Metal Blade Info founder and CEO Brian Slagel spoke to Canada’s The Metal Voice in regards to the progress of the songwriting durations for model spanking new studio albums from every KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE. He talked about (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I had a extraordinarily good dialog with [King Diamond, who fronts both KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE] the other day, and he’s engaged on every KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE. I’d want heard a demo or two that sounded truly, truly good.
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“I have no idea when each of these info are gonna come out, ‘set off King likes to do points at his private tempo,” he outlined. “It’s, like, ‘Hey, irrespective of works for you is totally good with me.’ Nevertheless I was very pleased with what I’ve heard thus far. So hopefully all individuals will in all probability be pretty comfy.
“MERCYFUL FATE is doing a bunch of festivals this summer season season — knock on picket — as long as they don’t get canceled. After which they’re moreover having fun with Psycho [Las Vegas] fest in Las Vegas, which I consider will definitely be the one U.S. date. There’s a likelihood there may be a Canadian date someplace alongside the street proper right here too. Nevertheless we’ll see.
“Nevertheless there’ll in all probability be a model new KING DIAMOND file, I hope, in 2023. And there could even be a model new MERCYFUL FATE file sometime soon-ish.”
Last month, King talked about that he was engaged on lyrics for the long-awaited new album from his namesake band. Titled “The Institute”, the group’s first studio LP in 15 years is tentatively subsequent 12 months by the use of Metal Blade.
Once more in November 2019, KING DIAMOND launched its first new monitor in 12 years, “Masquerade Of Madness”. A month later, guitarist Andy La Rocque knowledgeable The Metal Voice that he bought right here up with the music for the observe first sooner than passing it off to King, who “wished to rearrange a few points and alter solely a small few points for making it work collectively together with his vocals. After which, in actual fact, he wrote the lyrics for it,” the guitarist revealed. “So we [went] a bit bit backwards and forwards until he felt like, ‘Okay, that’s cool, man. That’s the appropriate key to sing in,’ and all that.”
La Rocque, whose precise title is Anders Allhage, knowledgeable The Metal Voice that the tentative plan is to launch “The Institute” as “a single album” as part of a two-LP horror concept story, with the second half arriving at a later date. Andy moreover talked about his imaginative and prescient for the model new KING DIAMOND album, saying that it will be full of good “melodies, in actual fact. Large important. With out melodies, there isn’t any music,” he outlined. “I’m moreover envisioning a further pure sound of the album. Must you look once more to the older albums, when Mikkey [Dee] carried out [drums for the band], as an example, it’s, like, a bit bit bit up and down in tempo, and that makes it dynamic and likewise pure. So that’s one issue that I want to hear on the next album, for sure. Nevertheless construct up a dynamic, form of pure actually really feel, the drummer is a extraordinarily important issue proper right here, in actual fact. And I do know that Matt Thompson [current KING DIAMOND drummer] is the appropriate man to do this, for sure.”
In March 2019, King knowledgeable Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio current that the next album from his namesake band will in all probability be “fully ugly” with a story set in a Nineteen Twenties psychological institution. “I chosen that because of I consider it’s a very creepy state of affairs,” he outlined. “And a variety of the problems that go on that we’re gonna current onstage could be points that positively was occurring once more then, when treatment was beginning to take a helpful flip in historic previous and really with the power to help human beings dwell longer. Nevertheless there was some experimentation occurring, too, that was fully ugly. A couple of of that’s involved throughout the story, nevertheless it certainly’s one factor fully fully totally different. Whenever you get to the second part of the story, you’ll begin to rapidly understand that, ‘What the hell is occurring proper right here? What’s that this truly about?’ ‘Set off there’s a complete fully totally different story that gained’t come to you till second half. Nevertheless throughout the first half, you’re gonna get to know a lot people at a positive place… A couple of of it takes place proper right here, this world, and some of it takes place in a parallel world. And there’s a correlation between what occurred to me and what happens to some people on this place and the place they rapidly appear. And one can discover out why they’re there, how they appear there and the places down the freeway. I cannot say an extreme quantity of correct now, nevertheless it certainly’s gonna be very creepy.”
KING DIAMOND obtained a Grammy nomination throughout the “Best Metal Effectivity” class for the observe “Not at all Ending Hill” off the band’s last album, 2007’s “Give Me Your Soul … Please”.
“Give Me Your Soul … Please” purchased 4,500 copies in america in its first week of launch to debut at place No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.
KING DIAMOND launched a DVD/Blu-ray, “Songs For The Lifeless Reside”, in January 2019 by the use of Metal Blade Info. The set captures 1987’s seminal “Abigail” album in its entirety, twice, and in very fully totally different locales: Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015. The performances perform KING DIAMOND‘s current band, comprising of guitarists La Rocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and Thompson.
MERCYFUL FATE‘s latest studio album, “9”, arrived in 1999.
The band’s current lineup consists of King Diamond, Hank Shermann on guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on drums, Mike Wead on guitar, and Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) on bass.
In 2019, it was launched Vera could possibly be altering genuine MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the band’s summer season season 2020 European pageant appearances because of Hansen‘s most cancers evaluation. Hansen handed away in November 2019 and MERCYFUL FATE‘s 2020 summer season season pageant appearances have since been rescheduled for 2021, after which for 2022, because of ongoing coronavirus pandemic.