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King Diamond

King Diamond

Review by Jeff Maki
View live photos here.
Long a seasoned veteran of heavy metal concerts, some time ago I reached a point where it was harder to determine which bands I hadn’t seen perform live than the ones I had. My first show was Ozzy Osbourne in 1988, and my most recent was this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In between, I’ve seen most of the prominent metal bands of the past three decades: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Sepultura, White and Rob Zombie, Korn, Slipknot and many more. Then there’s the legends like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Dio, all of which I’ve seen, as well. But one had stood out, missing from my—what I think is an impressive—list throughout the years—King Diamond. So when he was announced as a main stage act as part of this year’s Mayhem Festival, alongside Slayer, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada, I thought it might be now or never. (more…)


2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

A 2xCD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month. King Diamond’s Dreams of Horror is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. View info and tracklisting inside: (more…)

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

6. King Diamond – “Sleepless Nights”

From 1980 to 1984, vocalist King Diamond fronted Mercyful Fate, the Danish band largely credited as being one of the original black metal pioneers. In 1985, he started a solo career, and when I first saw the video of “Sleepless Nights” (Conspiracy) on a 1989 Halloween edition of Headbanger’s Ball, he already had released four albums under his own moniker. I remember a friend telling me at that time that he thought King sounded a bit like Ozzy Osbourne. Sure, if Ozzy sang in falsetto, played thrash metal and scared the living bejesus out of you.

therionI am vaguely familiar with Sweden’s Therion, seeing their name constantly across the net on metal sites and hearing select tracks from their extensive discography. Other than this, I have little knowledge of the band, knowing only that they push the envelope of heavy metal and extreme music.

Therion started way back in 1987 as a death metal act, evolving with each release, incorporating folk and symphonic metal, keyboards, choirs, female vocals and other experimentation, while still retaining elements of traditional metal. Because I haven’t heard the bulk of the band’s past material, this review will be treated as if I’m hearing the band for the first time. (more…)