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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, Rovi
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Wanna hear some s**t CutThroat??? I had a full~term stillborn daughter named AbigailGrace K e n n e a l l y on May15, 2009...NO Bullshit I can be found on FB & send you a photo of the gravestone (RIP AGK) The King would have a fu#ckin' field day! Talk about a FatalPortrai t . . . .
just married a girl named Abigail, grandma would be so proud...
My parents were right!! Back in 1988 they said it starts with Listening to King Diamond and before long your hanging out nude in the basement tweaking your nipples and s**t.. F**k my nipples are sore!!
tallmadge78
Only two kings king diamond and burger king I want a whopper and fries.
I think a album is missing anyways hell yeah King Diamond. \m/
666pick up sticks.
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Not a very accurate bio. In the late 70's king formed a band called "Black Rose", which evolved into Mercyful Fate. A few years back he released the Black Rose on CD & its titled "20 years ago A night of rehearsal". A great CD too
minus1970
wheres the eye????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? /
King will always be the King...
jjbraunius
KD called thrash? Come on reviewer, its speed at best!
Where's The Spider's Lullaby? That was a great album
King Diamond thrash and satainism Seen Peter Gilmore and Lavey Praising the King!!! all hail SATAN....
dcpaintingin c
Sacrifice thé virgin now
Got every king diamond,merc y f u l fate records ever recorded saw him 4 times.he is the god of metal!no one better long live the king!
The mixture of the instruments and his voice go perfectly with each other !! Good vocals .
tp77720127
Mercyful Fate was thrash?
drpeterlanda u
I AM A CHRISTIAN. KING DIAMOND RULES. EVEN A VAMPIRE KNOWS WHAT A CROSS MEANS! TOO BAD ALL THE hypochristia n s HAVE GIVEN US A BAD NAME. ?Judgemental MENTALMIGDET S from HELL.
jr42499
I got to agree on the THEM thing. They have Conspiracy tho whoch is the2nd half....
where the f**k is THEM!!!
Guys THEM is missing from discography! ! ! ! ! @ @ @ @
tristanhi88
i hope the kiiike gene the jewboy simmons dies fuuuuck zogs hail satan lucifer killz jews muslims and christians
Them is his best by far!
tnt4ever2009
Hows about amon,and where is grandma...an y o n e want a cup of tea
Cranking King D. since 1986, bow to the master!!!
wramirez04
WFT!?! Where is the rest of the Discograhpy. . .
I'm wondering where Them is ?
yes the finest
how about spiders lullaby? pandora forgets my favorite albums... i guess it isnt all-knowing
afogleman
Gene is a b**ch. Period. King has all the respect Gene never got.
a man who has stayed true to his style. been listening to him since Abigail came out in the mid 80s, don't think I'll ever stop either.
kick asss metal with a killer fukkin voice too !!! hails to the KING !!! \M/ \M/

the King rules supreme over the the sabbath and the music
G-DAMN girl baddabing is right i chekcd out your profile nice pick oh yeah all hail da king haha almost 4got wow
All Hail The King!!
King Of The Night Time Diamond!
Grandma..... . . . . . . . . ! ! ! ! Abigail was one of the best 80's metal albums - period!
He is awesome live...
I want to see the King in concert so bad, I want the Magic come to life. THERE IS ONLY 1 KING and THEY CALL HIM KING DIAMOND!!!!!
ya diamond, dickinson, dio, Klaus Meine- but theres something about diamond n dickinson baby ♣
King Diamond is a metal opera, make sure to check out Mercyful Fate an earlier band of KING'S!!!
ummm...i like the King and all, but do not feel he is the best metal singer nor widely regarded as the best metal singer. vocal range aside, which is among the best for sure, but add the quality and richness of metal vocals and this package is best personified by Halford, Tate, Dickinson, Matijevic, Dio and Harnell.
>LONG LIVE THE KING!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
bea.t.gonzal e s
MY EX TURNED ME ONTO TO KING DIAMOND, I LOVE HIS MUSIC. HIS MUSIC LITERALLY TURNS ME ON!
both dio and king diamond are awesome-i like the scary uniqueness and sheer kookinees of king diamond's music a bit better-its more risky...rain b o w - g i v e me a break-basica l l the king doesn't give a f**k-is anybody there ?
Diamond by far the greatest ever. Dio is a better singer CHILD PLEASE. No one can even compare to King Diamond. He's the Man!
greg.fee65
Got to meet the KING in"84", for the Oath. He was a stand up guy,long live King Diamond.
King Diamond was rushed to the hospital last week where doctors discovered he had been suffering several mild heart attacks due to blockage in his heart.He was immediately admitted for open heart surgery.The surgery went well and doctors even stated he is the first patient they seen that walked out of the hospital on his own just a day after that kind of surgery.Can' t say it surprises me,the guy is supernatural on stage why in the world would I think it is any different in his normal day to day?
jiggyjag
not to be confused with Master Of Puppets... nice variety. i like it, but Dio is a bette singer. \m/
drewspcd
mercyful fate Harpos Detroit made your ears bleed.very cool
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