Metal Blade Records to Reissue KING DIAMOND Albums, The Spiders Lullabye and The Graveyard, this October

Metal Blade Records has announced that it will be reissuing KING DIAMOND‘s The Spiders Lullabye and The Graveyard. Both albums have been re-mastered by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque and are set to be released on October 13th. Each album will include bonus material that purchasers will be able to obtain digitally. Both The Spiders Lullabye and The Graveyard will include live “bootleg” versions (with video footage) of the following songs: “The Spider’s Lullabye” from the album of the same name, and “Trick Or Treat” and “Up From The Grave” from The Graveyard.

Andy LaRocque re-mastered both records and you can really hear more details and sounds that I remember recording but didn’t come through in the original mastering. The records have much more bottom end this time around. There’s even more details and clarity than the original version and you’ll hear things you’ve never heard before in both releases. Andy did a great job re-mastering and improving these albums above and beyond my expectations. The artwork has also been completely redone for Spiders and Graveyard and is just amazing. I did not expect them to come out this good and am just completely thrilled with the result.

“We originally were going to include bonus footage on the albums as a CD-ROM, but the sound and video quality was going to suffer tremendously and that is just unacceptable. Instead, the bonus footage is going to be available for download to those who purchase the albums. The video downloads will be available in multiple formats so everyone can see them,” commented King Diamond.

It has also been confirmed that the two KING DIAMOND songs “Welcome Home” and “Cremation” will appear on the upcoming videogame, Brutal Legend, scheduled for release in October.

Both KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE have worked out a deal with C1rca Shoes to have featured artwork on several of their sneakers, the first pair set to arrive in October 2009 with more to follow in 2010. Make sure to keep an eye on the official KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE site for product details and updates.

Expect the first ever DVD from KING DIAMOND as early as the winter 2009 or as late as early 2010.

MERCYFUL FATE to Release New Versions of “Evil” and “Curse of the Pharoahs” on iTunes

As many of you already know, MERCYFUL FATE‘s “Evil” is featured as a playable track on Guitar Hero: Metallica. MERCYFUL FATE re-recorded these two tracks specifically for the game because the original masters no longer exist. Now, the band is making both available to fans to purchase on iTunes! These versions were recorded at Earplug Studio in Copenhagen and Nomad Recording Studio in Dallas, Texas. They were both mastered by Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studio in Sweden.

King Diamond comments: “It was a lot of fun to get a chance to re-record “Evil” and “Curse of the Pharaohs” from our 1983 Melissa album. It was cool to go into the studio and try to figure out all the various harmony vocals and see if I could still do them. The other guys had a lot of fun with this project too, and the whole thing turned out much better than we could have hoped for. Everyone nailed their performances and Hank’s solos were even slightly improved. Everything is right where it should be and with a much better sound! The ‘feel’ was there and all of the guys – Hank, Denner, Timi and Bjarne are all naturals. The versions that will be up on iTunes were mastered by Andy LaRocque and even with a 2009 sound, there’s no doubt that these songs were recorded by MERCYFUL FATE!”

If you have yet to check out Guitar Hero: Metallica – make sure you do. King Diamond himself is a playable character in the game once you unlock the “Evil” track! Plus, a video of King Diamond‘s on-stage performance with METALLICA at Ozzfest 2008 in Dallas is included as a bonus feature in the game.

Evil” and “Curse of the Pharoahs” will be available for fans to purchase digitally on July 14th. A special edition picture disc vinyl single will be available on September 1st!

KING DIAMOND Receives Grammy Nomination for “Best Metal Performance”

Metal Blade is both very proud and excited to announce that KING DIAMOND has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Metal Performance for the track “Never Ending Hill” off their latest album Give me Your Soul…Please.

King comments on his bands nomination:
“It’s a great honor to be picked as a nominee; it’s totally shocking and unexpected. We do feel as a band that this is the best album we have ever done. Hopefully there will be many more albums and tours to come. We feel that we have at least another good 10 years in us! This nomination is a testament to our legion of loyal fans and our thanks go out to them for the endless support and all of the kind words.”

Metal Blade owner and CEO Brian Slagel comments on having two bands nominated for this years Grammy’s:

“All of us at Metal Blade Records are extremely honored to have 2 of our artists, AS I LAY DYING and KING DIAMOND, nominated for Grammy awards. They both truly deserve this honor for the great artistry they have accomplished on these tremendous releases.”

KING DIAMOND’s Give me Your Soul…Please was released on June 26th 2007 and came in at #174 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart!

Complete List of Grammy Nominees for Best Metal Performance:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Nothing Left
Track from: An Ocean Between Us
Metal Blade Records

Never Ending Hill
Track from: Give me Your Soul…Please
Metal Blade Records

Aesthetics of Hate
Track from: The Blackening
Roadrunner Records

Track from: Threads Of Life

Final Six
Track from: Christ Illusion
American Recording/Columbia

Injury Forces KING DIAMOND to Cancel March 2008 Tour

KING DIAMOND have announced that they have been forced to cancel their anticipated March 2008 tour with KREATOR, LEAVES EYES, and CELLADOR due to a serious herniated disc injury to King Diamond.

Here is official word from the band’s manager, Ole Bang:

“Most regretfully we have to announce that King will not be able to tour North America as planned.

King has over the past 6 month been suffering from a herniated disc in the spine, and has still not recovered to a satisfactory level.

“He was prescribed absolute rest for several months, and this appear to be more than half a year.

“Following several visits to specialists and most recent MRI-scan; we have to realize that his condition need far more rest than expected in the first place. At the moment he can neither walk for more than an hour at a time, nor can he sit like you would do in a normal daily life; ie. there is no chance that he will fully recover in time for the tour start in March.

“We deeply regret the inconvenience caused for everyone involved, for promoters, bands and fans; and most of all we’re very very sorry that we can not go out and perform for the fans; who have been waiting for the tour to kick off.

“Unfortunately life is unpredictable, and it’s completely out of our hands when illness kick in, and no medicine, how harsh it might have been, can cure the situation. If anything could remedy the situation it would have been done, but for now we simply just have to wait, and let King get the much needed rest.

“I will post news about any developments as soon as it’s available.

“At this time we will also like to say Thanks, for all the kind words of a speedy recovery we have received.”

KING DIAMOND – Give Me Your Soul…Please

When King Diamond promised that Give Me Your Soul…Please would be the best KING DIAMOND album yet, he wasn’t messing around. Though the band’s classic early albums may never be topped in the eyes of die hard DIAMOND-bangers, Give Me Your Soul…Please is certainly up there as one of their best releases. It also continues the consistent quality streak that the band has been riding for quite some time now. The story of Give Me Your Soul…Please is based on a disturbing encounter with the ghost of a dead girl trapped in a house looking for a soul. While the first couple of songs will win over the listener, the real power of the album doesn’t become apparent until the listener’s realizes that the quality from song to song doesn’t waiver. In fact, the album gains more momentum as a result of this. Musically, the band stick to their tried and true heavy metal formula. However, there is a familiar yet invigorating feel throughout the album and a heavier, meaner edge to the more aggressive songs (think JUDAS PRIEST Painkiller-era). As expected, guitar heroes Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead seemingly breeze through their masterful guitar work. King Diamond is still as charismatic as he ever was and proves yet again why he is a metal icon. In 2007, it may be difficult to distinguish the true from the false, but KING DIAMOND easily cuts through as a metal institution still going strong. (Metal Blade Records)