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Title: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 29, 2014, 07:36:06 pm

King Diamond : Rock Singer Is Raising The Devil

Like the crusading Washington Wives, singer King Diamond is offended by rock bands' use of satanic themes and imagery. But that's where the similarity ends.

"I haven't seen very many of these bands that actually stand up for--or even know--what they're singing about," the Danish rocker said this week. "It's more like they want to create an image that's pure blood and gore, just trying to be as evil and nasty as possible."

Diamond (who performs Friday at Fender's and Saturday at the Country Club) is offended because he considers himself a bona fide satanist. When rival metal merchants incorporate satanic references into their music, he said, it's "very obviously a gimmick." And it's one that demeans his beliefs.

"Some people think that people who call themselves satanists are really like that, drinking the blood of babies and that sort of thing," he said.

"When I use the word Satan, it doesn't stand for a guy with horns. To me, that word means the powers of the unknown, the powers of darkness. It's not just power, it's powers --and there's a big difference. I don't believe in heaven, and I don't believe in hell as a place with flames where people are burning and having eternal pain. I don't believe in that at all. I believe in a place I call 'beyond.' "

The singer-songwriter said he realizes that his fascination with the occult--the thematic core of the two albums he made with the heavy-metal band Mercyful Fate and his recent solo LP "Fatal Portrait"--will inevitably generate controversy. One doesn't have to be particularly cynical to wonder if that's partly the point.

"But, you know, there's a funny thing about people not accepting you if you sing about the occult," he said. "Look at Stephen King. He's one of America's favorite writers; nobody thinks he's an evil guy walking around doing weird things. But if you're a musician, it's looked at differently for some reason."

In order to minimize misunderstanding, the Copenhagen resident purposely avoided using the words Lucifer and Satan in the songs on "Fatal Portrait," although the record still explores the same themes as his previous work. "More people are understanding what I'm saying now," Diamond said. "They don't misunderstand me so much, don't think I'm some crazy, weird guy."

Of course, this doesn't suddenly make him a purveyor of silly little love songs. If anything, he said, his beliefs have intensified in recent years, and they're still expressed over the roar of standard-issue majestic metal. Those beliefs are not likely to be confused with more conventional forms of worship.

"We believe in revenge, for instance," said Diamond, who performs in striking makeup that includes an inverted cross on his forehead. "If somebody hits you or your very dearest, you don't turn the other cheek--you hit them back 10 times.

"And you don't love everybody, like 'You have to love your fellow man.' That's not the way you believe if you're a satanist. You give tenfold to those you really care about. But those you don't really know, how can you have feelings for them?"

Diamond, 30, said that his interests grew out of a childhood fascination with all things mysterious, including classic horror films like "Frankenstein" and "Dracula," and later "The Exorcist" and "The Omen."

"But what really got me interested were some experiences I had that I could not explain at all. . . . I saw some glasses rising from the table into thin air," he said. When similar episodes followed, he began studying the occult.

If all this doesn't mark Diamond as an unusual rock figure, consider his pre-musical career--as a star of the Danish national soccer team. He played competitively for about a decade, until he decided to pursue music and his fascination with satanism.

While he combines the two, he claims there's no effort to recruit new satanists.

"We are not preachers of any kind. We don't want to convert anybody," said Diamond, adding that he hasn't been the target of any attacks or protests by Christian organizations. "When we are on the road, we do a real horror show--and it's pure entertainment. That's it. I don't force anything onto other people, because you'll never get a good satanist out of forcing somebody to be one."

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Douchebag St John on July 30, 2014, 10:01:42 am
I saw some glasses rising from the table into thin air,"

Well, I guess we know where The Invisible Guests come from.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 30, 2014, 03:40:30 pm
Yeah King has said that is true as well as the floating tea cups in "Them" plus in the song "Welcome Princess of Hell" where they raise our glasses came from that as well.   King says that song is about  him welcoming these spirits and powers into his home and life.

But according to "Seth" and "Abraham" Hicks There are no conscious ghosts as we all cross over to the other side right away no exceptions and that what we think of as ghosts are nothing more than thought forms.

Here is a link where King says he  summoned an actual Demon!  Guess it is really just a thought form though which is why he was able to attract it.  Would love to see the  pics of his Satanic Altar that he mentions were taken
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on August 04, 2014, 08:23:29 pm
I also Read that King wrote a  4 page response to Kerrang about that infamous Dave Dickson interview after it was published but that they would not print King's response to it.  I would love to have seen that!
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on August 21, 2014, 04:59:07 pm
I still wish someone would ask King why he freaked out at the thought of wearing gold as it is unhealthy to do so. I am curious to know why he feels so strongly about that. I know he said he freaks when he see's things cross themselves like silverware and tooth picks and he undoes them because it means a death in the family.  Yet hearing these things made it funny to see him say in an interview that he is not at all superstitious :)
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Satans KINGdom on August 21, 2014, 05:37:38 pm
lol why would it be bad to wear gold?
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on August 21, 2014, 06:43:24 pm
I do not know that is why I wish  someone would ask King. On WRTN the host tried to say King was wearing a gold Satanic Cross and King was like "NO NOT  gold you can never wear gold it is not healthy for you!"
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Satans KINGdom on August 21, 2014, 06:49:22 pm
I do not know that is why I wish  someone would ask King. On WRTN the host tried to say King was wearing a gold Satanic Cross and King was like "NO NOT  gold you can never wear gold it is not healthy for you!"
Only thing I would think is unhealthy about wearing gold, would depend on which neighborhood you happen to be walling through at the time.  :D:
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on August 21, 2014, 06:57:53 pm
@SatansKingdom: LOL yeah exactly!   I was surprised the radio host did not follow up and ask King what he meant though. He just said "Oh its not healthy for you" and King said "Yes" and that was it no explanation at all
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Satans KINGdom on August 21, 2014, 07:26:43 pm
IDK, I am sure it has something to do with spiritual healing stuff, like with crystals and different herbs. I don't get too much into that stuff, but I am guessing King does. He might know what he is talking about, I have friends that are into it, but it was never my thing.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 09, 2014, 05:41:38 am
Here is an audio interview with King Diamond also from 1986 talking about a couple of his experiences with the supernatural and why he stopped using words like "Satan" and "Lucifer" when he first started King Diamond as too many people got the wrong impression of what those words mean so he started singing about Satanism in a different way and using words like "Powers of the Unknown' or "Spirits" instead in order to get his feelings across to people better.  And how the song "Satan's Fall" is about how people should not put Satanism down until they have at least researched it and read the Satanic Bible. And that he goes 100 percent for the Philosophy and magical stuff in the Satanic Bible
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on October 03, 2014, 05:31:20 am
Another confusing thing someone just pointed out to me is that King has made a huge deal about not playing with these supernatural powers he sings about to the point he even made a song warning us to not mess with them.  Then other times he has encouraged fans to try things that might invite them in. Which is it :)

Plus why does he say he encourage them in his life if it is so dangerous? In an interview he said he sings about them to make people aware of them as the powers can help people with their lives which is why he talks about them so much as well. But then he warns against them too.  IDK just some interesting questions I thought someone brought up. I don't suspect we will actually ever know. But I found it interesting when it was brought up
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Livia Zita on October 03, 2014, 11:49:16 pm
Playing with them and researching/respectfully talking to them is two VERY different things when it comes to those powers.
Also, it depends very much on what kind of powers you seek and how much you know.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on October 04, 2014, 06:24:26 am
Thank you Livia! That actually makes sense then. :)  Not sure what you mean by what kind of Powers though? How many different kinds are there and what makes some different from others?  How would one research them if they are unknown?

And in King's song "A Dangerous Meeting" which is a song warning people not to mess around with these powers it sounded like the people in the song were not messing around but knew what they were doing and were serious and respectful.

 And yeah there are some that should not be messed with. I was a bit surprised when King has said many times he did not believe in good or evil powers and spirits and that they are all one and the same.  I assume he meant that like all things it is subjective as good and evil mean different things to different people. And I assumed he meant as well that he did not believe in good vs evil like god and the devil or angels and demons.

I assume that is what King meant as well when he said that satanists who see satanism from a christian point of view are not showing these powers the proper respect by doing that which is dangerous. Or maybe he meant that due to the christian view of sacrifice he meant they were not showing respect to the powers inside the animals and human animals being sacrificed which could be dangerous.

And when King says he and these powers are one  and the same does he mean because he believes he has lived many lives and  that the powers he is talking about are the powers of himself from other lives so they are part of him. And not that powers of others are also one and the same with him is what I assume.

Another interesting comment was when King said magical rituals only work if the Powers like you. Maybe that is what he means by him singing about these powers all the time as they might lead us to a better life? Who knows

But like King who says to treat these powers as friends with respect Anton LaVey also stressed that which is maybe where King got that from or maybe he felt that already and once again simply agreed with LaVey

Another curious thing. King said to Dave he invited powers in knowing they will not harm anyone yet Dave gave King a hard time because they did harm the poor girl from Girlschool and even King toned down his invitations during shows since that happened and now does it more subtly without the full ritual. Or the time recently King posted a photo of one of these things on a website and the powers said to him "DAMN U" which does not seem respectful at all!  Maybe they were getting back at King for making Them seem evil on the album "Them" :D

Although King did say "They" were there making sure Tarot Cards fell into the right place when Livia's mom wanted a reading done on King and Livia
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 07, 2014, 05:18:21 pm
Host: King the title of the new album is Them Why the title Them?

King: Because it is about Them, it is all about Them.  It's an occult story, a nasty child hood story. I think it would make a great Horror movie. I don't want to talk about what is true and not true on this story, I just don't want to talk about that part.

Host:   Some people noticed that after Mercyful Fate you seemed to drop a lot of the Satanic Lyrics, is that the case with the new album?  Do you mention Satan or is it pretty much leaving it up to the listener?

King:  We have not mentioned Satan since Fatal Portrait, but to say that we are not doing Satanic Stuff is very, very wrong.  Some people do not know what Satanism is about and it is not about being evil and walking around saying Hell, Lucifer and may you die and all that stuff, that is not what it is about at all.

Host: So it is kind of going back to what you talked about when you were here last time?

King: Exactly yes

Caller: I want to ask the King how I can convince my parents that I want to be a Satanist.

King: How do you what?

Host: He wants to know what advice you can give him on how he can convince his parents that he wants to be a Satanist

King: And he is not being allowed by them to do so?  Well ok first of all he should talk sensible to them.  The first thing he should do is get a copy of the Satanic Bible written by Anton Szandor LaVey and read that book and understand it 100 percent.  If he does that then it should be easy to convince them that it is nothing dangerous.

Caller: Where did you get the name King Diamond:

King: It goes back to the first band I was in "Brats"where I only played Guitar. We thought we were that good that we should have artists names right away. One guy was named Mike West and one was Jesse James and I was King Diamond. I have no idea where it came from.

Host: King you have three solo albums under your belt now with the upcoming release of "Them".  "Fatal Portrait was your first how do you feel about it now?

King: Well I think it is obvious that it is the weakest of the three. I don't know why, maybe because the vocals for that album had to be 90 percent high pitched vocals and only 10 percent normal or growling vocals

Caller: King why did you not have the inverted cross on your forehead for the Family Ghost video, was it to avoid a hassle from MTV?

King: I was told by the record company and the people doing the video that it would not be healthy for me to have the upside-down cross on my forehead if I wanted the video to be played on MTV and other places.  So I took the number Nine and put that there instead because it means exactly the same thing but not many people know that.  That video was done in a rush so it did not turn out the way we wanted plus I did not like that it had nothing to do with the story but that was obviously  too heavy.

Caller: King how do your parents feel about you worshiping the Devil?

King: They are quite fine with it, they know what it's all about and everything as I have explained it.

Host: King I have to apologize for some of our callers they aren't exactly brain surgeons, but is there anything you want to say about that?  Do your parents look upon you as a Satanic person or do the love you?

King: they LOVE me

Host: thank you caller you're going to Harvard

Caller: I want to know what is the song the Lake about?

King: The Lake is a single song and is not part of the five songs that make up the story of Fatal Portrait.  It is about a little girl who has had a hard time growing up under the guidance of a nun and she rebels against this nun, this little girl has her friends in the lake.   

Host: What is your fascination with little girls?   

King: You will never know LOL.  No to me it's eerie when small girls are into the Occult, this little girl she sees weird things and strange things are going on around her and she protects things.  But even small boys, I mean Damien in the Omen is pretty scary when he doesn't want to go to Church and stuff.

Host: We are about to hear the song A Dangerous Meeting and as I recall it is sort of a warning about doing seances?

King: yes Seances, Ouija Boards, seeing the glass move around these letters, it can be dangerous if you are not strong minded enough, and even if you are strong minded it can  be dangerous. 

Host: What will the new stage show look like? I know last time a doll caught on fire?
King: Yes a lot of things caught fire. At the moment we are working with a magicians circle in England as far as what kind of illusions to use. Also in Sweden at the moment they are  building a house from the album to have onstage. It will be like a real house with doors that I can use to go in and out of this house
Host: King people who read interviews know that when you record albums you use only candles in the studio and that you almost burned the studio down?
King: Yes I did something really stupid. There was very little left of the last candle I was using and I told the engineer let’s take a quick coffee break. And I left that little candle next to the lyrics and when we came back it was strangely dark in there. All that was left was burnt up paper and we were lucky it just left a nice little mark on the floor. Must have looked cool from the window though these lyrics burning  in the dark.

Caller: I heard you had a fight with Manowar?

King: We were fucked up. That's what happened you know  they screwed us all over the place.

Host: And were off the air.

Host: Any chance of a Mercyful Fate Reunion?
King: No, Never.  I play with musicians that are professional minded now and some of the band members before were not. They would not do the interviews and in stores that I needed. They were sitting around waiting for the silver tray to be brought to them while the rest of us came up with ideas and stuff and that kind of thing I can’t stand up to. I play with musicians now that are willing to sacrifice anything for the band.

Host: On the Slayer Hell Await inner sleeve is that you standing with Slayer?

King: Yes it was taken at an in-store in Portland Oregon. It was our in-store and Slayer were there as well

Host: Recently a kid committed suicide after listening to an Ozzy Osbourne song Suicide Solution. Do you ever try and put a positive message in your lyrics?  Do you ever worry that a listener might go off the deep? What do you want to accomplish with your lyrics?
King: I want to scare the listener especially with his new album.  I don’t believe that people who listen to Heavy Metal are that stupid that they do not know what is right or wrong for them. And a horror story is a horror story and there are both positives and negatives in a horror story. 
I can't help but remember as a kid watching  Frankenstein or Dracula for the first time and going to bed and thinking it would come from under my bed and grab me and kill me and all of that and the feeling of relief when Oh he did not come this night.

I think sometimes it is the parents who might take away the music that mean the most to  that guy or girl and they are the reason things get frustrated.

Host: What do you think of Charles Manson?

King: I don't know wasn't he a killer or something?

Host: Yeah he was a killer, he claimed he was Jesus Christ.

King: I don't really know that much about him

Caller: Why were there no lyrics included with Melissa and Fatal portrait?

Host: There was wasn't there?

King: There was yes, I am very sorry to hear that. What happens is at some point they are removed by the people doing the packaging.  It is not something the record label wants, it is the people doing the packaging that save a few extra cents by doing this and it pisses me, it really pisses me off to hear that

Host: Do you find that the fans know the lyrics?

King: VERY much so. It always amazes me to look down and seeing their lips moving exactly like mine. It would be embarrassing if I suddenly forgot a line and they knew them down there.

Host: I heard that priests have given you a hard time?

King: Yes, I was not always told about this ahead of time, but there would be some christian person  who would show up and we would discuss religion and our new album. Once this poor priest tried to review the song A Dangerous Meeting and he said that this song was the worse piece of crap he ever heard and that it was dangerous for kids to listen to and Satanic and all that so I said, well either you don't understand English or you just did not read the lyrics.

Host: When was the last time you did a seance?

King: I don't do seances

Caller: I want to request Nuns have no fun and what was the idea for that song?

King: The idea behind it was that we wanted to annoy some priests were trying to keep us down and give us a hard time.  So we took the old witch burning and we turned it around and burned a nun instead and you see it on the cover.

Host: That cover has to be one of the most graphic I have ever seen, did that get banned anywhere?

King: I don't think so.  The priests did not like it, but that was the point.

Caller: Where can someone like me find a copy of the Satanic Bible?

King: I don't know much about your Occult bookshops or Bookstores here in NY, but you have to go an Occult bookshop.

Host: Can't you get it at the local grocery store?

King: You can try, but you would be very unlucky I am sure.

Host: Do they sell that regularly in Denmark?

King: Yes, they sell a lot of them.  We have a few occult shops and they pretty much have everything and it is like when you go in there it's like Oh so you know about that book that's great!  That's how they make you feel.  But they sell them and display them just like any other books.  The priests don't like it very much as they are losing members of the church every single day in Denmark, but there is nothing they can do; it's a very free country.  And there is a clear tendency for people to move away from Christianity, I am not saying all of them want to be Satanists, but people are searching for new ways and things that mean more to their life now.

Host:  What do you think about all these evangelists who are getting busted?

King: Well it just proves that they are no better than anybody else, so why don't they stop preaching all that fake morality.

Host: The band Trouble opened for you during one tour, now was that a good fit, Trouble is a Christian metal band, a white metal band, did that contrast at all?

King: No, not at all, we had a great time.  I didn't see any big Christian crosses anywhere, at least they didn't act it out it in any way, so we had a great time.

Host: What do you think about Stryper throwing out bibles at their concerts, does that really get your goat or do you care?

King: I don't really care. I just think they should be careful, what if they were to hit somebody in the eye that would be awful wouldn't it lol?  But I don't care if they want to go on tour then lets go on tour I don't give a shit.

Caller: King I know you get asked this all the time, but how did you first get into Satanism?

Host: it was the cups right?

King: Yes some glasses were rising in the air and stuff in my apartment and that got me interested in the Occult.  So I started reading a lot of books about the Occult and the way they described Satanism was not very nice, I couldn't go for that at all because it seemed sick to me.  Then one day in a bookstore I came across the Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey and I read that book and I realized I was already living  the life philosophy in that book so I have been going 100 percent for that ever since.

Host: Do you ever go to church King?

King: Yes, I have been to the Satanic Church in San Francisco.

Host; I mean the catholic Church?

King: Oh lol No, I don't see the point.

Host: Are there any horror writers who are into the Occult that influence you?

King: A few, Stephen King and an English writer James Herbert the most.

Host: LaVey?

King: Well he's not  a horror writer, but his ideas and Life Philosophy have certainly influenced me more than anything else.

Caller: King I heard that you can make things levitate?

King: No, I don't think I ever said that, but I have seen things going up in the air, being moved around, I have been touched by things hundreds of times.

Host: You can't make Tony disappear can you?

King: lol If you give me time

Host: This Ouija Board thing that is popular what can you tell us? Is it BS or what?

King: What do you want to know about them?

Host: Like do you think they can lift people off the ground? Josh from Toxic really want's to know LOL

Caller: I am a witch, a WHITE witch OK, I am a WHITE witch and I want to know why King calls witches Satanists?

Host: King she wants to know why you call witches Satanists? And this chick just got off a spaceship but have you ever said that in a magazine or something?

King: No, if I have they must have misquoted me, witches are not necessarily Satanists

Host: Do you hang with a lot of witches King?

King: Occasionally

Host: Or is it mostly Miriam C-cup type's

King: Yes Definitely preferred

Caller: I have been studying the Occult and I want to know if King is into Satanism or Occultism or both?

Host: King he has been studying Satanism and he wants to know if you are into the Occult or Satanism?

King: I'd say both

Caller:  I am in a Satanic Coven and I wanted to ask King, what is the Church of Satan really like?

King:  It lives up to what you expect of it.  When I first read that Bible I had very high hopes for what it would be like.  But I was a little bit scarred of being let down when I finally saw it.   But when I did it was ten times more serious than I ever thought and it made everything worthwhile.

Host: They have a new leader for the Satanic Church right, LaVey stepped down or something?

King: He is still there, when I visited the Church last summer LaVey was very much in charge.

Host: You met LaVey ?

King: Yes I was invited to the Church last summer during the tour.

Host: What kind of guy is LaVey, is he down-to-earth or is he a nut case?

King: He is VERY down-to-earth, very serious about what he is doing and he can crack a joke like you wouldn't believe.

Host: So this whole Satanic thing he does with putting out the books he is not just doing this to cash in, he really believes this stuff?

King: You bet he does.

Caller:  On Abigail what do you mean by 18 is actually 9?

King: Well first of all the number 9 is going through the story a lot of places.  If you take  the ages of  Miriam she is 18 years old and 1 plus 8 is nine and Jonathon is 27 and 2 plus 7 are 9. If you take the 7th day of July which is the 7th month and the year 1777 and multiply all the numbers and then add up the results to get 36 and 3 and 6 is  Nine.    And it goes that way all the way thorough.  Nine is the Satanic number, not 666 but Nine.

Host: so where did 666 come from?    King: the bible, Revelations, the Christian bible.   Host: but that's not the true number, Nine is?   King: Right

Nine stands for Abigail because it is the Satanic number and Satanists can be and accept both good and evil, and it is up to the listener to decide if Abigail is good or evil in what she is doing  and why she is doing it.  18 stands for Miriam. And it is clear at this point that 18 is now 9, the thing has already been determined. Abigail is now already inside Miriam as she refused to listen to the Family Ghost, so the thing is now already happening. 18 has become 9.

Caller: What do you think of the band Stryper?

King:  Well, their  doing their thing you know, I don't really like their music, but some people get something out of it so that's good, I don't get anything out of it personally, it's not my cup of tea, but some people like it and that's good,  I don't hate it or anything like that.

Host: On the new album Them what parts of the story are real and what parts are made up?

King: That's the part I don't want to talk about.

Caller: Why wasn't the song "Shadow Night" released and when I saw King in 1984 in Chicago he said it was about a ghost that visited him in his bed and I wanted to know if that was true or not?

King: That song was an early version of what we wanted it to become and it was later broken apart and some parts can be found on a song called "Nightmare" if I remember right from Don't Break the Oath

Caller: On the cover of Melissa, What's the symbol on the rams head?

King: That's the symbol of a certain Demon, I can't remember what the name is now, but it is the symbol of a Demon.

Caller: What does Yankee Rose mean in the Satanic Bible?

King: Don't ask me ask LaVey.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 07, 2014, 05:20:30 pm
Caller: I want to know what does King think of Jehovah Witnesses

Host:  she wants to know what you think of Jehovah Witnesses and that is the best question we have had tonight

King: What do I think of them?  I don't care; I don't give a damn about other people's beliefs.  Religious beliefs are only important to the individual, when it comes to whether or not you can get along with somebody then all that should matter is the personality, not their beliefs.  They don't show up at my door anymore because they saw my cross once and it scared them.

Host: King at train stations and stuff people like the Jehovah Witnesses hand out stuff saying join this and join that.  Do you think that people should stay clear of that?  I mean are you advocating that people join Satanism?

King: No way, I never have and I never will because I think it's stupid. I think people should make up their own minds. I think if people are happy with the religion they have then they should stick with that religion, why have someone put something else on you. The people that they catch when they do that sort of thing usually become bad believers in whatever religion it is.

Caller:  King why do you have the sign of the Satanic Statements next to your name on all of your albums?

King: The brimstone Symbol?  Yes that is the Mark of the Nine Satanic Statements, correct.

Caller: I want to ask King that if you respect other people's religions then why do  you always wear the upside-down crosses,  isn't that disrespecting the Christian religion?

Host: I must add that King is wearing a very nice gold upside-down cross right now

King: OH NO not gold, you can never wear gold it's not healthy for you.  But no, the upside-down cross means that I am paying respect to the Satanic Philosophy, it is not that I am against Christianity.

Host:  Somehow Ole Bang knew that

King: Yes he is nodding in there

Caller: King when you were at the studio last time you kept saying that Satanism is just about the Powers of the Unknown, and not about sacrificing people and drinking their blood and all of that crap.  But in your song Black Funeral, you say she is a victim of your coven.  Isn't that contradicting what you said that Satanism is not about sacrificing, that it is all about the Powers of the Unknown.

King: No, you can be a victim in tons of ways.

Caller: ok I thought she was maybe killed or something?

King: She gave away information and had a bad time afterwards because of what she did.  But of course that is not a true story.  If you look on that same album Melissa there is a song called Satan's Fall where it says Seven Satanic Hell preachers bringing the blood of a newborn child and people are like oh so that is what it is all about.  But I was fed up at the time with people saying that is what Satanism was about.  But if you look there are two lines saying use your demon eyes uncover the disguise.  Now take and find out what something is about before you start putting things down is what I meant by that entire song.  But I guess the messages were to hidden; now we like to make them more clearer so that no one can misunderstand things.

Caller: King I read this book called Say you love Satan about Ricky Kasso and there is this one part where he says that he is a total expert on Satan.  Do you think that anyone can be a total expert on Satan?

King:  Not a total expert no.  But it depends on what kind.  If it is the Christian Satan if you know what I mean then it is pretty much described in the Christian bible what he is about.  But the one that I am talking about is not a one, but is  POWERS of the unknown, which is VERY indescribable.

