King Diamond – Songs For The Dead Live

King Diamond – Songs For The Dead Live
March 2019

Released: January 25th, 2019 / Metal Blade Records
Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

The mighty King is back! Well, in a sense. While King is putting the finishing touches on some new material for us to devour, we get a glimpse of His Majesty on tour in 2015-16 while running through the states as well as European festivals.

I suppose this is a DVD release with an accompanying CD. Or a CD release with accompanying DVD. Either way, this is King Fuckin’ Diamond! And ye shall bow to the King in all his glory here as he not only delivers up some of the best of his solo career with a couple Mercyful Fate tracks, you the adoring listener, er, viewer are given ABIGAIL in its entirety. This is something that I am usually not in support of for most bands but when it comes to the King, that’s another story.

So SONGS FOR THE DEAD LIVE comes packaged in a nice little digipak. You get 2 full DVD shows from the tour with a CD version of one of the shows. The first DVD is the GRASPOP METAL MEETING which was recorded / filmed in 2016. The second DVD is from THE FILLMORE in Philadelphia, PA. The CD is also the Philly show.
I first listened to the CD one day while on a drive. A great listen as King and his band always is. The DVD I popped in first was the GRASPOP METAL MEETING. While it was a great show with superb sound and editing, the U.S. show in Philly was the better of the two. Even though the shows are pretty much identical in nature, the Philly show is more of an intimate setting. A true showing of King Diamond fans filled THE FILLMORE where I believe the GRASPOP show, although a much much larger audience may not have had the same feel as a true King Diamond show should have. And I’ve had the opportunity to see many.

The only confusing part of this release is the fact that both of the shows are basically the same. With the Philly show, you get to hear more crowd participation during the songs and the cameras seem to focus in on the fans a bit more. Where the GRASPOP show seems to do more panning of the audience as the venue itself is so massive. So you get two of the same shows with a slightly different feel, but all the same great King Diamond performance.

Being a big fan of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate, could there have been a better mix of songs? I’d say yes, but other fans may say no. With so many gems in his repertoire, it is one of those daunting tasks of trying to figure out what the fans want or need to hear to feel satisfied at the show. That and seeing as he performed ABIGAIL in its entirety it did not leave much room for many other songs to be played.

As always, King’s performance was superb. I cannot get over how great he sounds still to this day in a live setting. I don’t know how many of you have had the chance to catch him out on tour over the years, but if you have not, you are doing yourself a disservice as a fan of heavy metal. King’s shows are one of a kind and always hit the mark. And the band is as tight as ever. King has always recruited the best of the best in his band. A player needs to be to stand up there with the likes of him.

So we get no real new music on this one. But this is a true prequel to what is to come. It is King’s way of saying he is doing well and can still sing the shit out of his music like no others can.

ALL HAIL THE KING!



Tracks:
Disc 1 (DVD) – Live at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa (Mercyful Fate cover)
7. Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover)
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

Disc 2 (DVD) – Live at Graspop Metal Meeting
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Halloween
5. Eye of the Witch
6. Melissa (Mercyful Fate cover)
7. Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover)
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

Disc 3 (CD) – Live at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa (Mercyful Fate cover)
7. Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover)
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

Members:

Andy LaRocque – Guitars, Keyboards
King Diamond – Vocals, Keyboards
Mike Wead – Guitars
Matt Thompson – Drums
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Livia Zita – Vocals (additional)

Contact:
www.kingdiamondcoven.com

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