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King Diamond to release “Dreams of Horror” best of

October 7th, 2014

A 2xCD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy LaRocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month

King Diamond‘s “Dreams of Horror” is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.

Dreams of Horror” will be available on November 11th. Listen to “The Puppet Master” from disc 2 of “Dreams of Horror” and pre-order a copy now at metalblade.com/kingdiamond.

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Interview with Snowy Shaw

October 6th, 2014

Interview with Snowy Shaw

by JP

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Tell us a bit about the development of your new 25th Anniversary album, THE LIVESHOW!  Was it hard to pick which tunes to play live?

You mean the DVD/CD box. Naw, not at all, I just picked my favorite songs, although the hardest part was obviously all the ones I had to exclude in the set. But I made up for some of it for the second show where I selected a bunch of other songs, apart from the customary classics and hits that the audience expects. I’ll add more long forgotten, obscure and rarely performed numbers in the future, and that’s the charm of this concept. However, I couldn’t possibly include all the songs we played live on the DVD/CD. It was a matter of Killing your darlings, but not even me would stand a 5 hour long DVD,.. even if it was KISS ´76 or Manowar ´84.

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King Diamond talks ‘Don’t break the Oath’ and Best Of Resissues

September 20th, 2014
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King Diamond

Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ spoke to King Diamond as he was preparing for his North American tour in October 2014. King Diamond tells The Metal Voice about the ups and downs in the recording process of  the Mercyful Fate’s Classic ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ Album which is celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary.  King said, ”the engineer did not want us in the control room. It’s like being at the dentist sitting in the waiting room to be the next one called in.” It really annoyed me to not be in there to not see what he was doing(2:10) I said I  don’t care what the others are doing but I am not leaving.”

 

King Diamond goes on to tell ‘The Metal Voice’ about his plans to  release an Enhanced ‘Best of’ Reissue and an overhaul of his whole catalog in the near future. King told The Metal Voice,” I don’t like the Album versions that are out.(4:37) I want these albums to sound right for the future(7:50)

 

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KING DIAMOND – “THE TRUTH”; King responds to Hal Patino’s comments

July 20th, 2014
King Diamond

King Diamond

As posted by King Diamond:

When someone puts out extreme lies about you and your character, there comes a time when you put a stop to it.

This is that time.

In the following, I will prove everything I say and I challenge Hal Patino to do the same with what he said.

HAL’S STATEMENT: „I will not go into every detail, but the salary I was offered to headline Wacken Open Air, and the 4 other shows this summer was totally ridiculous.

Two days before the first rehearsal day, I wrote an e-mail explaining my view on that topic along with a proposal for a fair and realistic salary for these shows, For this, they accused me of’ “blackmailing” !!!

I found it disrespectful, and told them that if that is how I get treated after 19 years, we part immediately !!

So I already left the band on Thursday the 17th of July, by my own choice.”

First of all, I have no problem disclosing the band salary for the European shows. For these 5 shows, it is €1000 per festival show. This salary does not include per diems for days not played on (which is on top of the salary), plus all shipping, travel, maintenance, strings, drum sticks, insurance, hotel; in short, the company bears all expenses.

We do not headline Wacken Open Air. In reality, we don’t even headline the Black Stage. Sometimes the headliner is not the last band playing on a specific stage. As far as I know, Motorhead playing right before us are the headliner for Friday August 1st on the Black Stage.

After them, Slayer plays on the Main Stage and they are the Wacken headliner for Friday. Then we cool everything down on the Black Stage from midnight.

I don’t remember who cools down the Main Stage after us.

I’m not gonna get into details on how our registered company in Denmark is run, but it’s a full company with year round expenses, and if it wasn’t for Wacken this year, I could guarantee that there wouldn’t be a US tour in the autumn.

The two indoor shows in Berlin and Tilburg are straight losses, even if sold out.

On top of this comes EVERYTHING involved in a tour and our company is unfortunately not at the level of Megadeth, Slayer, etc, and can only offer what’s possible.

We can’t go and get loans in the bank to pay Hal’s salary, however minor it may seem.

If Hal didn’t find that satisfactory, no one kept him from leaving. I just wish he hadn’t brought this up on the very day/evening I arrived in Denmark (17th of July). He’s had an entire year to think about this, and he brings it up now.

An important fact with regard to the salaries is that the entire crew and band from last year’s European tour is identical to both the European shows we’re about to do now and the US shows later this year, except for Hal.

It seems everybody is satisfied with what the company can offer at this point, except for Hal.

It doesn’t interest me one way or another whether Hal quit the band or he was asked to leave. It’s exactly the same result.

It is interesting though that Hal shipped his gear at the company’s expense to the rehearsal facilities on the very date (17th of July) when he claims that he quit the band. We have the receipt for that with stamped date. You can also see in his official statement that he says that he was willing to try to fly in for some of the early rehearsals from Norway. We’re talking after the 17th of July, which again, doesn’t make sense. Why would he want to try to arrange to fly in for rehearsals from Norway after he already quit the band?