Metal Shop Bonus interview: Host: There is a Supernatural side to King Diamond who claims to have witnessed a number of bizarre occurrences in his apartment in Denmark.   KING: there was one time in my apartment when Lars and James from Metallica were over and Timi my old Bass player was there sitting with this girl on the couch and I have a Satanic Altar in my living room and all of a sudden everything on the altar including the altar cloth were just thrown all over the floor.   I have never seen anyone look so pale Timi and the girl were just sitting there shaking and saying Whats going on here!

Host: All right King on that note let's listen to the Invisible Guests!

King: Words like "Satan" and "Lucifer" are not evil to me but they make many people think of evil due to that is what they usually hear about those words growing up which is why I removed those words when we started King Diamond. The lyrics were about the same things but they go over easier for people when they do not hear those words.  Satan to me stands for the Powers of Darkness, Powers of the Unknown.  And  "Them" are the Power of the Unknown and they are a big part of the new story. If I had decided to name the album in a different way I could have named the album "Satan".
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 13, 2014, 07:05:08 pm

By MTV Iggy   
October 15, 2014
Words by Laina Dawes

For the past 40 years, King Diamond has made pronounced impact in the metal scene for a number of reasons.  As the vocalist for Denmark’s Mercyful Fate, his impressive vocal range — ranging from a high falsetto to a sneering growl — has both electrified audiences and mystified his contemporaries. After all, who does that in metal? Diamond’s (AKA Kim Bendix Petersen) penchant for theatrical face paint resplendent with prominent upside down crosses, dramatic outfits and elaborate stage production strongly represented his loyalty to Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey. His interest in Satanism made him a legend among black metal fans as a true believer, not just a “poser” who was more interested in shocking audiences.

After forming Mercyful Fate in 1981, the quintet released a much-coveted, self-titled EP that sent fans across Europe scrambling to find bootleg copies. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums, Diamond temporarily disbanded Mercyful Fate to embark on an incredibly successful solo career, releasing 14 albums.

During the peak of his career, including a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance, Diamond suffered a serious setback when in 2010 he underwent triple-bypass surgery. “Reality slams you right in the face,” he says after detailing a grueling recovery. “Today, I don’t take tomorrow for granted.” He has recently proved this by planning a 19-stop North American tour in preparation for the release of Dreams of Horror, a double-vinyl album consisting of remixed and remastered singles.

When asked if there was a time where he thought he’d never sing again, the vocalist, who is known for his powerful voice answers: “I didn’t know what was going to happen for a long time. It was so difficult to learn how to properly breathe, you start to wonder, ‘can I take a big breath again?’” He reveals that while his determination to live fast-tracked his recovery, he is grateful for his wife, Livia Zita, who took it upon herself to take nutritional courses to adjust to his new dietary and medical needs.

Remembering that time, he admits to fearing that he might not make it off the operating table. He recalls wondering how he survived the emergency surgery. “Why do I deserve to be here and have this second chance?” he remembers asking himself. “When you go into that type of surgery, you don’t know if you are going to come back. It’s not for kids. I did this makeshift; handwritten will the night before in the hospital, and you just have to face (that you might not make it).”

In 2011, he was well enough to join Metallica onstage at one of their 30th Anniversary concerts. In 2013 he went on tour for 10 weeks in Europe — “There were some times we had a week between shows, which were very boring,” he recalls, laughing. Earlier this year he was nominated for an additional Grammy award for a guest vocal performance on Volbeat’s single “Room 24,” fully confirming that he was back in action. He is thrilled to say that his health has been better than ever before. “I perform a 90-minute show and we have two floors, with a lot of stairs, including a lot of interaction with the others and its definitely demanding. And you have to keep in mind that as a vocalist singing that style of music you only get about one-fifth of the oxygen that the rest of the band gets,” he explains, adding, “I have to take a breath and then slowly let the air out while singing long notes before I can take a breath and then sing another note.”

Diamond reveals that the planning of a North American tour is more intricate than one might expect. His band, which includes some of the original members of Mercyful Fate, tested out the stage production in Europe to see how it would fare in the American venues they wanted to play in. “We wanted to play on stages that were close in size and depth and it worked, which is how we know that our production will work here. Its going to be amazing, whether you have seen King Diamond before, or not, this is the best time to see us,” he promises.

Earlier this year it was reported that he would be working on new material, but a recent fascination with advanced music recording technology made him change direction. Listen to those early (and grainy) Mercyful Fate recordings and you will understand. Diamond reveals that Metal Blade and Roadrunner Records — the latter having released the bulk of his solo material — have agreed to release a double album of greatest hits and some rarities that were never released. While there are a number of Mercyful Fate and King Diamond “Best Of” albums, Diamond and longtime guitarist Andy LaRocque are selecting the tracks, as with the earlier releases they felt that they didn’t have the expertise to select the songs, or the ability to make production changes.  “(Back then) we were in over our heads!” he laughs.

“We decided to enhance the songs we selected. You can call it ‘remastering’ but it is not really like that,” he says. “We went back to our material that was not previously released that we could enhance, working on the bottom end (bass, drums) as on earlier albums, you could really hear how thin it was. We worked on that without changing the overall feel of the song. The details are coming out in a way that you have not heard before, and it is because of the tools we have today.”

The new albums are Diamond’s way of thanking the fans that have supported him throughout the years. Plagued with pain and then focused on physical rehabilitation, he acknowledges there were times that he didn’t properly thank them for their support. Both the surgery and his remarkable comeback have cemented his belief that the real test in life is when you have to face a life-or-death situation.  “You find out things about yourself that you didn’t know,” he says, reflecting on his surgery. “You learn to live with pain, but for as bad as it was, it’s been good for a lot of things, too. Life — you need to just grab it and go.”
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 13, 2014, 07:31:29 pm
Horror Society:  King, one of the things that originally drew me to the band 30 years ago was the horror elements.  How has horror influenced you in your career?

King Diamond:  Well, I can pick from real life most of the time.  If I want horror, I just have to look around and see it.  Then again, it’s a mix of horror, the supernatural, which I’ve had so many experiences with and then also the satanic life philosophy which cuts through, especially with King Diamond and the stories.   There are so many things, how people treat each other that you can just pick from everyday life.  Just have your eyes open, be open minded.  I’m always waiting to have a discussion or a talk or listen to other people’s ideas and opinions.  You are never smart enough or good enough, you can always be better.  It’s always going to be like that for me you know.  There are so many things that happened where I used to live.  I was in a haunted apartment in Copenhagen for many years.  A lot of the horror came from there, real experiences but then modified to fit and that’s what I’ve done so many times.  I modify what is real and has been real to me.  It’s those things I can relate to very strongly and put all my emotions into getting them out.  For example, “Grandma”, I had a grandma that was really bad.  I took that straight from some of my mother’s stories and modified it to fit into the story.  There is so much – I had a wolf that I had from a puppy to one year.  It was a gift from my ex-wife a long time ago.  It was in our backyard, but it got too big and was given back to the pack it came from.  Man, I bonded with it and had a great time and it was part of what was put into the album “House of God”.  ‘Angel’, that was the name.  That’s taken straight from there. ‘Goodbye’ is the day that I had to say goodbye to it.  I bonded with it, but my wife never did.  It was a rough playmate in the yard.  It had to be a very secure yard and you could not have it free.  It got up to my hip and it got really big, and had to be given back to the pack where it came from. 

Also, the crazy things, the horror stuff, I don’t know what you can say but it has always been with me.  We have stuff here in our house where I am now.  It doesn’t happen often, but there are things.  On our fan club site, there is a picture from Sweden Rock Festival which shows a parallel universe or something like that, because it can’t be explained.  The picture shows me sitting down on a drum riser and you’re supposed to see our actress dressed in all black for a song from the last album, a song called ‘Shades of Black’.  She is in full black suit, even her face is black, and you can’t see anything, just black shape.  She’s moving around me throughout the song and it gets darker and darker, we actually present the song in black and white, we use no colors on stage, just black and white and it gets darker and darker throughout.  Towards the end, I have a lantern where I blow out the candle at the end, its part of the story.  She is behind me there and what you see in the picture is, you see one of her legs up to the thigh is like its cut right off up to the thigh.  There’s no more of her then that one leg.  Everything’s confirmed that it’s her leg, but its cut right through the thigh.  There’s no way that she could’ve moved the rest of her body so fast that it would create a blur, there is no blur, it’s a straight cutoff.  There is no double exposure, it’s a digital camera.  We even went so far as to upload it for the fans to this site and when you do that you get all the settings of the camera in there as well.  Everybody could see exactly what the camera was set at, there’s no trickery, and nothing was done by us.  Someone else actually had it examined and got the result that I knew it would get that nothing had been manipulated.  There is also a shadow that looks like a shadow from that leg, but when you zoom in on it, it looks totally like a hole.  So that’s very odd, it doesn’t make sense.  There’s no logic in that picture, it’s totally unexplainable.

Metallica’s 30th King Diamond image 8anniversary.  At the hotel we stayed at the night we arrived, Brian Slagel was there, Hank Sherman, Michael Denner and Timmy Hansen, I was there and my wife was there.  We were the only ones that were left at the hotel bar late at night there.  There is a see through person in the back walking in behind the bar.  You see straight through the person, but the outline is very sharp.  You can see my hand in the picture moving, totally blurry.  It doesn’t make sense, unless it’s a ghost.  There is no other explanation there.  It’s not the first time that I’ve had these experiences in my life.  Here in the house too, some of them are little innocent funny things, others things are more serious, a little bigger.  I had here in the house at one point, my father-in-law was here and my wife’s whole family was here at Christmas once.  Her dad knows that I’m very fascinated by World War II; my dad participated as a freedom fighter in Denmark and had to flee to Sweden.  He became part of the Danish brigade and a lot of blah blah, but a lot of interesting stuff for me.  I have his arm band from that brigade, his dog tags as well, but before that he was part of doing sabotage in Denmark against the Germans.  So I’m very interested in all this and my wife’s dad knew this.  Her dad knew from when they had a summer house in a village that was four hours from Budapest, but there was another village next to the one where they had their summer house in.  They knew there was a story of a farmer that supposedly had killed an SS officer and when the Russians came to “Liberate” Hungary from the Germans, they just took over.  A lot of Germans would try to get civilian clothes to try and get away, and this was one of them.  Supposedly, he came into this farm and they say the farmer killed him and took his uniform.  The guy died in the boots that I have in front of my fireplace, a pair of SS boots.  Not because I’m a Nazi in any way or fashion, but because of the historical value of them.  Inside you can see a stamp inside saying who developed those boots.  I tried one on and I fit into it, the way it fits on you feels weird.  It makes you feel superior in some way, it’s really strange.  The way it hugs your calf and stuff like that, you put it on and you feel like you need to command someone around (laughing).  It really does feel psychologically weird.  I got those for Christmas because he had gone over there and bought them from this farmer and because of my historical interest in this.  Then they were put in front of the fireplace.  Sometime about 2 in the morning and we had snow that Christmas actually, there was this gigantic noise coming from the living room.  It felt like everything that was up on the mantle over the fireplace was swept off and down on the floor in front.  I was sure someone was in the house, so immediately I grabbed my gun and I started clearing the house.  I saw my sister-in-law come out from her guest bedroom and told her to get back in her room and told my wife to get down behind the bed.  When I saw Magic, our cat, she came out from our bathroom, it was like whoa, and it’s not her doing anything in there.  I was pretty sure we had an uninvited guest and then I secured the house.  I proceeded to turn lights on and thinking that if I turn this one on I’ll see whoever is there and I’ll make sure they don’t see me before its too late.  There was nobody, no one in the house.  Then I went up into the attic to see if there was anything up there that might’ve fallen over…nothing.  I went out with a flashlight and walked around the house in the snow and there was no footprints, nothing, nothing, nothing.  It was almost like OK, well Mr. Officer; I guess you are in the house now.

HS:  Wow!

KD:  That’s just one of these things.  Poland for instance, we had four spots in this house.  There are these ghost finder apps for fun things; they hit on all those four spots.  One does exactly hit those four spots, it whacks out completely on those spots.  We brought it with us on the tour here in Warsaw Poland; we stayed in a hotel way up on the high floors.  You could see out over the whole city, it was beautiful, but the room was so freaking cold.  It was unnaturally could not be that cold for real in the summertime, it simply could not be right.  I asked them if they could bring heaters up and stuff like that.  So I took that app out and it went nuts.  There’s so much between heaven and earth that we will never understand, but it’s very fascinating.  For me, I wish that someday I could be hosting some kind of a show to have other metal musicians come by and they scare the piss out of them to have a fun time.  For Halloween, you could have a special broadcast where you broadcast from some haunted place.  I can tell you I attract this stuff or vice versa.  It would also be great to see some of our stories as actual movies.  There are a couple of them that would really do well.  It’s hard to do when you don’t know anyone in the business.  There has to be someone with genuine interest to do justice to these things because B, C, and D movies I’m totally not interested in.

 There’s nothing I would ever allow to be done to these stories that doesn’t justify what they’re about.  If someone comes in and they’re serious and they have the right capabilities to do it, then probably.  Then you know that you have to compromise on story and things like that, that’s the way things are too you know.  There are so many things; ‘Them’ and ‘Conspiracy’, there are different beginnings that were never mentioned on the album.  There is only so much space on an album; I have so much stuff that happens in-between the two albums that make up the story.  The ending, I know exactly how it would be for a movie that is not on the album.  There are a lot of things; I have names for all the characters.  A lot of stuff was put into it, just for me to understand it better, to have a better idea to make sure all the stuff was right.  For ‘Abigail II’ for example, I had to create that family tree that’s inside the book just so I could make sure I didn’t make a mistake, that everybody was correct ages, correct this, correct that.  That’s the thing when you do stories, you have to go over and over to make sure before you let go of it, it’s correct.  I would love to see some of those stories like ‘Them’, ‘Conspiracy’, ‘The Puppet Master’, some of those would really do well.  I mean even ‘Abigail’ would do fine.

HS:  A lot of your material would be perfect as a horror film.  Have you ever wanted to write a screenplay using your material?

KD:  That’s the thing you know.  It’s very hard to find time to sit down and write for me.  But I would have an easier time collaborating with someone if that was the case.  There’s been people who came to us, there was one in England recently, that came and said they had a script here and this and that.  Well, King can’t read it because we don’t do anything until we have a business plan from you.  We need to have something and then you need to sign a nondisclosure agreement because there’s always these traps, that’s why we have lawyers to prevent these traps where someone says “Now I showed them a script, so anything that’s going to come from now on, I can claim as based on mine.”  It’s like no, no, I’ve never seen a script in my life so far.  I would only read one if there have been all these contracts set up the correct way, and then I would of course, sit and figure it out.  So there is always that stuff, the legal part.  If someone comes from a real company and spells it out legally, then you could start collaborating.  I could definitely collaborate on a lot of things, you take out a couple of days or a week or weekend or whatever and you talk the stories through in detail, what could be, what could not be.  All my other ideas that I have about these stories that you can’t get on an album, it’s not like a book or anything like that.  It’s just all the main points.  I could collaborate with people easy if that was ever the case.  You still hope for someday that it would come true because it would be very interesting I think.  Grandma could be another Freddy Krueger if people did it right.  You’ll never see your own grandmother the same way again if you had someone do that story correct you know.

HS:  King, a lot of your videos are like mini horror movies.  Are there any horror films that inspired you?

KD:  There are a lot of horror movies that inspire me you could say.  I’ll always go out of my way to try and not copy anything in the stories, same with the music, I go out of my way to try and make sure that I do not copy anyone with anything.  We have a very unique style and that’s part of the reason why we are doing better than we have ever done these days.  We are still going stronger than ever on the theater road because we will never jump in on the fashion wagon.  It was always us doing everything straight from the heart.  That’s one thing that has created this solid base that is really growing at the moment. 

Fans that are so dedicated because they know they can trust us and they know how we are.  For instance, a lot of albums are not out in Japan, simply because they want to have these special editions with bonus tracks and I refuse to milk the fans and be like that, I cannot be like that.  They have to go and get that one extra song and buy the album one more time.  That’s bullshit man; I can’t deal with that kind of stuff.  That’s totally taking advantage of your own fans.  They know that too about us and that’s why they are so hardcore, trustworthy fans.
Of course I’m inspired by a lot of these old movies you know, but also later on, there are movies that are not so much blood and gore.  If there is a place in a movie where it has that, then do it and do it right so it is really effective.  But movies that live on that, that’s not really my style.  It’s more like the psychological horror that scares you inside, that makes you think afterwards.  The thing with ‘The Puppet Master’ where evil totally wins in the end is an ending where it’s a horrible ending for this person that has been turned into a doll that’s hanging in a wall in a shop somewhere and will never ever see his love again, which has also been turned into a puppet but is in another place.  Things are really not right at the end there and there is no hope for good to happen, that’s how it ends.  It just leaves you with that, you will never forget it if you read the story through.  You will never forget it because it has that impact of “man that was not right”, and sometimes that’s a good way to do things too.  It will make people think and they will bring it up many times in the future.  Of course, you are entranced by everything you see and hear. 

When I start writing music, the way I do it, I shut everything down.  I don’t listen to other people’s music from the day I start writing until the day we’re done with the album.  I do not listen to other stuff.  It has to be me; it has to come from me, all of it.  That’s how it has always been.  There was one thing from the album ‘Them’, there is a song called “The Accusation Chair” that was so close to The Twilight Zone theme that someone came up to me and said they loved the way I incorporated the Twilight Zone theme in that song.  I was like, not sure what you’re talking about.  I never seen it, I grew up in Denmark, I don’t know what you’re talking about, I’m sorry.  Then I checked it out and I was like “Oh my God!” I think there were two notes different, but the theme I used was slightly different.  There are only so many notes and so many ways you can put them together.  That was one of those where I hit something that I had no chance of having ever heard before.  It was a very small thing, it didn’t make or break the song you know, and it was an interesting coincidence.

HS:  To talk about your stage show a little bit, is it hard to weave your stage show around your music, to incorporate all that?  Do your band members help collaborate on designing your stage show or is it just you?

KD: Well, it’s me, my wife helps a little bit, Andy was part of it, and our lighting engineer was part of it.  It is collaboration of course but I had the majority of ideas because I wrote the lyrics and I have a certain thing that I would like for people to see, if it’s possible to see.  That’s where we do different things, I have a lot of ideas for the lighting engineer and it’s up to him to carry them out.  He carries a lot of them out perfectly.  Some of it he comes up with new ideas.  People are on the same level to a degree you know, but of course it has to come from me, these things because I wrote the lyrics and I know what things I would like to see.  Those lighting effects, they work and the way he moves certain shadows around by lighting things in the front and the back, front and the back.  I work on a lot of those things with him, this year we were in Germany and worked for a whole week with full production, full lights, it could’ve been a concert, the whole week but there was nobody there but us.  Working and perfecting the whole thing, getting it right, getting the lights right.  After the first show, I sit and look at pictures and videos afterwards and we had to drop the hollow spot because I saw things, working with the actress on the song “Voodoo” where she is a voodoo priestess.  I’m standing with a follow spot on me and she stands without a follow spot on me and this poison green color and I looked whiter and it didn’t look like we were in the same room.  It didn’t fit the mood, the mood is much more important than seeing me in a follow spot which I don’t care about.  It’s the whole presentation that matters to me, it’s the theater, it’s not me me me, it has nothing to do with that.  It’s a process that a lot of people work on.  I hope that next year we can bring back the coffin for cremation and burn me on stage again.

 That’s one thing, my back can do it, and I know how it’s done, the trick, so I know I can do it.  It just has to be overhauled and fixed up.  There’s things that are not tight enough and that has to be fixed and repaired so that it’s totally safe again.  I’d love to bring that back plus some other effects that we’re going to have that I won’t talk about yet.  If that happens and we can add that to the show, it’s going to be a jaw dropper totally.  It’s already really very effective. 

People don’t bring what we bring and we make sure we can actually adjust it a little bit so we can fit it in the bigger indoor places with stages for theaters.  In the U.S. it should fit next time.  It fills out the festival stages in Europe.  It’s not just that we bring in a backdrop you know and a bunch of amps.  You don’t even see the amps on our set.  It looks like the end of a church; it’s a two stories, stairs leading up, candelabras, big crosses that can light up sitting upside down up in the balcony.  All kinds of stuff, Grandma’s in there in the wheelchair and you interact with her.  There’s a voodoo priestess and a pregnant wife, black horsemen and all this stuff.  She’s been with us since the ‘Voodoo’ album so she’s been there for 13 or 14 years.  She’s the puppet in the Puppet Master, it’s amazing what she adds to it, but it’s her and I and we have ideas on how to do it.  It’s really up where it has not been before.  The way it looks is extremely impressive I can tell you.  It’s the size of Iron Maiden’s show.

HS:  I agree.  Your stage show is so impressive; it’s almost like going to a haunted house.Mercyful Fate image

KD:  Yeah, you’re right.  It seems like when people take pictures of it, it’s haunted for real.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 13, 2014, 07:33:08 pm
HS:  King, if you had a dream project, what do you think that might be?

KD:  A dream project?  Man, one of the movies, if that were ever to happen in the right hands.  Someone who was really serious and had the power to do it right.  That has been a dream my whole career, to see one of those come to life for real, that would be like “Wow”.  I’d even go out and write some new songs for it, brand new material.  There’s a lot of stuff that would be extremely interesting to see because that’s a level I’ve never been at.  It’s a thing that I’m not expecting will happen so if it ever happens, it will be an amazing bonus.  It hasn’t happened all these years so why would it suddenly happen now?  For us as a band, I’d like to see us go up up up you know.  From here on, it’s not like people want to see us because we came back from whatever happened to me, it’s amazing what has happened and that I can go on and be better than I have ever been in my career.  The band sounds better; everything is where it should be.  We get invited to headline all these big things and we spent the whole summer over in Europe.  Next year for Wacken, that was the first one that was announced, there will be a bunch more for Europe next year and then the U.S. should be in the Autumn next year.  Whether there is a new album out or not, we will do our best, we will be writing and It’s a matter of whether it’s going to be done or not.  We are not going to rush; it’s just going to be right.  Once we get up and running with this new system that I’ve told you about, it’s also going to make us more productive because we will have everything at our fingertips.

HS:  What about a long awaited DVD or Blu-ray?  Any plans for that?

KD:  We might have that from Japan.  We will play over there on the 20th of October.  We have as part of the deal; we have to give them as headliner 5 songs for a TV special that they are going to produce.  That means they are shooting the whole thing with 10 cameras.  Copies of all the 10 camera footage in case there is something we don’t like in their edit then we can go in and replace it with another camera because we have them all.  Once we have that, we might as well do the whole concert and then take 5 of the best for their TV special but then we sit with the rest and what do we do with it?  Once they’ve used it for the TV, we can use it for advertisement and then maybe do a special Japanese release of all the DVD/CD live set.  It would be perfect to shoot it and then have it.
Without saying anything specific, there’s a chance, we have bought the rights to record it anyway.  We have to give them something, so why not do the whole thing.  Then, that could be our way to get our foot into the Japanese market where we’ve never really been doing anything.  They love horror over there you know.  It will come natural once they see our show.

HS:  Are you excited to be a part of Metal Blade Records now?

KD:  Absolutely!  From what I understand, they are doing very well.  We have a very good deal with them and look very much forward to the next three albums that we signed on for.  We have a great relationship.

HS  Will we ever see Mercyful Fate reunited again in the near future?

KD:  There are no immediate plans but that’s the question a lot of people will be asking.  The answer is the same, I would never say no to that.  That’s always a possibility, you never know.  These days if you want to do it, it has to be done right.  It demands a lot and that means someone has to have money to do it.  That’s the one thing these days, if you want to do something, you have to do it right.  I know now from King Diamond from being away from the scene for a little while and then catching up, with the internet and the fan club and everything you have to do, work on sponsorship, work on all kinds of stuff to get it up and get off to the right level.  Where we are now with King Diamond, it’s much better than we’ve ever been but it’s a lot of work to get it up to there.  When you think about it, it’s the same lineup in King Diamond we’ve had for 10 or 12 years now, which is great too.  It definitely makes everybody tight.  With Mercyful Fate also who is in Mercyful Fate right now?  I don’t know.  If anyone wanted Mercyful Fate again in some way, are we talking the old Mercy?  No one has gathered the old old lineup with Kim Ruzz you know.  Simply because no one knew what his skill was at, if he could play or whatever.  It’s all these things once you start talking about that stuff, you hope people’s egos are not getting in the way of making things happen, if somebody wanted to try and make it happen.  You never know, you never know what can happen.  It would really have to be done right.  An interesting concept would be to have the really old lineup and go and play only from the early stuff, ‘Melissa’ and ‘Don’t Break the Oath’, and do only that, and show people that these guys can still kick some serious ass!  All these people have families and work; they can’t go out on a big tour, that’s a fact.  Then you would have to play selective shows here and there.  To do it correctly, imagine all the time it would take to get it up and running.  A lot of work, a lot of people’s wages to be paid, that’s what I’m getting at.  Someone has to have a lot of money to make that happen because people’s situations right now.  I wouldn’t mind doing it, not at all, it would be very interesting.

HS:  That would be awesome, I’m sure the fans would go nuts over that.

