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Reflecting On The 2019 Deaths In Music

As 2019 heads towards the sunset, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the numerous losses that music faced this past year. Though PiercingMetal has long posted extended memorials in our “In Memoriam” Features, it’s almost impossible to speak about them all. Instead, I’m again using this comprehensive rundown that was culled from other online research sources so we can say “Hail and Farewell” a little bit better to more of them. Those who’ve already been toasted will have their entry highlighted in the list should you care to examine that post. Let’s say “goodbye” once more to these talented folks.

January 1, 2019: Shane Bisnett (31), American metalcore bassist (Ice Nine Kills)
January 2, 2019: Daryl Dragon (76), American pop keyboardist and songwriter (Captain & Tennille, The Beach Boys)
January 16, 2019: Lorna Doom (61), American punk rock bassist (Germs)
January 25, 2019: Bruce Corbitt (56), American thrash metal singer (Rigor Mortis, Warbeast)

February 1, 2019: Alex Brown (52), American punk rock guitarist (Gorilla Biscuits, Project X, Side by Side)
February 15, 2019: Kofi Burbridge (57), American jam band keyboardist and flautist (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit)
February 21, 2019: Peter Tork (77), American rock bassist and singer (The Monkees)
February 25, 2019: Mark Hollis (64), British new wave and post-rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Talk Talk)
February 26, 2019: Andy Anderson (68), British new wave drummer (The Cure, The Glove, Hawkwind),
February 27, 2019: Doug Sandom (89), British rock drummer (The Who)
February 28, 2019: Stephan Ellis (69), American rock bassist (Survivor)
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Bassist Timi Hansen (Mercyful Fate/King Diamond) Has Died (1958-2019)

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.

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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.

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timi_Hansen

“No Presents For Christmas” (Single) by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “No Presents For Christmas” (Single)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 12/25/1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

It was about a week ago that I shared my thoughts on the debut single from the upcoming live album by the legendary King Diamond which you can see HERE. Now, in the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to briefly discuss another single by Mr. Bendix and its one that not only came out more than thirty years ago but was also the very first single to introduce his new band to the people. I’m speaking of nothing other than that Heavy Metal holiday ditty “No Presents For Christmas”. If you’re a card-carrying Metalhead with some tenure behind themselves, I’m sure that you’ve heard this track and if not, its surely a bit of an odd treat. Let’s discuss a little bit deeper.
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King Diamond’s “Abigail” Hits Its Thirtieth (1987-2017)

Light the candles in the study as we open the arcane tomes in celebration of King Diamond’s sophomore album as a solo artist with the seminal work “Abigail”. An album that was released thirty years ago on this very day. It was the King’s second outing as I’ve noted but his first full length concept recording. He touched upon his sinister storytelling with “Fatal Portrait” on a few numbers but with “Abigail” a terrible tale was woven across each and every track. You can read more about the whole premise and the finer details down on the official Wikipedia entry as I always include them here.

At the time of the original release I must admit that I was not listening to much that King Diamond was dishing out. I was a very latecomer to Mercyful Fate and while some of their stuff intrigued me back then, I always felt it was a bit much for me and I leaned more towards the building Power Metal genre. It wouldn’t be until King’s “Them” album that I immersed myself more into his work. As I listened to the release once more for its anniversary, it’s amazing to find that it still holds up really well and still sends chills down your spine as the tale plays out. The whole album was written by King but guitarists Andy LaRoque and Michael Denner tossed their talents into a couple of tracks as well. The band was rounded out by bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Mikkey Dee. Andy and Dee would quickly become a lot of aspiring musicians favorites based on their his skillful playing. The King Diamond band was a quick lock for fans of the Mercyful Fate group based on that bands bassist Hansen and guitarist Denner being in the lineup with the King. Let’s take a look at the original track listing and then toss together our favorites.
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King Diamond’s “Fatal Portrait” Still Gazing Intently At Thirty Years (1986-2016)

The colors on this dark oil painting remain vibrant if it should be observed in the light but that is not always the best setting for the works of the great King Diamond. The malevolence of his creations always seem to come to more sinister life if gazed upon in the shadows and with that being said I must announce that it was thirty years ago today that the world first looked upon the “Fatal Portrait” – the first solo album by King Diamond. Though I remembered seeing it on the shelves of a long shuttered record store named “The Little Record Store”, I didn’t purchase it since this was not really the kind of Metal I was following. Truth be told the King spooked me a little back then along with Fate so I stuck to what I felt was safer stuff like Maiden and Priest. Don’t worry about this admission as I caught on not too long after and made sure I was a quick study. I’ve snagged the albums overall plot from its official Wikipedia entry and it states

“Five songs on this album (first four and “Haunted”) form a short story. Narrator sees a face in “every candle that [he] burns”. This face speaks one word to him: “Jonah”. So he finds an old book, speaks a rhyme and frees the spirit from the candle. It’s the spirit of a little girl named Molly, who tells him her story, that happened seven years before. Mrs. Jane kept her 4-year-old daughter Molly in the attic until she (Molly) died. Before, Mrs. Jane painted Molly’s portrait and put it above the fireplace, so that Molly would become immortal; however, Molly made the portrait speak to her mother, so that Jane would know about Molly’s pain. Mrs. Jane then speaks a rhyme and burns the portrait. A free spirit of Molly returns to haunt her until she goes insane.”

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