Artist: King Diamond Title: “Masquerade Of Madness” (Single) Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: 11/8/2019 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating:
It was only a few short hours ago that the legendary King Diamond took over NYC with a show at Brooklyn’s beautiful King’s Theatre. While we were not in attendance to be able to share much about the show with you, I did learn that a brand-new song called “Masquerade Of Madness” was performed mid-way through the show. Now that the clock has struck midnight, the rest of the world can absorb it via whatever their preferred streaming service might be. The song is available on all of them and comes care of Metal Blade Records. Let’s discuss in brief. Continue reading “Masquerade Of Madness” (Single) by King Diamond→
We are just learning of the passing of influential bassist Timi Hansen who performed with Mercyful Fate and King Diamond for many, many years. He lost his battle with cancer at age 61 and a statement posted on Facebook comes from the King himself.
The King’s Statement:
“I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way. He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times. I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten. When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said “we fight on”. I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy. Rest in Peace my dear dear friend”.
The ardent Metal Legions will know that Hansen played on all of the early Mercyful Fate albums of note such as “Nuns Have No Fun”, “Melissa”, “Don’t Break the Oath”, “Return of the Vampire”, “In the Shadows” and “The Bell Witch”. When King Diamond embarked on his solo career Hansen went along and would record “No Presents For Christmas”, “Fatal Portrait”, “Abigail” and “The Dark Sides”. He would serve this role from 1982 until 1994 across both acts. I should admit that I was a latecomer to Fate music and first heard them with “Don’t Break The Oath”. The King Diamond stuff I was on point with at the onset and I really enjoyed Hansens playing on all of it. He was a solid and talented player who definitely influenced a lot of up and coming Metal bands. I am sure the list of them features some of the Rock stars of today.
We wish his family, friends, bandmates and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences during this terrible time. Thanks for the music Timi, you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace.
When I got my hands on the awesome King Diamond live video “Songs For The Dead” a few months ago, it only made the craving for some live King Diamond shows all the more strong. Fortunately, the North American territories don’t have to wait too much longer since he will be returning for most of November into the early days of December. Take a look at the full press release and preview clip down below. Don’t worry I will come back at the close.
The Press Release:
After introducing a new live show, as well as music, at festivals across Europe this summer, King Diamond is now ready to officially reveal the title and theme for the first studio album in 12 years: The Institute! Fans can expect the debut single to arrive this fall and an album in 2020; in the meantime, a tour teaser with a sneak peak of the new stage set can be viewed below:
NEVER BREAK THE OATH!!! We will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, including COPENHELL. It will be the “9” lineup, featuring: Hank Shermann – Guitar; King Diamond – Vocals; Bjarne T Holm – Drums; Mike Wead – Guitar with Joey Vera on the bass while Timi Hansen is away.