KD:  With Mercy, they have never done bigger stuff than King Diamond and we are still going up.  We always sold more, we’ve played bigger places, we got more this and that, and it’s always been the case.  King Diamond is the one where it started with all the conceptual albums and horror and that respect.  King Diamond was always ten times more satanic actually.  People say no Mercy, but no no, King Diamond has all the satanic philosophies there.  It’s very very full of the supernatural, Mercy has more of the myths you know, pointing fingers a little here and there.  Talk about Headless riders, those different kinds of myths there.  I always carry a letter from Anton Lavey with me on tour.  I have a hand written letter from him that his own daughter didn’t believe I had because he never wrote anyone by hand, it was always dictated.  I had the pleasure of meeting him and spending a night at the church out in San Francisco.  He gave me eternal membership and the things he wrote in the letter, most people would not understand what it’s about and I’m not going to tell them.  There are other things in the letter that are very special; I will always have it with me.  I see King Diamond as much more if you want to say Satanic than Mercyful Fate ever was.  That’s why with King Diamond now we have upside down crosses and we have the gigantic Baphomet symbol so it almost looks like a church inside.  Mercy had so much originality in it.  It has a different value then King Diamond has you know, they’re two very different things.  That’s why there’s room for both.  King Diamond is extremely theatrical and Mercy is more straight forward because it’s complex.  We still play a couple songs in the King Diamond set; we play “Come To the Sabbath” and “Evil”.

HS:  That’s incredible.  King, I could talk to you all day, I’m sure but I don’t want to hold you up.  You’re a true legend in the music industry and I’ve been listening to you for 30 years.  It’s a total honor to speak with you and I thank you so much for taking time out to talk with me.  I wish you the best of luck with your health and your career.  I can’t wait for new stuff from you guys.

KD:  We can’t wait to get moving on new material and do more of this.  Not just me, but the whole band got a second life now. We have to get our ass to Chicago too, but that’s one of our strongholds, I’m sure we’ll be there soon.

HS:  I’ll be there when you come back.

KD:  It was great talking to you too.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 13, 2014, 07:43:56 pm
You’re probably the most famous member of the Church Of Satan after founder Anton LaVey. What kind of role does the Church play in your life these days?

King: It’s with me everyday, but it’s not like I need to talk to someone from the Church to confirm it. I’m actually gonna call Karla [LaVey, Anton’s daughter] so I can hook up with her when we’re in San Francisco, but I am what I am, and I’ve always been what I am. My thoughts have not changed. It’s not a religion—it never was. It’s a life philosophy. I see myself as a spiritual person, but I don’t think anyone should claim proof of a god. No one can prove it. That’s why I don’t claim to know whether there are one, many or no gods. But my beliefs have only gotten stronger as a result of my experiences.

When I visited you last year, you showed me a letter that Anton LaVey had written you. You said I would forget its contents after reading it, and I did. I know you won’t say what’s written in it, but could you talk about its significance to you?

King: The letter that I showed you, I always have it with me on tour. That experience of meeting Dr. LaVey, going to the Church and getting certain confirmations meant so much to me, but I didn’t need the Satanic Bible to confirm my life philosophy. I already saw things that way before I ever read the book, but it was very interesting to see it in writing. And then to meet them and see how serious they were about what they were doing—it wasn’t just some gimmick for money. I met with LaVey, just him and I, for an hour and a half in the ritual chamber. I told him how I felt and he took his baphomet symbol off and pressed it into my hand. And then he let me in on some things that you saw in that letter, which I told you you’d forget about. [Laughs] Everyone who has seen it will forget it.

J. Bennett still has no idea what that goddamn letter says.

"I have a special necklace, the one that I have and the one my wife has.  For me there is a power in it that was given when something supernatural happened when we lost our black cat that was called “Magic”.  We had her for 18 years but that whole night, something unique happened and what she did was something supernatural and we went and got these made.  That’s one thing that we do, grab sometimes and what happened" - King Diamond

I wonder what happened that night!
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Count Jonah on November 14, 2014, 03:46:42 pm
Thanks SatanKing for putting these up. Very interesting read. I was wondering the other day why he chose the name King Diamond, but even in the early days he does not seem to know. Well the King part makes perfect sense. I guess he was just playing cards or something.  :king:
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on November 14, 2014, 05:36:59 pm
Count: You are very welcome :)  Yeah who knows maybe you are onto something as far as how he got the name
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on February 27, 2015, 08:46:08 pm
The band is a legend, the man a myth. When two years ago word came in that the Danish outfit were about to reform and record a new album, my first and initial reaction was one of displeasure. I did not believe that fate would be as merciful to the band as it once had been. Having released In The Shadows at the beginning of last year and the somewhat pointless EP, The Bellwitch (originally a Westwood Live broadcast this summer), frontman King Diamond, guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Sherman, bassist Sharlee Angelo and drummer Snowy Shaw are about to unleash their new effort entitled Time. It is an appropriate moment to face King and put my perspectives before him. “Not at all,” marches King verbally when I wonder if he regrets the band’s reunion. “Especially when you hear the new one!”
I am interested to know how King sees In The Shadows, however, before we get to Time. “It’s a really good album. There are a lot of good songs there.” King feels, “It belongs with the other albums, but what I can hear listening back is that we were newly together again. After not playing together for eight years, it takes time (pun intended?) to capture the magic and be comfortable with each other.”
I am sure everyone is eager to hear about the new album. “I will first tell you about the two videos.” He begins, “We are shooting them here in LA. One is called Nightmare Be Thy Name. It deals with a guy who has a curse hanging over him. The Master of Dreams, or whoever is making up those dreams, and sticking them in his head. The dreams are like nightmares to him because they are like second sight. He sees the future of people, which he doesn’t want to, and he wants the Master of Dreams to stop playing those games. But he knows that he won’t stop. The master of dreams will go after him to the grave and beyond.”

Who is the master of dreams and what inspired this song?
“I don’t know who he is,” the singer disclaims. “I have experienced deja-vu quite a few times – it’s weird. It’s weird sitting in a situation, which you’ve already been through and realize that if I do this then what will happen.

“I remember in old Mercyful Fate being on the tour bus,” further narrates the Dane. “I had just been dreaming that I had a big argument with Kim Ruzz, and I say something that shuts him up. I wake up and I couldn’t believe it. I did have the argument with him I realized if I said this I would shut him up. I said it, just like the dream, and he shut up!”

The second video, Witches Dance, is an outdoor shoot. It’s about a guy who’s asleep and is dreaming of the darkened sky with the moon outside being just like a demon’s eye dancing on the blackened sky. It just feels like nothing is real in his dream. He suddenly hears an evil chant and feels like these shadows lurking around him and closing in. He is taken out of his bed by these cold hands, which lead him into the woods. In the forest, he sees a fire burning and hooded shapes around it. There is a throne of silver and he realizes that, including him, there are thirteen people there. A ritual is about to be performed, and being twelve, these people needed another person. So they grabbed him out of his bed. But he is still dreaming – remember that. Then he sees Satan on the throne and before him they must take their turn. Whoever walks into the fire in the dance must be sacrificed. Later, the first verse repeats, except ‘was’ is now ‘is.’ Finally, the guy wakes up and you don’t know if he’s going to experience this for real in the woods now that he’s up. Or is he dreaming for a second time?”

What will happen? “ I don’t know,” hesitates King. “It’s for people to figure out what will happen,

Time stands out because it has weird instruments from beginning to end,” King Diamond begins detailing the album. “It’s very mystical – melodic at first and strange later. It has three sets of vocals at the same time. It ends super heavy with full power and choirs. It just gets heavier and heavier. The song wishes you could save beautiful moments to use later on. The Mad Arab is a story, which will continue on the next album. It has some extremely heavy shit. Angel Of Light is a glorification of Lucifer. It also refers to The Oath.”

That particular song was the actual oath of Satan, I interject.

“No, it was a mix of different initiations,” the singer pensively clarifies. “You can’t write the real initiation process in lyrics. It’s too long anyway. The song was more of a ‘best of’ what goes on. There’s no way you can put all that needs to be done in a song. That’s always the problem with lyrics, which is why it’s good to do concept albums. You get the space you need.
“The Preacher is a fist in the face of all these preachers,” King further proves the new album to be good. “there is one called Robert Tilton: one fucking phony jerk. He took advantage of people so bad he is being sued now. In one case, this old woman, whose husband was very sick, was sending him money asking him to pray for her husband. He would send letters back saying send more money, send more money. One day, he got this lawsuit through the door. This TV preacher was saying, “if you don’t send money, we can’t save your husband.” And the woman’s husband was dead for a month!”

Hovering around the subject of religion I tell King Diamond that I need his definitive statement regarding his religious beliefs. To my pleasant surprise he does not hold back. “Oh, I am a full-blown Satanist.”

I interviewed Glen Benton of Deicide a while ago. He opinionated that you are not an advocate of Satan. You both claim to be disciples of Satan. What is the conflict?” There are many different kinds of Satanism and, yes, I am a member of the Church Of Satan (headed by Rev. Anton LaVey),” King Diamond responds to my inquiry. “I’ve been invited to the church and spent a night there. When people see the word ‘Satan’ they see only negative. Satan is not only bad, to me. It represents both sides of everything. I don’t believe in the Christian devil.
“Christianity has both God and the devil. I believe there is neither of these two. I believe in the powers of the unknown, which I have experienced many times. I know that rituals work. I don’t do them often because you can easily misuse them. They will get back at you if you don’t respect them. Some people think Satanism is what the Christian church portrays it to be. If you are as bad and as evil as you can be and you think that’s Satanism you have become part of the Christian religion. I call it Christian Satanism. That never has and never will have anything to do with me. All those people who complain of Satanism, what do they know of it? Where do they get their knowledge? Book, TV or what the priest told them? Very often people who go nuts and kill say they did it in the name of Satan. No, they didn’t! They did it in the name of the preacher. A person who does that is insane beyond savage to begin with.”

Will King go as far as recommending the Church, I ponder.” The Church Of Satan is the way to go for me,” is King’s stance. But I have always respected the fact that people are different and have different needs.”

As for the Deicide main man,” With Glen Benton, I don’t give a flying fuck what he says about me or what he thinks I am! It would be a waste of my energy to think about him. I have my own beliefs and live my own way. If he just lives in a fantasy, pretending, I suggest he changes himself to fulfill his own dream. I hope he is sincere and serious about what he is saying. Otherwise, it’s just a charade. You’re not making anybody happy. Least of all yourself!”

Remaining on controversial grounds, I can’t help but steer the conversation to Cathedral and, more specifically, vocalist Lee Dorian’s contentions in the press concerning the lack of professionalism in the Mercyful Fate camp. “Usually I don’t give a shit what people say,” retorts King in his confident tone. “It’s a matter of professionalism. Our tour with Cathedral was their first, which was longer than a week. Usually, I am not at the venue until ten minutes before the show. I don’t get to see all the politics and the crap with the crews hating each other, et cetra.
“It all started with Cathedral demanding a sound check. Like, yeah, right, you are the third band on the bill and you demand a sound check? What do you fucking think this is, man? Have you ever been on tour before?
“We had promoters promising this and that in our contacts. If we don’t get it and if we play it sounds weak and distorted. People shouldn’t pay to see a band that sounds like shit. So, in such instances we don’t play. One night at New Orleans, we cancelled a show because the promoter had nothing in there that he should have. But Cathedral played anyway. Then Lee Dorian started jerking off on stage. I don’t know if he was high or whatever – saying shit like ‘that faggot King Diamond. I told their manager to tell him to come right here to the bus and say it to my face. If he means it he will say it to my face and I’ll fucking fix it for him. He never showed up. They never showed up. Never saw them again. Probably hiding in the cathedral.”

The chat, however, ends with another endorsement of Mercyful Fate’s fourth full-length album. “This is much more well produced and a lot harder. We’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio,” informs King. “We recorded it at Dallas Communication Complex and got into detail with everything and you’ll hear it too!”

The album sounds more than a tad interesting and the motley frontman was certainly more than liberal in his statements. The man is currently in the studio recording Spider’s Lullaby with his band King Diamond after which Mercyful Fate will head to Europe for a tour. US and Canadian fans will be able to see the band live as of mid-January. See you there in ‘time.’

This interview initially appeared in Pit Magazine No. 12.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Count Jonah on February 28, 2015, 12:08:43 pm
Another cool interview find! Thanks! Interesting to see the inspiration behind "Nightmare Be Thy Name" and "Witches Dance".

I had no idea there was so much bad blood with Cathedral.  :jerk:
What was missing from the New Orleans show that MF needed to preform, I wonder????  :bgfrown:
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on February 28, 2015, 12:20:30 pm
Count: You are welcome and yes I love hearing him explain the lyrics to his songs. I will have to add these to the other ones he has explained.  And I too did not know about the guy from Cathedral acting like that! I knew about Glen Benton but then Glen hates everyone it seems.

Good question about the New Orleans show.

Also curious what he means when he says " I know that rituals work. I don’t do them often because you can easily misuse them. They will get back at you if you don’t respect them".  He mentioned that before too how he does not do rituals as often as he used to as he has too much respect for the Powers
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Count Jonah on February 28, 2015, 04:29:27 pm
Haha, was Lee Dorrian really jerking off onstage or did King mean that as a figure of speech.

I think what King meant is that when you are younger, you are more impulsive and I guess over time he develop a respect for the powers he speaks of and only calls on them when necessary.

A great deal of King's lyrics have to do with offending supernatural powers, misusing magic or being cursed.  :king:
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on February 28, 2015, 05:44:18 pm
I assume it was a figure of speech but who knows. Sometimes these people do strange things onstage!

Great points about King developing more respect for the powers and only calling on them in ritual when it is really needed and how he does include this in his lyrics about these things that he talks about in interviews. :king:

Wonder if King has ever summoned a Power form the Goetia or Necronomicon which he owns number 666 of.

Here is a thread about King and the Supernatural
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 21, 2015, 08:16:44 pm
(Reprinted by permission by HM Magazine. Thank you my brother.)

Live pictures by Mike Coles

Yikes! What would you do if you were face-to-face with the singer from one of the "most satanic bands" in metal? Cringe? Hold up a silver cross? Well, if you were face-to-face with Kim (King Diamond's real name), you'd probably respond with kindness to this nice guy. In fact, instead of threatening with curses and spells, the guy was all too eager to talk about down-to-earth things like football. . Of course, since this isn't a football magazine, we got on to other subjects. Read on and enjoy...

HM: If you could boil down the message of your music into one theme, let's say King D., what would that be?

King D: The message in the music?

HM: Yeah.

King D: I'm touching a lot on people's feelings on the inside. I deal a lot with people's minds, what's going on there. How we get along, how we don't get along, why we get along. I like very much to raise questions and make people think. You will never, in any of our lyrics, find me saying, "Don't do this and that, because that is wrong." That is something that goes very much with my philosophy and my beliefs-that nobody is right or wrong. Right and wrong is very individual. You've got to respect that, you know? There are laws that need to be followed, because that enables us to live in peace. And you know what's gonna happen if you break them. But, apart from that, pretty much live out your feelings. Do what you feel is right inside. But-right and wrong-you've got to respect that it's very individual. One person might feel that it's right to do this thing and another person might feel, "Oh, I can't do that" but you can't condemn other people for having a different opinion. That very much is also the thing when it comes to religious beliefs. I am very strong minded about respecting other people's religious beliefs. I always have been like that. If I did not do that, I would not be accepting human beings as individuals. We are all individuals. Individual means "unique; one of a kind." You have very different thoughts, feelings, needs, everything. You've got to respect that. I have always had high respect (for others) as long as people don't try to force their thoughts, or their ways on to other people-then I have no problem with them. The human race likes to judge other people by religious beliefs, unfortunately. I wish that was not the case; that people could start judging each other by our personalities, because it would be a much better world. If there is somebody whose being a real jerk to you, sure, treat him the same way. Maybe you can solve it, or maybe you just don't need to associate with that person. But if the person is great to be around, or puts you in a good mood, you should-if it seems to be a good thing for you. And it doesn't matter what that person believes in private, whether he's Christian, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, or whatever. It doesn't matter what they believe in private, because they are different from you, no matter what you say. And you are never going to make them believe whatever you believe in exactly the same way. It's impossible. You take ten people that believe in any kind of religion, and give them a hundred questions each about their religion and you will up with ten different religions. When you start talking religious beliefs, you are not talking a fact that you can prove and show to another person. Nobody can prove to another person that their god is the right one. Nobody can. That's always been my very strong philosophy, or standpoint. We are all different. Nobody can come to me and say," Hey, listen. It says so right here and here; therefore it's proof that this is right." Well, give me the proof. Let me see. Show it in your hand. Open your hand and let me see the proof right there. You can't do that, because it is a belief. Some people might be convinced that they're right, and can't believe others don't believe the same ways. But that is fine. If you feel good about your life; being a Protestant or whatever. Well, then stay a Protestant, you know? Why would you go and be something else? My religious beliefs are something that I have not found in any books whatsoever.

I go by a philosophy that's got a label that is called "Satanism" because Anton La Vey wrote a book called the Satanic Bible, which is full of life philosophy, and doesn't really concern itself with any type of religious messages or religious guidelines. Actually, his book has a giant void when it comes to religious beliefs, and that's for one specific reason. You've got to respect other beings for being different, having different needs, and different feelings. Don't direct them into what they should believe. Let them pick and choose from whatever they feel is the right thing for them. Then you can start going into what actually I do believe, why I am here, have I been here before, and all those things. I don't believe in Heaven and Hell. I don't believe in the two Christian gods, personally. God and Satan, I don't believe in them, that way they're described by Christianity. It would be a very long monologue for me to tell you exactly what I believe. You get kind of that feeling now. The things that I believe in is something that I have not seen in any books. I've had quite a few long discussions with people about this stuff. They get very surprised. There are thongs that I've asked questions about, to myself. A typical example is like a two-year old kid getting run over by a truck. Why? Why did this have to happen? Who can give me a rational explanation? When it comes to a situation like this, you know, why on earth does a thing like this happen? I've been able to satisfy my own curiosity, and answer the question to myself in the way that I believe. I do believe that we all have a soul which we might take with us to several lives, actually. I believe very strongly, that for each power there is - call it a soul or whatever - that power or soul has to live several lives, to experience all kinds of feelings that exist before it's able to cross over to a higher plane of some kind, or a different type of world. What the content of that thing is, I have no idea. I very strongly believe that. I believe that when you've been on Earth through one lifetime, you go beyond, and there you leave all the knowledge, and everything you've experienced, all the things you've experienced. You leave it somewhere in kind of a storage around us. That's why sometimes we feel like, you know, there are spirits or ghosts around us. But I believe that you come back down with a very tiny part of that, and continue in another lifetime, gaining more experience and other feelings. And finally at some point, you go to a place beyond; you're ready to go on to this higher level. You've probably heard stories that a person has been able to describe being buried in great detail, and it's never been written in any books or anything. People describe things that they have no chance of knowing. I believe that the reason for that is they have had a very short, brief moment of connection to where all the former experiences are stored. And that way they suck some knowledge in, and they're able to describe something from their former life. And then you get to the point where, "Why did this two-year-old die, get run over by a truck, and not ever live a full life? Well, if you think of it this way, maybe that soul, after those two years, the whole experience of every feeling there is had been fulfilled. And there was no reason for this soul inside this two-year-old kid to go on any longer because now it's going on to this other type of world of existence. And that's the only way I've been able to explain to myself - to find some kind of meaning on that type of death, where it just seems like, "I can't believe this. Why did this happen? "And the same thing, where you might find a plane going down with 50 people on it, you know. And three people miraculously survived. It seems impossible. And it's kind of like, all of a sudden, 47 on this plane are so close to fulfilling all these kings of feelings. It is very convenient for this plane to go down, and they can all go on. But hey, wait a minute!!! There's three people here that are not quite ready yet. They haven't had all the experience. Well, we can make them survive.

HM: That's interesting. I agree with you in principle, in part, that each person is an individual. I think it's wonderful that we are all unique.

King D: You've got to accept other people. You can't say, "That's (bleep) and that makes sense and when it says that in that book you're believing, it contradicts that." Hey, you don't need to have those discussions. You don't actually have to talk about it. If that person is satisfied by whatever book that guides them in their spiritual life, fine. What's the problem? There are no problems. We can just be a little different as human beings, and accept ourselves as human beings.

HM: I happen to believe that there are absolutes, But I think It's far more effective to ask people questions, and make them question things, and make up their own choice, because you have to individualize your decisions.

King D: And you can't let other people live your life for you. I don't believe that is the meaning and purpose in life.

HM: Yeah, if your philosophy was built around me, what if something happened to me? Then where would your philosophy be? It's got to be something that you individualize, and come to your own conclusions.

King D: Absolutely, yeah.

HM: Well, what do you think of Jesus Christ?

King D: What do I think of Jesus Christ....? I'm not a Christian. I don't believe in either God or Satan, the way they are depicted. I don't believe in Jesus the way He's depicted either. I don't believe in the bible. I do see that there is a lot of good morale in the Bible. To me, it's a book that is way outdated. A thing that would make sense for Christians, I think, would be to update the Bible. That might actually bring more people into that type of belief. But you talk about Jesus... I think that this book must have been written by a lot of different people. At some point, all Scripture has been put into one by someone. If you look at that, He probably was, but I don't see the Jesus figure in the Bible as being just one person. I see that as being a lot of people that have been described. I see it almost as what was determined by witches and witchcraft in the fourteenth century. I see that as being a lot of different people who knew about medicine, and herbs, ointments, and how you can actually battle certain diseases with natural medicine. I believe that had a lot to do with that back then. Things that were being described.. I believe that, in medicine, somebody had ointments that were applied to this person, and it made the suffering less, and maybe covered up some of that stuff for awhile. And then that thing has been turned into something much bigger. And I think it's the same thing you would have known if you had taken rumors. For instance, I've died several times according to rumors. Once, my record label called me from New York to Copenhagen. It was right after Christmas. They said,"Is it really you? You're not dead?" I'm like, "What are you talking about? I hope not, I'm talking to you!" They said,"Oh, God! I thought you were dead!" What the (bleep) is this? What had happened was I had driven some friends home after New Year's Eve, actually. It was snowing, and it was in the middle of Copenhagen, where I dropped these people off. I was driving home by myself. I stopped at a red light. It was snowing heavily and I see the cab driver coming up behind me, and I noticed he was driving to fast. So I grabbed my steering wheel and really tightened up, you know, because I knew he was gonna hit me. He didn't hit me at a very big speed or anything. I got a little bend in my bumper. He pushed me halfway into the crossing that I was waiting at. Some people heard about that, you know, and from one mouth to the next, it was like,"Yeah, I heard he was in an accident - a car hit him" And the next thing was,"Yeah, I think he ended up in the hospital, too. It was pretty serious." And the next time it was like,"Yeah, I heard he died in a car crash in Denmark." You know what I'm saying?

HM: Yeah

King D: It gets blown out of proportion. You tell one guy one thing on the phone, and you say,"Please tell this other guy what I just told you." Then it comes back and you say,"What the (bleep)'s going on?" They're like, "Oh, I hear this and that..." I believe that Jesus in the bible is actually a lot of people who had certain gifts where they knew how to treat people, and then these things might have been told from person to person and blown out of proportion. But that's my personal view on that.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 21, 2015, 08:18:23 pm
HM: I can't remember having heard that before. What led to your decision, or your opinion about the bible being changed as it was passed on? What led to you coming to that conclusion?

King D: I would say it's not a thing you just realize one day. It's a gradual thing that the more you experience as a human being, the more you are spiritually aware of what's going on. The thing is that when you come through life, the more you experience, the more you've got to look at these things. You grow up. I might change my mind down the road, too, you know? The main thing is, be open minded. That's the only way you'll learn. If you totally close down you mind, and don't open it to anybody else...well, good luck. Live in your little bubble and get stuck there. I am open minded. It comes to what we talked about before: human beings, if one person dresses this way or that way, I don't care. If that's their way, it's cool. It doesn't mean I don't want to be seen with them, or be around them. I live in a nice neighborhood; I might have a nice car. I might have a friend that drives an old piece of (bleep) Volkswagen that can barely stay together. See, some people might feel embarrassed for having a person like that over. "No, I don't want to be seen with that person, or have his car in the driveway." You're missing something. This person might have something for you that you could really benefit from just by talking to him. One thing you see often is people trying to lift themselves above other people. They think they're better than other people just because other people are different. You could learn a lot from them, you know? The guy that's driving the Volkswagen, you know, this person is nice. Who cares whether he's driving this or that? Who cares whether his jeans are holey and he can't afford anything else? There might be a lot of value inside that person that you could get something out of. And that goes for everything in this world. If you have an open mind, you will get a lot further than you would otherwise.

HM: One question about credibility, I wanted to ask if you've ever considered...I've been impressed with when I look at some of the credibility of Christ, and the claims he made that he actually had 500 witnesses at his resurrection according to the Bible. And that's like, if you were going to try and make a claim to something, having witnesses around sure helps your claim. I've searched out some claims that kind of contradict the validity of the bible, and I've come to the conclusion, personally, that contradictory claims don't hold a lot of water for me. I wondered if you've considered, like some of the claims of the resurrection, and some of the things like the roman stone that was placed over the grave and those 500 claims don't hold a lot of water for me. I wondered if you've considered, like some of the claims of the resurrection, and some of the things like the roman stone that was placed over the grave and those 500 people that saw Him at one time, and the lack of 500 books that said, "This is not true, this is a big lie."