HAL’S STATEMENT: „It’s typical King to say that I’m fired – he did the same to me back in 1990 when he told the press that I was kicked out of the band due to lack of enthusiasm and drug problems.

That was NOT the reason … It was just Too much touring, King got dropped by Roadrunner Records, and I wanted to go in another direction.

He did the same to my best friends Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk.”

These are extremely insulting and pathetic lies.

First of all, would Hal EVER have come back to play for King Diamond if I had lied to the press about him being fired in 1990 due to drug problems?

Hal was taken back into the band, sometime after he had asked us in 2000 (I believe it was) at one of our rehearsals, which he was attending with his son, if he could ever get another chance. He swore he was totally clean and that he didn’t even drink anymore.

This, back then, made him a true hero to me, but this has of course changed now. I just don’t trust him enough anymore to rely on his contributions.

Next, can anybody explain to me what it means when Hal says that the reason he was fired was instead „too much touring”? What does this mean? When did anyone ever get fired for too much touring??

I would like Hal to present the letter from Roadrunner saying they were dropping us from the label, if he can. This is another outright lie.

Most of you already know that we bought our way out of Roadrunner by delivering to them „King Diamond Abigail LIVE 1987”, plus „Mercyful Fate – Return of the Vampire”. I also have the contract to prove this, and will gladly scan it in for all to see when I return to Dallas.

The whole problem with trust culminated while we were in the studio recording The Eye, at which time Ole Bang, Andy LaRocque and myself can vouch to the fact that Hal Patino was not to be found anywhere when he was supposed to lay down bass tracks. No one could find him, no matter how many phone calls we placed.

We ended up spending seven days watching the walls of expensive Sweet Silence studios in Denmark with absolutely nothing to do but sit and hope that Hal Patino would show up at some point.

This is actually part of the reason why we had to buy our way out from the Roadrunner contract. We were so under recouped that the label, with good reason I guess, wanted to take the over expenditure off our next recording budget.

This was simply not an option if we were to continue as a band at the time.

Seriously Hal, how dare you accuse me of having fired Mikkey Dee?! You might have forgotten, but both Andy and I remember very well Mikkey coming by Sweet Silence studios during The Eye recordings to play us the new Dokken album, which he had just recorded with them.

I have never uttered a bad word about Mikkey, whom I’ve always had the highest respect for, both as a drummer and as a person. And he knows that.

Pete Blakk had some problems like you during the recording of The Eye and the US tour prior to that, which at the time made him unreliable. A situation I think everybody knows he took care of in a very noble way.

HAL’S STATEMENT: „I am in Norway at the moment and will play two live shows with my other band, I told the KD camp that I would be able to fly back and forth so I did not miss the two first rehearsals – and the next thing I read is a statement from King where it says that I’m fired.”

Again, how is it possible to fire someone who has already quit???

LAST…

I would like to address Hal, if he reads this.

Personally, I don’t care if it says you quit, was let go, or whatever with regards to what has happened, but we will obviously never be working together again. There is no trust left.

We can stop it at that, or you can continue if you want, just don’t forget that I know so many of the people you associate with just as well as you, and I know what’s going on in your life.

Your real problem is really not what we’ve been talking about these past couple of days, right?

You know, in the end, I’m really trying to be nice about this.

King

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Ex-King Diamond Bassist Releases Statement About His Departure From The Band

July 19th, 2014
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It was announced earlier today that Hal Patino, bassist for King Diamond, had been fired from the band. No full explanation was given from the KD camp except that Hal was “relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.”

Hal posted the below statement to his official Facebook page today:

“After 19 years in King Diamond – bassist Hal Patino has decided to leave the group.

It’s sad that it had to end this way after – 19 years. I have always been 100% loyal to everyone in the band, and have always given my everything -onstage and offstage.

Since day one I have always had King Diamond as my nr. 1 priority. I’ve never ever missed any shows or rehearsals – my performances have always been well prepared (and I’ve always been ahead of the game). I have been a faithful friend to King, and kept my spirits up even in the toughest times.

I will not go into every detail, but the salary I was offered to headline Wacken Open Air, and the 4 other shows this summer was totally ridiculous.

Two days before the first rehearsal day, I wrote an e-mail explaining my view on that topic along with a proposal for a fair and realistic salary for these shows, For this, they accused me of’ “blackmailing” !!!
I found it disrespectful, and told them that if that is how I get treated after 19 years, we part immediately !!

So I already left the band on Thursday the 17th of July, by my own choice.

Of course it’s not the only reason why I have decided to leave. Problems already occurred during the last European tour. Suddenly there were rules for my stage clothes and my way of performing, and there were bad vibes because I promoted and helped my son’s band.

