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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. CONTENTS* 1 Discography * 1.1 With Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
* 1.2 With King Diamond * 2 References DISCOGRAPHYWITH MERCYFUL FATE * Nuns Have No Fun * Melissa * Don\'t Break the Oath * Return of the Vampire
Return of the Vampire
* In the Shadows * The Bell Witch EP WITH KING DIAMOND * No Presents for Christmas
No Presents for Christmas
* Fatal Portrait * Abigail * The Dark Sides
The Dark Sides
REFERENCES * ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Mercyful Fate". Allmusic . Retrieved 14 March 2010. * ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: King Diamond". Allmusic . Retrieved 14 March 2010
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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. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads " or "headbangers ". During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Mötley Crüe and Poison
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Mercyful Fate
MERCYFUL FATE is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen
Copenhagen
, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann . Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock , with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult , Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations . After several line-up changes and self-made demos, Mercyful Fate released their self-titled EP in 1982, with the line-up of King Diamond (vocals), Hank Shermann (guitar), Michael Denner (guitar), Timi Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums). With this line-up the group recorded their first two studio albums (1983's Melissa and 1984's Don\'t Break the Oath ), until 1985 when the band broke up due to musical differences. In 1993, four out of the five members of Mercyful Fate reunited to record the album In the Shadows , which was released the same year. During the 1990s, the band released four more studio albums and went through several line-up changes. Since 1999, Mercyful Fate have been on hiatus, but have reunited on occasion during the 2000s
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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. In 1987 the band released their second studio release Abigail (their first concept album). Throughout the 1980s, King Diamond released a total of four studio albums. In the early 1990s, the band was put on hold when King Diamond reunited with his former outfit Mercyful Fate. After reforming King Diamond in 1994, Diamond would balance recording and touring with both Mercyful Fate and his eponymous band throughout the 90's
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Nuns Have No Fun
MERCYFUL FATE is the first official release of Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
. It is also known as NUNS HAVE NO FUN, the "first album" or the "EP". It is a four track, 45rpm effort and was recorded and mixed at Stone Studio in Roosendaal , Netherlands
Netherlands
, in two days in September 1982 and released on the independent label Rave-On Records as RMLP-002. The album was produced and mixed by Jac Hustinx and engineered by Willem Steetjes. The cover is drawn by Ole Poulsen. The album in its entirety was later re-issued in 1987 as part of The Beginning compilation. There are three pressings: * First pressing is white bordered. * Second pressing is black bordered. * Third pressing is black bordered but distributed by Bertus Holland.TRACK LISTING Side A * "A Corpse Without Soul" ( Hank Shermann
Hank Shermann
, King Diamond ) – 6:53 * "Nuns Have No Fun" (Shermann, Michael Denner , Diamond) – 4:17 Side B * "Doomed by the Living Dead" (Shermann, Diamond) – 5:06 * "Devil Eyes" (Shermann, Denner, Diamond) – 5:48CREDITS * King Diamond - vocals * Hank Shermann
Hank Shermann
- guitar * Michael Denner - guitar * Timi Hansen - bass * Kim Ruzz - drumsREFERENCES * ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo
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Melissa (Mercyful Fate Album)
MELISSA is the debut studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate , released on 30 October 1983. It was the first album released by Roadrunner Records . This was also the first Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
effort to get an official release in the United States through Megaforce Records , as the self-titled EP was a highly sought after import, and the BBC sessions were only available on bootleg tapes. In 2005, Roadrunner Records re-released this album with several bonus tracks and a bonus DVD
DVD
. Music is credited to Hank Shermann
Hank Shermann
and lyrics to King Diamond . CONTENTS * 1 Content and music * 2 Recording * 3 Release * 4 Touring * 5 Various info * 6 Track listing * 7 25th Anniversary edition DVD
DVD
track listing * 8 Personnel * 9 References CONTENT AND MUSICSome of the material on the album had its roots in demos recorded when the musicians were members of the underground bands Black Rose and Brats : "Curse of the Pharaohs", which was originally titled "Night Riders" on an old Brats demo, was retitled after King Diamond changed the lyrics originally written by the Brats bassist; "Love Criminals", actually the first song Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
ever wrote, was renamed "Into the Coven", which was originally meant to be the title of the album too
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Don't Break The Oath
DON\'T BREAK THE OATH is the second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
, released in 1984. The style Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
employed on Don't Break the Oath
Don't Break the Oath
resembled a mixture of heavy metal with progressive elements, lyrically preoccupied with Satan and the occult and distinguished by King Diamond's theatrical falsetto vocals. Although very influential to future black metal bands due to its lyrical content, the music itself is more reminiscent of traditional heavy metal. The album was remastered and subsequently re-issued on Roadrunner Records in 1997. This reissue came with the bonus track "Death Kiss (Demo)", which would eventually evolve into the album's lead-off track, "A Dangerous Meeting". Metal-Rules.com named this the greatest extreme metal album of all time. TRACK LISTINGAll lyrics written by King Diamond
