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King Diamond

Widely regarded as the finest vocalist in all of metal (who possesses a multi-octave range), theatrical rocker King Diamond first rose to prominence as a member of Mercyful Fate before launching a solo career on his own. Born Kim Bendix Petersen in Denmark on June 14, 1956, the future King Diamond was originally drawn to theatrically based hard rock due to such trailblazers as Alice Cooper, and soon began fronting local bands in the '70s, including a punk metal outfit called the Brats. Shortly thereafter, the group mutated into Mercyful Fate, consisting of members Hank Shermann (guitar), Michael Denner (guitar), Timi Hansen (bass), and Kim Ruzz (drums), in addition to Diamond. Diamond, by this time, had developed an interest in the occult, which reflected in the new group's subject matter, as the frontman began wearing makeup (which resembled a cross between his hero Cooper and Kiss' Gene Simmons).

After several demos made their way across Europe (and even reaching America via an underground tape-trading network among metalheads), Mercyful Fate issued a self-titled four-track EP before inking a recording contract with Roadrunner Records. The quintet issued a pair of thrash metal classics, 1983's Melissa and 1984's Don't Break the Oath, as Diamond's satanic lyrics created quite a stir at the time with outsiders. Despite a promising future, Mercyful Fate broke up when a common musical style couldn't be agreed on (Diamond wanted to continue with thrash metal, while a few of the others wanted to explore more mainstream-oriented hard rock).

Undeterred, Diamond launched a solo project, which was almost identical in approach, both musically and visually, as his former band. The group's original lineup included such former Mercyful Fate bandmates as Hansen and Denner, but over time, bandmembers would come and go (the only constant member besides their leader has been guitarist Andy LaRocque). King Diamond's first three solo releases, 1986's Fatal Portrait, 1987's Abigail, and 1988's Them, are widely considered to be Diamond's finest, as the singer continued to issue further releases until the early '90s (1989's Conspiracy, 1990's The Eye). It was also around this time that Diamond found his name embroiled in controversy -- due to a Geraldo Rivera TV special on music with supposed "hidden messages," and when Kiss' Simmons served a lawsuit against the singer, claiming that the makeup design Diamond had been using too closely resembled the one that Simmons used in the '70s and early '80s, which resulted in an out of court settlement and with Diamond being forced to modify his makeup design.

Come the early '90s, Mercyful Fate was constantly being name-checked as a prime influence by just about every new thrash and death metal band, which led to a re-formation of the original group (save for drummer Ruzz), and such further releases as 1993's In the Shadows (which included a remake of their early track, "Return of the Vampire," with Metallica's Lars Ulrich sitting in on drums), 1994's Time, 1996's Into the Unknown, 1998's Dead Again, and 1999's 9. By the middle of the '90s, Diamond began issuing solo albums again (simultaneously with his Fate output), as such titles as 1995's The Spider's Lullabye, 1996's The Graveyard, 1998's Voodoo, 2000's House of God, and 2002's Abigail II: The Revenge were issued. ~ Greg Prato
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Dreams Of Horror (The Metal Blade Years)

1. Dreams

2. The Spider's Lullabye

3. Waiting

4. Heads On The Wall

5. Voodoo

6. Black Devil

7. Help!!!

8. Spirits

9. The Puppet Master

10. Blue Eyes

11. Never Ending Hill

12. Shapes Of Black

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Track List: The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1986-1990

Disc 1

1. The Candle (Reissue)

2. The Jonah (Reissue)

3. The Portrait (Reissue)

4. Dressed In White (Reissue)

5. Charon

6. Lurking In The Dark (Reissue)

7. Halloween (Reissue)

8. Voices From The Past (Reissue)

9. Haunted (Reissue)

Disc 2

1. Funeral (Reissue)

2. Arrival (Reissue)

3. A Mansion In Darkness (Reissue)

4. The Family Ghost (Reissue)

5. The 7th Day Of July 1777 (Reissue)

6. Omens (Reissue)

7. The Possession (Reissue)

8. Abigail (Reissue)

9. Black Horsemen (Reissue)

Disc 3

1. Out From The Asylum (Reissue)

2. Welcome Home (Reissue)

3. The Invisible Guests (Reissue)

4. Tea (Reissue)

5. Mother's Getting Weaker (Reissue)

6. Bye, Bye Missy (Reissue)

7. A Broken Spell (Reissue)

8. The Accusation Chair (Reissue)

9. Them (Reissue)

10. Twilight Symphony (Reissue)

11. Coming Home (Reissue)

Disc 4

1. At The Graves (Reissue)

2. Sleepless Nights (Reissue)

3. Lies (Reissue)

4. A Visit From The Dead (Reissue)

5. The Wedding Dream (Reissue)

6. Amon Belongs To Them (Reissue)

7. Something Weird (Reissue)

8. Victimized (Reissue)

9. Let It Be Done (Reissue)

10. Cremation (Reissue)

Disc 5

1. Eye Of The Witch (Reissue)

2. The Trial (Chambre Ardent) (Reissue)

3. Burn (Reissue)

4. Two Little Girls (Reissue)

5. Into The Convent (Reissue)

6. Father Picard (Reissue)

7. Behind These Walls (Reissue)

8. The Meetings (Reissue)

9. Insanity (Reissue)

10. 1642 Imprisonment (Reissue)

11. The Curse (Reissue)

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Track List: Give Me Your Soul... Please.

