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The Best Of King Diamond
THE BEST OF KING DIAMOND is a compilation album by the heavy metal band King Diamond . TRACK LISTING * "The Candle" – 6:42 * "Charon" – 4:17 * "Halloween" – 4:15 * "No Presents for Christmas" – 4:22 * "Arrival" – 5:26 * "A Mansion in Darkness" – 4:35 * "The Family Ghost" – 4:08 * "Abigail" – 4:52 * "Welcome Home" – 4:37 * "The Invisible Guests" – 5:04 * "Tea" – 5:15 * "At the Graves" – 8:57 * "Sleepless Nights" – 5:05 * "Eye of the Witch" – 3:48 * "Burn" – 3:44CREDITS * King Diamond - Vocals, keyboards * Andy LaRocque - Guitar * Michael Denner - Guitar * Pete Blakk - Guitar * Timi Hansen - Bass * Hal Patino - Bass * Mikkey Dee - Drums * Snowy Shaw
Snowy Shaw
- DrumsREFERENCES * ^ "The Best of King Diamond - King Diamond". Allmusic
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Greatest Hits Album
A GREATEST HITS ALBUM, sometimes called a "BEST OF" ALBUM or a CATALOG ALBUM, is a compilation of songs by a particular artist or band . Most often the track list contains previously released recordings with a high degree of notability. However, to increase the appeal, especially to people who already own the original release, it is common to include remixes or alternate takes of popular songs; sometimes even new material (previously unreleased) will function as bonus tracks. At times, a greatest hits compilation is the original album release for songs that have themselves been released as a single and charted successfully. Many of these albums surface despite the unwillingness of original artists to support them, the songwriters being embroiled in fighting record company decisions
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King Diamond (band)
KING DIAMOND is a Danish heavy metal band formed in 1985 by vocalist King Diamond , guitarists Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner , bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Mikkey Dee . Diamond, Denner and Hansen had recently departed the group Mercyful Fate , and decided to form a new band under the King Diamond moniker, as it was already known from the Mercyful Fate days. In 1986, King Diamond released their debut album Fatal Portrait . Since then the band have released a total of twelve studio albums (most of them concept albums ), two live albums , two extended plays , five compilations and five singles . Since the band's inception, there have been over fifteen musicians in and out of King Diamond, with the only two mainstays being vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Andy LaRocque
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Music Genre
A MUSIC GENRE is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from _musical form _ and _musical style_, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Recently, academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways. The artistic nature of music means that these classifications are often subjective and controversial, and some genres may overlap. There are even varying academic definitions of the term _genre_ itself. In his book _Form in Tonal Music_, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between genre and form . He lists madrigal , motet , canzona , ricercar , and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of _genre_, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op
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Heavy Metal Music
HEAVY METAL (or simply METAL) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States . With roots in blues rock and psychedelic /acid rock , the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion , extended guitar solos , emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo . In 1968, the first heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin , Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large audiences, though they were often derided by critics. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed
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Record Label
A RECORD LABEL or RECORD COMPANY is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos . Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture , distribution , marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or "A and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information
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Roadrunner Records
ROADRUNNER RECORDS is a major record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 International labels * 2.1 Roadrunner Records UK * 3 Signed bands and previous artists * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORYThe label was launched in 1980 in the Netherlands. Roadrunner's initial business was importing North American metal-band recordings into Europe. In 1986, Roadrunner opened its US headquarters in New York City and later opened offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Russia and the latest in Canada. Early successes included albums from King Diamond (the first Roadrunner artist to enter the Billboard Top 200 albums chart) and Annihilator . The label also handled early Metallica releases in the Scandinavian region
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Record Producer
A RECORD PRODUCER or TRACK PRODUCER or MUSIC PRODUCER oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music , which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album . A producer has many roles during the recording process. The roles of a producer vary. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: * Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos * Co-write. * Propose changes to the song arrangements, and * Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer typically supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage
