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Andy Larocque
ANDY LAROCQUE (real name ANDERS ALLHAGE, born 29 November 1962, Gothenburg
Gothenburg
, Sweden
Sweden
) is best known as a guitarist, songwriter, and occasional synth player for the band King Diamond
King Diamond
. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Discography * 2.1 With E.F. Band * 2.2 With King Diamond
King Diamond
* 2.3 With Death * 2.4 With IllWill * 2.5 With X-World/5 * 2.6 As guest musician * 2.7 As producer * 2.7.1 Compilations * 3 References * 4 External links BIOGRAPHYLaRocque started in the Swedish hard rock band Swedish Beauty that later switched names to Swedish Erotica . He also played on the Death album Individual Thought Patterns and the IllWill album Evilution , along with other former members of Mercyful Fate
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Extended Play
An EXTENDED PLAY record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single , but is usually unqualified as an album or LP . EPs generally do not contain as many tracks as albums, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca of _ The Denver Post _ said, "EPs—originally extended-play 'single' releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk and indie bands." In the United Kingdom , the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of length or four tracks (not counting alternative versions of featured songs, if present)
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The Dark Sides
THE DARK SIDES is a compilation of King Diamond
King Diamond
songs, released in 1988 by Roadrunner Records. This album contains five tracks (and an outro), released on previous albums, but are mostly unrelated in their stories (as King's albums were concept albums ). CONTENTS * 1 Controversy * 2 Track listing * 3 Credits * 4 References CONTROVERSYThe album cover featured King Diamond
King Diamond
with face paint that resembled KISS bassist Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
' "Demon". Simmons claimed that King's face paint was copyright infringement and sued him. The lawsuit was eventually dropped when King changed his design
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Conspiracy (King Diamond Album)
CONSPIRACY is a name of a concept album by King Diamond
King Diamond
, being the second part of a story that begun on the album "Them ". It was released in 1989. The song "Cremation" appears in the 2009 video game Brütal Legend
Brütal Legend
. Conspiracy was the last album to feature original drummer Mikkey Dee (however, he was only a studio musician at that time). CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Track listing * 3 Remaster bonus tracks * 4 Personnel * 5 Guests * 6 References PLOTIn this sequel to "Them ", an adult King returns to the House of Amon to reclaim his rightful place as heir to the house. However, unanswered questions about his sister's death, his mother's involvement with his diabolical therapist, and his own madness all prove to be difficult if not insurmountable obstacles
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The Eye (King Diamond Album)
THE EYE is a concept album by King Diamond
King Diamond
released in 1990. It continues to feature a major storyline such as other King Diamond albums, though it is told differently. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Track listing * 3 Personnel * 4 References PLOT This section DOES NOT CITE ANY SOURCES . Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed . (November 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message )His two prior concept albums had been told from the perspective of the protagonists; this one is told from the view of a narrator. The themes of Christian atrocity with the persecution of alleged witches and sexual abuse against nuns are present. The story is almost entirely historically accurate, including the names of the actual characters (except for the storyline about the "Eye necklace", which is fiction)
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In Concert 1987
A CONCERT is a live music performance in front of an audience . A RECITAL is a concert by a soloist or small group which follows a program , such as featuring the works of a single composer (organ recital ). A RECITALIST is a musician who gives frequent recitals. The invention of the solo piano recital has been attributed to Franz Liszt . The performance may be by a single musician , sometimes then called a recital, or by a musical ensemble , such as an orchestra , choir , or band . Concerts are held in a wide variety and size of settings, from private houses and small nightclubs , dedicated concert halls , entertainment centres and parks to large multipurpose buildings, and even sports stadiums . Indoor concerts held in the largest venues are sometimes called arena concerts or amphitheatre concerts. Informal names for a concert include show and gig
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Them (King Diamond Album)
"THEM" is the third studio album by King Diamond
King Diamond
released in 1988 on Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records
. It is the first of two fictional concept albums about King and his mentally ill grandmother , the second of these being Conspiracy . King falls into a harrowing descent into madness via his grandmother and the voices in the House of Amon, known to the listener only as "Them". This album has sold over 200,000 copies in North America alone. CONTENTS * 1 Plot summary * 2 Track listing * 3 Remaster bonus tracks * 4 Personnel * 5 In other media * 6 External links * 7 References PLOT SUMMARYAs the album opens, a young King and his mother and sister are welcoming King's grandmother home from a mental asylum. That night, King investigates strange voices and discovers his grandmother having a tea party seemingly alone, though with the teacups and kettles floating in the air
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Abigail (album)
ABIGAIL is the second King Diamond
King Diamond
album and their first concept album. It was released in 1987 on Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records
. There were several re-releases, first in 1997 with 4 bonus tracks, and then a 25th Anniversary edition in 2005 with a bonus DVD
DVD
