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Title: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: paulcoz on May 10, 2015, 07:52:56 am
Understanding that it is totally King's decision to write and produce material that appeals to him in 2015 and beyond, this is what I hope for:

(1) Production: I hate the production on House of God (HOG). When songs are good (title track, Catacomb) they defy production. When songs are average and laborious, they sound terrible without embellishment (Black Devil - IMO the worst KD song ever). On the other hand, The Puppet Master (TPM) has great production. Give Me Your Soul... Please (GMYSP) is also very good. The guitars have a lot more bite than HOG, but it is perhaps OVER-produced at times. Same with Abigail 2. Compare GMYSP to The Eye: specifically Pete Blakk's final solo on 1642 Imprisonment. The guitars are much more raw & abrasive to the ear. Maybe that is an abandoned late 80's style? Shame, I think.

(2) Song-writing. As always, I favour melodic riffs in progressive songs: Welcome Home, Bye Bye Missy, Loa House, A Secret, Slippery Stairs, Mirror Mirror. These songs have loads of energy and keep the listener's interest. I am always disappointed by songs featuring slow, chord-heavy riffs at snail's pace (Black Devil, the verses in Trick or Treat & The Wheelchair).

(3) Livia. I love her voice on TPM. If she weren't on that record it wouldn't be as good as it is (in my Top 4). She always sounds great in background harmonies. If she does have a foreground role, her voice MUST suit the songs, as is mostly the case on TPM (He & She's amazing duet on Magic). On GMYSP, it sometimes sounds like she is shoe-horned in for no particular reason and I hate to say it, but the music suffers. Her presence risks becoming like that of Yoko Ono... :-[ I prefer it when KING does most of the character voices (Missy, Grandma, Jeanne Dibasson & others).

Lastly, I should note how amazing King's voice has sounded LIVE since his recovery. More falsetto... please! :P I hope to hear him 'all-guns-blazing' on the next CD. Any idea when that might be released? :D:

What are YOUR hopes for the next KD album?
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: zorrow on May 13, 2015, 09:41:48 pm
Screw a new album for now. A live DVD/CD package, from Wacken or from whatever recent festival they have, that's what should come first! :P :gah: :WiNkA:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Grace on May 17, 2015, 07:28:47 am
We had to open this can of worms, huh? It's not in my DNA to say things in a vanilla politically correct manner, so this kind of shit always gets the moderators coming after me.

OK, I'll play.

1. Better songs. Sure, sounds like an easy advice, but also like I'm bashing the past few albums. You know what? I am. The songs on the last few albums have been extremely simplistic, non-memorable, monotonous and well below par for what a KD release should entail. The songs that stand out are a sore contrast to the ones that don't. KD used to have more of an even standard on the albums, where you would be hard pressed to pick out a weak track. I realize it's not the late 80's/early 90's anymore, and that things have changed drastically, but given the space between albums, one would think there would be sufficient time to navigate in for a higher standard of songwriting. There should not be one dud on this next album. Not one. To just let the rhythm guitars chug along and accentuate the vocal "melody" (often just spoken lately) is a cop-out. That's not a riff; that's just fluff. I miss the progressive elements and I miss the riffs that carry the melodic themes. Hell, I miss melody, period.

2. Drums. Matt is a phenomenal drummer. I know this because I have the Shaolin Death Squad album and because I have seen King live. However, I would NOT know this from just listening to the studio albums. Matt's drumming is under such tight leashes on album that it sounds like programming. I am NOT saying it IS programmed drums on there, just that it SOUNDS like it. Let Matt fly free on the drum arrangements and add his punch to the music. I am sick of the boring slick trotting-along drumming of late on albums. Where's the energy? Where's the fury? Where's the drumming out of the box? Anybody, and I mean ANYBODY, could play the drum parts of the last few KD albums. Who could say that back when "Them" came out?

3. Production. Paul mentioned it as well. The production as of late, in all its "organic" glory, is a bit flat and lifeless. Nothing that says "oomph" and nothing that grabs you by the balls. Again, I realize it's not the late 80s, and that the world has moved on from soaking wet reverbs and huge bombastic keyboards, but checking out what other producers do with metal albums these days to get an idea of what "good" sounds like in this day and age would probably be a benefit to the sound. There are tons of metal bands out there, with far less experience or means that get killer sounds out of their offerings.

4. Producer. Bring in an outside producer. I think it's great that King takes an active part of the production of the album (it's his baby after all), but I think the time has come to go back to having an outside producer inject some fresh perspective into the mix and to get King out of his pattern. If we only surround ourselves with people who say "yes", then we get nowhere and we lack the honesty required to move forward. Get Andy Sneap. He would KILL as a KD producer.

5. Voice. King is singing BETTER THAN EVER, and I can't wait to hear that on album!

6. Story. With King's recent rendez-vous with death and trials and tribulations, I have a feeling there is a good story brewing in that head of his. Can't wait to see what darkness unfolds on the next album.

7. Livia. Ah, Livia... Sorry, but no. No disrespect whatsoever, just honesty. Live, yes. On album, just no.

I think that's it.

Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: bolivarmaxi on May 18, 2015, 08:29:40 am
I hope king will record this year. but I duubt With this summer festival
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Painkiller on May 18, 2015, 06:00:28 pm
Complaining about bad production, while recommending Andy Sneap, is quite an oxymoron.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: majorfabs on May 19, 2015, 02:26:25 am
Complaining about bad production, while recommending Andy Sneap, is quite an oxymoron.

:icon_lol:
I knew that was coming...

I agree andy wouldn't be the best fit for a KD production, but he definitely knows his shit. See the production of Accept or Hell releases.

My wishes for a new KD album would be:
the melodies and songwriting of Abigail, Conspiracy, Them and The Eye, the production of The Puppetmaster
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Madhatter on May 19, 2015, 04:36:00 am
As long as its nothing like GMYSP I'll be happy I'm sure...
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: GGGOOODD on May 19, 2015, 01:59:18 pm
Nice to see a thread that isn't full of fanboys.  :king:

1. Lengthy instrumental sections. And a full instrumental song (not just an interlude).

2. Huge solos from Andy and Mike. These guys are too good to be limited to 15 second filler after the verse.

3. It would be cool if King used his natural deep voice. Usually he sings pretty nasally to get that sneering inflection which is fine, but I think he sounds great when he uses his chest more and goes for lower notes- like in the chorus of Shadows and Nightmare Be Thy Name, or the spoken parts in Black Horsemen, The Accusation Chair and The Trial.

