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
King Diamond .
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Early days
* 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
King 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
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. This
Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with
King Diamond in 1980 to become
Mercyful Fate .
Following Mercyful Fate's 1984 release of Don\'t Break the Oath and
the subsequent tour (which saw them play in the U.S. for the first
King Diamond split ways with Mercyful Fate. With him, he took
two of his bandmates (Hansen and Denner) to pursue a solo career under
his own name.
Mercyful Fate reunited in 1992 (while
King Diamond simultaneously
continued his solo career) and recorded five more studio albums. In
2000, King decided to put
Mercyful Fate on hold and continue on with
his solo career. Though
Mercyful Fate continues to remain dormant, the
band is still under contract with
Metal Blade Records . Also in 1999,
King Diamond and
Hank Shermann performed the song "Evil" live with
Metallica. This performance also featured
King Diamond without his
famous makeup. In recent interviews,
King Diamond has stated that
Mercyful Fate will record and tour again when the timing is right,
saying "It's definitely not finished."
King Diamond (band)
King Diamond worked out a deal with the band Usurper to sing
backup vocals on the song "Necronemesis" in exchange for them shifting
their recording schedule around to accommodate the recording of
Abigail II: The
Revenge . In 2004,
King Diamond contributed vocals to
"Sweet Dreams", which was the final track on the album of Dave Grohl
's heavy metal side project
Probot . In late 2005, King Diamond
appeared on the
Roadrunner United – The All-Star Sessions album,
contributing vocals for his song "In the Fire", which featured
Roadrunner Records musicians (past and present) working
together to create individual songs.
King Diamond also guested on the
Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth song "Devil Woman" in late 2005.
In April 2006, King reunited with
Mikkey Dee (
Motörhead drummer) at
a sold-out gig at Kåren in
Gothenburg, Sweden . In 2001 King
referred to Dee as "one of the best drummers of all time and that's
something that has bothered us since he left."
King Diamond released his album
Give Me Your Soul... Please , on 26
June 2007. Following the release the band received a
in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the track "Never Ending
Hill." He was forced to cancel a United States tour due to a
herniated disk, causing severe back pain, which puts him in intense
pain almost all of the time. He attributes the problem to the long
stressful hours spent working on the album.
King made an appearance at
Ozzfest on 9 August 2008 at Frisco, TX
Metallica , performing a medley of
Mercyful Fate songs
previously released on Metallica's
Garage Inc. album. Earlier in the
day, he also performed a cover of the
Pantera song "A New Level" with
Vinnie Paul ,
Scott Ian ,
Max Cavalera , and Nick Bowcott.
King Diamond was revealed to be a playable character for the
rhythm game Guitar Hero:
Metallica , appearing with Mercyful Fate's
song "Evil." Complete the song on any instrument and any difficulty to
On 29 November 2010, King was taken to the hospital, where they
discovered several blockages in his arteries due to his heavy smoking
habit. They determined that he had several heart attacks and that he
needed triple-bypass surgery . The surgery was performed successfully,
and on 11 December 2010 it was announced that he was at home
recovering. All his musical projects at that time were then placed on
On 7 December 2011, King appeared on stage with
Metallica at The
Fillmore in San Francisco to celebrate Metallica's 30th anniversary.
In June 2012, King performed his comeback concert, on Sweden Rock
On Saturday 8 September 2012, King appeared along with Mark Tremonti
on VH1 Classic's
That Metal Show discussing his surgery and various
details about upcoming events.
King then appeared on
Volbeat 's 2013 album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady
Ladies , for guest vocals on the track "Room 24." In August 2013 King
Diamond performed at Open Air Bloodstock Festival UK.
Slayer was chosen to headline the 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem
Festival. The bands
HELLYEAH , King Diamond,
The Devil Wears Prada ,
Thy Art Is Murder ,
Jungle Rot ,
Sister Sin , Sworn In , Shattered Sun
, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange ">
King Diamond discography
Mercyful Fate discography
* 2008 –
Grammy nomination in the "Best Metal Performance "
category for the track "Never Ending Hill".
* ^ "King Diamond: Mercyful Fate, \'Is Definitely Not Finished, at
Least in My Book\'".
Blabbermouth.net . 8 March 2008. Archived from
the original on 22 April 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2008.
* ^ "Motörhead\'s
Mikkey Dee Jams with
King Diamond in Sweden".
Blabbermouth.net . 21 April 2006. Archived from the original on 1
October 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
* ^ "Diamonds Are Forever: An Exclusive Interview With King
KNAC . 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
* ^ A B "
King Diamond Comments on
Blabbermouth.net . 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
* ^ "
King Diamond on Tour Cancellation".
Blabbermouth.net . 24
November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
* ^ "
King Diamond Undergoes Triple-Bypass Heart Surgery".
Blabbermouth.net . 11 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
* ^ "2011 Tour Photos – 12/7/2011 – The Fillmore – San
Francisco, CA". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
* ^ "
King Diamond + Other Guests for \'Outlaw
Gentlemen & Shady Ladies\' Album". Loudwire.com. 6 March 2013.
* ^ "
Slayer 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Tour Schedule". 18
April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 22
* ^ "
King Diamond Interview". tartareandesire.com. May 2005.
* ^ "covenworldwide.org". covenworldwide.org. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
* ^ Götz Kühnemund: "'A History of Horror". In: Rock Hard , no.
82, November 2010, pp. 20–27.
* ^ Michael Moynihan , Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The
Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground ,
Feral House 1998, pp.
* ^ "
King Diamond Interview". Heavymetal.dk. 27 February 2006.
* ^ "
King Diamond Is Madly in Love with His 24-Year-Old Wife".
Blabbermouth.net . 4 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
* ^ "KING DIAMOND And Wife Are Parents Of Baby Son".
Blabbermouth.net . Retrieved 10 July 2017.
* ^ "
Metallica Joined by Mercyful Fate, Anthrax, Armored Saint
Members for Second 30th Anniversary Show". GuitarWorld.com . 8
December 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
* ^ "The History of Metallica". Metallicaworld.co.uk. Retrieved
* ^ Archived 12 October 2013 at the
Wayback Machine .
* ^ "Lyraka Interview @ Louder Than Hell". Louderthanhell.net.