess this is a good way to inform you.
Regarding drums: The procedure is that Matt gets the raw demos and usually works on the songs for months before we go into the studio. He usually has at least 4-5 full different versions of drumming for each song. When recording a song, Matt will usually warm up while playing all his different versions which we already at that point start recording. Matt will come into the control room where Andy and I, but mostly me and then Matt will listen through all his different suggestions. About 90% of the drumming that you hear on a song is a mix of all of Matt's different suggestions plus some of my suggestions and occasionally Andy's, and I can assure you that some of the suggestions I have are not simple. There are lots of examples on this album if you really pay attention. Just as a tiny example of what might pass right by you if you don't pay attention is for instance the kick drum pattern in the 'sneaky' parts of 'The Girl In The Bloody Dress'. You try figure that pattern out. I must say that to my amazement, Matt picked it out perfect in less than two minutes. After Matt heard the final mixes, he called me and commented the following 'I can't believe you let me get away with this!' I replied 'Get away with what? It's never a question of getting away with anything and you know how much I enjoy when you come up with some of these 'out there ideas' that I would never have imagined would enhance a certain riff or add to the song as a whole.' Further, in KING DIAMOND we always test any idea no matter how crazy it might seem before we decide if it works for a song or not.
There's absolutely no holding anybody back, and I can guarantee all of you out there that everybody in the band has the attitude that we all play our different parts for the good of the songs and not with the attitude of musicians with big egos who just want to show off regardless of whether what they do fits a certain song or not. There are and have always been plenty of space for everyone to show what they can do without jeopardizing the flow of a song.
It's very much the same procedure when it comes to Hal's bass parts. I'm very pleased that what he does on this album is so easy to hear because he literally blows me away with all the stuff he brought to this album. I do have a little finger in some of the bass parts but for the majority it is Hal and Hal's ideas you hear. Hal's quote 'these are the best bass lines I've ever put down on a record and you can actually hear them too.' I agree a million percent. A quote from Andy 'I don't think I have composed solos of this quality since 'The Eye'.' Again, I totally agree. A quote from Mike 'I have never been so inspired to compose solos as I am for this new album.' Mike, you outdid yourself in my opinion. Your solos fucking rock!!! You know how I told you, that you made the hair stand on my arms when I heard your revised solo for 'Shapes Of Black.' Your first solo for that song was certainly not bad but it didn't quite bring the right mood to that piece, and one phone call later. King: 'Could you try and do a second version where you construct your solo more around the keyboard theme that goes in the background than the actual front rhythm guitars?' You sent back something that was way beyond what I had expected and hit the nail so fucking right on the head.
The way we all worked together at any stage of the making of this new album is by far the best I have ever experienced. Everybody was on the same page the whole way. I already told you band guys this personally but this is more for all of you here on the website.
One thing that not many of you probably think about, is the fact that Andy at this point in time has completely incorporated my technique of playing guitar into his own technique, and on this album it has been extremely gratifying for me to hear the songs I wrote played a hundred percent the way they were intended.
For Livia I think she did one hell of a job portraying the character of 'The Little Girl In The Bloody Dress'.
Time to go rest my back but before I fumble my way back into by bedroom with all the shapes of black waiting on my bed I would like to say on behalf of everyone in the band, that we sincerely feel that this is our best performance ever.
Some will hopefully agree, others might not agree, but at least give the album more than just one listen in the car cause that way you are going to miss half of what's in there. I personally feel that this album is one that needs a few more than just three listens before you really start to find all the stuff that was put into it.
It's good nightmare time for me now, hope to talk to some of you on Sunday.
This Sunday, July 1, King Diamond will log onto the official Coven Worldwide boards to answer fan questions. The forum chat session will start at 8:00 p.m. (20.00) Central European time (1:00 p.m. / 13.00 Dallas time).
You have to be a registered member of the boards to log on and attend to this exclusive session.
To join the boards click here.