4. Real drumming. Someone needs to tell King to stop writing drum parts/pushing the drums to the background and let Matt do his thing. I say this because of an interview where King said that he writes the drums for his stuff outside of the very early Mercyful Fate/King Diamond days.

5. Atmosphere. Maybe some production tricks.


Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: cls on May 19, 2015, 07:41:15 pm
The single biggest mistake that King Diamond made in his solo career was relegating his drummer to the role of a time keeper after Conspiracy.  It's pretty obvious to me that he hasn't done a lot of writing with this drummers since the departure of Dee.   Mikkey was King Diamond's Keith Moon.  The replacement drummers have all been Kenny Jones. 

I'm not a drummer......but a big reason I listen to those first four KD albums is because of Mikkey Dee.  He's just incredible.  He brought a sense of swing and a jazzy element to the music that made it totally unique.  For me, he's a lot like Bill Ward of Black Sabbath in that regard (if you don't know what I'm talking about listen to Vol. 4).  The quirky, creative, unpredictable things they're doing below the surface of the music give those songs a real dynamic quality.   You can't teach that innate grasp of what a song needs and when it needs it. 

I think it's pretty obvious how King writes these days.  He writes alone, he uses a drum machine, and gets his drummer to replicate the programmed tracks without any freelancing.  Matt Thompson has said as much.  There's undoubtedly some budget considerations behind the decision.

Nevertheless, I don't think King fully realizes how the loss of a dynamic drummer has affected his sound.  It went from a sort of beautiful controlled chaos, to something that, while still enjoyable, is a lot more pedestrian sounding.  I hate to sound esoteric, but his post-Conspiracy output just doesn't breathe like it used to. 

My unsolicited .02: write with a drummer. 





Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Grace on May 19, 2015, 08:01:21 pm
Complaining about bad production, while recommending Andy Sneap, is quite an oxymoron.

Intelligent comment. Andy Sneap is obviously a fucking hack. Who needs power, clarity, a tight low end, a solid dynamic drum sound and prominent heavy guitars in their metal? Surely not Exodus, Megadeth, Nevermore, Accept, Arch Enemy, Kreator etc...

Actually, Sneap mixed a "King Diamond" track once on the Roadrunner All Stars CD. Even with Heafy's processed production, he managed to wrestle a pretty good sound out of "Into the Fire". His own band, Hell, has two fantastic sounding albums well worth checking out for KD fans. I think he would be an excellent fit for a KD recording. What I like the most about him, other than his insane attention to detail, is that he challenges the musicians to give it their all, not just phone it in. Matt Thompson would actually PLAY the drums! Perish the thought!

Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: zorrow on May 19, 2015, 08:35:50 pm
Intelligent comment. Andy Sneap is obviously a fucking hack. Who needs power, clarity, a tight low end, a solid dynamic drum sound and prominent heavy guitars in their metal? Surely not Exodus, Megadeth, Nevermore, Accept, Arch Enemy, Kreator etc...

Actually, Sneap mixed a "King Diamond" track once on the Roadrunner All Stars CD. Even with Heafy's processed production, he managed to wrestle a pretty good sound out of "Into the Fire". His own band, Hell, has two fantastic sounding albums well worth checking out for KD fans. I think he would be an excellent fit for a KD recording. What I like the most about him, other than his insane attention to detail, is that he challenges the musicians to give it their all, not just phone it in. Matt Thompson would actually PLAY the drums! Perish the thought!
+1000000

Andy Sneap knows how to push the artist to get the best out of him/her. He would be a great external producer to KD, IMHO.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on May 20, 2015, 06:41:37 am
I have to agree with most of the points being made here.

-Let loose the drums! Matt is a beast and it's high time the studio albums reflect this. Listen to the the 80's Ozzy albums, loud ass drums. In metal this only helps the overall sound and does not take away from any of the other instruments or vocals. Who here doesn't like to hear some mean double bass pounding with a guitar harmony or soaring chorus?

-Producer? Yes! Face it, sometimes you need an outside opinion. That is what got King to use MORE of the falsettos.

-Story. Darker, more serious, more bodies, more mysterious, menacing ghost and less Casper types. I will give GMYSP credit for kind of breaking the fourth wall. That was cool.

-I agree with Paul that the music needs to be faster with an epic, intense urgent feel. That's not to say some time changes won't work here and there, the slower riffs in "At The Graves" for example.

-Speaking of riffs, please keep them loud, distorted and extra crunchy!  \m/

-The infamous grandpa vocals. I think King would be better off using a death growl or the blackened "Arrival" type vocals instead for those parts when he's not using his high pitch or low/midrange gothic wail.

-Keyboards and lighter parts should sound epic, eerie, haunting or majestic and never fluffy and light for the sake of light.

-Now one thing I have to disagree with mostly everyone here is Livia. I think she is and has been an excellent addition to the band. She IS that extra bit of MAGIC that makes TPM the masterpiece that it is. Now I will be honest, GMYSP is at the bottom of my list of favorites, but I think her performance is one of the albums finer moments. Live, I have the opposite complaint; I don't think she is high enough in the mix and there SHOULD be more songs that feature her vocals prominently in the setlist. And come on guys, she has never done anything even close to Yoko-ish!
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on May 20, 2015, 06:48:07 am
The single biggest mistake that King Diamond made in his solo career was relegating his drummer to the role of a time keeper after Conspiracy.  It's pretty obvious to me that he hasn't done a lot of writing with this drummers since the departure of Dee.   Mikkey was King Diamond's Keith Moon.  The replacement drummers have all been Kenny Jones. 

Ah man....Voodoo! VOODOO! I love that drum sound.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: bolivarmaxi on May 20, 2015, 08:20:59 am
Intelligent comment. Andy Sneap is obviously a fucking hack. Who needs power, clarity, a tight low end, a solid dynamic drum sound and prominent heavy guitars in their metal? Surely not Exodus, Megadeth, Nevermore, Accept, Arch Enemy, Kreator etc...

Actually, Sneap mixed a "King Diamond" track once on the Roadrunner All Stars CD. Even with Heafy's processed production, he managed to wrestle a pretty good sound out of "Into the Fire". His own band, Hell, has two fantastic sounding albums well worth checking out for KD fans. I think he would be an excellent fit for a KD recording. What I like the most about him, other than his insane attention to detail, is that he challenges the musicians to give it their all, not just phone it in. Matt Thompson would actually PLAY the drums! Perish the thought!

word add me
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: cls on May 20, 2015, 10:17:54 am
Ah man....Voodoo! VOODOO! I love that drum sound.

