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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
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Selected Discography

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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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I might cover abigail with my band
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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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Killed it in salt lake city last night
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He killed it last night in denver!!!
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The king has most unique voice can't be copied I have listened to him for years
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No one has ever compared to his voice
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one of the greatest vocalist of all time
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He still does
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King diamond is the real s**t,I wish he's still performing
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bugcliff99
Love this
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Mr diamond you are the very best singer n will c u for Abigail tour atlanta
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If I weren't for king diamond and merciful fate, I wouldn't be the metal monster I am!!! ������������
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rvwainscott
Simply one of the all time greats.
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bengrady23
Just saw King Diamond at Meyhem Fest 2015. He was f*cking awesome!
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Wow Pandora he has more albums
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More albums than this ????????
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He is no paltry Duke or Baron
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Saw King a few weeks ago with Slayer in San Diego. He is even Better than the first time I saw him in the 90's! Stay Heavy
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It ok
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Where "Them and "The Eye" those are both good albums that they need to put on here
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\m/ King Diamond \m/
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They need to put up the "them" album. I thought that was a masterpiece.
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King diamond is awesome!! Merciful fate is great too
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Great s**t
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Kiss sucks! Simmons. what an untalented sob. To sue over makeup...
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anthony64702
merciful fate stuff is good too!!!
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King,,,I have finely found my boy,,,,im home
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mfijut0
Used to do a lot of cocainetofat a l p o r t r a i t
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mfijut0
Fatal portrait and abigailthebe s t
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mfijut0
King diamond rules
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Been a Fan sense I was 13 years old...I'm now 41,,,I also named my daughter ABIGAIL and my daughter had her first child and named my granddaughte r DIAMOND....j u s t LOVE him to my last breathe that I will take...✌����
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one.djraptur e
Been seeing King Diamond since 1986 @ Milwaukee, WI. ...since b-4 Metal-fest #1 and ALMOST ALL of them thereafter , and a few times at other 5-25 band gigs-N-conce r t s :)
King F**kin' Diamond Kicks A** :) ☆☆☆☆☆
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Seeing King Diamond live on multiple occasions will always be some of my favorite memories. Such great shows!
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He'll yeah!! How do you have King without "THEM"?
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Great KING song! Even better album!
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Barry, you are a piece of s**t. Your gayness towards King Diamond outweighs your respect for your own stillborn daughter. Those aren't bragging rights, dude. Having a stillborn daughter named Abigail isn't an achievement. It just means your genes suck and they shouldn't be duplicated. I'm cool with that. Die.
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