King D: I know what you're saying exactly. It's just because of the way I believe that the Bible was written, I can't take anything there for granted-for being exact. Not to me anyway. Even when they crucified Christ, it could have been anybody they crucified, because they did do a lot of crucifixions, you know that. But the story about all this and that: It could've been anybody up there that somebody saw. And you feel very emotional seeing this guy actually giving this criminal/convict that he might have been, something to drink, hanging on the cross. It might have been something that had a big impact on him. So he wrote it down. About the stone, and him coming up, and all this. I do believe in ghosts. I do believe that these powers are stored beyond and are able to cross over into our world as well. I have been in a situation where I can say, I had some witnesses; how credible are my witnesses? My brother, and my old drummer from Mercyful Fate, we were sitting in my living room, and we did see a table rise into thin air. And we were not discussing these things. We were not drunk. We never did drugs. There was no way three people could see this thing happen, because of a mass psychosis or something-there was no way. You go talk to those two people; I guarantee they'll sat the same thing, because they were there. They saw it. But how much credibility does that have? It loses credibility if you have a different kind of spiritual belief. Then you will fall into that, you know. Since, I would say, that it's not proof to me that it's written in a book that's 2,000 years old, that there were 500 people there, that there were actually 500 people there. The thing today, David Copperfield can make anything happen. And you know, if he did an illusion like he does today, back then...oh man, you know? It's like, today, you know, it's tricks and stuff like that, but he can make buildings disappear. And these things are just like, in my book, when I look back at these things on what has happened and what is supposed to be right and wrong, and historically correct, or not...But, on the other hand, you know, there might have been 500 people there. There might have been a spirit rising from a grave. I believe that is possible. Whether it was the spirit of Jesus, or as I said, my belief in Jesus is that many different people who have walked the earth and done different things and then they have an impact on some people, and then they have told it to other people, and it might have been magnified that way. That is only my personal view. That does not mean that it's that way, or that it's not. Do you see what I'm saying about this?

HM: Yeah.

King D: It's hard for me to take something as proof, you know? But I'm not saying, on the other hand, it didn't happen, because in my book, that would be a possibility-that a spirit would rise from a grave through a stone. I have a song on the next King Diamond album called, "The Grave Yard", where I want to show the society of the grave yard. We're not sure what's actually going on there and who's in control of that. If you're buried over there, then what are you're tasks in this grave yard? Hoe so you get accepted in this society and what will your duties be? You have a whole society in a grave yard, and try to describe the ways that they actually rise through that stone, and how they get up at night and do certain things. And I believe that these manifestations, ghosts, or powers, you know, definitely happen. So therefore, I would not say that I don't believe it, that it's not true. But I would, on the other hand, say that I would not believe that it was Jesus Christ the way He is depicted in the Bible. I'm not wanting to try to convince anybody that He's right or wrong. It always fascinates me so much, and I could talk for days with people about these things.

One thing I realize now is how the lyrics to the song "Killer" are wrong. I say in there "I should have never been born" is false. Now as we discuss my beliefs I see that. Because I believe you must experience every feeling you can so that lyric is wrong. You might have to experience the feeling of killing in order for your soul to move on. Now it could come from being a judge ordering a mans death as punishment or being forced to kill like in a war. You can experience a feeling in different ways. Or you may have to experience rape. Now I am not saying at all to do these things as it happens naturally and you may have done these things in a past life to experience this.  Sometimes I look at people and wonder if there are 3 or 8 powers in them now if they are living their 3rd or 8th life here now and if this life is a good one as they need to experience that now or if it is a bad one they need to mostly experience now in order for their power to grow. I believe these powers sway around us keeping this balance. It is like every time something is fixed like a cure for a disease something else  comes up.  Because as I believe we must experience all kinds of possible feelings good and bad through several lives before we can move on. 

HM: I'd like to. Maybe if...are you coming to Austin on Halloween?

King D: On Halloween? I don't think so. We're gonna be touring, as you know, through January.

HM: Maybe we can continue the conversation sometime over dinner, or something. That would be great.

King D: Oh yeah. Absolutely, man! I'd also like to hear more on your side. I know you're...that is one thing, because of what I believe, and how I live my life, you know? One thing I've made a big issue out of is to try and talk as much as possible to our fans about our albums. That's the same thing I said about the guy in the Volkswagen, who you could learn a lot from. I have learned so much from our fans. A good critic, a lot of times, there might be stuff that they'll tell me that I will think about, and then I will decide if it does make sense to me. And sometimes, they have said stuff that, like, "Oh man, you've got a point." If they're buying the stuff out there, it's not like...I will not change my inner feelings and what I put into my music. But sometimes, they come up with stuff that makes very good sense, that I haven't thought about myself, you know? It helps to open your ears and mind, and listen.

HM: One more quick question: You told a story at Foundations Forum, where you mentioned some girl that kept bugging you to show her something tangible to see. And assuming from that story, that you've had some experience with what people might call spells, or with spirits, have you ever experienced the power of somebody saying the name of "Jesus?"

King D: No, I have seen several other, many stages of different things, like the rising glass, and the thing where the girl was pulled out by the hair, and I have been pulled by the hair too. There was nobody there. Things started happening in my apartment one night when I got home. Many things: It's not just me, my brother, and the other band members who have been in my apartment, and have experienced some strange things. Not in a bad, violent way. Some people will assume its negative, because they're scared of it, you know? I'm not. I have a very comfortable feeling, in a strange way. It manifests to me, it has proven to me that there are things out there that have power. Things are going on. It kind of helped me in the way that I've looked at the spiritual life, and I've had many experiences like this. My wife too, and it's not like people get in a certain mode, or start thinking things, or anything. I would spend days trying to explain it in a logical way. That would mostly be if I'm alone. But even when I'm with someone else, and two, three, or four people see the same thing, we're just like, "Whoa, this is strange!" They'll try to explain it all kinds of ways, and they'll come to the conclusion, "Okay this was definitely something supernatural."
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 21, 2015, 08:23:43 pm
King Diamond: Could The Devil Be Behind This?

So, King Diamond. What inspired your macabre heavy-metal act? Could it be . . . Satan?

Well, as a matter of fact, yes.

On the basis of appearances alone, the Danish singer who is bringing his heavy-metal quintet to the Trocadero tonight is enough to set the blood of an entire PTA chapter boiling.

First of all, he paints his face in a black, red and white fright mask that includes bat wings over his eyes and an inverted cross on his forehead. He wears a flowing black cape, plays fierce head-banger music and sings in a voice that fluctuates between an ominous baritone and an absurd falsetto that sounds like rats scratching at a blackboard.

Bizarre? Yes. Unique? Hardly. These aspects of King Diamond place him in that crowded field of "black" metal bands already occupied by Grim Reaper, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and many others.

What sets King apart from the rest of the slash-and-burn set is the fact that he is its only admitted practicing Satanist.

"The word Satan covers the powers of the unknown," says the 31-year-old. ''I don't believe in God and Satan as they're described in the Bible. I don't believe (Satan is) a guy with horns and a long tail who's ruling in a place called Hell.

"I have performed  Satanic rituals, and I've seen and heard spirits," says King, who became interested in the occult as a teenager in Copenhagen. ''People instantly misunderstand and take it that you must be an evil person who is performing rituals which include sacrificing animals and maybe even babies. But all that stuff is sick lies."

King's last group, Mercyful Fate, included in its repertoire ditties like ''Evil," "Into the Coven," "Come to the Sabbath" and "Satan's Fall." When he formed his own band of Danish and Swedish musicians in 1985, he made a conscious decision to omit references to Satan or Lucifer from the lyrics.

Not that he had a change of heart. He just didn't want to alienate potential fans. King is a savvy businessman who co-manages the group and handles the bookkeeping, tour negotiations, merchandising and fan club. Every song he has recorded has been in English in order to maximize his market.

"I want to look upon ourselves as purely entertainers," he says. "I have my private philsophy and beliefs, but I'm not preaching. I don't want to convert anybody. We're entertainers, and it's a horror show we put on, and that's what it's all about."

The stage spectacle, heavily influenced by Alice Cooper, includes an altar, a coffin, flames galore, skulls and other paraphernalia. Through his 10-week tour of the States, he has been carting around a huge replica of a haunted castle's walls, but in the clubs he plays, there is rarely room on stage to assemble it.

"It's very frustrating not to be able to use the full production," he says. "I know that we could give the crowd so much more."

The castle fits into the storyline of his latest album, Abigail (Roadracer Records), which will be featured prominently in tonight's show. The record is a horror-concept album Gothic enough to make Edgar Allan Poe blanch. Set in 1845, it's a spooky tale of dark horsemen, possession and revenge most foul.

King claims that the premise, song titles (including "Funeral" and ''Omens") and lyrics for Abigail sprang full-blown into his mind on a suitably dark and stormy night last year.

We leave you now with the final couplet from his opus:

"That is the end of another lullaby

Time has come for me to say goodbye."
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 21, 2015, 08:34:27 pm
Promoters cancel show by an avowed Satanist

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Promoters cancelled a concert by Mercyf'ul Fate, a Danish heavy metal band led by an avowed Satanist and lyricist of songs entitled "Nuns Have No Fun" and "Into the Coven".

DiCesare-Engler Productions said Tuesday it scratched Mercyful Fate from a triple-bill concert Thursday at the Syria Mosque. Motorhead and Exciter, two other heavy metal bands, will play the concert.

"They told us we had satanic content" said Mercyful Fate road manager Hans Castensmith. "That breaches freedom of religion, freedom of speech, you name it. We may have more graphic satanic content than some bands, but satanic content is satanic content."

A spokesman for Dicesare-Engler, Ed Traversari, would not confirm that the band's apparent devil-worshipping stance was the reason for the cancellation.

Mercyful Fate lead singer King Diamond said he is a follower of the teachings of Anton LeVay, the head of the Satanic Church and a man Diamond calls "the pope of Satanism".

Nearly all of Mercyful Fate's songs have satanic themes. One of the group's album covers depicts a young, nearly naked woman being crucified by hooded figures.

"My lyrics are pure Fantasy and imagination." said Diamond, who dresses in satanic garb for most of the group's concerts "Mystery has always fascinated me so that's what I write about. So does Black Sabbath. Because I'm so interested in the mysterious it makes it easy to write lyrics about it.

"Nuns Have No Fun" graphically describes a nun being abused by "an evil man". Jane Wartoke of the Wartoke Agency, the group's New York publicity firm, said the cancellation is the first on Mercyful Fate's current 21-city tour.

"We're stunned and we think it's funny that in this day and age that a rock ‘n roll group could be banned on philosophical grounds. "We've had no trouble with Mercvful Fate in any other cities." she said.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 22, 2015, 05:53:08 am
I do recall a similar interview where King explained his beliefs like above and said how the lyric to the song Killer where he says "I should have never been born" was wrong due to how he says we must all experience all feelings before our powers can move on including the feeling of killing or even rape BUT to not go out and do this as it happens naturally and may have been done ten lives ago for all we know. And we may experience it by killing in a war or a judge sentencing someone to death as feelings can be experienced in many ways so he said now that lyric is wrong
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 22, 2015, 07:59:32 pm
Unlike many of the early ’80s Black Metal bands, King Diamond has always been an unrepentant Satanist. “I joined the Church of Satan in 1988. If you go by the Satanic philosophies, you realize that each of us is an individual. Each of us is one of a kind, with our own likes and dislikes. Way too many people judge each other by religious beliefs. People should judge each other by personalities because, after all, that is what counts. Religious beliefs should be kept to yourself. I respect all religions as long as they do not try and force me into what they believe or look down upon me because I do not accept the same god. If people would just stop for a half a second and think that if we were all exactly like each other, it would be worthless to live. Likewise, if the world was a paradise. There has to be two opposite poles.

King Diamond’s occult experiences began at an early age. One such experience was in the early days of Mercyful Fate after the recording of their first demo. “Kim Ruzz [Mercyful Fate’s original drummer], my brother, and myself were in my apartment in Copenhagen. We’d just finished recording and had bought a bunch of beers. We were waiting for the other band members to arrive and then we were going to listen to the tape. But we couldn’t decide if we should go ahead and listen to the tape without them or wait. Suddenly, my brother’s glass rose a foot and a half in the air. Then the glass lowered slowly back down to the table. It was really a simple thing. Everyone in the room saw it.”

But Diamond has an explanation for such occurrences. “Every person has a power inside of them. Call it a soul or whatever. I think that this power will have to live through many lives until it has experienced all there is on this earth before moving on. With each life, more power and information is stored. Sometimes, these powers can actually cross over and manifest themselves in this world. Rituals can channel the forces that surround us all the time.”

I respect the powers of the unknown and will not abuse them in any way. My reference point is  "The Satanic Bible" by Anton Szandor LaVey which consists of 70% philosophy and 30% magic.

One difference between the works of Mercyful and his band King Diamond is that all of King Diamond’s releases have been concept albums. The Graveyard continues that tradition. “The Graveyard is a very deep and strange horror story. I think that is the most horrible and nasty story I have ever written. But, even when it gets darkest, I guarantee you will laugh your ass off! There are also some parts that are really going to hit you deep in the heart. I’m a character in the story. I will tell you a piece of the tale.”

“One night, I witness a child molestation in a graveyard. I report the guy but the small town blames me. I freak out so bad that I am thrown into an insane asylum. I am imprisoned here for several years and during my stay half of my brain is literally taken. I manage to escape by not taking my medicine. I run to the woods and find a graveyard next to a small church. I commit three murders here. I cut off my victims heads and put them on the wall. For if you are beheaded in a graveyard, your soul can not escape the body and must creep into the head. The heads on the wall begin to whisper to me. I decide to kidnap the child I saw being abused and bring her to the graveyard. I dig up seven graves and bury her in one of them. Her father comes to free her but there must be justice for what he has done. I give him three chances to find the grave that his daughter is buried in.”

King Diamond stops his storytelling and gets a little serious. “I will tell you that many of the songs have double meanings or contain jokes hidden in them. I think child abuse is an important issue that is not talked about enough in our society. On The Graveyardthere will be a phone number for victims and their families to call. If it helps just one child, it will have been worth it.”
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Felicia on July 23, 2015, 04:43:46 pm
lol why would it be bad to wear gold?

I know why I don't wear gold.. Often to extract the flecks of gold people use mercury which is toxic.

I saw a special on a man in the rainforest taking the earth putting it in a barrel then adding mercury and stepping into the barrel to extract the tiniest ball of gold to feed his family...then he took the barrel and spilled it on the rainforest floor.
It made me cringe to think that's the cost of wanting something like gold .. Don't know why king doesn't but that's why Iwont.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 23, 2015, 05:36:21 pm
Felicia: Wow interesting!  I am still laughing at the part where Jehovah Witnesses came to Kings door to preach the almighty power of god but then get scared of his necklace! They actually ran away due to Kings Satanic necklace wow!

I always assumed many people discovered Satanism due to King but seriously I had no idea just how many!  If I had a dollar for every Satanist who said they discovered Satanism thanks to King I swear I would be a very wealthy man right now.

As one interviewer told King he should write the sequel to the Satanic Bible. Put in his philosophy and his  ritual magic beliefs and practices to get results, and about the supernatural, what he believes there powers and demons are and how to summon them, etc.

I also always wondered what King meant about how doing satanism the way christians think of them is dangerous as they treat the powers with no respect? And how does he mean exactly that by telling us fans about the powers it can lead us to a better life? King says to respect the powers but his lyrics always portray them as being evil which is not showing them respect and makes it seem like people should not deal with them which goes against his comments that his lyrics are to open people up to these things as it could lead to a better way of life

I noticed in early days he says Satan is a power, and power of the universe. Then later he says it is Powers plural which he says is different than just a power

One thing though is why does King always mention the phrase Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law? That is not a Satanic phrase nor did Crowley create that phrase like King says. It was around before Crowley he just used it. And Satanism opposes that phrase as they point out all the time as Satanism is about control and being responsible and not doing anything you want

Also interesting in the audio interview he talked about how lights always go on and off during shows that nobody can explain as well as in the dressing room when talking about it. During a show I have on video that happened and King asked the fans if he should continue in the dark which of course he did. 

Also of interest King says the glass rising in the air was the powers saying they are behind him but it was not Kings glass that was lifted it was his brothers glass so maybe it was the brother the powers are behind.  Plus if these spirits just live in his apartment then how can they be his guides and protectors since he has not lived there in many years now and they are still back in Denmark haunting all the new tenants that live in that place instead of being with King on his journey. They were always there, but  not for him.

And he said he looks forward to meeting the spirits of his parents and cats again in the after life. But if we all come back to live several lives on earth like he said then they would not be there when he crosses over.

And is King Saying he believes during Satanic Ritual it is spirits and souls he is somehow contacting and for some reason they feel compelled to use their powers to get him or any satanist their desires?  And does he feel they are separate spirits or part of him since he says they are one and the same. Does he think rituals are ways to contact the powers of himself from his other lives that are part of him only instead of being other spirits or powers.  I was surprised too that he had a tiny altar that also did not have most of the ritual items listed in the Satanic Bible

King also says he respects all religions and all religious people but then says he wears the inverted crosses as it means the reverse/opposite of christianity. Plus he has the most blasphemous lyrics and stage shows ever seen like calling god and christ deceivers and holding in contempt christianity and a million others I could mention if I had all day. Not that I am against that or King. I love King and his philosophy it just seems confusing at times. Like he says Satanism and his spiritual beliefs are not religions. Then other times he does refer to Satanism and his personal spiritual beliefs as his religions? Plus he sings into a Holy cross his Satanic lyrics which is very blasphemous.

And that famous letter he has from LaVey that he says is private between he and Lavey but he brings it on tour to show everyone except us lol

And King said once they tossed everything off of his altar that made loud noises like lots of bottles breaking but according to people who have seen his altar he only had a couple of items on it so how could that make so much noise?

And if King knows they are spirits then why does he call them the Powers of the Unknown or Powers of Darkness? And if they are just human spirits then is he saying spirits are the only powers or does he believe there are other powers besides human spirits which it seems he does,  and if so what are these powers? And what makes him think they exist?  and if he believes these powers and him are one in the same then why does he worry so much about using them too much in ritual or in any other way?

One other thing of interest is he says we have to experience every feeling even the bad to reach a higher place. But why does a person have to feel what it is like to be raped and tortured and all the hate and fear that goes on? I do not want to spend eternity in a place where I have to feel all that horrific stuff in order to be able to live there for eternity! What kind of a place is that? Sounds horrible!

Also wonder when he talks about the initiation to Satan being too long to sing about so he used various different ones for the song. Wonder where he got all of those from and where he saw the real long version one at. My guess some if not all came from the Black Arts Book.

He once said spirits stay in the graveyards and all have duties there. But that goes against his own beliefs that souls live many lives so how can they do that if they are stuck in a graveyard working all the time?

Also interesting he said in one of the early interviews above he saw and heard spirits. I know he said he felt them and saw them move things but he never said he ever actually saw and heard them I would love to hear more about that!  He said it about rituals too so  I wonder if he meant he saw and heard them during rituals.

 And why does King say they only have power when it is dark?  Do people really think that the sun and the daytime really effect them. They do just as much during the day as they do at night. It may seem like they are more active at night but only to us. As experts have said because at night things are calmer so it may seem like they are more powerful just as radio waves are. But it has nothing to do with the darkness at all.  Just like magic. It may seem better to do rituals at night as things are quieter and calmer but frankly I have had to do some rituals in the middle of the day with the sun coming in and trains blasting by my place and the results were just as fast and strong as the ones I do at night.

King says he does not believe in good or bad powers but Livia has said she has had experiences with evil powers so there must be good and bad ones and even King himself says he sings songs warning us not to deal with these spirits as many are evil.

How ever the powers did recently say "DAMM U" to King so maybe the mutual respect is gone for some reason now. Maybe that is why they have no longer been his protectors like King believed them to be in past and might explain all the health issues King keeps getting. Or maybe because he once told a spirit to go away when all it was doing was caressing his face but he was upset that night just because of an album cover which seems to upset him a lot I noticed.

King: We were rehearsing the day Metallica played in Denmark, we went to that show later on but in the day we were rehearsing and we got to the last song ‘Black Horseman’ and it was the very end and something was moving out camera around – it was actually sitting on a flat case up, way up in the theater and our lighting engineer was standing in the center of this row and even have pictures of where the flat case was up there.
The weird thing is was the camera was actually suddenly moving down, it was pointing downwards, meaning it would have gone into the case, I don’t see that possible and then it moved back up and it was moving a little and some inverted crosses were lighting up on stage and it started focusing in on those and then it stops as if nothing else happened from there on. If someone had moved it around even if there had been a person but there was no one but our lighting engineer there but if someone had moved they could not hold it physically, they could not hold it that still, it’s impossible.
There was no one there and twice that same day something had screamed at our lighting engineer behind him, there was no one in the theater. He showed me his arm with the hair standing and he said “God man I’m telling you there’s stuff here” and then we show people the video and they’re like “Whoa.”
We also have a photo – I went out Monday I did a turn around and went to L.A. and did ‘That Metal Show’ and it was just killer, so many cool people there it was Mark Tremonti was there, Alter Bridge, Doug Aldrich from Whitesnake was there and the guys from the show and everybody there was just awesome. It was a great experience but we got to show a picture from Sweden Rock Festival, it was the weirdest I’ve ever seen.
It’s me sitting with a lantern on a platform in front of the drum riser and our actress Jodi Cachia, she’s from Philadelphia she should have been standing behind me but all you see he one leg up to her thigh the rest is not there, we’ll post that up on our Youtube channel as well so people can clearly see it. It was taken by a Norweigian called Hoken with a super digital camera, double exposure is not a possibility, you can’t cut your leg off and leave it behind and then move the rest of your body so quick that the camera doesn’t pick it up. The picture is physically impossible unless you’re living in a parallel universe or something and she was in another universe for a split second coming in right when that photo was taken.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with that show ‘Fringe’ I’ve seen it quite a few times, I like it, it deals with these possible parallel universes and if that was the case we should call Fringe [laughs] to take a look at this area because it is freaky. I saw it at night time in my hotel in Denmark and we were discussing whether we should call Jodi at her hotel and ask her to be careful in the next couple days in case she has an accident and might lose her leg or something. It almost felt like seeing a snapshot of ‘The Omen’ movie but it’s the weirdest thing.
It looks like a shadow of her leg of that one leg that is shown, it looks like there is a shadow up against the drum riser but when you zoom in a little that a black clone of it. There’s a shape from the one kick drum where all the shiny metal stuff and the outside of the kick drum you can’t see it’s shiny only on one of them. It’s so weird but you should definitely try to check it out once it goes up on our Youtube channel of if you can get a still picture from ‘That Metal Show.’ I think ‘That Metal Show’ will air not this weekend but next weekend. It airs pretty soon.
There’s so many weird things that follow us. I could tell you more stories but it was so funny Andy LaRoque said to me “Well duh, it’s not that strange, take a look at the set. It looks like a big antennae for The Occult.” It really does, it’s a pretty big set, very dark but it’s fun.

Strange thing is when Livia went to download the photo you get a code and she came in and said to me "You are not going to believe what happened".  The code that came back said "DAMM U" and even the people from the website contacted us and said they saw what happened and said they had nothing to do with it and that the codes always include mostly numbers and not just letters. Even they were freaking out over this.  So I said to the powers that they need to chill out. I am showing that photo to show people and open their minds to these things so "They" just need to relax. But their has always been mutual respect.

Q. It’s going to be interesting to see this new generation of King Diamond fans coming out to the show with their parents who were, like me, probably scared to death when we first discovered you.