It's funny you should mention that album.  I almost referenced Voodoo in my post.  It's by far my favorite post-Conspiracy album  --- and a big part of that is the vibrant drumming.   The drummer is just a lot more involved in the songs.   

Whatever King did with the drums on Voodoo he should keep doing.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: U-94 on May 20, 2015, 12:16:01 pm
Andy Sneap or Peter Tagtgren.....but it seems since he built a studio in his home that he's trying to keep the cost low. I doubt they'd bring in anybody to help.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on May 21, 2015, 07:24:11 am
It's funny you should mention that album.  I almost referenced Voodoo in my post.  It's by far my favorite post-Conspiracy album  --- and a big part of that is the vibrant drumming.   The drummer is just a lot more involved in the songs.   

Whatever King did with the drums on Voodoo he should keep doing.

I remember reading an article by Jeff Wagner at the time that gave credit for the fuller, vibrant drum sound to the analog recording as opposed to digital. I don't know much about that, but recording and mixing are half the battle. No one will dispute what a great drummer Mikkey Dee is, but they way the drums are put on Them...just tragic.   >:D
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: paulcoz on May 21, 2015, 08:33:17 am
Quote from: Count Jonah
"but the way the drums are put on Them...just tragic."

Since the music on "Them" is so strong and the other instruments are recorded/mixed the way they are, it hardly matters... messing with the drums would obscure other elements.

C'mon... can't expect an objective critique of "Them" from me. It's the holy grail of KD! My number one. The album to end all albums, etc...  :gah:



Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Painkiller on May 21, 2015, 02:09:50 pm
Intelligent comment. Andy Sneap is obviously a fucking hack. Who needs power, clarity, a tight low end, a solid dynamic drum sound and prominent heavy guitars in their metal? Surely not Exodus, Megadeth, Nevermore, Accept, Arch Enemy, Kreator etc...

Actually, Sneap mixed a "King Diamond" track once on the Roadrunner All Stars CD. Even with Heafy's processed production, he managed to wrestle a pretty good sound out of "Into the Fire". His own band, Hell, has two fantastic sounding albums well worth checking out for KD fans. I think he would be an excellent fit for a KD recording. What I like the most about him, other than his insane attention to detail, is that he challenges the musicians to give it their all, not just phone it in. Matt Thompson would actually PLAY the drums! Perish the thought!
All of those bands you've named sound pretty generic on their recent releases, thanks to his overpolished mixing style.

If you like samey, plastic-ridden production values, then more power to you.

Also, Hell is not "his" band -- he's a recruited member. I know that David Halliday taught him how to play guitar, but he wasn't involved with the rest of Hell's musicians at all until recent years.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Livia Zita on May 21, 2015, 05:24:58 pm
The day I start to make random goat sounds into the microphone, you can call me Yoko.

(Hint: watch Chuck Berry's face)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h9kgu71d81U
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Grace on May 21, 2015, 07:55:32 pm
The day I start to make random goat sounds into the microphone, you can call me Yoko.

(Hint: watch Chuck Berry's face)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h9kgu71d81U

HAHA! Classic!

(http://cdn1.images.videobash.com/thumbs/000/486/977/320x240/320x240_11.jpg)
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Post by: Chagosomar on May 21, 2015, 08:29:52 pm
I agree with a lot of grace's opinions. Not big on sneap, but Matt should be unleashed for sure.
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Post by: Count Jonah on May 22, 2015, 03:29:18 am
The day I start to make random goat sounds into the microphone, you can call me Yoko.

(Hint: watch Chuck Berry's face)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h9kgu71d81U

Well said! Then King would REALLY have to kiss the goat!  :king:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: paulcoz on May 24, 2015, 03:38:29 am
Quote from: Count Jonah
"the music needs to be faster with an epic, intense urgent feel."

YES!

Listen to that 'intense urgent feeling' during Andy's solo on Black Horsemen... The 7 horsemen will arrive before dawn. Will they be in time to save Jonathan & Miriam? What will they find at the house!? :icon_eek:

Hear it during Pete Blakk's solo on Victimised... Priest, do you remember King, the loony one, the one who killed his grandma up on the hill? OMG, they've got it in for him! *epic, LENGTHY solo* Now he's back, the loony one! *huge, chunky guitar part*, a quick change of time & arpeggio. Back to the verse!  :fingers:

During the solos, the rhythm guitars are doing one thing. The solos aren't imitating or merely synching on the downbeat, they are doing something else entirely! When these parts combine there is this indescribable tension. This feeling is absent when the band plays blues over a slow/simplistic riff or series of chords, sometimes with no change of key. Where is the NEO-CLASSICAL sound? Andy's solo on The 7th Day of July 1777 & A Mansion in Darkness. The effortless finger tapping, arpeggios, artificial harmonics and palm muting. That driving, symphonic sound! The 'A B A B' form in the rhythm guitars with the solo doing its own thing above - during Black Horsemen (Andy), Broken Glass (Mike) & countless other classic moments.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Grace on May 24, 2015, 06:42:54 am
During the solos, the rhythm guitars are doing one thing. The solos aren't imitating or merely synching on the downbeat, they are doing something else entirely! When these parts combine there is this indescribable tension.

I think KD got back to that, for a short sweet moment, on "Abigail II", where the solos were one of few saving graces (along with the best song in modern KD era: "Spirits"). Mike really shines on that album and shows what he could bring to the table on any album. I remember having discussions with my buddies, when we were kids, about whose solo was best on what song, and then we would try to figure out how to play them for the longest time. I haven't felt like that about any solos on any KD release after "The Eye", until "Abigail II" came out, and I actually had the same discussion with some of the same people - however many years later. It was that exciting.

It's all in the details, and it all makes up what made us fall in love with King's music to begin with, and I guess that is why many of the posters above are looking for some of those things on the next album: creative drumming, memorable guitar solos, better production, darker story (somebody said "Casper the ghost", and that's exactly what we have had lately), more of a BAND effort etc... In the end King does what he wants, but it is nice to exchange ideas and observations with his diehard longtime fans like this.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Felicia on May 25, 2015, 02:44:41 pm
 :idea: Great question!  :idea:

I will now place my two cents down and give what I might wish for in a new album..as if it matters..lol!  :gah:

Soundwise... I loathe digital compression in music! It takes something away from the full bodied atmosphere that analogue tracks produced. I'm showing my age here but I remember the full rich creepy symphonic atmospheric sound on the earlier albums that are missing on the newer current albums. Mind you it might cost more to produce in analogue time wise but this is my wish here...lol!