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Return Of The Vampire
RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE is a compilation album of rare demo tracks by Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
recorded before their first, official release in 1982. It is released in 1992 by Roadrunner Records RRD 9184. The album cover was painted by Torbjorn Jorgensen / Studio Dzyan . TRACK LISTINGAll songs written by King Diamond (lyrics) and Hank Shermann (music) except where noted
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In The Shadows (album)
IN THE SHADOWS is the third full-length studio album by Mercyful Fate . It is also the first offering of the band since their reunion in 1992. It was released in 1993 on Metal Blade Records
Metal Blade Records
. Unlike previous Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
albums, which were entirely centered around lyrical themes of Satanism and the Occult, the lyrics on this album are rather focused on more conceptual horror-themes, akin to King Diamond 's work with his eponymous band. The band would not return to a primarily occult/Satanic lyrical approach until the band's final album, 9 , released in 1999. Some editions of In the Shadows contain a bonus track, "Return of the Vampire... 1993", that is a re-recording of the song "Return of the Vampire", present in the homonymous 1992 compilation album , featuring Lars Ulrich of Metallica
Metallica
on drums. The album cover was painted by Torbjorn Jorgensen / Studio Dzyan . TRACK LISTINGAll lyrics written by King Diamond
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The Bell Witch EP
THE BELL WITCH is a short, promotional EP released by Mercyful Fate to herald the band's reunion album . It features two tracks off In the Shadows , of which one is based on the American legend of the Bell Witch , plus four live tracks. The EP was released in 1994. It was re-released in 2004 on Metal Blade Records
Metal Blade Records
. TRACK LISTING * "The Bell Witch" ( Hank Shermann
Hank Shermann
) – 4:34 * "Is that You, Melissa" ( King Diamond ) – 4:37 * "Curse of the Pharaohs" (Diamond, Shermann) – 4:24 ¹ * "Egypt" (Diamond) – 4:53 ¹ * "Come to the Sabbath" (Diamond) – 6:48 ¹ * "Black Funeral" (Diamond, Shermann) – 3:40 ¹¹ Recorded live October 8, 1993 in Los Angeles, California. CREDITS * King Diamond - vocals * Hank Shermann
Hank Shermann
- guitars * Michael Denner - guitars * Timi "Grabber" Hansen - bass * Snowy Shaw
Snowy Shaw
- drums (on live tracks only, studio tracks feature Morten Nielsen) * Sharlee D\'Angelo - bass (on live tracks)REFERENCES * ^ " Bell Witch
Bell Witch
- Mercyful Fate". AllMusic . * ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario , Canada
Canada
: Collector\'s Guide Publishing . p. 273. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9
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No Presents For Christmas
"NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS" is a single by King Diamond released on December 25, 1985. It was the first music released by King Diamond 's new band, after the breakup of Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
. It is one of the band's most well-known songs. The song can also be found on the re-issue of King Diamond's first album, Fatal Portrait
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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 . 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. Jane kept her 4-year-old daughter Molly in the attic until she (Molly) died. Before, Mrs. Jane painted Molly's portrait and put it above the fireplace, so that Molly would become immortal; however, Molly made the portrait speak to her mother, so that Jane would know about Molly's pain. Mrs. Jane then speaks a rhyme and burns the portrait. A free spirit of Molly returns to haunt her until she goes insane. TRACK LISTINGAll lyrics written by King Diamond
King Diamond

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Abigail (album)
ABIGAIL is the second King Diamond album and their first concept album. It was released in 1987 on 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. At their arrival they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house because if they do "18 will become 9." They do not heed the warning and proceed to move into the mansion. During their first night, Jonathan meets with Count de La'Fey, the Family Ghost
Ghost
, who is a deceased relative. The ghost shows him a casket in which a corpse of a stillborn child, Abigail, rests. The ghost informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail and that the child will soon be reborn. He insists that Jonathan must kill Miriam at once to prevent the rebirth
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The Dark Sides
THE DARK SIDES is a compilation of 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 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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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. After buying it he discovered it was a "flaccid latter day rehash." Frustrated with the labeling, he researched using meta data to create a music guide. In 1990, in Big Rapids, Michigan, he founded All Music Guide with a goal to create an open access database that included every recording "since Enrico Caruso gave the industry its first big boost"
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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 . It was during this time in Black Rose that King Diamond began experimenting with horror themed theatrics as well as shaping a malevolent quasi-Satanic stage persona. He left Black Rose and joined the punk -metal band Brats where he met Hank Shermann . Soon after, the two of them were asked to help Michael Denner (also formerly a member of Brats) with his own project Danger Zone
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