1. The Dead

2. Never Ending Hill

3. Is Anybody Here?

4. Black Of Night

5. Mirror Mirror

6. The Cellar

7. Pictures In Red

8. Give Me Your Soul

9. The Floating Head

10. Cold As Ice

11. Shapes Of Black

12. The Girl In The Bloody Dress

13. Moving On

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Track List: Deadly Lullabyes (Live)

Disc 1

1. Funeral (Live)

2. A Mansion In Darkness (Live)

3. The Family Ghost (Live)

4. Black Horseman (Live)

5. Spare This Life (Live)

6. Mansion In Sorrow (Live)

7. Spirits (Live)

8. Sorry Dear (Live)

9. Eye Of The Witch (Live)

10. Sleepless Nights (Live)

Disc 2

1. The Puppet Master (Live)

2. Blood To Walk (Live)

3. So Sad (Live)

4. Living Dead (Live)

5. Welcome Home (Live)

6. The Invisible Guests (Live)

7. Burn (Live)

8. Halloween (Live)

9. Introductions (Live)

10. No Presents For Christmas (Live)

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Track List: The Puppet Master

1. Midnight

2. The Puppet Master

3. Magic

4. Emerencia

5. Blue Eyes

6. The Ritual

7. No More Me

8. Blood To Walk

9. Darkness

10. So Sad

11. Christmas

12. Living Dead

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Track List: The Best Of King Diamond

1. The Candle

2. Charon

3. Halloween

4. No Presents For Christmas

5. Arrival

6. A Mansion In Darkness

7. The Family Ghost

8. Abigail

9. Welcome Home

10. The Invisible Guests

11. Tea

12. At The Graves

13. Sleepless Nights

14. Eye Of The Witch

15. Burn

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Track List: House Of God

1. Upon The Cross

2. The Trees Have Eyes

3. Follow The Wolf

4. House Of God

5. Black Devil

6. The Pact

7. Goodbye

8. Just A Shadow

9. Help!!!

10. Passage To Hell

11. Catacomb

12. This Place Is Terrible

13. Peace Of Mind

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Track List: Voodoo

1. Louisiana Darkness

2. LOA House

3. Life After Death

4. Voodoo

5. A Secret

6. Salem

7. One Down Two To Go

8. Sending Of Dead

9. Sarah's Night

10. The Exorcist

11. Unclean Spirits

12. Cross Of Baron Samedi

13. If They Only Knew

14. Aftermath

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Track List: The Graveyard

1. The Graveyard

2. Black Hill Sanitarium

3. Waiting

4. Heads On The Wall

5. Whispers

6. I'm Not A Stranger

7. Digging Graves

8. Meet Me At Midnight

9. Sleep Tight Little Baby

10. Daddy

11. Trick Or Treat

12. Up From The Grave

13. I Am

14. Lucy Forever

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Track List: The Spider's Lullabye (Deluxe Version)

1. From The Other Side

2. Killer

3. The Poltergeist

4. Dreams

5. Moonlight

6. Six Feet Under

7. The Spider's Lullaby

8. Eastmann's Cure

9. Room 17

10. To The Morgue

11. Moonlight (Demo)

12. From The Other Side (Demo)

13. The Spider's Lullabye (Demo)

14. Dreams (Demo)

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Track List: The Eye

1. Eye Of The Witch

2. The Trial (Chambre Ardent)

3. Burn

4. Two Little Girls

5. Into The Convent

6. Father Picard

7. Behind These Walls

8. The Meetings

9. Insanity

10. 1642 Imprisonment

11. The Curse

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Track List: Conspiracy

1. At The Graves

2. Sleepless Nights

3. Lies

4. A Visit From The Dead

5. The Wedding Dream

6. Amon Belongs To Them

7. Something Weird

8. Victimized

9. Let It Be Done

10. Cremation

11. At The Graves (Alternate Mix)

12. Cremation (Live Show Mix)

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Track List: Them (Reissue)

