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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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King,,,I have finely found my boy,,,,im home
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Used to do a lot of cocainetofat a l p o r t r a i t
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Fatal portrait and abigailthebe s t
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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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they should make horror films out of his concept albums
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King diamond will kick your a**
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Where is "them" his best album!?
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I really wish Pandora would put the album" them" on here.we're loving some king diamond down here in Daytona beach Florida
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This man is the best ever to play n sing music seen him total of nine times voodoo tour the best Daytona md
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This song is good
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King diamond has sooooo many GREAT songs.he's a musical genius, in my mind
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Where is the album" them"? That one should be on the discography.
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metalnorm
yes indeed he is KING \m/
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Can't wait to see him next week at FUN FUN FUN Fest here in Austin Texas.
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Conspiracy is an awesome album.sure does bring back memories.
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Love the guitar in all his songs
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Hell I wish I could sing like Petersen.
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Seriously Pandora put all his albums up
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KING DIAMOND ROCKS!
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They really need all of his albums on here....
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What the F**k. Why would you advertise or brag about something like that. You are the ultimate waste and self induced decay of life.
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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 . . . .
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just married a girl named Abigail, grandma would be so proud...
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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!!
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tallmadge78
Only two kings king diamond and burger king I want a whopper and fries.
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I think a album is missing anyways hell yeah King Diamond. \m/
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666pick up sticks.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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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
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minus1970
wheres the eye????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? /
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King will always be the King...
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jjbraunius
KD called thrash? Come on reviewer, its speed at best!
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Where's The Spider's Lullaby? That was a great album
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King Diamond thrash and satainism Seen Peter Gilmore and Lavey Praising the King!!! all hail SATAN....
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dcpaintingin c
Sacrifice thé virgin now
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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!
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The mixture of the instruments and his voice go perfectly with each other !! Good vocals .
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tp77720127
Mercyful Fate was thrash?
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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.
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jr42499
I got to agree on the THEM thing. They have Conspiracy tho whoch is the2nd half....
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where the f**k is THEM!!!
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Guys THEM is missing from discography! ! ! ! ! @ @ @ @
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tristanhi88
i hope the kiiike gene the jewboy simmons dies fuuuuck zogs hail satan lucifer killz jews muslims and christians
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Them is his best by far!
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