King Diamond was forced to postpone his previously announced fall 2007 European tour after he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in the spine and prescribed absolute rest for several months. Failure to follow the doctors orders will cause irreparable damage to his spine, and for obvious reasons, there is no way he can go on tour and perform, with all the travel and physical activities this would include. The U.s. tour will not be affected by this.
a new audio interview with King Diamond, conducted by "The Governor's Ball", has been made available for download at this location.
a brand new King Diamond song, entitled "Never Ending Hill", is available for free download at this location. The track comes off the group's long-awaited new album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please", which was released in North America yesterday (June 26) via Metal Blade Records. Massacre Records will issue the album in Germany on June 29. The cover artwork has been posted online at this location.
King Diamond current lineup:
King Diamond - Vocals
Andy La Rocque - Guitar
Mike Wead - Guitar
Hal Patino - Bass
Matt Thompson - Drums
King Diamond will team up with Kreator, Leaves' Eyes and Cellador for a North American tour, to be held in the spring of 2008.
The following update was posted on KING DIAMOND’s official site:
“Most regretfully I have to inform you that the KING DIAMOND Europe tour will have to be postponed. King has over the past month and a half, been suffering from severe pain in his back, and following several visits to doctors, specialists and most recently an MRI-scan; he has been diagnosed a herniated disc in the spine, and prescribed absolute rest for several months. Failure to follow the doctors orders, will cause irreparable damage to his spine, and for obvious reasons there is no way he can go on tour and perform, with all the travel and physical activities this would include. We expect King to recover fully after a prolonged period of rest, and we are determined to re-schedule the tour dates, not cancel the tour. Further details of the re-schedule of the Europe tour will be given here as soon as possible. Since we will need some time to reschedule, the ticket’s already purchased will be refunded the way this is usually done. Don’t rush the ticket issuer right away; give it a few days – they only got this information today – some might not know till tomorrow! The US-tour will not be affected by this. All should be well by early 2008.”
KING DIAMOND will be teaming up with KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES and CELLADOR for a 2008 North American tour. The complete itinerary for the tour is as follows:
22 - Ft lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
23 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
25 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
26 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
28 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Street Music Hall
29 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
30 - Philadelphia, PA - THe Trocadero More...
KING DIAMOND has added two shows in the Czech Republic to his current itinerary. His schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Oct. 17 - Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
Oct. 19 - KB - Malmö, Sweden
Oct. 20 - Amager Bio - Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct. 29 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 31 - Arenan - Gothenborg, Sweden
Nov. 02 - Metal Massacre III - Linköping, Sweden
Nov. 03 - Betong Screamfest - Oslo, Norway
Nov. 06 - Stodola Club - Warsaw, Poland
Nov. 07 - Club Studio - Krakow, Poland
Nov. 09 - Retro Music Hall - Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 10 - Masters Of Rock Cafe - Zlin, Czech Republic
Nov. 21 - Alcatrazz - Milan, Italy More...
You can check out a new song from KING DIAMOND entitled “Never Ending Hill,” is available for free download online here. The track comes off the group’s upcoming new album, Give Me Your Soul…Please, which will be released on June 26th through Metal Blade Records.
KING DIAMOND has been confirmed as the headliner of Oslo, Norway's Screamfest, set to take place on Saturday, November 3. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Oct. 17 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall
Oct. 19 - Malmo, Sweden @ KB
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amager Bio *
Oct. 29 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
Oct. 31 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Tradgarn
Nov. 02 - Linkoping, Sweden @ Koncert & Kongres (Metal Massacre III)
Nov. 03 - Oslo, Norway @ Betong (Screamfest)
The cover artwork for KING DIAMOND's long-awaited new album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please", has been posted online at this location.
KING DIAMOND has scheduled a live show on October 17 at Voxhall in Århus, Denmark. More information is available at the venue's web site.
KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque recently returned home to Sweden after "a very heavy and intense mixing session" in Dallas, Texas with the band's singer/namesake King Diamond on the band's long-awaited new album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please". "It's definitely the best songs and production we've had in years!" Andy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "A rollercoaster of atmospheres and horror is a good way of describing" the new CD. More...