It’s typical King to say that I’m fired – he did the same to me back in 1990 when he told the press that I was kicked out of the band due to lack of enthusiasm and drug problems.

That was NOT the reason … It was just Too much touring, King got dropped by Roadrunner Records, and I wanted to go in another direction. He did the same to my best friends Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk.

I am in Norway at the moment and will play two live shows with my other band, I told the KD camp that I would be able to fly back and forth so I did not miss the two first rehearsals – and the next thing I read is a statement from King where it says that I’m fired.

I feel absolutely nothing for King Diamond and the band. I am proud to have been part of the classic albums, and the glory days in the 80’s. And that’s all!!

I really appreciate all the messages I have received from so many people, and I just want you to know that I’m busy with my new band Nordic Beast, with Mikkey Dee, John Norum & Co.

I got my other projects Ammunition, and the Rock’ N Roll adventure, and I’m playing and writing with my son Maryann Cotton who’s working with Dick Wagner and Alice Cooper on his new album.

I’m a permanent member of the band, and I’ve written 30% of the album together with Maryann. It’s going to be a full concept album in the spirit of Alice Cooper’s Welcome To my Nightmare.

I’m also planning a solo project for the future.

I hope that many of the “die hard fans” that I’ve met over the years, understand my decision to leave the band. – Thank you all.
See you on tour with my other projects and bands. Rock ‘N Roll !

Hal Patino”

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KING DIAMOND: Bass Player Hal Patino “Relieved Of His Duties”

July 19th, 2014
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King Diamond

KING DIAMOND has announced the following via their official Facebook page:

“Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.

This will have NO negative impact on our upcoming shows whatsoever.
On the contrary.

King”

KING DIAMOND are due to start a North American tour in October, check the dates below:

KING DIAMOND
North American Tour 2014
10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage – http://goo.gl/C4E7p8
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore – http://goo.gl/H0lVSU
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre – http://goo.gl/EfiFfu
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium – http://goo.gl/8XuLsh
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia – http://goo.gl/2AJPmp
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy – http://goo.gl/eSKKn1
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – http://goo.gl/7qhTp6
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre – http://goo.gl/3yVQmj
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant – http://goo.gl/RH1n4X
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre – http://goo.gl/2Sxf3a
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex – http://goo.gl/B5umz7
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre – http://goo.gl/jbkX5e
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield – http://goo.gl/mfhqOn
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern – http://goo.gl/Dn3DSC
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues – http://goo.gl/S8vBO5
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre – http://goo.gl/rhirDc
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues – http://goo.gl/ZcIm8K
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues – http://goo.gl/WjzuTW
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores – http://goo.gl/lOeIXc

 

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

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KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

June 23rd, 2014
KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

King Diamond has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: the band will return to North America for a full tour this Fall! The tour will wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and begins on October 11 in Atlanta, GA. A limited edition King Diamond jacket will be available through the SHOWstubs.com fan club presale, which begins tomorrow, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.

King Diamond will be joined on stage, of course, by long time band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Weed, Hal Pacino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will be bearing witness to the band’s full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band’s entire history. A special guest supporting act for the tour will be announced at a later date.

KING DIAMOND
North American Tour 2014
10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 7-8 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores

KING DIAMOND
On tour in Europe this summer
25/07 Stockholm, SE Gröna Lund
28/07 Berlin, DE Huxleys Neue Welt
30/07 Tilburg, NL 013 Poppodium
01/08 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/08 Oulu, FI Jalometalli

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BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2013

September 1st, 2013

Bloodstock Open Air 2013

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

8th – 11th August 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe & Ben Spencer

Photography by Michelle Murphy


Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.

Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!

This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.

Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.

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Tuska Open Air – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 29th, 2013

Tuska festival

TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW  BY CHRISTER USENIUS

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.

Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be  witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.

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Copenhell Festival 2013 Refshaleoen Copenhagen,Denmark

July 31st, 2013

 Copenhell Festival 2013

Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
14-15/6 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had  outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »

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COPENHELL Festival

June 30th, 2013

Copenhell Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 14th – 15th 2013

By Ellen Norvang

Copenhell

There is not much rotten in the state of Denmark this sunny Friday afternoon as the metal festival Copenhell, for the fourth time, is about to take place in the heart of the capital Copenhagen. 10.000 metal-fans are fitted into a playground of everything related to the Scandinavian metal-scene; Vikings, burning churches and a small cemetery for your resting pleasure. The gates to hell have once again opened and this year with an ever so growing and bigger line-up than the previous years.
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King Diamond and Volbeat Release Free Download

April 5th, 2013


Volbeat’s latest album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, features a guest appearance from the legendary King Diamond.

Today, King Diamond and Volbeat are pleased to release the Jacob Hansen mastered version of this track, titled “Room 24″, as a FREE download gift to the fans.

