King Diamond launches new video, “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records.

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987’s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including “Welcome Home,” “Halloween,” and “Eye Of The Witch” before launching into Abigail. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

For a preview of Songs For The Dead Live, a new video, “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”, can be viewed below.

King Diamond announces new DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records. A new video “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” can be seen below.

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalog is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987’s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including “Welcome Home,” “Halloween,” and “Eye Of The Witch” before launching into Abigail. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Studios, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to “Out From The Asylum” at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener “Funeral”, which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing
01. Out from the Asylum
02. Welcome Home
03. Sleepless Nights
04. Halloween
05. Eye of the Witch
06. Melissa
07. Come to the Sabbath
08. Them
09. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing
01. Out from the Asylum
02. Welcome Home
03. Sleepless Nights
04. Eye of the Witch
05. Halloween
06. Melissa
07. Come to the Sabbath
08. Them
09. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

THEM Release New Single And Lyric Video!

Manor Of The Se7en Gables announced for October 26th, 2018
-“Witchfinder” first single out today
-Second album by German-American power/thrash metal act

The German-American Power/Thrash Metal band THEM will release their first single and video for the song “Witchfinder” today. The song is taken from the new album “Manor Of The Se7en Gables”.

 

You can watch the lyric video below.

Screamking Vocalist Joe Lawson Interviewed

On October 23rd 2011 ScreamKing made it’s debut performance opening for Canadian Metal Legends Anvil at Club Landing in South Bend, IN. Throughout 2012 the band spent the year writing material for  their first undertaking and entered Divine Underground Studios  to record and produce their first full length album entitled “Evilibrium”.  The band also released their first official music  video for the song “Deathwitch”.

Since the release of “Evilibrium” ScreamKing has shared the stage with Metal acts: Anvil, Raven, DSG  (David Shankle Group), Metal Church and Helstar to name a few.  Once again entering Divine Underground Studios after spending 2016 writing and recording the follow up to “Evilibrium”.  ScreamKing will release their second full length album that will be making waves throughout the Metal World entitled: “Tyranny of the Sea”, again produced and mixed by Rafael Hernandez and Joe Lawson, with mastering by Jon Scrip of Massive Mastering and featuring artwork from Chicago legendary artist Drake Mefestta.

How did you first get into music? Who turned you onto Rock/Metal?

I have loved music as long as I can remember, my Mother even wrote in my baby book that Joey loves to sing, so really it has been my passion since birth. My cousin Jeff Parsons turned me onto Rock and Metal music with bands like Wasp, Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, etc…

How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?

I started off playing guitar then while in High school a band needed a singer, they heard me singing some old Motley Crue and asked me to join the band, I’ve been singing ever since. No I am not proficient in any other instruments although I do play a little guitar and piano.

What was the local scene in Illinois like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

The scene was really good years ago, a lot of great bands and talented people, support for bands was great and so was the pay. Bands I aspired to be like were national level bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, etc…. some of my favorite local bands from the early years for me was Tyrants Reign, Slauter Xstroyes. Favorite local bands now probably I would say are: Divinity Compromised, Reign, Wrath and Scars of Armageddon.

Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?

No, in my experience drugs and alcohol have only destroyed and derailed bands from growing and achieving success.

How would you best describe your sound?

I would describe ScreamKing as a Hybrid Heavy Metal band that incorporates elements of multiple genres into our sound from Power Metal to Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Progressive Metal and Classical Metal.

Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?

It depends on how it is done, if a band feels it is in their best interest to play a show where they are required to sell tickets and the band gets at least a percentage of the ticket sales and its a higher profile show such as opening for a big national act then I say go for it.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

First two albums I owned were AC/DC: Back in Black and Van Halen: 5150. I have bought Judas Priest Painkiller 3 times.

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

Depends on the deal offered, the question all bands need to ask themselves concerning a label is what is the label going to do directly for your band that you cannot do for yourself? Also of course to get everything in writing and make sure you understand what you are getting into. DIY is much easier now and a lot of bands are doing things themselves these days and if you are able to do that and be successful at it then more power to those bands.

What’s the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

Biggest show I ever played was at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul Minnesota. Yes I always still get a bit nervous before shows but its a good nervous and I feed on it like a rabid dog!

Is commercial Rock radio dead?

I’d say no, it has changed formats and styles but you still hear it across the country on many different stations.

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

For me I’d have to say End of the World because its one of the most challenging songs vocally I’ve ever recorded and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. Cannibals of Sacrifice maybe as well because it was just such a different vocal approach in certain parts and it has a Merciful Fate/King Diamond vibe to it in parts also that I really love. Faith Weapon because of all the layering of vocals, the lyrical content and the song really packs a punch!

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

Syrena, a song I wrote about my daughter.

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Screamking songs?

Nothing political, but social issues for sure a few.

What was the process of putting the songs in order?

Once we finished recording and mixing all the songs we try different orders and burn a bunch of cds and see what seems to work the best and go from there.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

We are currently endorsed by Granger amps. There are several other company’s that the band are looking at and talking to about possible endorsements so I don’t want to mention any names until that all is worked out then we will make announcements in regards to all of that.

Bands you would love to tour with and musicians or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

A few bands that I personally would love to tour with would be: Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Denner Shermann, Accept. I would like to meet Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson and soak up all the knowledge and advice I could from them.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Heart of a Champion and End of the World by ScreamKing. 3 albums to take with me would be the 3 full releases I’ve sang on so far. Thanks for the great questions and head over to www.screamkingofficial.com and pick up the new Tyranny of the Sea record and checkout our great merch while your there!

 

 

Troy Norr of Them Interviewed “I would love to sit with King Diamond. Just him and I and have a discussion for hours”.

Them originally formed in 2008 by vocalist Troy Norr as a King Diamond tribute band, performing for three and a half years with over 20 shows including performances with Mike Wead and Hal Patino from King Diamond. Continue reading “Troy Norr of Them Interviewed “I would love to sit with King Diamond. Just him and I and have a discussion for hours”.”

King Diamond announces “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour‏

The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary bay area thrash metal band Exodus as the opening act!

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King Diamond announces “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour

Exodus confirmed as supporting band

King Diamond will be back on tour soon for an extra special event for fans – one not to be missed! As part of the set, the band will be performing the classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety! The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary bay area thrash metal band Exodus as the opening act! The full list of confirmed dates is below. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am ET.

KING DIAMOND
Tour w/ Exodus
10/29 Denver, CO The Fillmore
10/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
11/02 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/05 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/08 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
11/09 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/13 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11/15 New Orleans, LA The Civic Auditorium
11/16 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
11/21 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
11/24 Boston, MA Orpheum
11/25 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
11/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11/28 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
11/30 Minneapolis, MN Myth
12/02 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
12/04 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/05 Dallas, TX House of Blues

Upon its release in November 2014, King Diamond‘s “Dreams of Horror” reached #28 on the Billboard Hard Music charts. This is the ONLY “best of” album covering the band’s entire career.King Diamond and Andy La Rocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. Listen to “The Puppet Master” from disc 2 of “Dreams of Horror” and order a copy now.

Slayer And King Diamond Bring The Mayhem To Mountain View, California

Slayer perform “Delusions of Saviour” @ Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, California

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Slayer perform “Delusions of Saviour” @ Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, California

King Diamond perform “Eye of the Witch” @ Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, California