KING DIAMOND

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King Diamond is the band that King Diamond (Kim Petersen) formed after the split up of Mercyful Fate - following the departure of Hank Sherman. He was joined by most members of the then defunct Mercyful Fate. The style has lost most of its proto-black metal style and become a heavy metal band. The Satanic focus was replaced by a focus on horror stories. Apart from two albums, each of the albums contained a story told throughout the songs; some stories span more than one album. Only Fatal Portrait and The Spider's Lullaby deviate here, in that only half of the songs form a story while the other songs are independent. His extremely high falsetto vocal style is notable.

Current line-up King Diamond - Vocals, Keyboards (1985-) (Black Rose (Dnk), Mercyful Fate, Danger Zone (Dnk), Brats) Andy LaRocque aka Anders Allhage (1985-) - Guitars (ex-Death, ex-E.F. Band, Illwill) Mike Wead
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KING DIAMOND Fatal Portrait album cover 3.32 | 40 ratings
Fatal Portrait
Heavy Metal 1986
KING DIAMOND Abigail album cover 4.34 | 54 ratings
Abigail
Heavy Metal 1987
KING DIAMOND 3.65 | 38 ratings
"Them"
Heavy Metal 1988
KING DIAMOND Conspiracy album cover 4.14 | 37 ratings
Conspiracy
Heavy Metal 1989
KING DIAMOND The Eye album cover 3.59 | 27 ratings
The Eye
Heavy Metal 1990
KING DIAMOND The Spider's Lullabye album cover 3.20 | 23 ratings
The Spider's Lullabye
Heavy Metal 1995
KING DIAMOND The Graveyard album cover 3.21 | 18 ratings
The Graveyard
Heavy Metal 1996
KING DIAMOND Voodoo album cover 3.27 | 18 ratings
Voodoo
Heavy Metal 1998
KING DIAMOND House of God album cover 3.25 | 15 ratings
House of God
Heavy Metal 2000
KING DIAMOND Abigail II: The Revenge album cover 3.11 | 14 ratings
Abigail II: The Revenge
Heavy Metal 2001
KING DIAMOND The Puppet Master album cover 3.45 | 17 ratings
The Puppet Master
Heavy Metal 2003
KING DIAMOND Give Me Your Soul... Please album cover 3.16 | 12 ratings
Give Me Your Soul... Please
Heavy Metal 2007

KING DIAMOND EPs & splits

KING DIAMOND The Dark Sides album cover 3.59 | 8 ratings
The Dark Sides
Heavy Metal 1988

KING DIAMOND live albums

KING DIAMOND In Concert 1987: Abigail album cover 3.00 | 9 ratings
In Concert 1987: Abigail
Heavy Metal 1990
KING DIAMOND Deadly Lullabyes 3.91 | 7 ratings
Deadly Lullabyes "Live"
Heavy Metal 2004

KING DIAMOND demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KING DIAMOND King Diamond album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
King Diamond
Heavy Metal 1985
KING DIAMOND Welcome Home album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Welcome Home
Heavy Metal 1988

KING DIAMOND re-issues & compilations

KING DIAMOND A Dangerous Meeting album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
A Dangerous Meeting
Heavy Metal 1992
KING DIAMOND Nightmares in the Nineties album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Nightmares in the Nineties
Heavy Metal 2001
KING DIAMOND King Diamond & Black Rose: 20 Years Ago (A Night of Rehearsal) album cover 2.69 | 4 ratings
King Diamond & Black Rose: 20 Years Ago (A Night of Rehearsal)
Heavy Metal 2001
KING DIAMOND The Best Of King Diamond album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of King Diamond
Heavy Metal 2003

KING DIAMOND singles (3)

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3.71 | 3 ratings
No Presents For Christmas
Heavy Metal 1985
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Halloween
Heavy Metal 1986
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4.08 | 2 ratings
The Family Ghost
Heavy Metal 1987

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KING DIAMOND Reviews

KING DIAMOND Abigail

Album · 1987 · Heavy Metal
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King Diamond – the band named after the man – are a group which will always be synonymous with the leader’s very unique vocal style of high pitched falsetto singing. This will either be a factor of great enjoyment, or something one will have to learn to tolerate. I unfortunately am in the later category; King Diamond’s vocal style is not something I enjoy, but he definitely brings intense talent to the band in terms of songwriting, and his deeper vocals are actually quite good.

That there is the only “weakness” with this album, which most consider the band’s magnum opus. I will not spend too much time applauding the musicianship, despite it all being fantastic. Every instrument is audible, technical, and serve the songs individually and as a group; the sound is classic Mercyful Fate/King Diamond stuff, with a bit more melody, emotion, and progressive elements. That alone would be enough to solidify its place in the best of metal, but there’s much more to this album.

