Apparently, lots of people have made comparisons between Mercyful Destiny and Ghost, stating that the latter is ripping off the previous. Properly, King Diamond himself has weighed in on the matter, denying that Ghost have copied him or his bands.
“Some individuals have in contrast the 2 bands, however I by no means thought that,” King Diamond instructed Metal Hammer. “I very a lot noticed them as a Blue Oyster Cult-style band. I am certain they’ve slightly affect from us, and that is an enormous honor to listen to, however they’ve their very own fashion. I by no means felt that they have been copying us. We’ve got all these guitar solos, and so they barely use any guitar solos on these first couple of albums.”
“Additionally they have a present which is totally totally different to ours,” he continued. “You see somebody saying ‘Oh they acquired that from King Diamond and Mercyful Destiny!’ However I do not assume that’s true. It’s not like we don’t have any humor in our reveals, but it surely’s very grotesque and twisted. With them I see it as much more tongue-in-cheek. Ours is horror present, they’ve jokes going forwards and backwards in the course of the present.”
King Diamond admitted that he is not interested in Ghost’s poppier materials, however that they’ve performed “some very heavy songs too,” and so they’re good at writing songs.
There are a plethora of shock rock artists which have rose to fame over the past a number of many years, so it is unfair to imagine that utilizing face paint and horror themes in a stage efficiency means an artist is imitating one other. Ghost frontman Tobias Forge has really named Alice Cooper as the explanation that Ghost exists.
“I lack the correct phrases to completely clarify how extraordinarily important he has been for the entire style of rock and roll, actually. But in addition talking from a context the place I suppose we’re additionally a theatrical shock-rock band, we would not have been right here had it not been for Alice Cooper,” the vocalist mentioned again in 2019.