King: Oh it’s never been about shock. It’s never been about that. It’s been about LaVey and that philosophy. I carry a personal handwritten letter from LaVey with me at all times on tour. I mean, I have it with me always. There’s a thing in what we do – it’s a certain mood about the whole thing. Once the front drop goes and the intro starts, and you see what it looks like I guarantee you’ll get thrilled and chills. It’s very powerful I can tell you. Just to see what it looks like when the whole thing starts. The anticipation that you’re gonna have when that thing drops, and then you’re gonna see what it looks like will give you this “Oh man, what now? What now?” Then when it starts and it starts going, and you get thrown left and right and back and forth – it’s very, very precise what we do. You go see it the very next day it will look just the same.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 26, 2015, 07:17:08 am
Here is the infamous Dave Dickson interview with King:

Kerrang #75 1984. This is the interview where Dave Dickson tries to mock the King and Mercyful Fate.
Dave Dickson: Is the Oath noticeably different from "Melissa"?
Hansen: It's far heavier and the songs are better all around
King: The arrangements are better. You'll find when you listen to the songs that they fit together better.  I think our song writing has really developed.
D.D. Has that come about through rehearsing or what?
Hansen: A combination really
King: Yeah, we rehearsed more and by getting more experience on the road you get more confident. Three gigs in a row is worth 30 days rehearsal.
D.D. And doubtless you'll be touring?
King: As soon as the album's out, we'll start touring Europe playing about 1000 capacity halls. Some places we might be playing 2-3000 seaters, it depends on which country and how big the interest is.
D.D. Let's hear about what went down on Manowar's U.K. tour earlier this year. What happened guys, quitting after only one gig? (MF’s basic gripes were outlined in Mayhem, issue 64 - lack of sound check time, no access to the mixing desk, limited PA, etc)
King: We can't accuse anybody because we don't know, but we have an idea.  I think that Paul Clark  (Manowar's tour manager) must have been involved because when we'd finished the gig and moved our gear from the stage we were suppose to put it in Manowar's trucks for them to truck it out.  But Clark said "You're not putting your gear in our trucks!  Martin Hooker (MFN boss) was standing next to him and he went mad and said "What the fuck are you talking about?  We paid so much money to get you over here and you agreed to truck Mercyful Fate's gear!"  'Oh, you must’ve misunderstood, Martin!' Clark said, and then he just walked away.
So we decided that quite a few things had to change if we were going to go on with the tour. If things had stayed as they were we'd have lost a lot of fans in England, because they wouldn't be able to recognize any of our songs, and we'd have lost even more money because we'd have had to hire a truck and staff. (Manowar compromised, apparently, and offered to carry Fate's gear ON TOP of their trucks. Big of 'em, eh?) In the end, we just went straight home and lost the 1500 we'd paid up front
D.D. So why the screw up?
King: I think they were afraid of us because we were told they needed a band who could sell tickets for them on the tour, so they had to bring along a group who had a name.  They were on MFN and MFN suggested us and they said "Yeah OK". But from what we heard we had sold more tickets than they had, and if we could get that information then so could they.
Actually we had a good laugh at them, just hearing them before they went on stage.  'We are Manowar, we fear NO-ONE!!' But that's exactly what they were doing, they were scared as hell!!  And then they started putting on Johnson Baby Oil and working on their muscles ready to go onstage, going out to pose in front of an audience instead of playing, it was so silly.
(King had once told another journalist from Kerrang that "I find the philosophy of 'Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be the Whole of the Law' very appealing because it gives you the freedom to be yourself."  And this is the reason why Mr. DICKson is trying to make a fool out of King and the band.)
Dave Dickson: In quoting that phrase "Do what thou wilt" you seem to have confused Satanism with Thelemism

King: With What?

DD: Thelemism

King: I have never heard of that.  What I am taking my stand from is the Satanic Bible.  I found out after I read it that it was exactly the way I was living.

DD: But you are a practicing Satanist?

King: Yes, But what’s practicing, what's that? I don't pray to Satan. It's more like a way of living. And there is the spiritual thing where I have been given a lot of proof about spirits and forces that exist, another part of Satanism altogether.

DD: But that phrase has nothing to do with Satanism at all?

King: Oh yeah it does.  Maybe it has something to do with another thing but it's

DD: It is a phrase Aleister Crowley concocted, and he was not a Satanist

King: Yeah but OK let's say it is in the Satanic Bible and it's a phrase that may not have been created by a Satanist, but it is a phrase that a Satanist would go for so it's been incorporated.

DD: Do you have a magickal grade?

King: No, I don't

DD:  This is confusing, how can you be a Satanist and not practice magic?

King: I cursed Manowar! But I am not doing too many ceremonies back home because I am not into the occult or in a coven, in Denmark there are no covens.  There might be one, but it's fake.  There Satanists in the way Christians think of them and that is dangerous because they play with powers they should not play with.  They treat the powers without any respect and that is very, very dangerous.

DD: So you are performing rituals without any magical grade and without any proper schooling?

King:  No, I am what you say self taught.

DD: Then how do you know what you are doing is correct?

King: Because I have it in words exactly what to do written by the High Priest of the Satanic Church

DD: Do you believe you can control the forces you call upon?

King: If you do the rituals in the right way and you believe hard enough and you are sure these powers exist and you have respect.  You really have to respect them for this incredible power that they have, then you will be able to control them, but that is only if they like you.

DD: Do you realize that each time you get onstage or talk about it like this you are breaking the law of silence?

King: I don't think there is a magical law of silence

DD: But there is!

King: I don't believe in it.  The message I have for people in my lyrics and stuff is: I am not preaching Satanism, but I want people to be aware of the Powers because they might lead them to a better life.  They might understand more.

DD: A lot of things went wrong around Jimmy Page who is a very high magician; you are approaching it essentially from a layman's angle. Are you not worried that things might go wrong?

King: No, because I believe so hard that I know what they (The Powers) feel towards me.  I know we are one and the same.  The Powers and me.  I have nothing to fear from these powers.  I am not a magician.  I would like to be in a coven where you can do regular rituals because just doing rituals back home is not the right way to do it.

DD: How would explain the phenomena that have occurred around you?

King: From the first experience I had I think these powers wanted me to know they exist, probably because they knew I might be a faithful believer.  I think they come to you and show themselves when they know you are capable of handling it.

DD: But you perform rituals without any proper schooling!

King:  I think I know how to control them, that's why I do it.  I feel  I am doing the right stuff in the right way

DD: Doesn't what you do onstage amount to a ritual? At that infamous Girlschool gig where the singer got electrocuted you actually invoked a spirit!

King: No, that's not the way I do it. I welcome them to join in the hall. I don't invoke them in that way. I was singing in the mike she was knocked out by! Nothing happened to me at all. It was a really weird experience because I had no idea that a thing like that might happen to the poor girl who played after us.

DD: But to call up any spirit you must perform the lesser banishing ritual to ward off an evil spirit.  If you don't do that you could be opening doors to almost anything that wanted to come in!

King: Yeah

DD:  Which is dangerous

King: But I don't believe there are good or bad spirits. I think they are the same and they react depending on whether or not they like a person

DD: That's why you need some basic control, the basic safeguards, you see in a gig situation which is pretty much a magic ritual itself you have got an awful lot of energy trapped, so if you then call up Satan or whatever without the proper procedures for safety it can be dangerous

King: But again I don't call them like that I invite them

DD: Invoke/Invite it's the same thing

King: I am not inviting them in a way of a ritual. I invite them in because I feel one and the same with them. I do not believe they will hurt the people who come to see us. I don't believe they are coming down to hurt people because that is not the way I am directing them with my thoughts. I believe so strongly that we are one and the same that they will never harm me or what I stand for.

DD: What about the people around you?

King: I think none of them should be hurt of course. I am thinking come down and join us we are having a fucking good time here tonight so come along and have a good time too. I don't believe they come to hurt someone when they come to have a good time

DD: OK but at the end of the gig those things are still around

King: Well I don't think that is really my concern

DD: But you called them up! And invited them in!

King: I invited them in for the concert so if they come because I invite them they should go when the stuff is over.  But I am amazed that you are into this stuff.  Have you studied it or are you just interested in the occult?

(My understanding is that at the end of this interview Dave Dickson wrote some more remarks against King and that King wrote some stuff he wanted Kerrang to print in response to that, but they did not do so. I would love to know what King said.)
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Blackest on September 26, 2015, 05:20:49 pm
It's always interesting to read pieces of history like this! But I find it hard to believe that King never heard of Thelemism or Aleister Crowley before! It's pretty much one of the very first things you ran into when you're approaching to the occultism! Moreover, it could mean nothing, but the popular song Mr. Crowley from Ozzy Osbourne came out in 1980, six years before this interview! And we know King was very into Ozzy's solo career! Is it not the case that, when he published the interview, that guy altered something to make fun of King?
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 26, 2015, 05:36:37 pm
But King is into Satanism which has nothing to do with Crowley. I studied the occult for a long time before reading Crowley myself. King  did read about Crowley later though and said he could not relate to any of his philosophy.

Now that said it is odd that if he did not know about Crowley at the time of this interview then where did he get the phrase of "Do what thou wilt"?
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: Blackest on September 27, 2015, 02:50:24 am
Now that said it is odd that if he did not know about Crowley at the time of this interview then where did he get the phrase of "Do what thou wilt"?
It seems to me that it's quoted in the Satanic Bible. However, I don't believe King didn't know the song Mr. Crowley! It was (and still is) very popular among metal fans! In my opinion, there is always room for doubt when your statements are written by someone else! And to me it's pretty clear that this guy was trying to make fun of King!
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 27, 2015, 06:34:36 am
I don't think it says DO what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law in the Satanic Bible. In fact Satanism is against such a phrase which is why many satanists do not understand why King mentions that phrase all the time.  As far as the song by ozzy it is just a song. I know many who did not know who this Crowley person was that he was singing about as they were not into the occult.  They thought it was just a character ozzy created for the song

But yes Dave clearly had a silly agenda of some kind for some childish reason and this was talked about a bit in a great book called "Lucifer Rising" which also had a great interview with King by the Satanist who wrote the book. One of the things King pointed out when asked about mingling with these powers King said, Does he know the rituals I have done or the results I got?

I know King talks about respecting these powers but LaVey and many other Satanists stress it is more about demanding your results. You command the forces or else they will mock you instead of getting you your desired results. Maybe that is what King meant about needing to be able to control and direct the powers is by taking control of them with your demands and command that it will be done no matter what

Also people always seemed confused what King means when he says Satan is the Powers of Darkness or the Powers of the Unknown. He has made it pretty clear that the powers are what we have inside of us that we take with us through several lives and to the Other side which is the unknown part as even though he knows the Beyond as he calls it exists much about it is still unknown to us

Now King says these spirits are still connected to the bones he uses as a microphone and the skulls and that he respects these powers and yet he kisses and licks and makes out with those skulls and bones!  And he says he does not believe in good or bad spirits but then he has talked about negative spirits like the one he invoked during a show once so he does seem to think some are good and some are bad

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on February 17, 2016, 03:44:05 am
Let's set the scene. I had championed Mercyful Fate in print for a year when offered the chance to go out to Copenhagen and meet the band, for a feature in Kerrang!. This was to coincide with their first ever UK gig, in London at the Clarendon Hotel on March 19, 1983, as well as the imminent release of debut album Melissa. About five years later, I recounted the night's events for a Metal Hammer satanic special and...well, it's all here.
There's none more properly Satanic than King Diamond. We all chuckle when anyone connected to a band declares themselves to be a Satanist. Usually this is done to gain some kind of credibility with the fans and the media. Most of whom have no notion of what being Satanic actually means anymore than they know anything of the general theory of relativity. From Ozzy to Black Metal church burners many have professed themselves wedded to the Dark side, but usually it just means they forgot to pay the electric bill. However King Diamond, now there is another beast altogether with a very definite black fur. Because this is a believer. A proclaimer. A disciple of the lord of the flies. And he is not kidding around. Let me tell you a story.
It was early 1983 when I flew to Copenhagen to discover the truth behind the public face of King Diamond. The Mercyful Fate front man showed up to meet myself and photographer Ray Palmer at a coffee shop in Central Copenhagen without his trademark make-up, but was sporting earrings shaped like inverted crosses. Ray and I were to spend the night with King at his flat, and bassist Timi Grabber (now known by his real name, Timi Hansen) asked me if I was freaked out by spirit. Because if I was King's place was not going to be fun for me. It was then I realized he wasn't talking about an endless supply of vodka or bourbon, but those otherworldly spooks.
When we arrived the first thing I noticed was that there were no light bulbs in the place, none at all. We were feeling our way by candlelight (t was already dark by the time we got to the flat). King explained, “I don't like electrical lighting as it drives away the spirits, and I love to have them near me”.
So we sat in the half light, half shadow chatting away for hours, as the King talked openly about his devotion to the Church Of Satan led by Anton LaVey, and how he regularly reads The Satanic Bible which was resting on his Satanic Altar in the darkest corner of his living room. His copy of The Satanic Bible even had burnt edges from being used in satanic rituals -this was authentic devilry. Also on the altar was a black altar cloth, two black candles, a human skull called Melissa (permanently borrowed from a local hospital) and an inverted cross that King had stolen from a church. Also in the room was a pencil drawing of a nun masturbating with a crucifix. King was very proud of this, and had it fixed to the door leading to his bedroom. Who said nuns had no fun?
As the evening progressed, lubricated by the wafting sounds of various underground metal albums, King decided to play a tape, backwards version of Stairway to Heaven. Now, many people believe that you can hear Robert Plant chanting 'My sweet Satan' when you spin the song backwards at a specific speed. King is one of these believers. But all I could hear was... nonsense! It all sounded like Danish spoken by drunk Welshmen. King followed this by playing a tape of an infamous Girlschool concert in Copenhagen, where the band's Kim McAuliffe almost died onstage after being electrocuted.
“Mercyful Fate opened for them that night,” recalled King, “and I said at one point, 'Lets bring Satan into the house tonight'. I felt something weird happening. I knew I had invoked a spirit and that it was negative, Satan really did come into the house and the girl almost died because of this.” There again, maybe the microphone Kim grabbed when she got the shock wasn't earthed. Incompetent roadie, or mischievous spirit...who knows!
He then went on to explain that being a Satanist does not mean that he goes around killing babies or animals. “Satanism simply means that I understand the powers of the Unknown”.
King then made a place for us to sleep on his living room floor, in front of his Satanic Altar. The next day before leaving I spoke to MF guitarist Hank Sherman who told me that he and the other members are really worried about what forces King may unleash without meaning to do so, as he is clearly very serious about his religion.
I left there convinced that King Diamond was not a man who dabbled in the Dark Arts simply to gain publicity, he was the genuine article. I have met him many times since then over the years, and he has never changed his beliefs. He is one of the most hospitable guys you could ever meet, but I will never forget that first meeting!
I should add a little more to the above which appeared in Metal Hammer. A record label budgetry restriction was the reason Ray and I both had to stay at King's flat. Contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, Ray wasn't at all freaked out by sleeping there, and didn't dash out the next morning. The 'nun' brought in for a photo shoot with King did sit on my lap, but nothing further happened... well, not a lot. King and Timi thrashed Ray and me at table football (I recall the score was 6-1), but we got our revenge with a triumphant darts display. Ray and I learnt one Danish word while we were there: piszflap (you can work that one out for yourself!).
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on March 20, 2016, 07:36:12 pm
Interesting how King talks about how the song a Dangerous Meeting is a warning not to mess around with Ouija Boards and stuff as you do not know what is contacting you. Recently someone I know who is a JW said he once played with a board with a friend and it moved and he assumed the friend was pushing the Planchette so they both removed their hands and it still moved on it's own at a fast pace spelling out things and they freaked and put it away as they did not know who or what was trying to speak to them.

Here is a link to another great King interview where he talks about his Satanic and spiritual beliefs and what he thinks about jesus and the bible
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on March 27, 2016, 09:25:44 pm
King Diamond talks spirituality, Satanism

King Diamond, a Danish rocker who subscribes to the late Anton LaVey’s school of Satanism, agrees with Shakespeare’s warning: “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

He can’t rationalize the eerie passing of his favorite black cat Magic at 18. “She was a true soulmate, and it would take nearly an hour to explain the extremely supernatural things that happened that morning she left us,” says the heavy metal singer, who plays the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival in the Bay Area this weekend, backing “Dreams of Horror,” a 23-track best-of collection.

He even had three-ring pendant made in his pet’s honor. “There’s power in that necklace – I’ve had to go to it a couple of times – including when I had food poisoning last year – to make it through,” he says.

Born Kim Petersen, King Diamond never questions the otherworldly phenomena he’s witnessed in his spooky four-decade career, which included fronting Mercyful Fate before going solo.

“I’ve never done drugs in my life, and I drink for social occasions only, but I’ve experienced so much inexplicable stuff,” he says. “I was lucky that I had parents that had had supernatural experiences, so I could talk to them openly without them looking at me as some lunatic.”

The musician has strong ties to San Francisco, where, after a concert one night, he visited LaVey at the Church of Satan’s headquarters, the Black House on California Street. He was a fan of LaVey’s “Satanic Bible,” a self-empowering manual he saw as philosophical and spiritual rather than sinister: “It doesn’t talk about this god or that god as someone you have to do all kinds of stuff for – it’s a way of living, a questioning book, and there’s nothing supernatural in it,” he says.

LaVey gave his disciple a guided tour, and invited him into a sealed, artifact-packed ritual chamber guarded by two Doberman pinschers. “He told me I should probably not pet them, but I did anyway,” he says. “And he looked over his shoulder and said, ‘Ah! Good vibrations, I see!’ Then he actually played keyboards for me, all this horror stuff.”

On tour, King Diamond always carries a handwritten, sigil-embossed letter from LaVey, who typically dictated correspondence.

Some things do frighten King Diamond, however. He mentions the deluge in May that overran Dallas, where he lives. On the night when things got the worst, he says, “There was way more rain coming down than I’ve ever seen, and it was the first time in history they ran out of police vehicles to patrol flooded areas. It was really, really bad.”

Before heart  surgery-KD: First, I had to now realize that I wasn’t sure I was coming back. It’s tough to say, “I hope I’ll see you here.” Then really tapping into it. Something special happened to me and I’m not going to tell you the whole circumstances but my wife and I had a black cat for 18 years and her name was Magic. She had died a year earlier. Something happened there that was completely supernatural at the time she died, and we got some power from her in a freaky way. We actually had necklaces made, one for my wife and one for me, they had three rings for the three soul mates. She was more than an animal to us. She was a soul mate. It was so out there. I’m a reasonably strong person, but that power was what I relied on. That power was what fucking pulled me through. I knew my wife was going to be sitting out there, and because I couldn’t wear that chain around my neck, she was going to sit with both chains in her hand, just trying to feel that power.

SC: We should talk about the fact that you and Metallica were in the same studio complex together in Denmark.

KD: Yes, that brings memories back for me of Ride the Lightning, but also Master of Puppets because they were both done at Sweet Silence. They were checking out ideas at our rehearsal because it was in the same building they were working in. We would be rehearsing and they would come in and take over the rehearsal place after we went. I think that they had a few amps and other stuff that they brought up to use. We would be up there hearing riffs before it was released to anybody. I remember one night James and Lars came back to my apartment and we were all getting drunk with Timi and this American girl that was visiting from California. That was at my haunted apartment.

SC: Your haunted apartment? Come on, spill it.

KD: I had a small apartment, it was up on the top floor and it was super haunted. I lived there for quite a few years and lots of people have experienced stuff up there. It’s not just like when you got drunk, it would happen at any time. But that specific night, Timi was with this girl that he had met in California. He didn’t tell her he had a girlfriend in Denmark, so when she came to visit she couldn’t stay with Timi, so she stayed in my apartment.

I slept on my couch in my living room and she slept in my bedroom. Timi came over and he was sitting with that girl on the couch in the living room, and there were bottles all over the coffee table. I had a foosball table in my bedroom and Lars, James and I were playing it. While we were playing, I heard this kabong sound, like things were being thrown around. It sounded like Timi had tried to get up and was so drunk he fell over the table and all the bottles flew everywhere.

I opened the door and said, “what the hell are you doing?” as I was looking straight over at him on the couch. He was sitting there with this girl, who’s whiter than a sheet. I asked them, “what’s going on, man? What’s going on in here?” Then I looked to the left of me, right in the corner there I had an altar with all kinds of stuff on. Everything from that altar was just spread all over the floor. I say, “it’s okay, it’s them. Just don’t worry. Everything’s fine. I’ll pick it up. Just continue whatever you’re doing.”

I started picking all the stuff up and putting it back where it belongs. An hour or two later, that girl – her name was Anita – went out to the bathroom and she was there for 20 minutes. I finally went out there to see if she was OK. I heard her crying in there, and I asked her, “what’s going on? Are you all right? What’s going on?” She says, “I can’t get out. Something’s growling at me and I can’t get out. The door’s stuck.” I tried the handle and it just opened. I walked in there and she told me again that there was something growling at her. We got her out of there. I bet James and Lars will never forget things flying off the shelves that night.

SC: Oh, I bet they remember. Do you still have the apartment?

KD: No, it was rented. I went back there in 2006 and I felt like at the part of The Exorcist where the priest is standing in front of the house looking up. It felt like that, standing and looking up at the windows. I felt like, “are you still up there, all you guys up there?”

SC: So you never went back in?

KD: No.

In reading that king interview he said how the satanic bible is about how to live your life and question things but has nothing supernatural in it. yet he is the one who says ritual are about supernatural powers which is why he does not use them as much anymore as he has so much respect for them other than using the power of his now dead cat in recent years. maybe he meant his personal belief about magic is it is supernatural
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on April 02, 2016, 08:48:36 am
King talks a lot about how he believes we all have a power in us that lives many lives in order to experience everything there is too experience.  I wonder if he has ever read any of those "Seth" books that are so famous where this entity Seth who is a power that has lived many different lives in different realms including this one dictated a series of books explaining everything about the universe and why we are here and life and death and a million other things as it seems to fit Kings beliefs

I knew a LaVeyan Satanist in Michigan who used some sort of occult magickal method to discover her past lives and how she died in them or in one case was murdered.

Once King said how you can throw these powers at people and I always wondered what he meant like how can you throw spirits at people?

I also wonder where he got the idea that spirits are bothered by electrical lighting. I never heard that before. they seem to like playing with electrical things. And if these powers all return to the other side then come back to live another life in human form then why do so many ghosts seem to still be stuck in their form from their most recent life on earth? and attached still to that former life I wonder

Someone told me once that all of these experiences King has with spirits are just things he created with his mind. For example they said when he summoned that spirit to prove to that girl they were real and it came and pulled her hair and did various other things that it was conjured from Kings brain power and was not an actual spirit.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on April 05, 2016, 05:51:15 am
King Diamond: 'I welcome the powers of the unknown'
Denmark’s premier heavy metal export explains how he’s balanced haunted houses, songs about satan and litres of face paint for 30 years

Of course King Diamond’s house is haunted. Given his status as one of the most enduring figures in heavy metal horror, it’s fitting that the Danish musician would have a few skeletons lurking in his closet. He seems utterly unconcerned about his uninvited house guests, too; according to the King (née Kim Petersen), he’s been witnessing paranormal phenomena since he was very young, and casually chats about otherworldly experiences that seem ripped straight from of a Victorian seance.

“I welcome the powers of the unknown. I lived in a house in Copenhagen that was uber-haunted for many years, with flying teacups and things like that; there was a time when I saw glasses rising off the table, and I took it as a sign of something saying, ‘Hey, we’re with you,’” he recalls.

“They have shown themselves to me many times, and still do. We have four hotspots in this house now; they don’t visit often but just the other day, my wife walked into the kitchen after midnight and got a cold breeze blasted at her right when she turned the light on, like something was telling her to get out. She came back and said to me, ‘I guess I interrupted something!’”

Despite a musical career that spans three decades, King sounds more energetic than ever. His soft, cultured Danish lilt remains untouched by even the slightest twang despite decades spent living in Dallas. Though his demeanor is genteel, he’s long dabbled in darkness. In the staggeringly influential Mercyful Fate and, since 1985, in his own eponymous band, King Diamond has explored his fascination with the occult, evil and, yes, Satan, beckoning for us to come ever further into the crypt. Black metal as a whole owes its existence to the King’s deathly stage makeup and morbid atmosphere, and scores of other artists – from Metallica to Ghost – have cited his work as an inspiration. Thirty years into his career, he’s as spiritual and spooky as ever (though decidedly less satanic in his approach).

King Diamond is no stranger to the specter of death. In 2010, a series of heart attacks culminated in triple bypass surgery; recovery proved an arduous task, but an extended hiatus gave him time to heal. In 2012, the King returned. Three years, multiple festival appearances and two compilation releases later, King Diamond has launched a headlining North American tour alongside Bay Area thrash legends Exodus, with the promise of a brand-new album hanging suggestively in the air. He’s keeping mum about it though, preferring to keep a characteristic air of mystery.

“It’s coming out when it’s done. It has to be one that can kill every other album we ever did,” he says.

“Andy [La Rocque, original guitarist] and I have some ideas already, and I have my own recording studio out here, which means that for the first time ever I will have the opportunity to build a 50-voice choir if I feel like it! No one’s there pointing at the clock, saying, ‘You don’t need to make it any bigger.’ It will be amazing to do it this way.”

For now, he’s out on the road on a very special tour – one that shuns the new in favor of the old, and sees him and his bandmates stalking and swaggering theatrically through 1987’s classic Abigail in full (as well as a few surprises that are sure to please Mercyful Fate fans). As he tells us: “Half the set is new, if you compare it to our past two tours; there are six songs that we haven’t played since I don’t know when! For example, Omens was last played live in 1992, at a New Year’s Eve party which I played with three of the Pantera guys: Dimebag, Vinny Paul and Rex Brown.”

The spirit world even follows him out onstage, which is where all the real magic happens. For this current round of headlining dates, he and his crew pull out all the stops. Blessed (or cursed) by a meticulous attention to detail that has him fretting over the perfect shade of black to paint the prop bassinet sitting in his hallway, he spends his time at home overseeing the day-to-day business of being King Diamond. He has no manager; instead he and his wife, Hungarian singer Livia Zita, work in tandem with a supportive record label (Metal Blade Records) and the small army of helping hands that it takes to construct the illusion on stage each night.

The sheer amount of work that it takes to bring the Broadway-level production to the stage each night is dizzying; hoisting the three new backdrops painted by Canadian artist Yannick Bouchard is enough of a headache, not to mention all the lights, props and actors left to wrangle.

“New Abigails are being brought in because we’re filming for a DVD,” King adds. “Everything has to be right and be done correctly with respect to which songs we play and what it looks like. This new Abigail doll is almost scary – everything looks so real these days it’s crazy!”