Vocalist King Diamond is currently writing lyrics to his band's as-yet-untitled 12th studio record, which he expects to begin mixing on March 5 in Dallas, Texas. If everything goes according to plan, the CD will be completed by April 1 for a tentative late summer release.
Revolver magazine recently reported that KING DIAMOND's new album was inspired by a painting called "My Mother's Eyes" which the band's distributor in Denmark stumbled across while surfing the Net (and which Diamond has since bought for the new CD cover). The more Diamond looked at the image of a battered blond girl with blood covering her white dress, holding out palms affixed with protruding eyeballs, the more it captivated and inspired him. "I can feel the energy of the front cover in all the songs we wrote, and it will definitely affect my lyrics," he promised.
Diamond wrote the music for the new album from December 2005 through February 2006, then recorded the basic tracks in his basement. Now all that's left to add are the vocals, which he will complete in the upcoming weeks.
"It classes over anything I've ever done," Diamond beamed. "The arrangements are more intricate, the production is better, and for the parts where there are violins, it sounds like we hired the Royal Philharmonic. As long as I don't fuck up the vocals, this should be our best record."
KING DIAMOND's follow-up to 2003's "The Puppet Master" will contain 13 tracks (including an intro), five of which were written by the band's guitarist, Andy La Rocque.
KING DIAMOND in 2005 completed a U.S. tour with NILE, BEHEMOTH, and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. A live CD, "Deadly Lullabyes Live", was issued in 2004.
KING DIAMOND current lineup:
King Diamond - Vocals
Andy La Rocque - Guitar
Mike Wead - Guitar
Hal Patino - Bass
Matt Thompson - Drums
Swedish guitar hero Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, FIREGOD, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA) will guest on the new album from the Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING, to be released this fall via AFM Records. Wead will provide solos on two tracks.
Commented the band: "It's an honour to have Mike soloing on our songs. It's always amazing having one of your heroes playing in your album. And the leads he played are amazing - pure guitar art!"
ELVENKING released its third album, "The Winter Wake", in Europe in January 2006 via AFM Records. The CD was issued in the U.S. in March. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla.
MERCYFUL FATE was presented with the "honor award" at the Danish Metal Awards 2006, which were held last night (Saturday, November 18) at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Original members Michael Denner (guitar), Hank Shermann (guitar), Timi "Grabber" Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums) appeared in public together for the first time in 22 years to accept the award (vocalist King Diamond was unable to attend the event due to the fact that he is currently working on the new KING DIAMOND album in Dallas, Texas).
MERCYFUL FATE will always be remembered for their unquestionable mark on the history of metal, with their new innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and their influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.
In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album "Garage Inc." Entitled "Mercyful Fate", the medley included parts from "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil".
Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (and fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of "Return of the Vampire" on the "In the Shadows" album, which came out in 1993.
Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL) has been named the new singer in THERION. The group's new album, "Gothic Kabbalah", was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, EVERGREY, EUROPE) will be released in January 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Snowy shares the vocal duties with Mats Lev?n (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, AT VANCE) and two female singers. A full-blown European tour with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON kicks off mid-January.
In other news, Snowy recently did session vocals on the debut album from Swedish doomsters ADONIZE VITA. Snowy has also joined forces with friends Kriss G?bel (FALCONER, DESTINY) and Michael ?berg (NOSTRADAMEUS) in cover band METAL F?R ALLE, performing gigs locally in the Gothenburg area covering the four decades of metal.
Shaw recently recorded produced three new songs for Swedish glam/sleaze act LOUD'N'NASTY, and he also played session drums on the recording. The band will play some Swedish dates (Gothenburg, Kalmar and a planned Glam XXX-mas in Stockholm) in December - their first with Snowy behind the kit.
Also on the Shaw front, Snowy worked with Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) and Revolver Film Company on the video for "I Was Made For Loving You" from MINI ROCKERZ (a.k.a. MINIKISS), a tribute band featuring little people (from 3-foot-11 to 4-foot-4 in height) covering KISS songs in full make-up while playing fake wooden guitars.
Snowy and Mats Levon will be the guest DJs at the Halloween Ball, arranged by Nocturnal Models, in Stockholm November 4.