One of if not the first full metal concept albums that follows a concise story, Abigail is not only an instrumental masterpiece, but a literary one as well. The story is engaging and fits the music perfectly. As always King Diamond delve into the occult, with a ghost story of possession. However, what makes this story so effective is not only does it merge with the evil riffing of the band, but there is also a deep sense of tragedy to it, loss and vengeance as well, and these emotions are all captured musically and literately as well. For this reason, I applaud King Diamond as a fantastic band leader despite his vocals not agreeing with me, as he crafted one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

KING DIAMOND Abigail

Album · 1987 · Heavy Metal
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UMUR
"Abigail" is the 2th full-length studio album by multi-national heavy metal act King Diamond. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in February 1987. It´s the successor to "Fatal Portrait" from 1986 and features the same lineup, who recorded the predecessor. "Fatal Portrait (1986)" featured a collection of individual tracks and some tracks which formed a concept story, but "Abigail" is a full blown conceptual piece. An album format King Diamond would subsequently employ on most releases.

The story of "Abigail" takes place in 1845 and revolves around the young couple of Miriam Natias and Jonathan La'Fey, who arrives at an old and dark mansion that La'Fey has inherited. Before entering the mansion they are warned by seven horsemen (who are later revealed to be the servants of Count La'Fey (the ancestor of Jonathan La'Fey)), that the mansion is cursed (although the warning is a bit more cryptic than that). The young couple do not heed the warning and proceed to move into the mansion. Already on their first night in their new home Jonathan La'Fey receives a visit from the ghost of Count La'Fey who tells him how he pushed his wife down the stairs on the 7th Day of July 1777, where she broke her neck and died, after he found out she was carrying a bastard child. Count La'Fey then proceded to cremate his wife and mummify the the stillborn child and finally lay the baby mummy to rest in a sarcophagus in the family crypt. He named the stillborn child "Abigail". Count La'Fey warns Jonathan that the spirit of "Abigail" now has taken place inside Miriam and that if he wants to prevent "The rebirth of evil itself", he has to push Miriam down the stairs to die.

While Jonathan is initially horrified by the suggestion, and refuse to do as the Count says, he changes his mind after several supernatural omens occur and "Abigail" finally reveals to Jonathan that she is in control of Miriam. Jonathan then plans to push Miriam down the stairs to the family crypt, but ends up being pushed down the stairs himself. Miriam then gives birth to "Abigail" and dies shortly after seing "Abigail´s" yellow eyes. The story ends with the seven horsemen arriving to see "Abigail" eating something unspeakably horrifying (which I assume is Miriam´s dead body), and then taking "Abigail" to a chapel in the forest where they drive seven silver spikes through her body and bury her, to prevent further ressurrections in the future...

...and that´s actually where the album opens as the intro track "Funeral" (which features thunderstorm sound effects and classical inspired synths) features a narrator telling how the spikes are driven into "Abigail´s" body in an eerie multi-layered demonic voice. "Arrival" is the first "regular" track on the album and establishes the melodic yet relatively heard edged heavy metal style of the material on the album. King Diamond´s piercing high pitched vocals, multi-layered backing vocals and choirs, several melodic guitar solos/themes per track (and not necessarily placed where you´d expect them to be placed), hard edged heavy metal riffing (which occasionally touches thrash metal territory), and an organic and tight playing rhythm section, who drive the music forward in a hard rocking powerful fashion. Keyboards are also a part of the soundscape, but they predominantly have a supporting role or are there for effect rather than playing lead parts.

Each and every song on the 9 track, 40:20 minutes long album is a highlight and it´s therefore a bit hard to mention standout tracks. The tracklist is incredibly well constructed and the dark and eerie horror story is supported well by the dynamics of the music. If I have to mention a few tracks which I think stand out a bit anyway (and this is purely a subjective observation) it would be "A Mansion In Darkness" (the melodic lead theme part which occur a couple of times during the track is incredible), "The Family Ghost" (the rhythm work, the guitar riffs, and vocal parts and the lyrics are just killer on this track), the title track (King Diamond surpasses himself in singing high pitched vocals on this track), and the closing mini epic "Black Horsemen" (just absolutely stunning featuring beautiful acoustic guitar parts and great harmony work). The rather complex "Arrival" deserves a mention too and "The 7th Day Of July 1777" is also quite the hook laden track. "Omens" and "The Possession" are great tracks too, but maybe just slightly less spectacular than the remaining material.

"Abigail" features a raw, detailed, and organic sounding production, which suits the music perfectly, and upon conclusion it´s a high quality release through and through. The musicianship is on a high level on all posts, the songwriting is adventurous, original, and exciting, the concept works and you get the right eerie horror effect from listening to the album, and when the whole thing is packed in a well sounding production too, it´s hard to find anything bad to say about the album. In fact I dare say it´s the band´s masterpiece, although subsequent albums would also be of high quality. There´s just something truly magical about "Abigail", which they have never been able to top. A 5 star (100%) rating is fully deserved.

