Despite a musical career that spans three decades, King sounds more energetic than ever. His soft, cultured Danish lilt remains untouched by even the slightest twang despite decades spent living in Dallas. In the staggeringly influential Mercyful Fate and, since , in his own eponymous band, King Diamond has explored his fascination with the occult, evil and, yes, Satan, beckoning for us to come ever further into the crypt. King Diamond is no stranger to the specter of death. In , a series of heart attacks culminated in triple bypass surgery; recovery proved an arduous task, but an extended hiatus gave him time to heal. In , the King returned. Three years, multiple festival appearances and two compilation releases later, King Diamond has launched a headlining North American tour alongside Bay Area thrash legends Exodus , with the promise of a brand-new album hanging suggestively in the air. The spirit world even follows him out onstage, which is where all the real magic happens.
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Diamond, Denner and Hansen had recently departed the group Mercyful Fate , and decided to form a new band under the King Diamond moniker, as it was already known from the Mercyful Fate days. Since then the band have released a total of twelve studio albums most of them concept albums , two live albums , two extended plays , five compilations and five singles. Since the band's inception, there have been over fifteen musicians in and out of King Diamond, with the only two mainstays being vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Andy LaRocque. Throughout the s, King Diamond released a total of four studio albums. After their fifth album The Eye , the band was put on hold when King Diamond reunited with his former outfit Mercyful Fate. Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Another music video was also shot, this time for the single "Welcome Home". A music video was also made for the track "Sleepless Nights".
Almost 30 years ago, Danish expat King Diamond released Abigail , his second album after departing seminal black metal act Mercyful Fate. The concept record told the chilling fable of Miriam Natias and her husband, Jonathan LaFey, who are set to claim an ancestral mansion. A group of seven black-clad horsemen urges them to turn around and flee, but the pair ignores the warning and disaster ensues. King has long re-enacted songs from Abigail and other albums with elaborate stage sets during his concerts. He announced in August that when he returns to the road on Oct. You didn't really miss any of them.
Kim Bendix Petersen born 14 June , better known by his stage name King Diamond , is a Danish rock musician and songwriter. As a vocalist, he is known for his powerful and wide ranging singing voice, in particular his far reaching falsetto screams. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for both Mercyful Fate and the eponymous King Diamond. As well as being a vocalist, Diamond also plays keyboards and guitars on studio recordings but uses live shows to focus solely on his vocal performance.