KING DIAMOND's Next Two Albums Will Tell 'Gruesome' Story: 'It's Gonna Be Very Creepy,' He Says

KING DIAMOND's Next Two Albums Will Tell 'Gruesome' Story: 'It's Gonna Be Very Creepy,' He Says

King Diamond was interviewed on the March 22-24 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A couple of excerpts follow.

Full Metal Jackie: Since your last studio album, you underwent very serious heart surgery and you also had a son. How have such major life events been influencing lyrical ideas for your next album?

King: “Oh, the next album’s gonna be gruesome — absolutely gruesome. The storyline is… well, it’s in a way where I can’t even put it into just one album. So, it has to be over two albums. And it’s really planned out to work in a very special way with the show as well. So the show is being built right now in Denmark and it’s built around that story, so that it really can go hand in hand. Right now, I already know how the production will develop for the next tour, after this tour, so that when we do part two of that story, I know how the whole thing ends, of course, already, and I know how the production is gonna change and how it’s gonna be culminating in one very, very big thing. So it’s a long project, several years. Actually, the next three years are gonna be very, very intense for us. There is a lot of things that is in the planning. Also, after we signed up with 5B [artist] management, a lot of good stuff is coming out of that, piece by piece. We are getting a plan that is gonna be amazing for our fans for the next three years — something that’s gonna come that they would not expect, I think. So some very, very cool prospects.

“[The album] has something to do with parallel worlds and punishment, and other stuff like that. You’ll see us torture our dear little Abigail on stage. It’s part of the story; you’ll see it. But it’s great to be here enjoying life. And [my son] Byron, it’s been almost two years now [since he was born], and it’s incredible. But it hasn’t changed me very much when it comes to what I stand for and the stories that’s coming and the musical style that’s coming. It’s total, utter KING DIAMOND.”

Full Metal Jackie: The next album is said to be a story set in a 1920s mental institution. What makes that time and place a good setting for a KING DIAMOND album?

King: “Actually, I chose that because I think it’s a very creepy scenario. And the thing is that I know that somebody has talked about that, but that’s not the setting, actually. There’s a lot of other things involved, but the setting looks as if it was a 1920s asylum — that’s exactly what it looks like. And some of the things that go on that we’re gonna show onstage is also things that certainly was going on back then, when medicine was beginning to take a beneficial turn in history and actually being able to help human beings live longer. But there was some experimentation going on, too, that was absolutely gruesome. Some of that is involved in the story, but it’s something totally different. Once you get to the second part of the story, you will begin to suddenly understand that, ‘What the hell is going on here? What is this really about?’ Cause there’s a whole different story that will not come to you till second part. But in the first part, you’re gonna get to know a lot people at a certain place.

“Instead of telling the story — it’s way too much — but it does take place, I won’t say where, what it’s called, because that’s the title of the album and I won’t let that out yet. But some of it takes place here, this world, and some of it takes place in a parallel world. And there’s a correlation between what happened to me and what happens to some people in this place and where they suddenly appear. And you will find out why they are there, how they appear there and the places down the road. I won’t say too much right now, but it’s gonna be very creepy.

“The stage that we’re building for this is gonna be something else. Some of the things that are gonna happen onstage will be also very, very amazing. We are adding an extra floor to the whole thing, [to] what we had last time. We had stairs leading up to a second floor, and there’s gonna be a third floor as well now. And I don’t like heights very much, so this is one of these stupid things I like to do to myself sometimes. I test myself and see how I’m gonna feel when I’m up there on the third floor — looking out over [with] only a broken banister to make me feel safe, you know.”

KING DIAMOND received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the track “Never Ending Hill” off the band’s last album, 2007’s “Give Me Your Soul … Please”.

“Give Me Your Soul … Please” sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.

KING DIAMOND released a DVD/Blu-ray, “Songs For The Dead Live”, on January 25 via Metal Blade Records. The set captures 1987’s seminal “Abigail” album in its entirety, twice, and in very different locales: Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015. The performances feature KING DIAMOND‘s current band, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE And NETFLIX Sued By 'The Dirt' Film Crew Member Over Injuries Sustained On New Orleans Set

MÖTLEY CRÜE And NETFLIX Sued By 'The Dirt' Film Crew Member Over Injuries Sustained On New Orleans Set

According to The New Orleans Advocate, MÖTLEY CRÜE and Netflix are being sued by a crew member over severe electrical burns he suffered last year on the set of the band’s biopic.

Louis DiVincenti, a rigging grip, claims that a power line shock left him with second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body.

The incident occurred in March 2018 as the set had been transformed to look like the legendary Hollywood rock club Whisky A Go Go. DiVincenti says that one of the metal pipes he was handling made contact with a power line, sending electric current through his body.

“Even though all of our safety protocols were in place, an accident did occur and a crewmember was injured by electricity,” a rep for the film told The Hollywood Reporter shortly after the accident happened. Filming wasn’t interrupted, because the cast was off shooting somewhere else while DiVincenti was tearing down a set that was no longer needed, the rep said.

DiVincenti is seeking damages, including $1.8 million in medical bills.

“The Dirt”, an adaptation of the book of the same name about the iconic rock band, had been in the works since 2003. It was previously set up at Paramount and Focus Features before Netflix picked it up in 2017.

In the film, Iwan Rheon (“Game Of Thrones”) stars as guitarist Mick Mars, Daniel Webber (“The Punisher”) as frontman Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx and rapper Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee. Jeff Tremaine (“Bad Grandpa”) directed.

