Band Photo: King Diamond (?)
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
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.
King Diamond: 'As Long as I Don't F*ck Up the Vocals, This Should be Our Best Record'
Revolver magazine's website reports that most album art is inspired by the music on the disc, but KING DIAMOND inverted the process for his yet-untitled 12th studio record, which is scheduled for a spring release. When his band's distributor in Denmark stumbled across a painting called "My Mother's Eyes" while surfing the Net, he e-mail it to the MERCYFUL FATE frontman and prolific solo artist, who immediately bought it for his next 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 promises.
Diamond wrote the song from December 2005 through this past February, 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 beams. "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.
FIREGOD, the new Swedish/Danish "all-star" project featuring Hal Patino (bass; KING DIAMOND), Snowy Shaw (drums; ex-KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL), Mike Wead (guitar; KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) and Simon Johannsson (guitar; MEMORY GARDEN, FIFTH REASON), has a inked a two-album deal with Vic Records. The group, whose sound is being described as "progressive doom," is still searching for a suitable lead vocalist.
FIREGOD's debut CD is expected sometime next year.
KING DIAMOND is the latest metal musician to lend his voice to the cartoon series "Death Clock Metalocalypse". King Diamond recorded his part on Monday, August 21 and reportedly "kicked ass." Other musicians who have contributed to the series include Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY), Warrel Dane (NEVERMORE), Steve Smyth (NEVERMORE), Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE), Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) and James Hetfield (METALLICA). Check out images of Hetfield's and Hammett's appearance in the series, which premiered August 6 on Adult Swim (the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network), at Metallica.com.
"Dethklok Metalocalypse" follows the mayhem surrounding the world's biggest band, and 12th-largest economy, the half-Norwegian/half-American black metal band DETHKLOK, according to ThePhoenix.com. They live in a gigantic upside-down dragon boat perched atop the fjords of Norway. They cause disaster, destruction, and bloodshed wherever they go. In an age where metal is king, DETHKLOK's business savvy trumps the world's most shrewd visionaries. But they're excessively dumb when it comes to the most rudimentary tasks. For example, they don't know how to make food for themselves — not even a sandwich. During one scene, guitarist Skwisgarr Skwigelf tries to make coffee with a toaster. Although they've outsold THE BEATLES, DETHKLOK are, according to show co-creator Brendon Small, "just a thousand times more dangerous and a billion times more stupid." More...
SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD, the Texas-based experimental rock/metal group featuring KING DIAMOND drummer Matt Thompson, has lined up the following dates during July:
Jul. 16 - Wreck Room - Ft. Worth, TX
Jul. 21 - Red Blood club - Dallas, TX
Jul. 29 - Blue Monkey - Monroe, LA
SHAOLIN DEATH SQUAD's latest release is "Intelligent Design", which features the artwork of Robert Stroud. Audio samples are available on the band's official MySpace page.
King Diamond website Coven Worldwide has been updated with some news on the new album. According to mainman King Diamond and guitarist Andy La Rocque:
- The CD will contains 13 tracks, including an intro.
- Five of the new songs have been written by Andy La Rocque.
- The drums, bass and rhythm guitars have been recorded.
- King will start writing the lyrics soon.
- The CD probably won't be released until early 2007.
More details will be posted as soon as we get them.
French death metallers YYRKOON have posted this announcement on their official website:
"We are glad to announce Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) as a guest on the song "Horror From The Sea" on the new album to come. He delivered us an amazing guitar solo."
As reported earlier, the band's new album, "Unhealthy Opera", is scheduled to be relased in February through Osmose Productions.
The album will include these song titles: "Screaming Shores", "The Book", "Abnormal Intrusion", "Avatar Ceremony", "Unealthy Opera", "In Motion", and "Horror From The Sea".
KING DIAMOND have announced the opening bands for their upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to take place in April/May 2006. The Scandinavian leg of the tour will feature LOCH VOSTOK and SECRET SPHERE, while support on the rest of the trek will come from GRIFFIN and one more as-yet-undisclosed act. Exact cites and dates will be announced soon.
As previously reported, vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Andy LaRocque are currently writing songs for the next KING DIAMOND album for a tentative 2006 release.
KING DIAMOND earlier in the year completed a U.S. tour with NILE, BEHEMOTH and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. The band's latest studio album, "The Puppet Master", was released in 2003. A live CD, "Deadly Lullabyes Live", followed last year.
Another track from the upcoming ROADRUNNER UNITED "The All-Star Sessions" CD, entitled "In the Fire", has been made available for streaming at Roadrun.com.
This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 55 artists from 42 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the album will contain original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians were originally chosen to produce and write the songs. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA), Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Matthew Heafy (TRIVIUM). These four musicians play on the songs they have written and have also assembled a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician has played for more than one writer/producer and each song features a different vocalist.
Written and produced by Heafy, "In the Fire" features King Diamond (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) on vocals, Mike D'Antonio (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) on bass, Dave Chavarri (ILL NINO) on drums, and Heafy on lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars.
Roadrunner Records' 25th Anniversary celebration continues today with the double-disc releases of two RR classics - Fear Factory's "Demanufacture" and Sepultura's "Roots." The 2nd disc of each release? Basically, it covers everything that was recorded during each of the respective recording sessions, and the releases contain expanded artwork with liner notes in a 24 page booklet.
For the exact specs on these releases, check out the ecard at www.roadrunnerrecords.com/25/ecard.
Coming up next in this series, classic releases from King Diamond and Soulfly.
It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.
It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...
King Diamond suffered more vocal problems in New York last night as the legend was performing at BB Kings for the second night in a row. His first show on Tuesday (19th) was "rough" in terms of vocals according to BW&BK sources. Prior to last night's performance, King hit the stage before the show and told the crowd, "Anybody who wants a refund can do so as I won't be able to do the falsetto tonight." The show's promoter comes on and says the same, although most fans stay. The King Diamond set was quite different and the band were joined by a female vocalist in the wings (visible, not highlighted) who handled all the high parts while King struggled through an abbreviated set. More news on King Diamond's condition as it develops.
The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.
The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):
Main Stage Friday, April 22:
3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed
Second Stage, Friday:
3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...
Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.
Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.
Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.
Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.
Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.
Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...
Relapse Records recording artists NILE are currently in the midst of a headlining European tour with support from label mates DYING FETUS. The tour kicked off with a blistering performance in London on March 8th with the UK portion of this tour concluding on March 12th in Brighton. Both bands will then join SIX FEET UNDER, DARK FUNERAL and others on March 14th in Essen, Germany through March 28th in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Immediately following, NILE will head out on a North American tour in support of their highly anticipated new album Annihilation Of The Wicked (streets May 24th in the US) with KING DIAMOND starting on April 14th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and concluding on May 21st in Tampa, FL.
A complete list of Nile tour dates follows: More...
Cradle Of Filth's cover of Cliff Richard's 1976 hit "Devil Woman", featuring a special guest appearance by King Diamond, has been made available as a Real Audio stream at this location.
Cradle Of Filth's version of "Devil Woman" will be included on the group's new CD, "Nymphetamine: Special Edition", due on March 1 via Roadrunner Records. The collection will feature two all-new tracks ("Prey" and "Soft White Throat"), covers of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley", Bathory's "Bestial Lust" and "Devil Woman", two previously unreleased tracks, all-new and expanded artwork and the video for "Nymphetamine".