Despite his stoic exterior, King is quite the talker; we spoke for over an hour, wandering off onto many a tangent along the way. (Did you know that King once owned a pet wolf named Angel, or that he’s written songs about his cats, or that he personally reads every fan comment on his Facebook page?) He sounds like an excited teenager about to jump in the van and hit the road on his first tour, not the seasoned icon he is, nor the 57-year-old elder statesman he’s become.

Still possessed of (or, perhaps, by) that octave-climbing banshee wail that skips from an air raid siren falsetto to a raspy growl, the King comes alive onstage – one moment striding across it with aristocratic grace, the next throwing the devil horns and waggling his tongue during a particularly tasty solo, his face painted bone white and ebony in a diabolical mask that takes him two hours to perfect each night. In that moment, he seems immortal – and judging by his track record, perhaps he is./

I wonder what he means he welcomes the spirit  powers in? Does he play with a Ouija  Board or does he mean with Satanic Rituals or something.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on April 05, 2016, 06:51:20 am
From the book  'Lucifer Rising'  by Rev. Gavin Baddelley

"It was through some experiences I had in my old apartment in Copenhagen. We were doing demo tapes for Mercyful Fate, which was when I had my first experience which I could not explain in any other way than that there are definitely powers around us. We were waiting to listen to the first demo -my brother, our drummer and myself, waiting for the other guys. We were sitting around a table and we'd bought a case of beer -we'd only opened one each, so we weren't drunk though. And we were wondering whether we should listen to the tape now or wait for the other guys. All of a sudden my brother's glass rose in the air, then slowly put itself back down on the table. I've used that in some lyrics: you'll find the experience with the glass in 'Welcome Princess of Hell'. I feel very comfortable when things like that happen around me, because I see the spirits as my protectors, almost as guardian angels, and I feel very comfortable knowing that they're still around me. In that song I say, 'I turn off the lights', and then you hear a choir responding, saying, 'We raise our glasses.' I took the experience as congratulations, saying, 'We´re behind you.'"

"I guess so. If you look at Black Sabbath, they were interested in the occult, but they were never Satanists. They were like standing on a hill looking over, while I was in the middle of it. Actually I didn´t know anything about LaVey's church when things started happening. At that time I was reading a lot of books about the occult because I was fascinated by that first experience, and a lot of things followed that. But most of the books I read had the same view of Satanism -they slaughter babies, drink blood, whatever. I thought, 'God man, how sick.' But I had the openness that, when I came across LaVey's 'Satanic Bible', I decided to read it and see what the Hell's really going on. That was exactly what inspired the song 'Satan's Fall' -discovering LaVey´s bible."

"There was one incident with an English journalist named Dave Dickson. He was so pathetic. It's pretty funny, a guy coming up and telling me that I'm not a Satanist, when I'm a member of the Church of Satan. He kept talking about a guy who claimed never to be a Satanist -Aleister Crowley- who was all he had on his mind.
I said, 'Hey, I´m not interested in Aleister Crowley. I´ve heard of the guy, but I don´t know much about him.'
This Dickson guy kept going on -'Aren´t you afraid when you mingle with these powers?'
I know what I´m doing.
'But you can´t control it.'
Did he know what I´d done, or the results? No.
But he kept saying, 'You can't do that, you have to follow Crowley, and it's still dangerous,' and so on.
I said, 'Why do you keep talking about Crowley?'"

"There was some. There was a priest in Denmark who really tried to finish our careers. Before the first mini-LP came out and we had the chance of appearing on national TV in Denmark. That was a big break, because back then we were nothing. This guy heard of us and wrote to all of the national papers trying to stop us. I got really tired of listening to this guy. We did this mini-LP with this nun being burnt by this coven on the cover. That cover was made purely to discredit that priest. I knew what he´d said when he saw it. He was all over the newspapers saying how dangerous we were to the kids. Then I got my turn because they wanted to hear my side of it. I said, 'Hey, get a grip, man. Try and look at reality. This is just a painting. You guys burnt people or real.'"

"If you´re thinking of this guy with horns and a tail who opposes some good force, then no. For me the word 'Satan' stands for the powers of the unknown, the powers of darkness, that are all around us which we can use for our or other people´s benefit."
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on April 05, 2016, 07:05:30 am
King Diamond: Your Friendly, Cat-Loving Neighborhood Satanist

Alice Cooper said you can’t shock an audience anymore, and he’s right: There's not much that hasn’t already been done. Likewise, espousing a Satanic life-philosophy is just another of those things that some metal artists do with (forked) tongue in cheek and others do with greater seriousness. Danish singer King Diamond (née Kim Bendix Petersen) is of the latter variety. His fascination with the occult bleeds from his personal life into his lyrics, yet the most peculiar thing about him is how normal he is. Relatively.

“You could say I don’t have a religious belief, but I’m very spiritual,” he explained via phone between shows on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, which docks at Jones Beach on July 26. “I have a strong relationship to the other side....It’s not a gimmick thing. It never was. It was always a real thing.”

That might be enough to give a superstitious person the willies, if the guy weren’t so amiable. Residing in a suburban home outside of Dallas (not on a ranch, contrary to popular rumor), he’s not the local Boo Radley one might expect. “I have never had any issues with anybody there,” he says of his Southern surroundings. “Even in the neighborhood, they know who I am and know what I do. They respect, like I think people should, that people are different, and it depends on the actions of a person if they’re a good person or not.” He relates a story about his former neighbors, a priest and his family. According to King (upon whom, he says, the late Anton LaVey personally bestowed “eternal membership” in the Church of Satan), the priest invited him to church only once. “I said, 'All right, thanks, man,' ” recalls King. “The day when they left, he said, ‘Man, I never had any problems with you. I just want to tell you that you’ve been the best neighbor that we’ve ever had.’ ”

'I have a strong relationship to the other side....It’s not a gimmick thing. It never was.'
That’s quite a contrast to the Eighties-era, right-wing perception of King’s band Mercyful Fate, which made the Parents Music Resource Center’s “Filthy Fifteen” list of songs recommended for banishment due to subject matter. (Madonna and Cyndi Lauper were also on the list. Their offense? Singing about sex and masturbation.) Suffice it to say, King has never been renowned for family values. But the way he describes his home life suggests he’s much more tender-hearted than his macabre stage persona. He talks at length about his wife of twelve years, Livia Zita, and praises her savvy in managing King Diamond’s social media so her 59-year-old husband doesn’t have to. Zita is about 30 years his junior, which is unusual, to say the least, but King insists they are soul mates. “These things are numbers, you know?” he says about the age difference. “You can find a 40-year-old that looks and moves and behaves like a 60-year-old. And the opposite. I did a deal with the devil, you know, and that’s taught me a lot with that stuff.” He pauses for effect. “I’m joking.”

His connection to his cats runs just as deep. He wrote the song “So Sad” about the loss of his white cat, Ghost, and wears a necklace in memory of a black one, Magic. “I never pass any of our cats in the house without getting down and saying hi,” he says, “and there’s a level of communication with cats that is mind-blowing. Treat them completely like humans, and they’ll give so much back.”

The Magic necklace was a comfort to him prior to the triple-bypass heart surgery he endured in 2010, a procedure that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for his unmistakably high-register singing voice. “From that bad experience, a lot of good things have come, actually,” he says. “It’s also a matter of wanting it, because during rehab, I could certainly see people that were not willing to give up old ways.” Quitting smoking has had a significant impact on his live performances. “Now, when we play shows, after we’re done, I’m not out of breath whatsoever. Doesn’t matter how hot it is. I’m up and down stairs to the second floor — we have a two-story production — no problem.” And his voice, he says, is “much stronger. It’s much easier to sing the notes. It’s clearer. It’s better than it ever was.”

Near the end of our conversation, he asks when sunset is in New York. He wants very much to perform his “very intense show” at the outdoor Nikon Theater under a dark night sky. He says it’s because his production involves a lot of extra lights. Like almost everything else he’s discussed, this seems natural enough. Then, in his Danish accent, he hints, “Whether you like it or not, it’s going to be different. You have seen nothing like that, ever. Not like that on a stage.” Maybe there are a few tricks left in the shock-rock grimoire.

How does he have a relationship with the other side though I wish that had been explained
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on April 05, 2016, 07:29:33 am
Mike:  King’s latest story deals once again with Kings Fascination with the “Beyond”.

King: Please understand I don’t particularly want to die, but I am not afraid of death.  I have a very clear idea of what I think death’s all about.  We are here to gain knowledge and experience over the course of several lifetimes that will enable us to go on to a higher plane of being.  There is a power within all of us that will someday join with a larger, greater force.  Why does a two-year old toddler get run over by a truck?  I feel that when something that horrible happens, that power or soul  had gained everything it could so why stick around and waste another forty or fifty years?  I don’t know what lives I have led in the past, but I would very much like to sit down with a spiritualist that brings you back in time.  I think it would explain a great many things.

Now a religious person when something horrible happens would say something like “It is the mystery of god that we cannot understand or we are not too question him”.  That is not an answer.  That is just a fancy way of saying “I have no idea so I will just say this instead”.

Mike:   So what does King’s parent’s think of the super Satanic doings of their notorious offspring?

King:  I found out that my parents have also had some occult experiences before. My parents never called themselves Satanists, but we all seem to believe in the same things which made it easier to talk to them about stuff.  My father shocked me when he told me once before he died that he saw his dead father standing at the edge of his bed.  My mother knew the exact moment her mother had died.  She was doing the dishes and every time she finished a fork and knife they crossed each other.  That is supposed to be a symbol of death in the family.  Even now if I see two toothpicks or anything crossed I move them. Also my parents had this grandfather clock that stopped running for twelve years which mysteriously started up again right when father died.

Mike: Now about this Satanism business?  (Both King and I laugh at this question)

King: I don’t mind talking about my personal life at all, but I have explained Satanism to people about three or four hundred times now and it takes over half an hour every time.   You have to strip away peoples misconceptions about Satanism and that is not the easiest thing to do.  It’s Impossible to judge a baseball team without knowing the rules of the game.  Look at that Geraldo special on Satanism done many years ago.  I sat down and explained myself and he used only one sentence from the whole interview.  I told him that we certainly don’t want to see harm come to anybody to which he replied “Bullshit”.  It’s a shame he never sat down and read the Satanic Bible; he would have seen that Satanism has nothing to do with sacrificing baby’s and animals.  He was not interested in being honest with the audience.  That is the difference between someone like him and myself.  I am most certainly a Satanic believer and I integrate my beliefs into my work which bothers some people.  A lot of the stuff is fiction, but a lot of it is also real experiences. 

 For instance the song “Satan's Fall” I describe the view that most Christians have as soon as they hear the word Satan, they think of evil and that is how most people see it.  Sadly many bands portray Satanism that way as well, they have no idea.   But the essence of that song is “Use your Demon eyes uncover the disguise” which means if you want to put this stuff down you should know about it first.  Read the Satanic Bible then you can make your decision.  People who have not read the Satanic Bible should not put Satanism down.  I read a lot of books and most of them put Satanism down and wrote things about it that I could not go for at all.  Finally I was still curious so I got a copy of the Satanic Bible and read the whole book and it was exactly what I was looking for.  I read the Satanic Bible because I wanted to go to the source itself to see what it was really about after reading in the other books about Satanism which portrayed it as being so negative. But I discovered those books were written from a Christian viewpoint.  I agree with the philosophies of the Satanic Bible.  When I first read Lavey’s books it was the values and way of life I already lived.

In Satanism it doesn’t say that this god is good or that god is bad or that you have to believe in any god’s, nor do you have to believe in the Devil.  You pick and choose from many different religions; in Satanism it is whatever makes you feel good. It was nice to see my views written out in a book like that, it is comforting in a way.  In LaVey’s Satanism you pick and choose the things that make you happy.  If you ask if I believe in using baby’s blood for powerful energy or to summon demons, I don’t believe in that.

Of course there is the magic side to it as well where you perform rituals, which I do at home, but it is not about sacrificing children or animals at all.  It is more about feelings, what you feel.  It is a very cool lifestyle.  Again that’s why we changed some things about our lyrics.  We didn’t change the lyrics, I am still singing about the exact same stuff, but we took away those words “Satan” and “Lucifer”.  Of course some people now think or say to me “I am glad you are out of that Satanism stuff” and I just smile and say “yeah ok”.  But people who know about Satanism know that we have never changed a thing about our lyrics.  We are still singing about the exact same things as before, but just without using certain words that were more-straight forward, but the meanings are still exactly the same as they always were.  It seems to make it easier for some people to see what I mean by removing those words even though the lyrics and the messages have never changed.  In fact, the King Diamond albums are far more Satanic in so many more ways than Merciful Fate ever was.

Mike: Of course

What you get with me is 100 percent real.  Being a Satanist simply means I understand the Powers of the Unknown. Satan is a Power, the Power of the universe.  I believe there is a dark side within us all and I am very comfortable with that side and I want to explore it in my life and in my music.  My music is still heavily steeped in my beliefs.  I have done a great deal of studying of Satanism as I would never get involved with something as powerful as Satanism without a proper understanding of what it is all about.

Mike: So what is your quick definition of Satanism?

King: To put it very, very short, it is to live out your feelings, get as much out of this life as you can.  Because even though you have your beliefs about what happens at death you don’t know for sure, nobody does.   I don’t want to be stopped by some books or bibles saying you shouldn’t do this or that, you can’t make love before you get married, don’t drink, etc.  I can’t live by those rules.  Some people can and some people think they can and end up being sinners.  I don’t believe in sin like that.  If you really think about it, 99 percent of the population live by the Satanic philosophy; they live by their natural human feelings and instincts.  It is the nature of the beast, the human animal.

Satanism is a philosophy, trying to recognize the motives of other human beings and how to work with that.  There is a big void when it comes to spirituality.  And for very good reason.  Because as I have always said there is no proof.  If you need something spiritual in your life, make up whatever makes you feel comfortable because there is no proof anyway.  So when I say “Satanic Philosophy” that is what I am talking about.  When people read the Satanic Bible they say “Wow, this makes a lot of sense” because it’s logical.  It is building on fact, not a bunch of fictitious stuff.  For that reason alone it is not a “religion”.  It is down-to-earth hardcore facts.  Satanic Philosophy has a lot to do with respect for other human beings as individuals.  Everyone has their own opinions and different things they like and their own idea’s.  I am a Satanist because I am relating to a lifestyle philosophy about how to interact with other people.  Religiously am I worshiping Satan?  He doesn’t exist to me.  What is Satan? What is god? None of it means anything.  I can’t relate to it.  I have no proof of anything.

Mike:  Is Satanism pretty much extreme individualism?

King: Pretty much so yes, but also recognize who you are and appreciate it, try and get the most out of it, without feeling bad about it.  Why feel bad about things because what you are doing is natural human instincts.  Why is that bad?  We are made that way, that’s the way we came out.  We have these human instincts and if we don’t live by them we don’t survive it’s as simple as that.  And those people who are trying to tell you “Hey go and buy the bible and you will be saved forever”.  You will not be saved; you will be the easiest victim of all.

The other thing I like a lot about Satanism is that you are given a wide open space for whatever you want to believe in when it comes to the Other side, the afterlife, the before life or whatever you want to believe in without feeling you are doing something bad or wrong.  Which is not the case in most religions where it is follow this or you’re out!  Satanism lets you have free mind there which is how it should be.  Whatever suits you best you should believe in.  It’s not a dictatorship religion of “Do this” or “do that”.  The album “The Eye” was about misuse of power in religion.  Even though the story was fictionally written it is historically correct.  It depicts a lot of horrific stuff done in the name of Christ.

There are a lot of people who might consider themselves Christians, but they don’t act it out like that.  Not according to the bible anyway.  It’s only these TV preachers who sadly get airtime.  I watch that sometimes to get a good cheap laugh you know.  It’s amazing the loss of good actors we have within the field.  And I am not sitting here trying to condemn anybody, not at all.  I am saying if somebody is Christian and getting something out of it without hurting anybody then stick to that belief that’s great.  Though I don’t want you on my team.

Another misconception people make about Satanism is that it is a religion, but it really is not.  It is simply a logical down-to-earth philosophy.  I am not religious in any way, I never was and I don’t belong to any religion. I am an atheist, I don’t believe in any god’s.  As a Satanist I am my own god.

Mike: Who is Satan to you?

I don’t believe in the Christian god Satan, or any of the Christian deities like god, jesus or the Devil. The word Satan simply means and stands for the Accuser or the Opposite, which is the meaning behind the inverted Satanic crosses that I wear.  Satanism is the Opposite of religion. But when speaking spiritually or the mystical side of Satanism, Satan stands for the Powers of Darkness, the Powers of the Unknown which is the best way to describe these Powers and Spirits that are always all around us.  Some people might call these Powers god or the Devil.  But I do not believe that there is one all good power above, or one all evil Power below.  There are many, many different powers and spirits and they are not good or evil.  They react on whether or not they like you.  And I always treat them with the utmost respect.  I know these powers exist because of my experiences with them. But these experiences are not anything on which to base a religion on.

And many of these experiences have been included in many lyrics.  People would be surprised at how many of the supernatural things that happen in many of the lyrics are actually true.

Mike: That’s right you have had some real experiences with these supernatural Satanic Powers?

King: Yes, too many to even count.  Not just me though, but also friends, relatives, other band members, neighbors, people from other bands and others.  Anything from being grabbed or touched by invisible hands. To hearing weird voices, breathing or growling when no one else is around.  Things levitating, being moved around, apparitions and many other strange things.  Not just at home, but on the road and in the studio as well.  That is why I don’t like to use electrical lighting like light bulbs at home or when recording in the studio.  I do things by candlelight only. Electrical lighting drives away the spirits and I love having them around.

Once a girl gave me hard time as she did not believe in these powers. So I summoned one using black candles and the exorcist music and it started yanking her hair, then it started scratching the walls and going through the records on my floor before stopping in front of my Satanic Altar where it took two deep breathes before leaving.

Mike: Have you ever run into the PMRC or any similar groups?

King: We never saw them and I am glad.  I hate them.  I hate them because they are all stupid ignorant idiots who are only picking on metal because it is an easy target. If you mention the devil in your lyrics you’re a Satanist in their minds.  Yet these people say classical music is ok even though the likes of Aliester Crowley often said classical music influenced them.   They make me mad and I know that if I had a discussion with them they wouldn’t be able to defend what they were doing at all.

Mike:  One person who once wanted to hold a serious discussion with the Satanic Screamer was a certain U.S. priest saying he wanted to convert King so that he could use his fame in a positive way for Christianity.  King’s reply?

King:  No reply.  In any case you get some priests going on T.V. saying that bands who do sing about the goodness of god should also be banned.  I saw a priest once on American T.V. saying that Stryper needed salvation, claiming that bands who misuse the name of the lord are in an even more dangerous position than those who sing about Satan.  These people say that the likes of Stryper are not going about promoting god in the right way.   I would not have minded going on the road with Stryper.  I could not care less what they sing about.  My only concern with them is that they could have hurt someone when they threw their bibles out at people.   Otherwise I don’t care what their show was about.  We once toured with Trouble who also promoted god in their lyrics and we saw what they get up to on the road.  They certainly were not hardcore Christians.   But I don’t mind playing with so-called Christian bands because we don’t preach anything at our shows.  The only way to make someone a Satanist is to let that person discover it for themselves.

 America is screwed up.  I saw a guy once on T.V. who said that god told him that if he did not raise eight million dollars in four weeks he would die.  In four weeks people actually sent him six million dollars at which point he went back on T.V. to say that god had given him an extension to another two weeks to raise the rest. These people are more harmful than anything we do, but yet we as Satanists are evil.

I mean a heavy metal concert is very close to a Satanic Ritual because you create a lot of energy and stir up a lot of emotions and people rise to the band as one.  But we want the fans to enjoy themselves.  We don’t want them playing with a Ouija board or whatever because they don’t know what they are dealing with and that can be bloody dangerous.

Mike: Long before LaVey died you visited him at the Church of Satan correct?

King: Yes, a coven of witches came to our show in San Francisco during the Abigail tour and had a personal invitation for me to go and meet LaVey.  And of course I said Yes!  We went into his Ritual Chamber at the Black House which had been closed up to re-energize itself, only he had been in there.  We went in and I asked if I could speak first and tell him how I feel about things.  I talked for at least an hour and a half telling him everything that I felt Satanism was about and what it was not about.  When I finished I was like “Well, what do you think”?  Without saying a word he took the Satanic Baphomet Symbol off of his black jacket and pressed into my hand.  That was an amazing moment I will never forget!

Then he played some wonderful spooky music for me, and we took pictures, and talked about some things that I will never talk about with anyone else.  We also wrote some very personal letters to each other and I was told that I could call him anytime I needed day or night whether it was just to talk about Satanism or whatever.  We had deep respect for each other. I still have the letters and always bring one with me when I go on tour.  His daughter Karla could not believe the personal content of the letters or that he wrote them himself.  LaVey would never write letters himself, he would always dictate to someone else, but to me he wrote them on his own.  I still sometimes talk to and see members of his family like Karla, Zeena and Stanton.  Very nice people all of them.

Mike: I once heard an early version of “Satan’s Fall” and where you would sing “I don’t need your god” you instead said “Satan is better than god”.

King: yes that is true. If you think about it Satan is better than god.  Even if you take the worst version of Satanism, what I call the fake Christian version of Satanism it is still better than god.  I mean look at all the holy wars, the witch hunts, crusades, inquisitions and on and on.  Even now religion is the cause behind most wars.  All of the evil done in the name of god and religion over the years it never ever ends.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on April 21, 2016, 03:53:09 pm
From the book "Louder than Hell"

King Diamond - When the early Mercyful Fate stuff was written I had a lot of experiences with the supernatural, especially in this apartment in Copenhagen. The song "A Dangerous Meeting" is actually a warning not to mess with the occult. If you don't have someone in there that can really interpret  things the right way, it is way too dangerous for young teenagers too fool around with because you don't know what's speaking to you. And if it feels mocked or disrespected, it can give you answers back that can ruin your life. After my first experiences with the supernatural, I went to the library and read a lot about the occult and realized that most of those books were written from one specific viewpoint, where Satanism was always depicted as these maniacs sacrificing virgins. That's insanity.

Bobby Liebling - I was practicing all kinds of Black Arts, and Occult and Satanism and I was a member in the Satanic Church in D.C.  . I did lots of incantations and was in an actual coven. One night at my friends house we had several copies of the Satanic Bible and books on witchcraft and the occult and spells. We were sitting around reading the from Satanic Bible and all of a sudden I started to blow a little fog out of my mouth. I was into the reading and hadn't noticed that the room had gotten ice cold. All the pipes in the entire basement formed droplets of water that became icycles.  The basement were covered with frost and the entire room was about 25 degrees.  And this was within 10-20 minutes. I'll never forget it for the rest of my life. To me it was a sign saying "You are fucking with the wrong thing man". It scared me so badly that I dropped the idea and threw all the artifacts that came along with the game
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: TheUnborn on May 28, 2016, 07:44:29 am
I wonder if King sometimes feels it's a bit tedious to talk about his life philosophy and satanism over and over again in interviews, when he is actually there to promote and talk about the new album. I'd sure feel that way.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on May 28, 2016, 05:13:19 pm
His Satanic life philosophy ties in with his albums.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: TheUnborn on June 03, 2016, 12:57:35 pm
His Satanic life philosophy ties in with his albums.

Absolutely, but I'm quite sure He wants to talk about the albums as well, not only the philosophy.
He's a gentleman and answers thoroughly on all questions, though, no matter what. A perfect artist to interview.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on June 19, 2016, 05:41:59 pm
The painted Mercyful Fate frontman gives us the lowdown on how he lives his life
Ever since he made his mark in the early '80s with Mercyful Fate, King Diamond has been a massively influential figure on the extreme metal scene. Danish born but now a resident of Texas, his musical and visual approach, both as a member of this band also as a solo performer, has been striking and original. But away from the glare of fame and the expectations of his fans, what drives the real King Diamond? As he prepares to play an eagerly awaited show at The Forum in London on June 21, we get his guide to life.
“I listen to a lot of old stuff still. I have a huge number of CDs, and some of these are very rare. I have them on labels which don't even exist any more. One thing I don't have, though, is a turntable; I haven't owned one for years. But I do have some special albums on vinyl. For instance, I have the one album put out by Captain Beyond in 1972, with a 3D sleeve. I also have Physical Graffiti from Led Zeppelin in an original pressing, with the cut-out sleeve, and I have a copy of Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy with an embossed sleeve. Then, there's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath from Black Sabbath with lyrics – and that's the only way I found out that Rick Wakeman played keyboards on that record!
“I listen to new albums put out by people I know, and I still go back to my Uriah Heep albums. Their original singer David Byron is my all time favourite vocalist!
“I am lucky now to have superb speaker systems throughout my house. These are so good that I can now listen to albums I thought I knew and hear things which were hidden from me before. That's great – to be able to go back to an album I thought I knew so well and hear it in a different way.”
“I never talk openly about my political beliefs. I am an entertainer, and don't believe I should use this position to preach to anyone about who they should be voting for. Others might disagree, but that's the way I feel.
“I am eligible to vote in the upcoming US Presidential election, but I won't, because there isn't a candidate who represents what I want. In Denmark, you have 13 or more political parties, so it's not too difficult to find a party who reflect your views. Coalitions happen all the time, and there's a decent percentage that will be represented. In America, though, it's a two party system, and that's bad because they spend much of the time disagreeing with each other for the sake of casing arguments. If one patty suggests doing something, you know the other will automatically argue against that. So, what chance is there for a reasonable representation?
“All I would say to people is that they should read as much as they can about candidates, find out what they can, then make make up their own minds.”