Fans can download the track in full-quality HERE.

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KING DIAMOND Clarifies Graspop Metal Meeting Appearance

December 21st, 2012
King Diamond Live @ Sweden Rock

King Diamond Live @ Sweden Rock

KING DIAMOND has issued the following tour update regarding the Graspop Metal Meeting 2013, taking place in Dessel, Belgium June 28th – 30th:

“Quite a few people have had some questions regarding our performance at the Graspop Festival in Belgium. Here is how I understand it:
IRON MAIDEN headlines Stage 1 on June 30th. We headline Stage 2, which is called Marquee 1, also on June 30th, but after Iron Maiden’s performance. Initially, we were only offered a one-hour slot on the Marquee 1 stage, before Iron Maiden would play Stage 1. We respectfully declined the offer, since we would not have been able to do our full set. In the meantime, Iron Maiden has requested to play earlier (time slots 9 pm – 11 pm) on Stage 1, which opened up a time slot on the Marquee 1 stage after Iron Maiden’s performance, which would give us the opportunity to play our full show anyway. We have accepted that offer.

So: Iron Maiden will headline Stage 1 in time slot 9 pm – 11 pm.
King Diamond will headline Marquee 1 stage in time slot after Iron Maiden, performing our full headline show.”

King Diamond recently signed a new three-album worldwide record deal with Metal Blade Records.

Says band namesake King Diamond: “This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before. Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening. Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!

King Diamond’s 30-plus year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album, Give Me Your Soul…Please, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature brand of heavy metal from the mind of King Diamond and the talented group of musicians in tow: Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.

Updates to follow. More on King Diamond here.

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15 new acts confirmed for Graspop Metal Meeting

December 21st, 2012

According to the Mayan calendar the world was supposed to end today, so if you’re reading this it’s safe to assume the Mayans were way off base. Just as well, too, because GMM2013 will shake Dessel to its foundations and we’ve got 15 new confirmations to help us do just that: Korn, Bullet For My Valentine, King Diamond, Testament, Hellyeah, Ghost, Katatonia, Caliban, Moonspell, Unleashed, Entombed, Red Fang, Amaranthe, Veil Of Maya and Varg.

Our best season’s greetings and a fantastic start to the new year!

About the new names:
With King Diamond we’re adding a legendary band to our 2013 lineup. The Danish heavy metal band around the eponymous lead singer arose in the mid-eighties from the ashes of another legendary metal act called Mercyful Fate and quickly rose to prominence. King Diamond’s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over! The most receKingDiamondnt release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album ‘Give Me Your Soul … Please’, stands as one fo the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. You will be treated to the largest and most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror concepts from multiple albums will be used in the décor! Feast your eyes and ears on this creative centipede at GMM2013!

Korn and Bullet For My Valentine need no introduction and we’re pleased to welcome these three household names back to our festival. Why? Because they’re popular as hell, they enjoy playing here and they deserve it. Welcome back guys!

Red Fang is a catchy heavy stoner rock band. After several successful tours supporting Mastodon and a first headlining tour in 2012, these guys are more than ready to make their mark on the major European festival stages.

For thirty years, the mighty Testament has been a tower of strength in the thrash landscape. Ever since the release of their epic debut ‘The Legacy’, the band around Eric Peterson and Chuck Billy has been a force to be reckoned with. Five years after their last GMM performance these thrash pioneers are back to treat us to the best of three decades of uncompromising thrash.

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King Diamond Signs Worldwide Record Deal With Metal Blade Records

December 3rd, 2012
King Diamond Live @ Sweden Rock

King Diamond Live @ Sweden Rock 2012

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that Grammy Award nominated KING DIAMOND has signed a new 3 album worldwide record deal with the label.

“This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before.

Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening.

Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!”

Stay Heavy,
King Diamond

KING DIAMOND is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific personality ever in heavy metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore; KING DIAMOND, the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and now again, the future of heavy metal.

In August of 2008, KING DIAMOND joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the Garage, Inc. album. Additionally, KING DIAMOND was featured alongside Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica in 2009.

By 2012, KING DIAMOND was prepared to return to the stage for a select number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France and Sweden. Fans at these festivals were treated to the largest and most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror concepts from multiple albums were used in the décor; fans can rest-assured that this show will only get larger and more impressive at future performances.

KING DIAMOND’s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album Give Me Your Soul…Please, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature brand of heavy metal from the mind of KING DIAMOND and the talented group of musicians in tow: Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.

For news, updates, and all things King Diamond, go to: www.kingdiamondcoven.com

Official King Diamond links:
http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com
http://www.kingdiamondstore.com
https://twitter.com/realkingdiamond
http://www.youtube.com/realkingdiamond
https://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondofficial
http://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondmercyfulfateofficial

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