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

King Diamond Fatal Portrait (Album) Roadrunner Records Europe 1986 Sell This Version
King Diamond Abigail (Album) Roadrunner Records Europe 1987 Sell This Version
King Diamond "Them" (Album) Roadrunner Records USA & Canada 1988 Sell This Version
King Diamond Conspiracy (Album) Roadrunner Records 1989 Sell This Version
King Diamond The Eye (Album) Roadrunner Records US 1990 Sell This Version
King Diamond In Concert 1987 - Abigail (Album) Roadracer Records US 1991 Sell This Version
King Diamond The Spider's Lullabye (Album) Metal Blade Records Argentina 1995 Sell This Version
King Diamond The Graveyard (Album) Metal Blade Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
King Diamond Voodoo (Album) Massacre Records Germany 1998 Sell This Version
King Diamond House Of God (Album) Metal Blade Records US 2000 Sell This Version
King Diamond Abigail II: The Revenge (Album) Metal Blade Records US 2002 Sell This Version
King Diamond The Puppet Master (Album) Massacre Records Romania 2003 Sell This Version
King Diamond Deadly Lullabyes (Live) (Album) Massacre Records US 2004 Sell This Version
King Diamond Give Me Your Soul... Please (Album) Massacre Records Germany 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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

Compilations

King Diamond / Mercyful Fate King Diamond / Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting (Comp, Album) Roadrunner Records Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
King Diamond Massacre's Classix Shape Edition (MiniAlbum, Comp) Massacre Records Germany 1999 Sell This Version
King Diamond Nightmares In The Nineties (Comp) Massacre Records Poland 2001 Sell This Version
MAS BX0289, MAS PD0062, MAS PD0103, MAS PD0155, MAS PD0233/0002338 MAR King Diamond Decade Of Horror(4xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic + Box, Comp) Massacre Records, Massacre Records, Massacre Records, Massacre Records, Massacre Records MAS BX0289, MAS PD0062, MAS PD0103, MAS PD0155, MAS PD0233/0002338 MAR Germany 2001 Sell This Version