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 and the
eponymous King Diamond.
1.1 Early days
1.2 Mercyful Fate
1.3 King Diamond
1.3.1 Other media
2 Stage presence
5 Marital status
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
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
Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with
King Diamond in 1980 to become Mercyful Fate.
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 split ways with Mercyful Fate. With him, he took two of
his bandmates (Hansen and Denner) to pursue a solo career under his
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
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
King Diamond also guested on the 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
alongside 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
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
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
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 & 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.
King Diamond was a special celebrity guest star in four episodes of
Warner Bros. adult-oriented cartoon
Metalocalypse as The Blues
Devil, Ronald von Moldenberg, a fast food manager, and one of the
Klokateers in 2006 on Adult Swim.
King Diamond uses a microphone handle consisting of a femur
bone and a tibia bone in the shape of a cross.
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 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.
King Diamond cites Arthur Brown, David Byron, Alice Cooper, Ronnie
James Dio, Ian Gillan,
Ozzy Osbourne and
Robert Plant as his primary
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.
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. 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". 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
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 and
Mercyful Fate live performances. She also helped him make remastered
editions of the
King Diamond albums The Spider's Lullabye, The
Graveyard, Voodoo and House of God.
In 2017, they became parents for the first time as they welcomed a son
Metallica has performed an 11-minute tribute to
Mercyful Fate and
released it on their
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)
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, Cradle
of Filth, Cage, and
Andy DiGelsomina of the Wagnerian opera
metal project Lyraka.
American heavy metal band Cage devoted him "King Diamond" song (album
Hell Destroyer, 2007).
King Diamond discography
Mercyful Fate discography
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.
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 Diamond".
KNAC. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
^ a b "
King Diamond Comments on
Grammy Nomination". Blabbermouth.net.
6 December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007.
Retrieved 13 December 2007.
King Diamond on Tour Cancellation". Blabbermouth.net. 24 November
2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 13
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.
King Diamond + Other Guests for 'Outlaw Gentlemen
& Shady Ladies' Album". Loudwire.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved
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. Retrieved
^ "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 Interview". Heavymetal.dk. 27 February 2006. Retrieved
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 Joined by Mercyful Fate, Anthrax, Armored Saint Members
for Second 30th Anniversary Show". GuitarWorld.com. 8 December 2011.
^ "The History of Metallica". Metallicaworld.co.uk. Retrieved
^  Archived 12 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
^ [dead link]
^ "Lyraka Interview @ Louder Than Hell". Louderthanhell.net. Archived
from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
King Diamond Coven – Official website
The Turkish Coven
King Diamond band members Mikki Dee, Pete Blakk, and
Bjarne T. Holm
Carsten Van Der Volsing
Don't Break the Oath
In the Shadows
Into the Unknown
The Bell Witch
A Dangerous Meeting
Return of the Vampire
The Best of Mercyful Fate
Force of Evil
First wave of black metal
Guitar Hero: Metallica
John Luke Hebert
Paul David Harbour
The Spider's Lullabye
House of God
Abigail II: The Revenge
The Puppet Master
Give Me Your Soul...Please
The Dark Sides
In Concert 1987: Abigail
A Dangerous Meeting
Black Rose: 20 Years Ago
Nightmare in the Nineties
Decade of Horror
The Best of King Diamond
"No Presents for Christmas"
"The Family Ghost"
"It is Time for Tea
"Eye of the Witch"
Church of Satan
First Satanic Church
(see also The Black House, Grotto, Council of Nine)
Anton Szandor LaVey
Peter H. Gilmore
Clark Ashton Smith
Forrest J Ackerman
Steven Johnson Leyba
Maria de Naglowska
H. P. Lovecraft
George Bernard Shaw
H. L. Mencken
Benjamin De Casseres
The Satanic Bible
The Satanic Witch
The Satanic Rituals
The Secret Life of a Satanist
The Church of Satan
The Devil's Notebook
Letters from the Devil
The Satanic Scriptures
Holidays and celebrations
Sigil of Baphomet
Four Crown Princes of Hell
Goat of Mendes
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
Ideas and concepts
Balance of nature
Carpe diem, carpe noctem
Internal locus of control
Law of the jungle
Might makes right
Survival of the fittest
Tit for tat
Will to power
Will to pleasure
An Interview with Peter H. Gilmore
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