Next amongst much conversation last night between me and my friend ... The writing of the story is just as important!  Ok so what does that mean...lol   When I put my headphones on I want to feel like I'm in the story...example the wedding dream is perfect imagery ! The music matches the lyrics it's a beatiful piece of art! Also ive noticed the albums that have more first person lyrics don't stand out as much to the listener, as it tends to be monotonous. GMYSP is a great example of way too much first person usage. The earlier albums took me away on a great story with less first person there were seperate views from characters of the plots of evil and horror!

Lastly , I look to be taken away from the B.S. of the day .. It's why I've always adored king diamond..those Stories become cheap scream therapy while in traffic :)  So I like the haunted house vampire ago go thing..theres enough crap on the news to make one know life a bitch ... I don't need it in my king diamond cd. 

Well that's my input... Either way I'm glad king is healthy, can be properly hydrated now, and write a magnum opus to shake the granny panties off this old lady...lol  :cool: :yeah!:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on May 31, 2015, 02:18:14 pm
Excellent comments Paul, Grace and Fally!  :ernaehrung004:

I too do not wish to hear down to earth, everyday, streetwise lyrics and stories. I want to be swept away into a dark fantastical world of magic and mystery. The seriousness and dramatic intensity of the lyrics and the music are key to providing such a haunting and eerie atmosphere. That escapist element. And lets get back to where the villains ARE actually evil, and just not "misunderstood".

I know artist don't wish to be held back or confined to a past glory period, but at the same time you create a niche that your fans appreciate and long for and that helps identify a band beyond mere brand name. When an artist strays from that sound, it's like getting someone addicted to crack and then trying to sell them children's nighttime cough medicine.  :gah:
While keeping that in mind, King should be able to be passionate and creative with his music. After all I do love what Samael did when they experimented with their original Black Death Metal sound and added more darkwave and goth.

Some albums are much weaker than others, but King has never pulled a Load on us if you know what I mean. And yeah I know he's good friends with them, but it's a fitting reference.

I love The Puppet Master! Voodoo was AWESOME despite the story not being evil and dark enough. And I'm going to break ranks and say Abigail 2 is extremely underrated! I think there are plenty of great vocal moments, guitar parts and the perfect use of keyboards. It's just that the production and storyline elements get in the way of people appreciating the atmosphere of that album which is in fine mode on "The Storm", "Miriam" and of course "Spirits". Abigail was on the first album the female antichrist that ruined the lives of this young couple. And now she's a victim getting her revenge. I don't think that worked for me and a lot of other people and just felt like a rewrite, but I will say that I LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEE the music and atmosphere of that album to death! I think all three of those albums are later-day masterpieces. So yes there is hope and expectations.  :king:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Felicia on June 01, 2015, 01:13:30 am
 :read: CJ if you love Abigail 2  :icon_eek: Maybe you can point out some major confusing points with the writing of that story... I read the lyrics and well it just doesn't make alot of sense. There's a chunk of that story missing. Like why mommys in the floor and what that has to do with anything..or what plan or place little one had in that story with Abigail .. I want to like it but its missing all of pieces there...
Help me..lol  :read: :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on June 01, 2015, 09:50:16 am
I do, and as I said the story prevents people from appreciating the music and feel of the album. I do like some of the lyrics as they stand on their own like "The Storm" and "Broken Glass", but in my opinion the story overall is flawed when compared to the original Abigail.

The count burnt his wife in the original story, so maybe he just flung her ashes onto the floor and they got washed away into a drain below or he put in another floor over the spot.  :icon_idea:

Yeah, the whole little one thing always bothered me. It would work better as a separate unrelated story, but it's just left up in the air how, when and why the reborn Abigail and Little One become separate entities. Abigail possessed Miriam so that she can be reborn as a devil baby with (glowing?) yellow eyes who eats her own mother's flesh...so she already has teeth too, very sharp ones presumably.  :hungryevil:
In Abigail 2 she goes from that to being this innocent, naive 18 year old girl that is more that happy to play along to make an old man happy as long as she doesn't have to look at him naked.  :diabo_do_msn: But then after that she turns evil again due to the Viagra fail or maybe it was after looking into the Eye?  :little_devil:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Felicia on June 01, 2015, 11:06:43 pm
Lmfao!!! You said Viagra fail...omg!  :yeah!:  :read: Nope didn't read that lyric...lol :kopfpatsch: CJ you're awesome!!!!  I guess no one will ever truly know what is up with that tale.  Perhaps that's an idea for a new thread here explaining Abigail 2..lol !!!!   I'm just going to leave that alone and hope for a story not about the peril of Viagra failure..lol :blush: :gah:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: paulcoz on June 02, 2015, 09:57:58 am
'But it's not your mommy you're looking for, it's yourself'

Also, see Russ's explanation here:

http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/CWWforum/index.php?topic=809.10
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Felicia on June 02, 2015, 11:55:52 am
Thanks for the link Paul.. I read it and it seems to explain a lot but it's very confusing none the less. A lot leaves up to interpretation of the listener. It almost seems like a larger story but due to having to be brief a lot was cut in Abigail 2 ,perhaps that's what is missing. Besides the character development of the people involved is not so great...it goes down bugging me. Why have this omnipotent demon child who posseses people and can do all sorts things ... Only to have a breakdown of not knowing who they are it's odd at best. Either way glad I don't have to write that story  :WiNkA: I might have done an even worse job..lol
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: U-94 on June 02, 2015, 06:50:34 pm
At this point my only hope for the new album is that it's released in 2015. Which is clearly not happening now.

