King Diamond

King Diamond

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This page is for the band King Diamond, all credits for the person King Diamond is to be put under King Diamond (2).

The King Diamond band was formed in 1985 by Danish vocalist King Diamond following the break-up of his previous band, Mercyful Fate. The original line-up consisted of Diamond, his former Mercyful Fate bandmates Michael Denner (guitar) and Timi Hansen (bass), and Swedes Mikkey Dee (drums) and Andy LaRoque (guitar). This line-up lasted for 2 albums before Denner and Hansen departed, the first of many line-up changes for the band. To date, LaRoque is the only musician besides King Diamond to appear on every King Diamond band release.

With the King Diamond band, King traded the occult-based and blasphemous lyrics of Mercyful Fate for a gothic horror approach. Almost all of the lyrics on King Diamond's albums revolve around a specific story. Only the band's debut, "Fatal Portrait", and 1995's "Spider's Lullaby" stray from this formula, although, even in those cases, several of the songs on the albums feature lyrics that are related to each other. In 2003, Hungarian vocalist Livia Zita was brought onboard to provide female vocals. It marked the first time that King Diamond worked with another vocalist on any of his projects (excluding any guest appearances he made on other artist's projects). King and Livia were later married.

The group saw their commercial success reach its peak in the mid and late 1980's, and their second album, "Abigail" is now considered a heavy metal classic. The group was also a target for parents and watchdog groups who objected to King Diamond's image and what they perceived to be questionable content (although the latter was mostly based on the King's work with Mercyful Fate and his personal connections to Anton LaVey's Church of Satan). The band has continued to work steadily, although they have been on hold in recent years because of King Diamond's health issues, which include back surgery (in 2007) and a triple-bypass (in 2010).
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King Diamond Discography

Albums

RR 9721 King Diamond Fatal Portrait (Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9721 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
RR 9622 King Diamond Abigail (Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9622 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
JRPL-1015, RR-9550 King Diamond "Them" (Album) Roadrunner Records JRPL-1015, RR-9550 South Korea 1988 Sell This Version
LMY-7 35719b King Diamond Conspiracy (Album) Roadrunner Records LMY-7 35719b 1989 Sell This Version
RRD 9346 King Diamond The Eye (Album) Roadrunner Records RRD 9346 US 1990 Sell This Version
CRC RRC 9287 King Diamond In Concert 1987 - Abigail (Album) Roadracer Records CRC RRC 9287 US 1991 Sell This Version
14994-2 King Diamond The Spider's Lullabye (Album) Metal Blade Records 14994-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
MAS CD0103 King Diamond The Graveyard (Album) Metal Blade Records MAS CD0103 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
MAS CD0155 King Diamond Voodoo (Album) Massacre Records MAS CD0155 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
3984-14308-2 King Diamond House Of God (Album) Metal Blade Records 3984-14308-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
3984-14379-2 King Diamond Abigail II: The Revenge (Album) Metal Blade Records 3984-14379-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
ROC 066-02 King Diamond The Puppet Master (Album) Massacre Records ROC 066-02 Romania 2003 Sell This Version
3984-14499-2 King Diamond Deadly Lullabyes (Live) (Album, Comp) Massacre Records 3984-14499-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
MAS PC 0540 King Diamond Give Me Your Soul... Please (Album) Massacre Records MAS PC 0540 Germany 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RR 125485 King Diamond No Presents For Christmas (Single) Roadrunner Records RR 125485 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
RR 65484 King Diamond Halloween (Single) Roadracer Records, Greenworld Records RR 65484 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
RR 125476 King Diamond The Family Ghost (Single, Maxi) Roadracer Records RR 125476 US 1987 Sell This Version
RR 2455, RR-2455 King Diamond The Dark Sides (Maxi, EP, Comp) Roadracer Records RR 2455, RR-2455 USA & Canada 1988 Sell This Version
RR 2456 King Diamond It's Time For Tea(12", Promo, S/Sided, Red) Roadracer Records RR 2456 US 1988 Sell This Version
RR-2460 King Diamond Welcome Home(12", Promo) Roadracer Records RR-2460 US 1988 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 25 King Diamond Eye Of The Witch (Single) Roadracer Records RR PROMO 25 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version

Compilations

RR 91172 King Diamond / Mercyful Fate King Diamond / Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting (Comp, Album) Roadrunner Records RR 91172 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
MAS SHO198 King Diamond Massacre's Classix Shape Edition (MiniAlbum, Comp) Massacre Records MAS SHO198 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CLAS 0100 King Diamond Nightmares In The Nineties (Comp) Massacre Records CLAS 0100 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
MAS BX0289 King Diamond Decade Of Horror(4xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic + Box, Comp) Massacre Records MAS BX0289 Germany 2001 Sell This Version