1. Out From The Asylum

2. Welcome Home

3. The Invisible Guests

4. Tea

5. Mother's Getting Weaker

6. Bye, Bye Missy

7. A Broken Spell

8. The Accusation Chair

9. Them

10. Twilight Symphony

11. Coming Home

12. Phone Call

13. The Invisible Guests (Rehearsal)

14. Bye, Bye Missy (Rehearsal)

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Track List: Abigail

Disc 1

1. Funeral

2. Arrival

3. A Mansion In Darkness

4. The Family Ghost

5. The 7th Day Of July 1777

6. Omens

7. The Possession

8. Abigail

9. Black Horsemen

10. Shrine

11. A Mansion In Darkness (Rough Mix)

12. The Family Ghost (Rough Mix)

13. The Possession (Rough Mix)

Disc 2
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Track List: Fatal Portrait

1. The Candle

2. The Jonah

3. The Portrait

4. Dressed In White

5. Charon

6. Lurking In The Dark

7. Halloween

8. Voices From The Past

9. Haunted

10. No Presents For Christmas

11. The Lake

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King diamond is the best can't wait till the new music to come out from them
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I remember listening to."them" on my walkman over and over in 88,seen "welcome home"video on mtv and my love for KING started.Damn I was 16
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18 is actually 9
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same
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hansonsracin g
I was King Diamond last Halloween:)
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King Diamond es el mero Crack...
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Aside from looking like a harlequin gimp.... yeh legendary vocals.... too sad he doesnt praise and glorify the One who Designed them.
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King diamond is best ever and always will be nobody can touch this guy. Don't worry he willlll be coming out with a new album don't worry and it will be the best ever.
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Cnthem for this album at jaxx any one remember that was the last time cn him it will not be last if he tous again hail satan
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King Diamond's Abigail album is a masterpiece
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reaganwehrma n
King rules! \m/
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King Diamond is such a great singer!
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slighphox
Can't support KING'S Beliefs; Yet, I listen to "KING DIAMMOND" Almost EVERY day. No Voice, No sound compairs. Legendary
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King kik's a**!
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mfijut0
Mikkeydee from diamond now with scorps
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King diamond is a bad a$$ singer. Even with mercyful fate. All hail the king. Give a two horned salute.
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No pipe organs in Rock. You should know better king. I'm sure your pal Satan would agree.
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King diamond rocks. Love the gutair riffs. The album "them" is the best.
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GENE can eat s**t ,He is an egotistic dumb a**, and yes Lars also, sniffy sniff will do that, real peeps now Mercyful fn Fate ,wow rudely under rated by s**t heads who dont no instruments and skill , i mean f n a Melissa bad a** album was an addiction a good one
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WELCOME HOME :) by this here band

Is Kooh , it's a song :/ called name

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King diamond rips Gene Simmons a new a**hole.
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Gene Simmons is a whiner,...ju s t as Lars Ulrich.....M e g a money,and cryin over b.s. nuff said.
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mstrickhouse r 4
Forced to see KISS at 19. Wore a King Diamond tee shirt, got flipped off by Gene Simmons. Great night.
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rvwainscott
I was lucky enough to see King Diamond several times while living in Germany. Big crowds over in Germany - not so big crowds here in the United States.
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Woah update this list Pandora. How dare you?
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gomezinsulat i o n
F simmons
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Them was a land mark album must have
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Them will be on Pandora soon!
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Stil waiting for the "them" album. That was always one of my favorite ones.
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Welcome to the astral plane Mr. Diamond, I'm king Alexanderite , the party is waiting....
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King rulez no. Lie
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ginackri8
Abigail is still my favorite metal album I wore out two copies when it came out
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Awesome saw them in 1989
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mfijut0
Abigail one of the best cds
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mfijut0
The master king diamond!
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mickkey dee !!! awesome drummer !
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Always had phenomenal musicians/ba n d ! Andy La Rocque is badass!!
Got to meet all of 'em when they were in town for a show (Conspiracy Tour). Still have a cassette (lol) somewhere w/all their autographs!! Awesome guys!!!
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King is musically fukn awsome,and lyrically incredible. Conspiracy is the best album
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F kiss
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The Eye ??????
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That's awesome windy.
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Graveyard
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Voodoo
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Hell yeah King Diamond!!!
Yep Them is a bad a** album
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Yeah, where's the "them" album? That's a killer one.
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Them ?????
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where is all of his other good albums like The Eye,The Graveyard,an d Voodoo those are other good albums that are not on here Pandora !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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Long live king! Hail satan! Merciful fate . love u guy's forever !
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Wanna know what's funny??? I'm a half breed/ mixed/ malado black & Italian chic that lovez king Diamond Mercyful fate Godsmack system of the down !!!! I f**kin' love all that s**t !!"" Makes me wanna scream hey dumb a** judging the book by its cover is stupid as f**k!!!! My ultimate fav iz definatly Godsmack
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reaganwehrma n
Saw King in Atlanta for the Abigail tour. SO AWESOME!!!!
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