KD signed a 3 album deal with MetalBlade in December 2012. It'll be over 3 years since then before we get 1 album.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on June 02, 2015, 10:57:53 pm
Thanks for the link Paul.. I read it and it seems to explain a lot but it's very confusing none the less. A lot leaves up to interpretation of the listener. It almost seems like a larger story but due to having to be brief a lot was cut in Abigail 2 ,perhaps that's what is missing. Besides the character development of the people involved is not so great...it goes down bugging me. Why have this omnipotent demon child who posseses people and can do all sorts things ... Only to have a breakdown of not knowing who they are it's odd at best. Either way glad I don't have to write that story  :WiNkA: I might have done an even worse job..lol

I'm right there with you Fally! I remember when AII came out and there was A LOT of hype amongst the fans. And when I heard that the sub-title would be the Revenge that threw me off big time. Who's revenge? Jonathan's?  The Count? Nope, it's Abigail's; the same "little monster bitch" who killed Miriam and crippled Jonathan. That always struck me as odd. Jonathan never did anything to Miriam, She even warned him that he had to try to push her down the stairs as it was the only way (the best part of the title track IMO followed by really cool solos) he is obviously heartbroken by her death, and Abby mocks for him this. As a lyricist, King really seems to hate Jonathan.  :gah:
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Count Jonah on June 02, 2015, 11:12:42 pm
At this point my only hope for the new album is that it's released in 2015. Which is clearly not happening now.

KD signed a 3 album deal with MetalBlade in December 2012. It'll be over 3 years since then before we get 1 album.

I want to say you can't rush good art, but then look at the Black Rose CD! Love that album, really great songs....but it took forever before the fans in general could get the pleasure of hearing it. It could have been released right after MF broke up the first time and it probably would have done really well in sales. Maybe King has already demo-ed some really great material these past few years... :king:
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Post by: SatanKing on June 03, 2015, 04:03:49 am
I felt bad for Jonathan. He got messed up bad in both Abigail albums!
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Post by: Felicia on June 03, 2015, 12:21:41 pm
I felt bad for Jonathan. He got messed up bad in both Abigail albums!


Yeah he really did get a crappy deal..lol.. Only one reason I can see for revenge there...Don't mess with a woman's hair!!!! Perhaps he may have lived if he didn't grab her hair...lmao
That's the only thing that made some sense to me don't mess with the hair  :yeah!:


As far as a new record and such I always wondered if the remasters counted in that 3 album deal...let's face it money isn't made in record sales like it used to be. It's more of a merchandise and touring thing now.
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Post by: Count Jonah on June 03, 2015, 11:29:44 pm
Now I had thought that metal bands barely break even on tours, that is the ones that can actually go on cross country tours as headliners in clubs and theaters.

Lately I've been seeing a lot of venue service fees were there were none before. Maybe someone in the know can throw some numbers or percentages at us? It is interesting that these past few years have put a greater emphasis on tours than albums, but that is typical of bands that have been around for 30 years.
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Post by: Count Jonah on June 03, 2015, 11:31:50 pm
I felt bad for Jonathan. He got messed up bad in both Abigail albums!


I don't want an Abigail III, but I do hope that Count Jonathan makes a cameo somewhere as a pissed off vengeful ghost.  :icon_twisted:
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Post by: SatanKing on June 04, 2015, 04:09:19 am
Count: I like that idea :)
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Post by: devilsavocado on June 04, 2015, 03:32:57 pm


I don't want an Abigail III, but I do hope that Count Jonathan makes a cameo somewhere as a pissed off vengeful ghost.  :icon_twisted:

Him and Grandma. Quite a duo!
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Post by: Count Jonah on June 05, 2015, 11:56:34 am
Team Wheelchair!  \m/
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Post by: Grace on June 06, 2015, 10:45:24 pm
I'll play along with the thread hijacking...

The Abigail II story confuses the shit out of me. I love King's stories, even on the albums where the music doesn't do much for me, but I just don't get this one:

* Who is "Little One" really? The murdering spirit of the 1777 Abigail, somehow grown from stillborn infant to child version of Casper the Friendly Ghost walking around with lanterns in the middle of the night? I thought she was a parental unit killing demon? Why is she friendly in this story? Or is it the 1843 Abigail's split personality twin spirit? Or is it the innocent soul of the stillborn possessed child that Abigail took residence in back in 1777, that never had a chance to be born? The very same that went nuts and possessed Miriam and Abigail 2.0 in the womb? Wait, did I already say that? I don't know what the hell's going on. Are all the Abigails in this story good, and there is no demon at all? WTF happened to the demon then? Was there one to begin with, or was Abigail just a vengeful ghost taking revenge on the LaFey bloodline because the old count didn't want a bastard child? She is obviously more than that, since she is the "second coming of a devil" born with yellow eyes and proceeds to eat her dead mother after birth (after supposedly dragging the body of a grown woman back to her infant sarcophagus to have a snack). Sounds like a demon with an agenda. How did 18 year old Abigail rid herself of the possession of this mighty demon Abigail?

* Why the hell did O'Brian keep her name as "Abigail", after all the misfortunes associated with the name? Call her freaking Heather or something. If you adopted the love child of Charles Manson and Elizabeth Bathory, would you not call the child something else? Charles Manson Bathory Jr kind of sets the kid on a scary career path. Same thing with Abigail... Not exactly setting your adoptive kid up for success there, O'Brian, you old bastard.

* So the "Mommy" that Little One is searching for is the original count's wife that was pushed down the stairs in 1777? Why do we care about a person who was a footnote at best in the original story and does not get a voice in this story? Why does it matter that her ashes were "buried in the floor"? What's the significance of the floor to the story and to the inability of Little One to find her?

* Why is Abigail "playing along with his eerie game"? There seems to be no real pressure or looming threat from Jonathan forcing her to do so, but she still just dumbly follows her newfound father (which she is really chill about finding out, BTW) into the bedroom after he's talking all sorts of crazy, referring to her as her dead mom. I mean... Warning bells? No? Is it all just to set "Little One" free? I mean Abigail is free to roam the place. She is the one to blow out the candles so she wouldn't have to look at Jonathan's hideous body before the act of incest takes place. He's not exactly holding a gun to her head. If she goes along with letting her dad have his way with her, for the noble cause of setting Little One free, then that didn't go so well in the end, did it?

* Why is Jonathan referred to as evil? He was the original victim in the story of Abigail. His wife taken away from him, his child possessed in the womb, awakened by ghosts in the dead of night to go crypt-spelunking... He reluctantly agreed to end his beloved Miriam's life to rid the world of Abigail's evil, but got shoved down the stairs himself to his death (well, as it happened he just broke every bone in his body, but still). Now rotting away in a mansion, going insane from grief, he finally sees who he thinks is Miriam again and just snaps. That's evil? Fucking guy did not have an easy life. I wonder if Abigail is licking her chops every time Jonathan calls her Miriam, remembering the taste of her dead mother's flesh? Who's the evil bitch here?