“People still ask me if I am a Satanist. Absolutely, although that depends on how you define Satanism, and one thing I have never done is join any Satanic church. I have my own beliefs. However, as with politics, I don't tell anyone what they should believe – I don't preach. Everyone has to come to their own conclusion which god they want to believe in – if they believe there is a god at all.

“However, I am very spiritual, and believe that when I am dead, I will be reunited somewhere with my parents and other loved ones. What I do say to those who believe in God is if there is a God, why doesn't show himself to everyone, instead of letting every religion feel they have the only path to him, and have a right to disrespect all other religions?”

“I watch a lot of sport on TV, but very little else. I did see the recent series The Man In The High Castle and enjoyed that a lot. And I do occasionally catch interesting documentaries on TV. But, in all honesty, I don't find much to interest me – too many channels with too little quality. However, I am looking forward to the new series of Game Of Thrones. Yes, that is brutal and bloody, but then again that's what appeals to me.”

I've had cats ever since I moved to America. At one time, I had a black cat called Magic, and another one called Ghost, who was all white. Now I have two cats who were born within a couple of weeks of each other. They were so tiny as kittens. When we got them their names were Hans and Benji, and we've decided to keep on those names, rather than change them to anything exotic. Whenever I go on tour I really miss the cats. And if my wife is with me, then we have to make arrangements for her father to go over and looking the guys. They mean a lot to me.

Short piece from interview with Richard Christy
JG: You also enjoy touring cemeteries. Do you have a list of your favorites? Do you prefer the large ones with the stately mausoleums and headstones and famous residents or the smaller, unknown ones that are run down and rarely visited?

RC: I love both. I go running at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY, a lot in the fall and I listen to King Diamond while I do it. “At The Graves” and “Sleepless Nights” are the perfect songs to listen to while running in a cemetery! I really love the cemetery in Salem, it is beautiful and has some amazing trees that are very colorful in the fall. I’ve visited Jim Morrison’s grave in Paris, France and it’s one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve ever visited. New Orleans also has some of the most amazing cemeteries I’ve ever visited. My dream home would be a gothic house right next to a cemetery!

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on June 19, 2016, 05:42:55 pm
He inspired Metallica, annoyed Gene Simmons and took rock for a walk on the dark side. These are the devilish life and diabolical times of King Diamond
February 1984. It’s a freezing night in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under heavy snow, the streets are silent. In a rooftop apartment, something weird is going down.

King Diamond, the singer with Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, is entertaining four guests: Timi Hansen, the band’s bassist, and his girlfriend, and Metallica's Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, who are in Copenhagen to record their group’s second album, Ride The Lightning. It’s been a long night, and all of them are drunk. For hours they’ve been sitting in the living room, talking and soaking up the heavy vibes from old records by Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult. In one corner of the room is an altar: a table draped in a black cloth, lit by tall candles and decorated with a figurine of the pagan idol Baphomet and occult books The Satanic Bible and The Necronomicon, the centerpiece a human skull.

King Diamond is an avowed Satanist. His obsession with the dark arts is expressed in Mercyful Fate’s songs and in his theatrical image: his face painted white and black, like Kiss, but with an inverted cross between his eyes. This occult shtick is of no interest to Hetfield and Ulrich, they just like the guy and love his band. But what is about to happens on this night at King’s place scares the shit out of Hansen and his girlfriend.

“I remember it clearly,” King Diamond says now, 32 years on. “At one point we left Timi and the girl alone in the living room, to have some fun. Lars and James and I went to my bedroom to play a game of table football. And then we heard a gigantic bang. I rushed back into the living room and both Timi and the girl were sitting there with faces white as sheets. Everything from my altar was spread across the floor. Timi said he’d felt himself being lifted up and thrown back down.

“I said: ‘It’s them. Don’t worry.’ I put the things back, and it was fine. But then the girl went off to the bathroom. After a while we could hear her crying in there. And then she screamed out: ‘Something’s growling at me! I can’t get out – the door’s locked!’ I took the handle and opened the door. She was sitting there in tears, dumbstruck.”

As King remembers it, Lars and James were too drunk to really absorb what had happened. But he was certain. “It was a visitation,” he says. “You could hear how they left – out through the bathroom window.” And he claims it was one of many such occurrences. “There were other experiences I had in that place. I remember once I felt a touch on my cheek… That place was haunted. So many people experienced stuff in there, not just me.

“In my life I’ve seen a lot of things,” he says. “Supernatural things. I’ve seen the place between heaven and hell.”

King Diamond appeared as much a caricature as any of them. With his masked face and satanic songs rendered in that mock-operatic shriek, he was frequently ridiculed in the music press. And yet there was something that set him and Mercyful Fate apart from bands such as Venom and Slayer, who posed as Satanists purely for shock value. King Diamond was entirely serious about this stuff. He was a scholar in the dark arts, and a member of the Church Of Satan, the organisation led by Anton Szandor LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible. And in Mercyful Fate’s music there was a depth and power that went far beyond the primitive bludgeoning of Venom and early Slayer. The band’s style of complex, heavy riffing was an inspiration to James Hetfield, who has stated that “Mercyful Fate was a huge influence on Metallica”./

That is the first time they mentioned he had the Baphomet symbol hanging above  his altar instead of the inverted cross. Also first time it was mention King included the Necronomicon on his altar. Did not know he used that book in ritual

Did you ever meet Anton LaVey?

Yes. I will never forget that experience. After a show in San Francisco I was invited by a couple of witches who were at the show to come meet him. We drove to The Church and I spent the whole night there. He invited me to the ritual chamber and he had these big dobermans guarding the hallway. He told me, “You probably shouldn’t pet them because I don’t know what they’ll do.” He was unlocking the door and I had to pet one of the dogs. I did that and LaVey looked and said, “Ah, good vibrations.” So we walked in there and I told him that if it was OK, I’d like to speak first and tell him what I feel about the world rather than him talking to me and me standing there nodding. This way he could get a judgment, too. When I was done, he took off the devil symbol pin he was wearing and pressed it into my hand. When we came out, he played keyboards for me. He had a lot of keyboards. He started playing this happy song, singing, “Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen” with a smirk on his face. That’s where I’m from. We took a couple of pictures and kept in touch afterwards. I have a hand-written letter from him that I always take on tour.

Were you ever an active member of The Church of Satan?
LaVey gave me eternal membership.

That was nice.

It’s not like I keep in contact. I don’t need to keep in contact to live my life. I don’t live according to any rules. Because when I first read the Satanic Bible, the book of life philosophy I would call it, it was like reading about the way I have always felt; the way I live my life already. I wouldn’t say I’m active in the church. I think it’s great that some people do it, but I don’t have the time. It was an experience being there and seeing the Iron Maidens for the doorways, the secret doors—LaVey could always enter a room without you seeing him.

The apartment I lived in in Denmark was very haunted. Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield were there—I don’t remember if they were recording Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets; but they were recording in Copenhagen. I had an altar in the apartment, and we were drinking and playing foosball in my room. This girl was there and she was crying in the bathroom after being in there for like 20 minutes. I opened the door and she was crying, “I couldn’t get out!” I said, “Why didn’t you just turn the door knob?” She said, “I couldn’t get up and this thing was growling in my face!” I said, “Oh. OK.” And then one time this girl was over and she was talking shit about, “Why do you have these things about ghosts and demons, these ridiculous things?” She was pissed. I said, “If you don’t believe in these things, we don’t have to talk about it. I don’t really care. But youbetter beware, or you might experience it yourself.” She said, “Whatever.” So I asked, “Do you want to try to see if we can bring something?” She said “Yeah, let’s do it.” To create the right atmosphere I put The Exorcist soundtrack on and then I said “If you are there, please come and show this girl.” It took five minutes, and then she started screaming while sitting on the couch—I could see her hair being pulled by nothing. We could hear hands scratching the walls and she was freaking out. It took two deep breathes by my altar. But I could hear the sound moving out to the hallway, and then it was gone. I was there with my brother one time having a beer, and a pint of beer lifted up off the table two feet, and then it slowly lowered back to the table. I took that as a sort of wish of good luck. It doesn’t matter if someone believes or doesn’t, it’s there.

1985-Int-Seems you changed the lyrics on the new album

King-I dont think I changed the lyrics , there only two words that have changed . I dont use the word satan and i dont use the word Lucifer anymore because I have been misunderstood too many times. Im still writing about the powers of the Occult or The Powers of darkness name it what ever you want but the lyrics are about magic, mystery, the occult and thats what I have always been writing lyrics about.  I just want to avoid those words because they have been misunderstood too many times.

Int- I thought you were very much dedicated to the Satanic Religion

King-I am. According to the Satanic Bible written by Anton Szandor Lavey I am a Satanist. But I am sick and tired of discussing this subject. I think I am entitled to just a little bit of privacy, I prefer to keep that a private thing for now on.

Int-Could you tell us a bit about the story?

Fatal Portrait is a very complicated story and as I told you I am still writing about the occult. And what ever I really believe  in people will be able to look for whatever  I believe in very clearly when they see us performing our shows. And there is a story and its actually connected 5 songs lyrically wise. And its a bit complicated and its a Very, very Occult story. The first song is called the candle. It describes me sitting in my living room, I burn a lot of candles here and in one of those candles I see a girls face every time I burn a candle, etc. The story is taken from the occult but some parts of the story are actually true

Int-Something you have experienced yourself?

King-Some of it is fantasy some of it is true

Int-What about the other songs

King-King-Lurking in the dark is about as people while falling asleep know there is something in the dark they cannot see that is like sort of mocking them. Halloween is very special to me because of my religious beliefs which I am not going into right now

Interviewer in King Living room describes Kings Satanic altar with two lit candles and two skulls,  its a rather huge what I would call a Satanic Altar  and has upside down crucifixes,  and a set of white goose feathers and a satanic bible.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on July 28, 2016, 06:11:09 am
Is  King a  LaVeyan Satanist  and Spiritual Satanist since Satan to him stands for spiritual powers? Because  Church of Satan High Priest Gilmore says Satanic ritual is theatrical psychodrama only and that LaVeyans deny all things supernatural and spiritual  including  magic and spells and getting results.  Then again LaVeyans embrace Rupert Sheldrake who is a christian that claims he has prove a spirit world and god so in that way King does fit in with LaVeyans

King said he wants us to know about these powers so we can use them to have a better way of life but he does not say what he means by that or how one is suppose to go about using them to have a better life.

What did he mean about how people who see  satanism from a christian view do not treat the powers with respect?  How does King treat them with respect, what does he do as far as treating with respect?

He also said in an interview he does not believe in good and bad spirits but in another interview he said he summoned a bad spirit that ruined the Girlschool concert.

On Abigail 2 King says Jonathan has a twisted mind for believing Abigail is a reincarnated version of Miriam. So is King saying his personal beliefs in reincarnation are twisted?

And why do these powers allow such evil too happen in this world? Maybe that is why King warns about these powers and spirits so much as they are pure evil!

Plus he says the after life is a world with no more pain but that we come back here to the world of pain so that sucks. And if he is right then how does he expect to see his parents again on the other side if they like all of us have to come back here? And on Abigail 2 he says the spirits cross over to rest in peace and never die again, yet he says we all come back and die many times?

Some Satanists who do believe in spirits say it is important to command them. Not ask but demand they do your will

Plus as mentioned earlier with other questions  I do not want to spend eternity in a place  where I would need to experience horrible things like being raped or tortured or something in order to go there as King says he believes that is how it is.   Although Kings spiritual beliefs are not unique as many people believe as he does about living many lives and stuff. Mostly thanks to those famous "Seth" books that came out years ago which also made what is now called the law of attraction so famous.

I have always been open to spiritual things and have had experiences but science seems to always explain these things away. I have heard many shows where they explain how out of body experiences are a chemical reaction in the brain which explains the light, the floating out of the body, the tunnel, seeing dead loved ones, having a life review, etc. They even explain how before people die they think they see dead relatives or pets being there which ends up being due to a certain part of the brain being the one part that is still very active when a person is near death.  So it seems like all spiritual experiences are all  in the mind.

Guess that explains why whenever I have used the Ouija Board or done other things that are "Guaranteed" to attract the supernatural nothing has ever happened

Here is a link to an interview where King talks about meeting LaVey and the time he summoned a spirit to prove they were real to a girl who did not believe in them.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 12, 2016, 10:54:58 am
King Diamond - A normal neighbor!
Did you know? Death metal band King Diamond lives in Dallas ‘burbs?
Spooky? Maybe. The front man for death metal band King Diamond sound-proofed his music studio in his Frisco home so as to not bother the neighbors.
Satanic rock legend King Diamond puts on his menacing makeup, grabs his human femur bone mike stand and begins to howl, he’s the most sinister dude in heavy metal. But when he goes home to suburban Frisco, he’s just another friendly, middle-aged guy power-walking through the neighborhood. “It’s all very normal. The neighbors know who I am and they say ‘Hi’ when I’m out walking,” says the 58-year-old falsetto-voiced singer of “Evil,” “Burn” and “Satan’s Fall.” “I feel the Southern hospitality big-time in Dallas,” he says. “People are just so polite and helpful, which is one reason I love Texas. It’s not like that at all in Denmark.”

Born Kim Bendix Petersen in Copenhagen, the King Diamond front man took his early inspiration from Alice Cooper, Robert Plant and the occult. The King became infamous in the mid-’80’s by happenstance when Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center denounced his band Mercyful Fate and listed their occult-themed “Into the Coven” as a “Filthy Fifteen” song alongside ones by Prince, Madonna and Black Sabbath. “The first time I saw that list in USA Today, I said ‘This is great!’, ” he says in an interview before his upcoming Thursday gig at House of Blues. “Instead of shutting us down, they gave us more promotion and publicity.” As King Diamond’s cult status grew, he went solo and was befriended by Metallica, who played his songs onstage and even made King a character in the Guitar Hero game. In 1993, he quietly moved to suburban Dallas, where his then-wife was living. And he quickly settled into the area, attending FC Dallas soccer games and races at Texas Motor Speedway while mostly keeping a low profile. But four years ago, the singer’s world was turned upside down when he was rushed to the hospital after a series of heart attacks.

Triple-bypass surgery gave him a new lease on life: With help from his current wife, Hungarian-born singer Livia Zita, he stopped smoking and totally changed his diet. “I do miss ice cream and the greasy sauces, but the healthy fresh food I eat now tastes awesome,” he says, singling out Plano’s Seasons 52 as his favorite local restaurant. “And since I’ve stopped smoking, my voice is stronger. You can’t even say I’ve gotten my voice back, because it’s better than it ever was when I was smoking.”He’s become an avid exerciser, power-walking with his wife through Frisco five days a week when he’s not on tour. He’s also built a recording studio in their home and made sure it was sound-proofed so his high-decibel shrieks don’t prompt 911 calls. “We don’t want neighbors thinking there’s a murder going on next door,” he says, laughing. King is still very much into the occult — he talks about paranormal “active spots” in his Frisco house and is a proud member of the Church of Satan. But he wants neighbors to know he’s not sacrificing goats, worshiping the devil or recruiting junior Satanists next door. His brand of Satanism is similar to agnosticism and pacifism, he says. “People think it’s a religion, but it’s not: It’s a life philosophy about having respect for people who think differently than you do,” he says. “It would be nice if more people kept their beliefs to themselves instead of killing each other to convince each other what they believe is right. Belief should be a private matter.”?
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 18, 2016, 05:12:06 pm

Legendary MERCYFUL FATE axeman Hank Shermann, who played guitar for VOLBEAT on the latter band's 2012 U.S. tour, says that MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine did not allow King Diamond to perform with VOLBEAT during that year's Gigantour.

When the MEGADETH-headlined Gigantour hit King's adopted hometown of Dallas, Texas four years ago, VOLBEAT asked King, a fellow Dane, to join them on stage to sing the MERCYFUL FATE classic "Come To The Sabbath". "But, apparently, Dave Mustaine didn't want King to be onstage and do whatever Satanic lyrics, or whatever that was all about... So, King came to the concert and he was given the… he was told that, 'Hey, King, you're not allowed' from Mustaine, for some reason," Shermann told Alec Damiano of Vita In Musica (hear audio below).

VOLBEAT played the intro to "Come To The Sabbath" anyway, with King singing the lyrics from the audience.

"That was pretty funny," Shermann continued. "What that was all about, I really don't have a clue. I don't know if suddenly Mustaine had gotten into God, or, you know, for whatever reason. [Laughs] But that was pretty bizarre, you know, because back in the days, they were very good friends... MEGADETH were touring with [KING] DIAMOND in the '80s. So there's [been] a lot of changes in that band [MEGADETH]. But, you know, they're good guys... and I like them, and they have made some really cool records over time."

In the mid-2000s, the now-born-again Mustaine threatened to pull MEGADETH out of festivals that featured other metal bands named ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION over their professed Satanism. "I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not," he later told Decibel magazine. "As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, 'You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to.' Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in. I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy?'"

Mustaine appeared to soften his stance during a 2014 interview with the Israeli metal radio show "Met Al Metal". He stated about his past refusal to share the stage with certain bands: "It's just a personal preference that I had at the time. I've learned a lot more now. So if the opportunity came up to play with bands that were contrary to my personal, political, spiritual or any kind of moral values that I have, that's something between me and my relationship with God. I don't push that on anybody anymore. At the beginning, I didn't know and I wanted to play it safe. And I think that anybody who would judge me and say, 'Ah, you know what?! Dave made a huge mistake. He just joined a new club and he didn't know all the rules, so instead of breaking the rules, he said 'fuck you' to everybody.' That's not me, man. I like to do things right. So I played it safe, I learned a lot about it and I've opened my mind up to it."

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: TheUnborn on December 08, 2016, 07:43:33 pm

Legendary MERCYFUL FATE axeman Hank Shermann, who played guitar for VOLBEAT on the latter band's 2012 U.S. tour, says that MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine did not allow King Diamond to perform with VOLBEAT during that year's Gigantour.

When the MEGADETH-headlined Gigantour hit King's adopted hometown of Dallas, Texas four years ago, VOLBEAT asked King, a fellow Dane, to join them on stage to sing the MERCYFUL FATE classic "Come To The Sabbath". "But, apparently, Dave Mustaine didn't want King to be onstage and do whatever Satanic lyrics, or whatever that was all about... So, King came to the concert and he was given the… he was told that, 'Hey, King, you're not allowed' from Mustaine, for some reason," Shermann told Alec Damiano of Vita In Musica (hear audio below).

VOLBEAT played the intro to "Come To The Sabbath" anyway, with King singing the lyrics from the audience.

"That was pretty funny," Shermann continued. "What that was all about, I really don't have a clue. I don't know if suddenly Mustaine had gotten into God, or, you know, for whatever reason. [Laughs] But that was pretty bizarre, you know, because back in the days, they were very good friends... MEGADETH were touring with [KING] DIAMOND in the '80s. So there's [been] a lot of changes in that band [MEGADETH]. But, you know, they're good guys... and I like them, and they have made some really cool records over time."

In the mid-2000s, the now-born-again Mustaine threatened to pull MEGADETH out of festivals that featured other metal bands named ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION over their professed Satanism. "I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not," he later told Decibel magazine. "As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, 'You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to.' Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in. I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy?'"

Mustaine appeared to soften his stance during a 2014 interview with the Israeli metal radio show "Met Al Metal". He stated about his past refusal to share the stage with certain bands: "It's just a personal preference that I had at the time. I've learned a lot more now. So if the opportunity came up to play with bands that were contrary to my personal, political, spiritual or any kind of moral values that I have, that's something between me and my relationship with God. I don't push that on anybody anymore. At the beginning, I didn't know and I wanted to play it safe. And I think that anybody who would judge me and say, 'Ah, you know what?! Dave made a huge mistake. He just joined a new club and he didn't know all the rules, so instead of breaking the rules, he said 'fuck you' to everybody.' That's not me, man. I like to do things right. So I played it safe, I learned a lot about it and I've opened my mind up to it."

This just sounds so weird.
Dave and King has known each other for decades. Seems like the religious views of Dave has caught the better of him.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on December 09, 2016, 07:28:14 am
Someone told me recently that Dave pulled the same kind of shit with the Band "Rotting Christ" as he did not like the band name.  I guess calling your band Rotting Christ is not acceptable but calling your band Megadeth is perfectly fine.
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on January 10, 2017, 07:07:20 pm
Posted August 14, 2013 by Louise Brown

With our friends in Sweden and Belgium tantalising us with tales of KING DIAMOND‘s recent European Festival tour and the fact that ‘MELISSA’ is rarely off our stereo in the run up to its 30th Anniversary this Autumn, we knew that we wanted to interview the King of all evil. We sent GREG MOFFITT off for a dangerous meeting with the man himself to talk about his whole career from BLACK ROSE to BLOODSTOCK and most importantly the fate of MERCYFUL FATE…

How and when did you first get into music?
“I had a little transistor radio with a cassette deck built in and I used to listen to rock programmes in the afternoon and record some of the songs. Then I saved up from my allowance and eventually got a reel to reel tape machine, which was great because I could even record from the TV with that! Then in ’71 I got my first turntable, which I could plug into the reel to reel machine. That was stereo and that was a big deal! The first three vinyl albums I bought were Deep Purple’s ‘Fireball’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Master Of Reality’ and Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’. Obviously I’d already heard ‘Paranoid’ and ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘In Rock’ by Purple and all that stuff, but those were the first ones I actually bought.”

At what point did you actually start making music yourself?
“The urge to create sound myself came mainly from Jimmy Page’s guitar. I got the first Led Zeppelin album and I was like ‘Man, I would love to create that raw guitar sound!’ So I saved up again and got my first guitar, which was a lousy copy of an Explorer. When I got it home I was surprised that it didn’t sound like Jimmy Page. A family friend told me that I needed an amp – I was so ignorant about the whole thing! But he was an electronics engineer so he built one for me. It had a red ‘on’ and ‘off’ button and a black button that was always on as it created the distortion! The local library had some rehearsal rooms in the cellar and that’s where I started my first band with some friends. We called ourselves Brainstorm.”

You later joined local band Black Rose, which is where you began to develop a theatrical stage act and your unique vocal style. How did that come about?
“I only played guitar in Brainstorm and when that stopped I was looking for another band to play guitar in. Then I saw an ad at a grocery store that Black Rose were looking for a vocalist. So I went over and tried to sneak in as a guitarist/vocalist although I’d never sung before in my life. But they said ‘Nah, we don’t need a guitarist’. Their guitarist was a huge [Ritchie] Blackmore fanatic and he really had it down. So I just gave it a shot! The first song we did was [Deep Purple’s] ‘Space Truckin’’ and I just screamed and hoped they liked some of it and they did! As time went on, I learned not to scream so much and actually found that my stomach muscles could control airflow and I didn’t have to put crazy pressure on my throat; I would come home from rehearsals with no voice left! Later, a guy came up to me at a show and said ‘You should use your falsetto a bit more’. I had no idea what he meant. He said ‘When you sing high it sounds really good!’ so I put effort into trying to improve and you can hear the first steps on the Black Rose CD.”

Why did Black Rose split up?
“Black Rose actually stopped because the keyboard player sold his keyboards to get his girlfriend a new kitchen.”

You then joined another Danish band, the punk/metal outfit Brats, which is where you first met future Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann.
“Black Rose had started playing clubs in Copenhagen and one of the club managers – who also worked at a record store I went to – knew both me and Hank who was with Brats. Brats had released one album through CBS in Denmark. They’d been told that they should get a singer instead of the bass player singing. This is when I came into the picture. The style changed; it became a lot heavier. But when CBS heard our demos they said ‘You can’t do this! You need to go back to the style we signed you for!’ There was a split in the band right there, so Hank and I went the way of doing what we felt inside. The rest of the band tried to please the label in order to keep the deal, but it didn’t work.”

KD2It was around this time that you also met your other future Mercyful Fate band mates Michael Denner and Timi Hansen.
“Michael Denner had a three-piece band called Danger Zone with Timi Hansen on bass. Michael asked Hank if he and I could come over and help with a demo he was doing. The drummer wasn’t really what we were after, but otherwise it worked really well. This then turned into Mercyful Fate, the name coming from somebody’s girlfriend at the time, although we changed the spelling to make it kinda like Old English I guess.”

In 1982, Mercyful Fate made its first appearance on vinyl with ‘Black Funeral’, which was the first track on Ebony records’ second metal compilation ‘Metallic Storm’.
“That’s right, it was off to Hull to record in that tiny, tiny demo studio! We recorded two songs and one appeared on the album. After that came out, interest really grew and we were invited to go and do the BBC Friday Rock Show. We did three tracks and they got such a great response that they were re-broadcast and came to the attention of Rave On Records who wanted us to go down to Holland and record an EP. That was a real turning point.”