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IN FLAMES Frontman: What I Learned From Touring With SLAYER

IN FLAMES Frontman: What I Learned From Touring With SLAYER

In a recent interview with PureGrainAudio, IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén was asked to name something he learned from touring with another band that he still takes with him today. “The first time we toured with SLAYER, how they approach their show and their audience,” Anders replied. “‘Cause their audience is quite demanding and they want a certain era of the band. Even though they release new albums, it seems like their fans could be stuck in certain times or whatever. But SLAYER were treating their fans with so much respect, just getting out there, just hammering it down, even if it was a new song or an older song. And that attitude… that’s what I try to do with my stuff as well. ‘Cause people pay money to go and see you. No matter how you feel before the show, don’t bring that on to your fans on stage. You should give them [your] all. And I think that’s an amazing approach, and that’s something I wanna do as well.”

IN FLAMES recently completed a North American tour with WITHIN TEMPTATION.

The band is continuing to play shows in support of its latest album, “I, The Mask”, which was released on March 1 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America).

Anders told Cryptic Rock that he became a much better singer through working with producer Howard Benson on “I, The Mask” and 2016’s “Battles”.

“I am very much home-schooled in my technique,” he said. “When I started screaming, in the beginning I just wanted to sound like Mille from KREATOR; I thought that was cool. Even when I was back in DARK TRANQUILLITY at the end of the ’80s and early ’90s, I wanted to have that raspy screamy voice. I’ve become better and better at what I do, but at the same time, I have always felt it’s mine. I’ve never tried to be someone I’m not, even though I am inspired by someone like Mille.

“When it came to do ‘Battles’, I took some vocal lessons on the recommendation of Howard Benson. I saw myself next to someone on the piano doing scales up and down; very intimidating. To my surprise, I had an awesome time; it was really fun. I learned a lot, not only about scales and singing, but about breathing and treating your voice right. I learned what you should do to prepare yourself before and after a show, things you should think about.

“When it came to this album, I called management and I told them I want to do it even more extensively,” he said. “They hooked me up and I did three days a week for three months while we were in L.A. It’s been extremely rewarding: it helps us when we write and helps what I see and hear now. I think it’s even made my growling vocals even better, more clear, and on point; it’s really fun. I am still not aiming to be the best singer in the world, but trying to learn my instrument and learn what the whole thing is about. I ignored that for so many years, thinking, ‘I don’t need that shit,’ and here we are. It’s sort of like the whole thing about letting go and the control: you surprise yourself if you just do it and get into it. The reward is so much greater than the stubbornness of ‘I know best.'”

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KILL DEVIL HILL Is Working On New Music

KILL DEVIL HILL Is Working On New Music

KILL DEVIL HILL is working on material for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s “Revolution Rise” album. “Dewey [Bragg, vocals] and I have been writing a bunch of stuff,” guitarist Mark Zavon told Damnation Vault in a new interview. “We’re going to try and put something out, maybe this year, maybe early next year. We’ll see what happens.”

He added: “We’ve been tripping away at the amount of… We’ve got probably 15 demos or something. But we’re going to do a little touring. It looks like we’ve got some stuff… I don’t know, I don’t want to say anything yet because we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. But it looks like we’ll be doing a little bit of touring here this spring and get out and start playing again, which will be great, I’ve missed playing with those guys, hanging out with them, all of that stuff. It’s going to be great to blow the dust off of it and get out in front of the fans again because there’s a lot of people hitting us up all the time on social media, you know on the Internet and stuff, ‘When are you going to come and play? When are you going to come back to town?’ They want to hear the stuff and we want to play it. So, we just have to cross those streams and make it happen.”

Zavon also confirmed that KILL DEVIL HILL has recruited Nico D’Arnese to play bass following the recent departure of Rex Brown (PANTERA), who played on the band’s first two albums.

“He’s an Italian guy, a great bass player, ” Mark said. “He was a friend of ours for a while, but we really had no designs for having him play in the band or anything. I’m pretty loyal, and we were waiting for Rex to hopefully come around and decide that he wanted to do some more KILL DEVIL HILL. But, you know, it’s just not the right time for him. God bless him, and I support everything he’s doing with his solo career. I think it makes him happy. Life’s short. You’ve got to be happy. So, he’s going to do that, and we finally had an answer in January. He finally gave us an answer on that, and so we picked up this guy, Nico, who is really excited to be involved.”

Rex spoke about his exit from KILL DEVIL HILL during a recent interview with Loudwire.

“They are some of my best friends in the world,” he said. “I just felt like I was keeping a damper on them, so might as well take care of this thing now. It’s a very amicable split and everybody’s happy with the whole deal. It probably should have happened a year ago, but you never know. You’ve just got to keep things open. But I’m doing my thing and they’re doing theirs and it’s all cool.”

He added: “I called the guys. I didn’t want to write an e-mail. I called them individually and just reached out and said, ‘Do what you need to do and I’m sorry if I held you up in any way or form,’ and they were kind of cheered to know that that was the news that I wanted to do. They wanted to get out and play.

“We’re still close, close friends, but it’s just if they’re being booked, I don’t want people to think that I’m going to be there, ’cause I’m not. That’s the one thing I want to get across. Yes, it’s an amicable split, but it’s not that big of news. I think people saw the writing on the wall, and maybe if they couldn’t, they will now.”

Original KILL DEVIL HILL drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) left the band in March 2014. He has since been replaced by Johnny Kelly (DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE).

“Revolution Rise” was released in October 2013 via Century Media Records.
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Here's What's Cut in the Chinese Version of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Here's What's Cut in the Chinese Version of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

More than two minutes of footage pertaining to Freddie Mercury’s sexual orientation were removed.

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