* OK... And here's the thing I just can't even wrap my mind around - straight from General Hospital or Days of Our Lives... Abigail looks at Jonathan on the verge of his death and states: "I was the sister of your father's in another life. The father you never knew, who saved me years ago, And now I'm looking at his son." Hmmm... The horseman O'Brian obviously saved her years ago, so he's the father of Jonathan as well? And Abigail is the reincarnation of O'Brian's half sister - he states that in the "Spare this Life" intro. So Abigail is both Jonathan's daughter (by blood), step-sister (O'Brian is father to Jonathan and also raised Abigail) AND spiritual aunt (adoptive father O'Brian's half sister)? What is this, the Ozark Mountains family reunion with Uncle Daddy?

* It all ends with Little one crying in the crypt and a mysterious narrator states: "It's not your MOMMY you're looking for. It's YOURSELF!" I mean... WTF? I thought I had it all figured out. Somebody call Scooby Doo and the gang. I need to see who is hiding beneath the mask of Little One.

Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: Shadowman on June 14, 2015, 05:41:16 am
I hope that the new album's mood will be closer to the period of 86-95 years.
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Post by: SatanKing on June 14, 2015, 06:58:40 am
Grace: I agree Jonathan was the victim on both albums. I felt bad for him. And yes he never forced Abigail to go to bed with him. She went willingly the slut.
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Post by: Count Jonah on June 18, 2015, 12:41:46 am
Haha! She takes after her mother!  :D:
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Post by: Count Jonah on June 18, 2015, 01:13:06 am
Getting back to Grace's post. Yeah, I didn't find the whole incest fest necessary for the story.

I think Abigial 2 by itself is a good story, but in the context of the original story, I feel it is too much of a 180 turn from the feel and characterization of the first album. "What a twist!"  :diabo_do_msn:

The only way I can really appreciate Abigail 2's story is by imagining it as a reboot or rewrite. For me when I hear the original album, Abigail's story ends when the black horsemen take away the evil baby and help Jonathan do what he could not; finish off the rebirth of evil itself with seven silver spikes no less! How metal is that?!!!??!?  \m/

And remember the black horseman's warning to Jonathan; "One day you'll need our help my friend". Come to think of it, the horsemen have "magic" in their eyes while Abigail has evil "glowing yellow eyes". There is a supernatural quality to the horseman that King choose not to explain or go further into on Abigail 2. There would have had to be for them to have all lived for so long.

Anyways, I hope this new story is a serious, epic, mysterious one with plenty of darkness and evil bloodshed.  :king:

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Post by: ElektroDragon on June 18, 2015, 05:51:39 pm
My hope is for verses with the heaviness and intensity of "Killer" and choruses with the menace and evil of "Bell Witch". :)
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Post by: Count Jonah on June 19, 2015, 03:00:22 am
"Goodnight John, see you in Hell!"

I don't know why, but I love that line. Simple but powerfully executed by King's voice.  \m/
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Post by: bladestone9 on August 16, 2015, 12:00:40 am
Been watching the Dead Snow movies and I can't help but think that both movies are very King Diamond in nature. First of all the Nazi Zombies are cursed out of great tragedy and horror, Just the premise alone. If they do a part 3 they should have King Diamond, Amon Amarth, and Marduk do the soundtrack...but only if in a 3rd film it's Nazi Zombies vs. Viking Zombies...They already did the Russians after all...just saying :D
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Post by: palavos3 on October 02, 2015, 12:02:37 pm
On the other hand I would like Livia to sing one song on the new album by herself. That would be interesting
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Post by: kingotnw on October 11, 2015, 03:50:56 am
I just want an album full of new material. That's all the things I would like from it, just for there to be one soon. I don't understand how fans of an artist get so consumed with things like live blurays or what have you. IMO that should always come as an after-thought to new material. Without new music, the rest of it is pointless.

King is coming here in November, and I can't wait to see him, however... I was extremely disappointed when I found out he intends to play the entire Abigail album. I would rather get newer material than a full album that came out thirty years ago. It's a great album, but it's history. I'm not into nostalgia acts. If I wanted that, I would put on the CD, or listen to/watch any of the millions of recordings of those songs being played live over the period of said thirty years since the album was released.

This is a sign of what goes wrong with older bands. They stop creating and just live off of their 'glory days'. King is better than that. There's no reason for him not to be putting out great new material for us to listen to. I can't believe how long it's been since we got a new studio album.

I'm excited about seeing him live, but I give not two shits about a live bluray or album if there isn't new material on it. I'm not trying to be rude, but Christ... Let's all preorder the album and get the ball rolling.
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Post by: SatanKing on October 11, 2015, 06:19:51 am
kingotnw: Actually that was very well said. Nothing rude about that
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Post by: johnnieczech on October 30, 2015, 10:07:58 am
I'd sign under almost everything Grace has said.

Nonetheless, there's still hope. Many old school bands have proven they can still write, produce and put out their masterpiece. Why not King?
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Post by: Blackest on October 31, 2015, 09:34:35 am
Ok, now I'm giving my contribution! :)

Production: I like heavy and pumped guitars! I'd be literally CRAZY to hear a new album that sounds like In The Fire from the Roadrunner United disc! And if a producer could help on this, then it'll be more than welcome for me! :cool:

Songwriting: The current line-up is one of the best ever, and I bet they would have no problem to make an album like "Them", with plenty and several time changes, 4 or 5 different riffs per song and killer solos threading and chasing each other! And all with a modern pumped production! Awesome!!!!! \m/

Drums: "Matt is as clever as Mikkey Dee" said King once! And I am completely in agreement with him! He showed his superb talent many times! Unfortunately I have also to agree with those who said that in the newer albums we can't see that! Let's the guy fly free!!!!!!!!! :drummer:

Story: I know King is deeply inspired by his hospital experiences! Can't wait to be captured by some claustrophobic atmospheres, strapped to a hospital bed and brought in the maze of some infamous hospital basement, screaming for my life, by a psychopathic doctor!!! :Jason_anim:

Voice: Concernig the "more falsetto" thing, I have to say... Yes, I too love King's falsetto and would like to hear it more in the new album, but don't forget that the 80's are gone! In the artist's point of view it's stimulant to enter in new camps and experiment new ways of approaching! King developed lot of shades with his full voice in the last years, and it's more expressive than ever! And I love it!
Don't get me wrong, I'd be very disappointed to hear a new album with no falsetto vacals, but he's doing well to enhance his new potential! To me the perfect balance would be a thing like Abigail II, in which there are all of his full voice features, though there's still plenty of falsetto in the lead vocals, not just backing!
Moreover, I'll tell you that many people that I know who works in music business told me that high vocals nowadays are considered outdated, and from a commercial point of view they are to be discarted! Sad, but that's it! Not that I'm 100% in agreement though!