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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 . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Discography * 2.1 With E.F. Band * 2.2 With 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
Mercyful Fate
. According to Metal-Rules.com, Death's Individual Thought Patterns is the 100th greatest heavy metal album of all time
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King Diamond
KIM BENDIX PETERSEN (born 14 June 1956), better known by his stage name KING DIAMOND, is a Danish heavy metal musician. As a vocalist, he is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto . He is the lead vocalist for both Mercyful Fate and the eponymous King Diamond
King Diamond
. CONTENTS* 1 Career * 1.1 Early days * 1.2 Mercyful Fate * 1.3 King Diamond
King Diamond
* 1.3.1 Other media * 2 Stage presence * 3 Influences * 4 Religion * 5 Marital status * 6 Legacy * 7 Discography * 8 Awards * 9 References * 10 External links CAREEREARLY DAYSKing Diamond's first heavy rock band was called Brainstorm (1974–76), with Jeanette Blum (Jean Blue) vocal and bass, Michael Frohn (Mike West) guitar and Jes Jacobsen (Jesse James) drums. King Diamond left Brainstorm and began singing with local Danish hard rock band Black Rose
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Black Rose
BLACK ROSE or BLACK ROSES may refer to: * Black rose (symbolism) , a rose with black petals * Black Rose (BDSM organization) , a BDSM organization headquartered in Washington, DC * Black rose (grape) , a grape cultivar * Black Rose (pinball) , a pinball machine produced by Midway *
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Allmusic
ALLMUSIC (previously known as ALL MUSIC GUIDE or AMG) is an online music guide. The largest music database on the web, it catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks. It was launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 The All Music Guide series * 3 Reception * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORY AllMusic was launched as _All Music Guide_ by Michael Erlewine , a "compulsive archivist, noted astrologer, Buddhist scholar and musician." He became interested in using computers for his astrological work in the mid-70s, and founded a software company, Matrix, in 1977. In the early '90s, as CDs replaced vinyl as the prevalent format for recorded music, Erlewine purchased what he thought was a CD of early recordings by Little Richard CD
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Album
An ALBUM is a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item on CD , record , audio tape or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century, first as books of individual 78rpm records , then from 1948 as vinyl LP records played at  33 1⁄3 rpm . Vinyl LPs are still issued, though in the 21st-century album sales have mostly focused on compact disc (CD) and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format used from the late 1970s through to the 1990s alongside vinyl. An album may be recorded in a recording studio (fixed or mobile), in a concert venue, at home, in the field, or a mix of places. The time frame for completely recording an album varies between a few hours to several years. This process usually requires several takes with different parts recorded separately, and then brought or "mixed " together. Recordings that are done in one take without overdubbing are termed "live", even when done in a studio
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Michael Denner
MICHAEL DENNER (born 5 November 1958) is a Danish heavy-metal guitarist. He is part of the heavy metal duo Denner/Shermann with Hank Shermann . Denner was a member of Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
and King Diamond amongst others. He has made guest appearances with Furious Trauma, Jack Cracker, Volbeat
Volbeat
, Notre Dame and Saturnus . Denner is a fourth generation musician. Denner plays Gibson Flying V guitar and lists his inspirations as Uli Jon Roth
Uli Jon Roth
, Michael Schenker and Ollie Halsall
Ollie Halsall
. Denner owns a record shop in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
called "Beat Bop". REFERENCES * ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mercyful Fate". Allmusic . Retrieved 13 April 2010. * ^ "Saturnus Discography". www.saturnus.dk. Retrieved 29 September 2013
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Timi Hansen
TIMI "GRABBER" HANSEN (28 October 1958) is a Danish bass player. He played in the Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
from 1981 to 1985 and from 1992 to 1993, and King Diamond from 1985 to 1987. He plays with his fingers rather than with a guitar pick. Many have asked about how Timi acquired "Grabber" as a nickname. Timi apparently used to play a Gibson G3 Grabber. A music store clerk began to call him "Grabber" and the name stuck. Aware that the meaning might be misunderstood, he slowly changed his stage name, Timi Grabber, back to his real name, Timi Hansen
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Hal Patino
HAL PATINO (born HASSO PATINO in Las Vegas
Las Vegas
, Nevada
Nevada
) is an American bass guitar player, who has been a member of the King Diamond and Force of Evil metal bands. He also played in Blakk Totem, Maltese Falcon, Palladion and Doctor Butcher. On May 4, 2010, the band Pretty Maids announced that Patino would be their new bass player, replacing Kenn Jackson. He left the band in early 2011, due to musical differences. In 2013, Patino started the band Nordic Beast with John Norum
John Norum
and Mic Michaeli from the band Europe
Europe
. The drummer is Mikkey Dee from Motörhead
Motörhead
and the lead singer is Åge Sten Nilsen from Wig Wam . Hal Patino also has a son, who is the lead singer of the band Maryann Cotton
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