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Kim Bendix Petersen (born 14 June 1956), better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish singer-songwriter. 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
Mercyful Fate
and the eponymous King Diamond.

Contents

1 Career

1.1 Early days 1.2 Mercyful Fate 1.3 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

Career[edit] Early days[edit] 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 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. This band included Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with King Diamond
King Diamond
in 1980 to become Mercyful Fate. Mercyful Fate[edit] Main article: Mercyful Fate Following Mercyful Fate's 1984 release of Don't Break the Oath
Don't Break the Oath
and the subsequent tour (which saw them play in the U.S. for the first time), King Diamond
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
Mercyful Fate
reunited in 1992 (while King Diamond
King Diamond
simultaneously continued his solo career) and recorded five more studio albums. In 2000, King decided to put Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
on hold and continue on with his solo career. Though Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
continues to remain dormant, the band is still under contract with Metal Blade Records. Also in 1999, King Diamond
King Diamond
and Hank Shermann
Hank Shermann
performed the song "Evil" live with Metallica. This performance also featured King Diamond
King Diamond
without his famous makeup. In recent interviews, King Diamond
King Diamond
has stated that Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
will record and tour again when the timing is right, saying "It's definitely not finished."[1] King Diamond[edit] Main article: King Diamond
King Diamond
(band) In 2001, King Diamond
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
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
King Diamond
appeared on the Roadrunner United
Roadrunner United
– The All-Star Sessions album, contributing vocals for his song "In the Fire", which featured multiple Roadrunner Records musicians (past and present) working together to create individual songs. King Diamond
King Diamond
also guested on the Cradle of Filth song "Devil Woman" in late 2005. In April 2006, King reunited with Mikkey Dee
Mikkey Dee
( Motörhead
Motörhead
drummer) at a sold-out gig at Kåren in Gothenburg, Sweden.[2] 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."[3] King Diamond
King Diamond
released his album Give Me Your Soul... Please, on 26 June 2007. Following the release the band received a Grammy
Grammy
nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the track "Never Ending Hill."[4] 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.[5] He attributes the problem to the long stressful hours spent working on the album. King made an appearance at Ozzfest
Ozzfest
on 9 August 2008 at Frisco, TX alongside Metallica, performing a medley of Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
songs previously released on Metallica's Garage Inc.
Garage Inc.
album. Earlier in the day, he also performed a cover of the Pantera
Pantera
song "A New Level" with Vinnie Paul, Scott Ian, Max Cavalera, and Nick Bowcott. In 2009, King Diamond
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 unlock him. 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 hold.[6] On 7 December 2011, King appeared on stage with Metallica
Metallica
at The Fillmore in San Francisco to celebrate Metallica's 30th anniversary.[7] In June 2012, King performed his comeback concert, on Sweden Rock Festival.[citation needed] On Saturday 8 September 2012, King appeared along with Mark Tremonti on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show
That Metal Show
discussing his surgery and various details about upcoming events.[citation needed] King then appeared on Volbeat's 2013 album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, for guest vocals on the track "Room 24."[8] In August 2013 King Diamond
King Diamond
performed at Open Air Bloodstock Festival UK. Slayer
Slayer
was chosen to headline the 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. The bands HELLYEAH, King Diamond, The Devil
The Devil
Wears Prada, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange & Kissing Candice will also be participating in the Rockstar Tour. The festival is slated for 26 stops to run from June 26 through August 2.[9] Other media[edit] King Diamond
King Diamond
was a special celebrity guest star in four episodes of the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
adult-oriented cartoon Metalocalypse
Metalocalypse
as The Blues Devil, Ronald von Moldenberg, a fast food manager, and one of the Klokateers in 2006 on Adult Swim. Stage presence[edit] On stage, King Diamond
King Diamond
uses a microphone handle consisting of a femur bone and a tibia bone in the shape of a cross. King Diamond
King Diamond
had previously used a human skull, called Melissa, on stage. In the mid-1980s Melissa was stolen after a performance in the Netherlands. King Diamond
King Diamond
has changed the design of his make-up often over the years. With Conspiracy, he wore a mesh of black and white line war paint, with some red "blood" made to look like a wound coming out of his forehead. With his album The Puppet Master, he used very little white and mainly had black crosses and inverted crosses going up and down his face. Influences[edit] King Diamond
King Diamond
cites Arthur Brown, David Byron, Alice Cooper, Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
as his primary influences.[10] According to King Diamond's biography on his official website, the first two albums he bought were Deep Purple's Fireball and Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.[11] Religion[edit] King Diamond
King Diamond
follows LaVeyan Satanism, which he does not see as a religion, but a philosophy by which he lived even before reading Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible.[12] Michael Moynihan calls him "one of the only performers of the '80s Satanic Metal who was more than just a poseur using a devilish image for shock value".[13] King has expressed concern that religion has led so many people to kill and destroy each other. He stated that he cannot comprehend why religion has caused so much death and destruction when it is logically impossible to prove the presence or absence of any god. He states that he has reached a point in his life where he has completely given up believing in anything religious.[14] Marital status[edit] King Diamond
King Diamond
is married to Livia Zita, a Hungarian-born singer who has made appearances as a backup vocalist on the albums The Puppet Master and Give Me Your Soul...Please, as well as during live performances. She is also his business partner, and is currently working with him to compile old footage for two planned DVD releases of King Diamond
King Diamond
and Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
live performances. She also helped him make remastered editions of the King Diamond
King Diamond
albums The Spider's Lullabye, The Graveyard, Voodoo and House of God.[15] In 2017, they became parents for the first time as they welcomed a son named Byron.[16] Legacy[edit] Metallica
Metallica
has performed an 11-minute tribute to Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
and released it on their Garage Inc.
Garage Inc.
album. It features five of their songs. When James Hetfield sings it, he does not sing in a falsetto like King Diamond, but in 2008 (and again in 2011, with Hank Shermann, Michael Denner and Timi Hansen)[17] King Diamond
King Diamond
performed "Mercyful Fate" with Metallica, and put the screams in where necessary. King has been on the covers of many rock and metal magazines and influenced many artists including Metallica's Lars Ulrich,[18] Cradle of Filth,[19] Cage,[20] and Andy DiGelsomina of the Wagnerian opera metal project Lyraka.[21] American heavy metal band Cage devoted him "King Diamond" song (album Hell Destroyer, 2007).[citation needed] Discography[edit]