Livia: We all know King can interpretate every female character, like he always did! But on the other hand, once again, don't forget that the 80's are gone! Back in the old days that was functional to the current enterteinment approaching! let's face it, in the 80's everything was parodistic and tacky (I love it :D)! And it worked! But now... ::)
We have also to think that music is not just for we old fans, but it's in the artist's interest to capture the attention of the new generation, as well as get satisfaction from new challenges!
That's the case! The inclusion of Livia is artistically functional!

Cheers! :king:
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Post by: Stubs on November 10, 2015, 06:43:33 am
Grace made some important points and I agree with about 90% of what he said. I think the most insightful thing many have mentioned is that one reason we all enjoy King's early stuff so much has to do with the stylistic playing of Mikkey Dee. I read an interview where King hinted that writing with Dee was actually made more difficult by Dee's insistence on busy drum parts and crazy fills. King seemed to feel that it took away from the vocals and made it harder to write around. Maybe he's right, but the proggy sound of Abigail, Them, and Conspiracy has so much to do with the unleashed drumming.

If I could choose anything from the lists I've seen in this thread for the new album, it would be to take Matt's collar off and let him reinterpret King's drum concepts with a free hand. It would inject more life into the new music than any of the other suggestions, in my humble opinion. 
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Post by: Stubs on November 23, 2015, 01:02:00 am
One more thing.
One of the coolest things that ever happens when a singer works with a drummer is this:
I'm used to working after the arrangement has been iced. (No more rewrites)
I loved it when the drummer would change his parts live to fit the vocal. Fills, etc.
I loved it even more when I showed him exactly what I would sing and his reinterpretation made me want to rework my original phrasing.
I did it a lot.
I can't wait for the Chicago show. Y'all have no idea.  :)
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Post by: Maiden Jersey on November 23, 2015, 10:06:26 am
I wish they would take a month or so and all get together and create and record the album TOGETHER. 
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Post by: Mohican on November 27, 2015, 07:37:32 am
Grace said it all pretty much, so I will keep it short and add my suggestions:

1) Production - for me anything after The Eye sounds too dry and overproduced...EXCEPT Voodoo and Dead Again. So as for the producers go, I would like to hear for example Sterling Winfield behind the knobs again. That sound is/was massive and aggressive!
And also - yes I know 80-s are gone, but let's bring back that HUGE drum sound and also reverbs.

2) Drums - like many here before me suggested....unleash Matt! I dare to say there's no big difference between let's say GMYSP and The Graveyard regarding drums. I would like to hear more creative approach in the rhythm section - we all know Matt is up for it, so let him groove!

3) Livia - I kind of like her on The Puppet Master, but not on GMYSP - there her singing sounds just unnecessary. BUT..someone suggested that he would like to hear Livia sing one song for herself on the new album. That would be cool for me too - but not with King and in the same song....no.
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Post by: Shadowswhisper on March 20, 2016, 11:00:44 am
A bit of nostalgia some of that old school energy with some new musical arangements...allot of people brought up Matt and drums I tend to agree he needs to bring a signature sound much like our  Andy does on guitar and he is certainly capable and really think the drums could use more expressive parts blast beats double kick shuffles etc though that is something for King and Matt to work out and decide what sounds best.

  As for Kings vocals I always felt they fit the music well  never an issue for me be it low growls to shrieking falsettos always seems to mesh.  I would like the guitars Andy Mike and Pontus to really get into a groove with a few trade off solos some tight fast but pronounced rythms to showcase incredible timing...and captivate as I felt most all Kd/Mf riffs usally always have.

As for production I think with all the knowledge over 30 years better equipment mixing mastering as well as having the freedom of having a home studio not being rushed by any factor will probably in my opinion make the recording sound better and more direct than outside studios.




In short I just hope its heavy and soon I can't wait....


Stay heavy  \m/
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Post by: pinky6 on March 29, 2016, 05:48:35 pm
We need an update on the progress of what stage they are at in the making of the Album. I have never been so frustrated with a band like this before. I mean if we have to hear about summer tour dates and festivals before this album is released  :kopfpatsch:
They need to release the album before they do anymore tours or venues. I think King Diamond fans have been beyond patient. I mean this is worse than Tool. Tool will likely put out there album before KD get theirs done. :devil-smiley-011:
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Post by: bolivarmaxi on March 30, 2016, 12:43:46 pm
The hope is they do the new album this year
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Post by: johnnieczech on April 24, 2016, 08:55:55 am
The hope is that there EVER will be a new album.
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Post by: GGGOOODD on April 25, 2016, 05:27:08 pm
King's an old man who smoked for 30+ years. Every year that goes by and tour they do the closer his vocal decline is. I don't know what they're waiting for!
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Post by: Livia Zita on April 26, 2016, 10:07:25 pm
King's an old man who smoked for 30+ years. Every year that goes by and tour they do the closer his vocal decline is. I don't know what they're waiting for!

King is also an amazing man who has quit smoking cold turkey in 2010, and has been sounding better than ever. His vocals are far from declining.
Not a 100% sure what you are basing your comment on, really.

-----

Hey, I got my own segment on album opinions! *grin*

King said several times that if the story requires any parts to be sung by me, and it makes perfect sense to do so as per the story or production or whatever, then I will do it. But in the same equal vein, if there is no need, he will not shoehorn me into the album/story, simply because I am his wife and I need to be on it.
Obviously. :)

Let me add here (without sounding self-aggrandizing), that my vocals have improved considerably in the past 9 years since the last album. :)
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Post by: LucasRomao on April 27, 2016, 07:49:52 am
I agree with you Livia!  :little_devil:

One of the 1st things that my friends in Brazil asked me after I attended some shows in US (Nov/2015) was about his voice and live performance.
Immediately my answer was that his voice sounds amazing and much better comparing with a few years ago.