This was the self-titled EP, often referred to as ‘Nuns Have No Fun’, which also came out in ’82. How were the studio sessions for that?
“Me and the guitarists had all these harmonies worked out but there was no time to do most of them. It was the same with the guitar solos. ‘Corpse Without Soul’ had a long intro solo and we’d done two takes and still weren’t satisfied. But it was like ‘Whatever you do next, that goes on the album!’ Talk about pressure! When Roadrunner came in a little later and offered us eight days to record ‘Melissa’, we were like ‘Oh my god! Now we can do all the things we had planned last time!’ Then for ‘Don’t Break The Oath’ we got 12 days! But the EP did a lot of good for us. It was exported to a lot of different countries; I know Lars Ulrich and Brian Slagel [Metal Blade boss] heard it together at Brian’s place.”

Mercyful Fate were really beginning to gain some traction when the band suddenly split in 1985. What happened?
“We grew apart with the musical style. Hank was hanging out with a lotta people from the funk scene and he wanted to try and bring those influences into the band. I could listen to some of that, but I would never dream of playing it because I didn’t feel it inside. I’ve never done anything I couldn’t stand 100 per cent behind. I’d rather stop than do something I was forced to do by someone else. Plus I had already started writing stuff like ‘The Candle’, which was meant to be on the third Mercyful Fate album. But we did the right thing and followed our heart. And of course Hank has come back to being completely metal now!”

KD3At this point King Diamond the band was born. How did that happen?
“I approached Michael and Timi and said ‘I know you guys are on the same page with the music, so do you wanna continue this?’ They agreed right away and it was just a matter of finding some other musicians. Michael knew [drummer] Mikkey Dee who was living in Denmark at the time. We had a second guitarist lined up but he didn’t learn his parts. He was given several warnings – ‘If you don’t have this down, don’t bother coming to the studio’. But he was too much party, too little guitar, so we went into the studio as a four-piece. We’d done all the rhythm guitar tracks when we came across Andy [LaRocque]. He flew down to Copenhagen and we gave him ‘Dressed In White’ as a test song to see what he could come up with. Not just seeing if he could play, but testing his creativity right off the bat. He came in and laid down the solos that are actually on the album, so it was a pretty easy choice!”

If the first King Diamond album ‘Fatal Portrait’ was something of a transitional effort, the 1987 follow-up ‘Abigail’ heralded the arrival of the full-on King Diamond sound. Many people think it’s your best – do you agree?
“It was the first horror concept album from a metal band. For a lot of people, I guess that’s the album that made the biggest impression on them. After that, the albums were less hard-hitting because people knew our style and it was no longer a surprise. It was tough to match it, even though I think we have several times, and even surpassed it.”

Throughout the remainder of the decade, King Diamond enjoyed greater success with the albums ‘Them’ (1988), ‘Conspiracy’ (1989) and ‘The Eye’ (1990) than Mercyful Fate ever had. However, it’s also true to say that since disbanding, Mercyful Fate’s cult following continued to grow, so much so that you reformed for the release of 1993’s ‘In The Shadows’. This subsequently led to the release of a further four Mercyful Fate albums between 1994 and 1999, much more music than your original incarnation. How do you think they compare?

“Some are better than others, but there are often circumstances that keep you from achieving your goals. The last one, ‘9’, really hit the spot. There’s some really cool stuff there. ‘In The Shadows’ was also really good. ‘Time’ has good songs, but perhaps not consistently great. King Diamond is extremely theatrical and the songs are made to fit the story lines whereas Mercyful Fate is all individual songs, which can be harder to write because you don’t have as much time to explain things or get into bigger subjects. So, in a way, King Diamond is way more ‘Satanic’ than Merycful Fate will ever be, which might sound twisted, but the way I look at it ‘Satanic’ means LaVeyan, and the King Diamond horror songs are full of that life philosophy to the max.”

Will there ever be another Mercyful Fate album?
“There’s still room for both bands and I know Hank would love to do at least one more. He’s often said to me ‘Someday, we have to do the masterpiece!’ He doesn’t feel that we did the perfect one that should have followed ‘Don’t Break The Oath’. Well, I will never say never, but right now we are too busy with King Diamond.”

You mentioned Satanism. This is something you’ve caught a lot of flak for over the years, mainly because you’ve been misunderstood, and sometimes deliberately misrepresented.

“Satanism is a life philosophy; it has nothing to do with religion. Almost from day one, Christianity created evil ‘gods’ within itself. Satan is a Christian creation and was used to get power, especially in the past. How many people died in the Inquisition because of things that were made up? In general, you find misuse of power within religions. It’s a big part of all these wars today. They will not respect each other, and yet there has never been anyone on this Earth who could prove to the rest of humanity that theirs was the only true god. There might be people who feel that they personally have been given proof, but they have to understand that you can’t condemn everyone else. For me, I think it’s important to respect other people no matter what they believe. And I would never stand up and say ‘There are no gods!’ How would I prove that?”

KDYou also mentioned LaVey, as in the late Anton LaVey, former head of The Church Of Satan. By all accounts he was quite a character, whom you met more than once.

“I was very close to LaVey for a while – I dated one of his daughters actually. He was very serious about what he wrote in ‘The Satanic Bible’. He managed to put into a book what I had always felt. It’s not like I read the book and said ‘I wanna be like that!’ I recognised myself in his writing.

“Once I was invited to come to the Church and spend a whole night there. I spent two hours in the ritual chamber with him. It had been re-energising for over a year and a half and no one had been in there except him. There was a very high altar, a sleigh from a Russian Czar who had used it to drive his witches to and from court; there were original books – all kinds of stuff in there. There were 13 rooms and he could enter all these rooms in full secrecy. There was an iron maiden, which was actually a doorway from another room. It was an amazing experience. Instead of me just going in there and waiting for him to speak, I told him that I would like to speak first and tell him what I felt about the Satanic philosophy. I spoke for about 45 minutes after which he took his Baphomet sigil off and pressed it into my hand; it just said everything. Then we talked for about an hour and a half. He played keyboards for me that night – could’ve been music for a horror movie – and then suddenly he switched into ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’, looking over his shoulder with a big smirk on his face! With his humour and just the way he was, there was a very deep connection.

“I have a hand-written letter from him, which I always carry with me. It means so much to me as he never wrote anyone by hand, he would always dictate. I told Karla LaVey that I had this letter from her dad and she didn’t believe it, so I showed it to her and she started crying when she saw what he’d written to me. He said that everything was going according to plan. I know exactly what he’s talking about, but I will never tell anyone.”

What did you make of the murders and church burnings in the Scandinavian black metal scene of the early ‘90s? Many of the protagonists cited you as an influence.

“I don’t really know the background to it and I didn’t really follow who did what and what for. I don’t know what their murder rate was, but people get killed every day. Some things get blown out of proportion because of what you can pin on them. It was big for the people involved, but should it have been made into such a big news story? But it was because of the ‘Satanic’ thing. I actually wish that ‘The Satanic Bible’ had been called something else because people think it must be a book about some kind of religion. Supernatural happenings and ritual powers are mentioned in there, but nothing that constitutes a religion.”

In 2010, you were diagnosed with major heart problems and had to undergo triple-bypass surgery. It sounded horrendous, particularly the point at which you were technically dead for a couple of hours.

“It was some brutal shit! They had to puncture my lungs to have room to do the operation, so I literally had to learn to breathe again. It hurt like hell and I can’t even begin to describe it to you. Every breath was a fight from the beginning, so I had to learn to breathe in a different way. Everything sits differently in my chest now and I have a big braided metal rod down the middle – it looks like a piece of jewelry on the x-rays. There’s still pain and it’ll be here for a long time, but you can learn to live with it.

“For the first few months afterwards I was more concerned with thinking that I wasn’t really here. About three months went by before I stopped asking my wife if she could see me or feel when I touched her shoulder and stuff like that. There was so much horror in the wake-up process that must come out on the next album. Not writing about a hospital stay, but the moods and the feelings of struggling for every breath and the pain of being on a ventilator. If the doctors could have heard me I would have begged them to kill me. It was fuckin’ brutal and an eye-opening experience for sure. But if I lived in a house with 20 windows before, I live in one with 40 windows now. I see so much more and pay attention so much more.”

Ironically, you’re singing better than ever now.
“My voice is better than it’s ever been since I stopped smoking. The long and high notes are easier. If I’d known that before, I’d have stopped smoking a long time ago! I’m also on a very healthy diet and I walk five times a week. It’s all a matter of good fats / bad fats, good cholesterol / bad cholesterol. My wife’s basically become a nutritionist. She’ll sit and tell me ‘Oh that’s great, you can eat that’ and if she says it’s okay, I’ll eat it. She could kill me off in a second if she wanted to!”

KD5As the decades have gone by, your legacy with both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond has grown immensely in its importance. Not only do the likes of Metallica and Slayer openly acknowledge their debt to you, but today’s underground metal scene is awash with worshippers, some more blatant than others. Have you heard Portrait or In Solitude for example?

“It’s a huge honour of course. When Metallica invited me up to play the Mercyful Fate medley and said that without me there probably wouldn’t be a Metallica – are you kidding me? That’s practically the highest honour you can be given. I always wanted to do my own thing, and you don’t hear King Diamond and wonder if it’s really us or someone else. Others should not try to sound like us – why would anyone do that? That would be a tribute band, so why not do your own thing? I don’t think anyone has gone so far as to mimic what we do. I heard part of one of Portrait’s albums. I could hear what the singer was trying, but I don’t think he sounds like me. But whether it’s the show, the music or the lyrics, there are so many things that could trigger someone else artistically to go out and try their own thing.”

Downloading has torpedoed physical music sales across the board, but in terms of audience size, King Diamond seems to be thriving.
“We’re doing better today than we’ve ever done. We’ve been getting some nice headline spots and making sure we don’t let people down. The show we have now is really unique and even better than the one we had last year. The order of the songs is better, the lighting is better; the production has really been perfected. When we played Copenhagen, one of the biggest national newspapers gave us six out of six. They actually tell their journalists not to give six as there is no such thing as a perfect concert, but we got it. Not even Metallica did that! And there’s room for progress in the future. If I look at King Diamond as a painting on a big canvas, there are still plenty of empty spots to be filled out.”

You’ve looked death in the face and lived to fight another day – has it changed you at all?

“I’ve always felt that I’m gonna experience the presence of my parents and my cats when I’m not here anymore. That doesn’t give me enough for religious belief but I’m convinced, even if I can’t prove it. When they were rolling me in for my seven-and-a-half hour operation, I realised there wasn’t time to say goodbye, in case it was necessary. So I just said to my wife ‘I wanna come back to you, I’m not done yet, so I’ll do everything I can to survive, and you do everything you can to help me’. Who knows if any powers were at work, but we feel that they were. There’s a saying that your thoughts can move mountains and there’s something to that, but never take tomorrow for granted.”
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Post by: SatanKing on January 26, 2017, 06:00:17 pm
I have always wished that King would write a book about all of his experiences with ghosts. I just recently learned that Corey Taylor the singer I guess of Slipknot did write a book about his many experiences with ghosts and I have too say as incredible as many of Kings experiences are it seems that Corey has had many more plus his makes the ones King had seem almost like child's play!

Corey like King is an atheist but not a Satanist and explains what he thinks ghosts are and why they hang around him and can do things. It was very interesting stuff. Some differences between he and King is that he does not see these spirits as guardians or protectors nor as beings that can heal us nor does he believe you can use and control them via rituals.  I would love for King to do a book like that about his own experiences, practices and beliefs about these spirits or as he calls them powers .

According too Abraham Hicks and Seth these so-called hauntings people like Corey and King experience are nothing more than thought forms that humans created while alive that gain vibrational energy but that they are nothing more than that. They are not actual spirits or powers o anything like that at all. Abraham also says that we are here to experience pure joy and not too experience anything bad at all.  So that goes against what King says about how we must experience bad things which never did make much sense
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Post by: SatanKing on May 06, 2017, 08:16:05 am
I notice the way King talks about Satanic Rituals is not much different than christian prayers.  He says how you must believe in external powers and spirits that belief is key as is respect for them in order to get results.

I am also curious as how he says these powers come to him and are his guardians and protectors for life.  How come the rest of us, the billions of others do not have these powers on our side and do not show up?

Many people say he is making these supernatural experiences up as a way to promote his music. I mean nobody else has backed these claims up including the guys from metallica that I have seen anyway and the guy from Kerrang said the time he spent the night there where Kings said something happened did not happen. I have asked a couple of ban members if they have ever seen these things and they said no.  Plus is not claiming these things breaking the Satanic Statement about Satan representing wisdom instead of spiritual pipe dreams?

My big question though is King says he wants us to be aware of these powers so that we can have a better life. But that does not help unless he explains how exactly too use these powers in order to get what we want???
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Post by: SatanKing on May 06, 2017, 08:17:55 am
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Post by: SatanKing on May 10, 2017, 07:20:49 pm
"I was begging the doctors to kill me": the confessions of King Diamond
Features / 20 Oct 2016 / by Metal Hammer
The Mercyful Fate frontman reveals all about Satan, hauntings and how it feels to be dead…

He's hung out with Anton LaVey, been dead for five hours and had supernatural experiences, but King Diamond doesn't scare easily…

What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever given to you?
“Once I was stood outside a theatre in Chicago and some guy came up to me with a gift in a black plastic bag. Inside was a severed horse’s leg with all the rotting flesh still on it. If the cops came right then, the tour would have been over!”

What was it like meeting Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church Of Satan?
“Very, very special. I got the chance to talk to him in the ritual chamber for almost two hours. Later that night, he took off the Baphomet symbol from his jacket and pressed it into my palm.”

What did you talk about?
“I asked him if I could speak first and tell him what I felt about Satanism, so I wouldn’t just be stood there nodding along to whatever he said! He started playing Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen on his keyboards, whilst looking over his shoulder smirking at me. It was almost like being in the Addams family.”

So what does the word 'Satan' actually mean to you?
“To me, Satanism is very much LaVey’s life philosophy. I wouldn’t call it a bible, because that suggests religion. The most important thing to me is for people to have respect for each other. It gives you the feeling to explore the powers of the unknown, which I have seen many times.”

What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?
“Well, the first thing I saw was a glass floating in thin air, and that just seemed to kick it all off. My old apartment in Copenhagen was so haunted. For a number of years, the weirdest, craziest things happened in there.”

Did bad things ever happen?
“To other people, yes. But not to me. Once I saw a girl being pulled by her hair around the apartment. Another time when Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield were there, a girl got locked in the bathroom and couldn’t get out, even though the door wasn’t actually locked. She came out in tears saying that something was in there growling at her, which is what many people said about that bathroom.”

Does the supernatural scare you?
“No, it has never scared me. I have a lot of respect for what I call ‘the powers’ or ‘them’ and I feel like I get that respect back. But it’s different for other people…”

What has been the darkest chapter of your life so far?
“In December 2010 I had a triple bypass surgery. It took about seven hours, and for five of those I was actually dead – I was not here. You start wondering, ‘Did I bring something with me from the other side?’”

How did it feel when you woke up?
“The most horrific experience of my life was waking up in hospital. I felt like I was in the video Metallica did for One and inside I was begging for them to kill me. I tried pulling the tubes out so they tied me up!”

Has it changed you?
“I feel more aware than ever before. It’s almost like looking out the windows in my house – now I feel like I have double the number of windows and can see so much more. Physically, I now have a thick, braided metal wire that runs underneath my skin holding my ribcage together.”

Have you ever taken drugs?
“I’ve never been into drugs, but when I was younger I smoked hash twice at a party and I got scared of my own voice. It wasn’t really for me.”

When was the last time you were starstruck?
“I got to say hi to Sammy Hagar recently. I arrived in my makeup on my way to get backstage. I saw him on the VIP balcony and just had to shake his hand!”
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Post by: SatanKing on May 14, 2017, 09:51:37 pm
How To Live Like A Satanist According To A Heavy Metal-April 2017

“It has been said, ‘the truth will make men free.’ The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation.”

–Anton Szandor LaVey

 The Western mindset, mostly influenced by Judeo-Christian beliefs, is characterized by a dual view of life consisting, basically, in a struggle of good versus evil forces. Satan, whose name in Hebrew means “the adversary” or “the accuser,” is most of the time associated to the forces of evil, wickedness, and the forbidden. Nonetheless, if we go beyond any religious belief, Satan as an archetype embodies the rebel, the one who accuses and questions social or religious dogmas, the misunderstood, or the pariah. So, it’s no surprise that many bands belonging to Heavy Metal, an openly defiant music genre, have embraced this figure as a symbol of their rebelliousness and constant questioning of established discourses.

In an interview with Cultura Colectiva, King Diamond, a central figure in the Heavy Metal scene, shared how the way LaVeyan Satanism –which follows the ideas of Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible– has influenced his view on life and his creative process while writing music. Although in most of his band’s lyrics there aren’t direct mentions of Satanism, he has stated that as a philosophy of life, this current has enriched the storytelling of his albums.

“Do not give your opinions or advice unless you are asked.”

According to Anton LaVey’s 11 principles in the Satanic Bible, a person must be aware of the fact that no one has the absolute truth about life. Satanism is not a religion per se, but an agnostic approach to understand humankind and learn from one’s own experience. King Diamond, a follower of LaVeyan Satanism, explains the following:

“I was following this lifestyle, even before reading LaVey’s Satanic Bible. Some people say ‘You can’t do this,’ ‘You can’t do that, ‘You can’t believe this.’ Why not? As long as you don’t hurt other people, why can’t you do certain things that maybe some people don’t consider “normal.” For me, the root of all evil comes from religion. I can’t say whether there’s no god, one god, or many gods, because I don’t know. There’s a lot of people saying they believe in the right god, and hate everybody else who disagrees with them and their rules. I don’t understand that. I think people should have much more respect for each other, no matter their beliefs.”


It’s all about living and letting live. It doesn’t matter if your beliefs are not the same as others. What’s important is to respect others and be aware that your own reality can be different to others’ and there’s nothing wrong with that.

“Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.”

The singer and composer said about his view on life:
“My friends believe in different things than me, I don’t even know what they all believe in because I don’t really care. They’re good people that’s what matters to me. They respect me, I respect them. But there’s too many people out there who kill others because they don’t believe in the same things. Why do we have to kill each other just because we believe in a different god? It’s a personal thing, so we should keep it a little bit more private.”


As the LaVeyan principle states, it is wise to have in mind that not everyone will agree with your own views, especially in such an ambiguous subject as religion. There is no point in arguing about it. Unless you are sure others want to know your opinion on these topics, you can say them out loud. Otherwise, it could be source of unnecessary conflict.

“Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully…”

Besides being a musician, King Diamond is a storyteller, and each album narrates a horror story related to his life. To write his lyrics, the singer has been inspired by the horrors of humanity itself; however, he has openly recognized that many supernatural experiences he has lived through have influenced the stories behind each of his songs.


“I use the things that I see in my life, including the occult experiences, which I change to fit the albums’ stories. One of the first things that I saw was a glass floating in the air, in my very own apartment, a very haunted apartment. Mercyful Fate [his other band] had just recorded its first demo and we were sitting, Kim Ruzz, my brother, and myself, waiting for the other guys to come and listen to it. While talking suddenly my brother’s glass rose two feet up in the air. None of us really believed it; we just looked at each other. It took a while before I said to them ‘I know you saw that,’ and they just nodded. I used that experience in the lyrics for the song ‘Welcome Princess of Hell.’ And that’s why I say that these powers of darkness are always welcome in my home. It’s as if the powers of the unknown came and said ‘Hey, we will stay with you and help you.’ That’s what I feel.”

“Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.”

This principle has to do with enjoying life and not worrying about those things we cannot change. Satanist ideology encourages people to be responsible for their own lives. So, when there are things we can change, instead of complaining about something being unfair, we must do what we can to change it.

After having a near-death experience in 2010, King Diamond has made the most of his life, and now that he is touring to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his band’s epic album Abigail, the musician feels better than ever.


“I practically died and came back, I got a second chance. Now I don’t smoke, I eat healthy, I live healthy. I can sing Abigail’s songs even better. I asked the guys ‘why don’t we do a couple of shows?’ Why don’t we go to places we’ve never been before? We have a big production now. It’s the best show we’ve ever had. King Diamond, has never sounded this good. We have the best crew now. We have so much fun now. When I go onstage, I go to perform and have fun. Everything is so much better now.” 

Unlike popular beliefs state, Satanism is not a cult to a demonic deity, but an ideology that invites us to take our lives on our own hands and make the most of it without hurting others or letting ourselves be hurt. Through his music and his life’s philosophy, King Diamond proves it’s all about having passion for life, respecting others, and being open to new experiences, even if we can’t explain them.
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Post by: SatanKing on May 14, 2017, 09:53:31 pm
Danish Rocker King Diamond Puts On His Horrific Heavy Metal Face
August 27, 1987|by GARY R. BLOCKUS, The Morning Call
Today's lesson in music comes courtesy of Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. Call it the "Revenge of Horror" or "Alice Cooper's Last Stand." More appropriately, call it "The King comes toAllentown." No, it's not Elvis Presley, though the way King Diamond works his magical mystery, er, horror, tour, who can say?

King Diamond, that royal knave from Denmark, visits the Music Hall in the Queen City tonight. What King Diamond does is present a blend of heavy metal, classical rock and - you guessed it - horror, that hasn't been seen since . . . since . . . since .

he Danish singer and front man for the group that bears his name, King Diamond proclaims his LP, "Abigail" (on the independent Roadracer label), the very first horror metal album in history. Judging by King's vocals, which range from baritone to falsetto soprano, he's got that quite right.

Actually, King's voice isn't all that bad, and its range certainly makes for some strange noises. And "Abigail" is being touted by heavy metal magazines like Kerrang! as the best concept album since Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

What makes King so hideous to so many adults is his outrageous make-up (sorry Kiss fans, you'll be disappointed) and his avowed satanic philosophies. That's right Tipper Gore, this guy's for you.

"I'm not trying to change it," King said of his music in a recent telephone interview from Texas. King's previous band, Mercyful Fate, played music steeped in satanic references.

"I'm trying to make sure people understand what we're doing," he continued, speaking with a very thick Danish accent. "A lot of people say, 'We don't want that,' because they're afraid. What we're talking about is the occult, the powers of the unknown. I believe in them very strongly because I've had experiences."

(Shirley MacLaine, get off the line! This is supposed to be King Diamond talking.)

"This new album (Abigail) is one fiction story," King explained. "Earlier, I took personal experiences and mixed them with fantasy. People misunderstood that - a lot."

There's no misunderstanding "Abigail," a story about a young man and woman, and their never-born little girl, Abigail. King Diamond mixes in numerology (the young man is 27, the woman 18 - both add up to nine) and other occult references just to keep your mind on the lyrics.

Numerology aside, King Diamond is honing his own special edge on the grindstone of heavy metal. The lyrics and the music sound like Alice Cooper at times, which is purely intentional. "He's my favorite entertainer," the singer said. "He's been that and still is. I was interested in music since I was 14-years-old. What really got me started was the first Led Zeppelin album . . . absolutely."

Music pried the young man away from another favorite past time - soccer. King Diamond was considered one of the best under-18 players in Denmark before deciding to trade the sunlight for the floodlights and moonlight of rock concerts.

King is extremely excited about his group - which includes Andy LaRocque on lead guitar; Mickey Dee on drums; Timi G. Hansen on bass and the newest member, Michael Denner, on guitar - and current tour, which features a promising stage show that ranks on a par with Dio, only on a smaller, more eerie scale.

Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on May 26, 2017, 01:02:10 pm
For those interested Mind over Metal did a podcast reviewing King Diamonds "Them".  Interesting they hint at what fans have said for years that King is warning people not to mess with these powers in his songs and storylines as they are evil and no good at all can come from dealing with these spirits and powers.  He clearly stands behind the Satanic Philosophy but when it comes to the forces he calls Satan he clearly see's them as dangerous and evil most likely due to his own bad experiences with them that he has talked about.  Ironically King sounds almost christian like in that warning of dealing with all supernatural occult powers
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: TheUnborn on October 28, 2017, 11:43:53 pm
For those interested Mind over Metal did a podcast reviewing King Diamonds "Them".  Interesting they hint at what fans have said for years that King is warning people not to mess with these powers in his songs and storylines as they are evil and no good at all can come from dealing with these spirits and powers.  He clearly stands behind the Satanic Philosophy but when it comes to the forces he calls Satan he clearly see's them as dangerous and evil most likely due to his own bad experiences with them that he has talked about.  Ironically King sounds almost christian like in that warning of dealing with all supernatural occult powers

 :king: :king:
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Post by: SatanKing on October 29, 2017, 07:25:44 am
:king: :king:

So glad you enjoyed it :)

Here is a link to an article that mentions about King and LaVey
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: prhill on June 07, 2018, 07:54:09 pm
1985 Interview. Audio is a bit rough though
Title: Re: Interesting King Diamond Interview from 1986
Post by: SatanKing on September 17, 2018, 07:52:31 am
Link to an interview with King from 1998.  He again says how Satanism to him is a philosophy and not spiritual but that Satan to him religiously is spiritual.  So if Satanism is not spiritual then why does he call these powers and spirits Satan and where did he get that from? Is King a Laveyan AND a Theistic Satanist?

And he has said he sings about these powers so we can be aware of them and have a better life but does not say how to use them in order to do that so it seems to defeat the purpose.