King Diamond
King Diamond
discography Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
discography

Awards[edit]

2008 – Grammy
Grammy
nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the track "Never Ending Hill".[4]

References[edit]

^ "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
Mikkey Dee
Jams with King Diamond
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 Diamond". KNAC. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13.  ^ a b " King Diamond
King Diamond
Comments on Grammy
Grammy
Nomination". Blabbermouth.net. 6 December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2007.  ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
on Tour Cancellation". Blabbermouth.net. 24 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2007.  ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Undergoes Triple-Bypass Heart Surgery". Blabbermouth.net. 11 December 2010. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.  ^ "2011 Tour Photos – 12/7/2011 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-03-07.  ^ " Volbeat
Volbeat
Recruit King Diamond
King Diamond
+ Other Guests for 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' Album". Loudwire.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-15.  ^ " Slayer
Slayer
2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Tour Schedule". 18 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.  ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Interview". tartareandesire.com. May 2005. Retrieved 2010-08-29.  ^ "covenworldwide.org". covenworldwide.org. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2014.  ^ 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. 15f. ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Interview". Heavymetal.dk. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-13.  ^ " King Diamond
King Diamond
Is Madly in Love with His 24-Year-Old Wife". Blabbermouth.net. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-20. [permanent dead link] ^ "KING DIAMOND And Wife Are Parents Of Baby Son". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 10 July 2017.  ^ " Metallica
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 2012-03-07.  ^ [1] Archived 12 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. ^ [2][dead link] ^ "Lyraka Interview @ Louder Than Hell". Louderthanhell.net. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

King Diamond
King Diamond
Coven – Official website The Turkish Coven Interviews with King Diamond
King Diamond
band members Mikki Dee, Pete Blakk, and Andy LaRocque

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Mercyful Fate

King Diamond Hank Shermann Sharlee D'Angelo Bjarne T. Holm Mike Wead

Carsten Van Der Volsing Jan Lindblad Benny Petersen Nick Smith Kim Ruzz Morten Nielsen Snowy Shaw Timi Hansen Michael Denner