See and hear King singing so many classics on those shows make me travel back in time. After that I'm very anxious to know what he can create with his voice on the upcoming works.  :D: :D:

I can't wait to know more about the new album, the DVD/Blu-Ray and also to confirm my travel to Europe next June to go on some shows!!! \o/

#LLTK
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Post by: bolivarmaxi on April 27, 2016, 08:34:36 am
I agree with Livia, King still sound better than before, and she is a great add to the band she is awesome, any chance to give us some update from the next coming?
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Post by: marblesmike on April 27, 2016, 08:37:28 am
King is also an amazing man who has quit smoking cold turkey in 2010, and has been sounding better than ever. His vocals are far from declining.
Not a 100% sure what you are basing your comment on, really.

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Hey, I got my own segment on album opinions! *grin*

King said several times that if the story requires any parts to be sung by me, and it makes perfect sense to do so as per the story or production or whatever, then I will do it. But in the same equal vein, if there is no need, he will not shoehorn me into the album/story, simply because I am his wife and I need to be on it.
Obviously. :)

Let me add here (without sounding self-aggrandizing), that my vocals have improved considerably in the past 9 years since the last album. :)

I can vouch about King's vocals live in recent years.  Everything I've seen from 2012 on has shown signs of his voice getting stronger and stronger every year.  I've caught him live three times in the last two years and each time his voice sounded better than the last.  I actually couldn't believe I was hearing him hit all the high notes during the Abigail tour.  1777 was always a song I thought would be tough for him to sing live and he sounded FANTASTIC on it.  Seriously, his live vocals sound better now than any recording I've heard of 80s shows and good for him!
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Post by: SatanKing on April 27, 2016, 10:55:18 am
It seems Livia is doing a lot of the vocals live now. If you watch the live shows you can see her on the side doing a lot of the singing for King
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Post by: Livia Zita on April 27, 2016, 11:55:09 am
It seems Livia is doing a lot of the vocals live now. If you watch the live shows you can see her on the side doing a lot of the singing for King

I do NOT do *any* singing for King.

The only thing I do is sing harmonies to King's voice, to make the vocals sound closer to what is on the studio albums, like they were intended to sound, without having some stupid backing tape running on playback.

I never sing the same tune as King to "help" him sing. Any notion to that effect is ridiculous.
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Post by: bolivarmaxi on April 27, 2016, 01:19:46 pm
I do NOT do *any* singing for King.

The only thing I do is sing harmonies to King's voice, to make the vocals sound closer to what is on the studio albums, like they were intended to sound, without having some stupid backing tape running on playback.

I never sing the same tune as King to "help" him sing. Any notion to that effect is ridiculous.

I agree with Livia, the live performance is closer to the reality instead to hear playback,  :king: :king:
Livia, please tell us if there are any chance to see the Blueray this year
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Post by: Livia Zita on April 27, 2016, 05:09:07 pm
I agree with Livia, the live performance is closer to the reality instead to hear playback,  :king: :king:
Livia, please tell us if there are any chance to see the Blueray this year

There is a chance, yes. We are still working on it, it will be a great DVD :)
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Post by: vitalsign0 on April 27, 2016, 05:12:26 pm
King's voice has been AMAZING recently. I saw King in 2014 and 2015 and both were better sounding than when I saw him on The Puppet Master tour. He sounds fantastic.

My wish for a new album would be for it to be a band effort. I think after The Eye things became more of King/Andy and then backing musicians. More of a solo artist with replaceable musicians. When you listen to Abigail and Them you hear a band. I think at times King tries to force a story instead of letting the music tell it. Focus less on lyrics and more on atmosphere. Don't try to be too clever. I think some of the lyrics have been poor on some recent albums, almost cheesy, making albums like Give Me Your Soul Please forgettable.

Whatever you do, make it happen! 
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Post by: bolivarmaxi on April 28, 2016, 06:52:40 am
There is a chance, yes. We are still working on it, it will be a great DVD :)

fucking amazing thank you Livia, you are best canĀ“t wait  :king:
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Post by: zorrow on April 28, 2016, 09:05:59 am
There is a chance, yes. We are still working on it, it will be a great DVD :)
You've made my day, Livia! Crossing my fingers to get it for Xmas... or even before. :)
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Post by: GGGOOODD on April 28, 2016, 12:09:46 pm
King is also an amazing man who has quit smoking cold turkey in 2010, and has been sounding better than ever. His vocals are far from declining.
Not a 100% sure what you are basing your comment on, really.

-----

Hey, I got my own segment on album opinions! *grin*

King said several times that if the story requires any parts to be sung by me, and it makes perfect sense to do so as per the story or production or whatever, then I will do it. But in the same equal vein, if there is no need, he will not shoehorn me into the album/story, simply because I am his wife and I need to be on it.
Obviously. :)

Let me add here (without sounding self-aggrandizing), that my vocals have improved considerably in the past 9 years since the last album. :)

Oh King sounds great right now definitely. I'm just worried that after all that smoking and screaming his vocal chords won't hold up long term... There must be some permanent damage even after quitting. I probably should have kept that first post in my head but whatever. (Also I think even if his voice is shot he could do quiet growls and sound like a grumpy old demon lol.  :)

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Post by: camarochick on April 28, 2016, 09:26:33 pm
I wish they would take a month or so and all get together and create and record the album TOGETHER.
This is what i'm hoping as well. I really think everyone together would be able to bring out the best of one another so to speak. I understand the logistics of that isn't exactly simple but i do think the story and songwriting would be enhanced when everyone is together. There's a lot of talent in that bunch and i think we'd hear even more of it be showcased that way.

Congrats to king on quitting smoking. It's such a tough thing to do- i know i still battle it daily and slip occasionally. I'm glad to hear he's been able to stay away from that shit- i'm watching it kill a family member now and it's a horrible way to go. Sorry to sound like a PSA but once you see it first hand it definitely changes your perspective. Just happy king gave it up before it was too late.
Title: Re: Your hopes for the next KD album?
Post by: TheUnborn on May 27, 2016, 08:15:48 pm
In the latest Sweden Rock Magazine #4 - April 2016.

"
Sweden Rock: Will there be a new King Diamond-record?
King: Surely. I definitely want to do another album, and when it comes it will have to make people shit their pants.
I am convinced that we can make such a record. I've got a personal recording-studio for my vocals in my own house
now. So if I suddenly feel the rush to record vocals in the dead of night,  I can do it instantly.
I really don't care what the rumours are concerning the new material. The album arrives when it arrives.
"

I for one can't wait to see King Diamond live again in a couple of weeks in Sweden!
Folks, be patient. It's not like there isn't enough KD-records to appreciate while we await a new opus.

NP: King Diamond "The Eye"