. This album has sold over 175,000 copies in North America alone. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Track listing * 3 Remaster bonus tracks * 4 Personnel * 5 Legacy * 6 References * 7 External links PLOTAbigail tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La'Fey, who move into an old mansion that La'Fey inherited. It takes place in the summer of 1845
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Steve Vai
STEVEN SIRO VAI (/vɑːɪ/ ; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. He was voted the 10th "Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World
Guitar World
magazine, and has sold over 15 million records. A three-time Grammy Award
Grammy Award
winner and fifteen-time nominee, Vai
Vai
started his music career in 1978 at the age of 18 as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa
, and joined his band from 1980 to 1983. He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date. He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz , David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth
, Whitesnake
Whitesnake
, as well as having recorded with artists such as Mary J
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Tony Iommi
FRANK ANTHONY "TONY" IOMMI (/aɪˈoʊmiː/ ; born 19 February 1948) is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
, and has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer for nearly five decades. While working in a factory as a teenager, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand in an accident; an event which crucially affected his playing style. Iommi briefly left Black Sabbath's forerunner, 'Earth', in 1968 to join Jethro Tull , after which he returned to Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
in 1969, recording their self-titled debut album . In 2000, he released his first solo album Iommi , followed by 2005's Fused , which featured his former bandmate Glenn Hughes
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Chuck Schuldiner
CHARLES MICHAEL SCHULDINER (May 13, 1967 – December 13, 2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He founded the pioneering band Death in 1983. Schuldiner is often referred to as "The Godfather of death metal", and his obituary in the January 5, 2002 issue of UK's Kerrang! magazine said that " Chuck Schuldiner
Chuck Schuldiner
was one of the most significant figures in the history of metal." Schuldiner himself was modest about his part in the history of death metal , noting, "I don't think I should take the credits for this death metal stuff. I'm just a guy from a band, and I think Death is a metal band." Schuldiner was ranked No. 10 in Joel McIver 's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists in 2009 and No. 20 in March 2004 Guitar World's "The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists". Schuldiner founded the publishing company Mutilation Music in 1987, affiliated with performance rights organization BMI
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Fatal Portrait
FATAL PORTRAIT is the debut album by the heavy metal band King Diamond . The album was released in 1986 on Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records
. It is the only King Diamond
King Diamond
album to date in which guitarist Andy LaRocque does not receive writing credits. Fatal Portrait
Fatal Portrait
was produced by Rune Hoyer. Along with The Spider\'s Lullabye , this is one of the band's only albums which is not a whole concept album. This album has sold over 100,000 copies in North America alone. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Track listing * 3 Personnel * 4 References PLOTFive songs on this album (first four and "Haunted") form a short story. Narrator sees a face in "every candle that burns". This face speaks one word to him: "Jonah". So he finds an old book, speaks a rhyme and frees the spirit from the candle. It's the spirit of a little girl named Molly, who tells him her story, that happened seven years before. Mrs
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A Dangerous Meeting
A DANGEROUS MEETING is a compilation album of King Diamond
King Diamond
and Mercyful Fate songs. The vinyl version included "Satan's Fall", which was omitted from the CD version due to time constrictions
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The Spider's Lullabye
THE SPIDER\'S LULLABYE is the sixth studio album by King Diamond released in 1995. Unlike other King Diamond
King Diamond
albums, it is not a full concept album. Only half the songs form a single plot. It was also the first King Diamond
King Diamond
album to be released on the Metal Blade label. The album was remastered by Andy LaRocque
Andy LaRocque
and was re-released in 2009. CONTENTS * 1 Summary * 2 Track listing * 3 Personnel * 4 References SUMMARYThe first half of the songs on this album are listed as a variety of short stories before the second half form the plot. "From the Other Side" Tells about the protagonist's struggle with an out-of-body experience , forcing himself to come back to life before it is too late. "Killer" Describes a Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez
-type serial killer who is being put to death by electric chair
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Dimmu Borgir
DIMMU BORGIR (/ˌdɪmuː ˈbɔːrɡɪər/ , Norwegian: ) is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway
, formed in 1993. The name is derived from Dimmuborgir , a volcanic formation in Iceland, the name of which means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic , Faroese and Old Norse
Old Norse
. The band has been through numerous lineup changes over the years; guitarist Silenoz and vocalist Shagrath are the only original members who still remain with guitarist Galder being a longstanding member
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Give Me Your Soul...Please
GIVE ME YOUR SOUL...PLEASE is a concept album by King Diamond released on June 26, 2007. The album's concept and cover art are both based on a painting titled "My Mother's Eyes." The black cat featured in the album is based on King's own cat, Magic. In the July/August issue of UK metal magazine Zero Tolerance, King elaborated on the themes of the album, being a story of two dead children, murdered by their father, relating their tale to him. He stated that cases of parents killing their children and then themselves were a large influence, citing such an incident which occurred in Dallas