Studio albums

Melissa Don't Break the Oath In the Shadows Time Into the Unknown Dead Again 9

Extended plays

Mercyful Fate The Bell Witch

Compilation albums

The Beginning A Dangerous Meeting Return of the Vampire The Best of Mercyful Fate

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Discography King Diamond Fate Force of Evil First wave of black metal Guitar Hero: Metallica

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King Diamond

King Diamond Andy LaRocque Mike Wead Matt Thompson Pontus Egberg

Michael Denner Timi Hansen Mikkey Dee Mike Moon Pete Blakk Snowy Shaw Sharlee D'Angelo Darrin Anthony Herb Simonsen Chris Estes John Luke Hebert Glen Drover Paul David Harbour Hal Patino Livia Zita

Studio albums

Fatal Portrait Abigail Them Conspiracy The Eye The Spider's Lullabye The Graveyard Voodoo House of God Abigail II: The Revenge The Puppet Master Give Me Your Soul...Please

EPs

The Dark Sides Collector's Item

Live albums

In Concert 1987: Abigail Deadly Lullabyes

Compilations

A Dangerous Meeting Black Rose: 20 Years Ago Nightmare in the Nineties Decade of Horror The Best of King Diamond

Singles

"No Presents for Christmas" "Halloween" "The Family Ghost" "Welcome Home" "It is Time for Tea "Eye of the Witch"

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LaVeyan Satanism

Organizations

Church of Satan First Satanic Church (see also The Black House, Grotto, Council of Nine)

Associated figures

Anton Szandor LaVey Blanche Barton Peter H. Gilmore Peggy Nadramia Diane Hegarty Karla LaVey Jayne Mansfield Kenneth Anger Boyd Rice Adam Parfrey Clark Ashton Smith King Diamond Forrest J Ackerman Marilyn Manson Gavin Baddeley Coop Steven Johnson Leyba Thomas Thorn Isaac Bonewits Lustmord Shane Bugbee Gregg Turkington Reginald Bretnor

Influential figures

Friedrich Nietzsche Ayn Rand Herbert Spencer Ragnar Redbeard Charles Darwin Sigmund Freud Niccolò Machiavelli Carl Jung Wilhelm Reich P.T. Barnum William Mortensen Aleister Crowley Maria de Naglowska Stanisław Przybyszewski Helena Blavatsky Grigori Rasputin Eliphas Levi John Dee Benjamin Franklin H. P. Lovecraft Charles Baudelaire Mark Twain Voltaire William Blake John Milton Lord Byron George Bernard Shaw Edward Bernays H. L. Mencken Jack London Ambrose Bierce Benjamin De Casseres Arthur Schopenhauer Max Stirner

Literature

The Satanic Bible The Satanic Witch The Satanic Rituals The Secret Life of a Satanist The Church of Satan The Devil's Notebook Satan Speaks! Letters from the Devil The Satanic Scriptures

Holidays and celebrations

Satanic holidays Birthday Spring Equinox Walpurgisnacht Summer Solstice Autumn Equinox Devil's Night Halloween Krampusnacht Winter Solstice Yule Revels

Symbolism

Sigil of Baphomet Brimstone sigil Inverted pentagram Four Crown Princes of Hell The Devil Goat of Mendes Lycanthrope Demons Serpent Prometheus Trapezoid Ouroboros 9

Other media

The Satanic Mass Satanis: The Devil's Mass Speak of the Devil: The Canon of Anton LaVey The Black Flame Old Nick Magazine Satan Takes a Holiday Strange Music Death Scenes

Ideas and concepts

Amorality Autonomy Animalism Antihumanism Balance of nature Black sheep Blasphemy Burlesque Carnality Carnivalesque Carpe diem, carpe noctem Cyrenaics Darwinism Direct realism Discrimination Elitism Epicureanism Egoism Eugenics Exclusivism Fetishism Free will Grotesque body Hedonism Hierarchy Human nature Individualism Internal locus of control I-theism Iconoclasm Law of the jungle Lex talionis Libertine Machiavellianism Master morality Materialism Memento mori Meritocracy Might makes right Misanthropy Naturalism Natural law Pragmatism Psychic vampire Rational animal Rationality Realism Retributive justice Secularity Skepticism Selfism Self-preservation Shadow Social Darwinism Social stratification Survival of the fittest Tit for tat Universal Darwinism Unorthodoxy Vengeance Will Will to power Will to pleasure

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Authority control

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