KING DIAMOND "Them"

Album · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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Vim Fuego
King Diamond has one of the most remarkable voices in metal. His operatic falsetto wail was the outstanding feature of Mercyful Fate’s supernaturally powerful, distinctive sound. He then forged a successful solo career, along fairly similar lines, a little less technical, a little more theatrical. Diamond had done so much for metal. So why the hell did he inflict this monstrosity upon us?

There’s nothing wrong with the music on this album. Diamond has always assembled outstanding musicians, and the songwriting is impressive. The playing and arrangements are second to none. His voice is top notch. So what makes it a monstrosity?

The first clue is in the first few seconds of the album. “Out From The Asylum” is one of the cheesiest, stupidest introductions to an album ever. It’s just totally fucking silly. And it all just gets worse from there...

So, yeah, apparently Grandma has kangaroos loose in the top paddock, but it’s time to welcome her home from the asylum. What could possibly go wrong?

Grandma has a tea party with people who aren’t really there, but King is told to forget about it. Next, Grandma offers to teach him about Amon over another cup of tea, this time with Ma’s blood in it (hint: Amon isn’t Chris Amon, the motor racer who competed in 96 grand prix, and won the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race).

There’s the voices of “them” which the album gets it’s name from, his sister Missy tries to stop “them, so “they” chop her to bits with a broken teapot, King stumbles outside, snaps out of the enchantment, kills Grandma, and ends up in an asylum himself. It’s such a dumb fucking story. If you’re going to do a concept album, don’t write a concept which reads like a nine-year-old’s idea of a horror movie. This is just impossible to listen to without rolling eyes, cringing, and wondering how the hell such an iconic metal artist thought this was a good idea, not to mention his band, label, or even management. Artists should have full control over what they create, but at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with someone tapping them on the shoulder and asking “Are you sure this is a good idea?”

The answer is “no it wasn’t.” If you want a good fix of King Diamond, go and listen to “The Eye” or “Abigail”, or “Fatal Portrait”. Save your rolling eyes from the strain of “Them”.

KING DIAMOND The Dark Sides

EP · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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UMUR
"The Dark Sides" is an EP compilation by multi-national heavy metal act King Diamond. The EP was released through Roadrunner Records in November 1988 (Just two months after the release of the band´s 3rd full-length studio album "Them"). King Diamond were riding a high at this point in their career, and felt the time was right to release a compilation.

"The Dark Sides" features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 20:48 minutes. The EP opens with "Halloween", which had previously been released on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Fatal Portrait (1986)" and on the eponymously titled single from the same year. "Them" is a short instrumental and the title track from "Them (1988)". So the first two tracks don´t bring anything new to the table, if you´ve already got the studio albums. "No Presents for Christmas" was on the other hand, at the time "The Dark Sides" was released, a more rare track, as it had only been feautured on the eponymously titled single from late 1985. "Shrine" is the next track on the EP, and it was originally released as the B-side to "The Family Ghost" single from 1987. "The Lake" follows and it was originally released as one of the B-side tracks on the 1986 "Halloween" single. "Phone Call" closes "The Dark Sides". It was previously released as the B-Side to the 1988 "Welcome Home" promo single. It´s a leftover track from the recording sessions for "Them (1988)", which wasn´t included on the album.

"The Dark Sides" is upon conclusion a nice little compilation, featuring a couple of rarities, but also a couple of more redundant tracks. There´s for example not much reason to include "Halloween"... and "Phone Call" is a bit redundant too, as it´s basically just a short spoken word/horror effects type track, but overall the quality is still high enough to warrant a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating.

KING DIAMOND Welcome Home

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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UMUR
"Welcome Home" is a promo vinyl single released by multi-national heavy metal act King Diamond. The single was released through Roadracer Records in 1988 and was send to radio stations and magazines to promote the release of the band´s 3rd full-length studio album "Them (1988)".

The A-side to the single features the title track and the B-side features the track "Phone Call". Both tracks were written and recorded for "Them", but only "Welcome Home" ended up on the album, even though both tracks feature lyrics related to the album concept story. "Phone Call" is just a short horror spoken word/effects piece though. While "Phone Call" didn´t make it unto "Them (1988)", it was included on "The Dark Sides (1988)" EP compilation, which was released only two months after "Them (1988)", which more or less makes this promo release redundant for anyone but the most hardcore fans. And as it is a promo which was never meant to be sold to the general public, it is of course a very rare item.

So rating a release like this is almost impossible, as some will find it redundant while others will drool over the collector item value of it. Based on the quality of the material I´d say a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is fair, as "Welcome Home" is a brilliant track, while "Phone Call" really isn´t that interesting.

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Tupan wrote:
more than 2 years ago
There is a real diffenrence between king Diamond solo work and Merciful Fate?

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