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Offline voodoo98

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New interview ...well sort of...
« on: May 27, 2007, 04:59:25 pm »

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2007, 05:14:02 pm »
Interesting, it's cool to read more about what the story entails.
Though, I'm not sure what he was talking about though when he said King admitted to no falsettos....I can hear them in Never Ending Hill and doubt he would stop doing them all together
« Last Edit: May 27, 2007, 05:19:26 pm by Raven »
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2007, 06:25:19 pm »
Here are a few corrections regarding this interview...
I put the wrong parts in blue and the corrections in red.


Our conversation first started on the topic of KING DIAMOND’s forthcoming album “Give Me Your Soul…Please.” King expressed how happy he is with the album and how tremendous the fan response has been to the exclusive, online track “Never Ending Hill,” released through KING DIAMOND’s label, Metal Blade. King confessed the album to be “by far my best material.”

One aspect that makes it so great is the production. He stated the production is the best he has ever gotten. The album’s sound is quite organic. For the first time ever, listeners can actually hear KD’s vocals in their true form. He admitted this is the first time he used no falsetto. "CORRECTION: "No falsetto" should be replaced with "no equalization". Of course there are falsetto vocals on the album!" Another first was the point of view for which the album’s story was told. This was the first time he used the first person point of view. "CORRECTION: It takes place as you hear it, kind of like "real time". King felt the lyrics were some of his best ever. He believes the album to be the band’s darkest, “most brutal” material. Many of the fictional lyrics are based upon realistic fears we all have like being afraid of the dark.

Even more intriguing is another source for which King finds lyrical inspiration. KD explains, “A fact that not too many people know is a lot of my lyrics come from my personal life”. I discovered the ghostly tale presented on “Give me your Soul…” is inspired by true-life, paranormal occurrences in King Diamond’s home. The album’s cover art showing a little girl with a blood-stained dress in front of a mirror was inspired by his personal, bathroom mirror. In fact, the mirror’s frame in the picture was taken directly from his own bathroom mirror. "CORRECTION: Misunderstanding. The story was not inspired by a mirror. The frame around the mirror on the front cover has been taken straigh off the mirror in my own hallway." “My wife is afraid to look into the bathroom mirror for fear that someone is watching here,” King clarifies. "CORRECTION: Livia is NOT afraid to look in the mirror, she just looks up a few times during the time she washes her face to make sure there is no one behind her in the mirror." KD further explained how his house seems to possess a paranormal power.

Not only has KD and his family experienced weird occurrences at home, his band mates also express fear there is something bizarre going on at the KING DIAMOND residence. One member said he was struck on the back when there was clearly nobody around. Another expressed pain of being hit on the head without any tangible object in sight. KD lyrics on “Give me Your Soul…” sometimes refer to a black cat. The cat character has its basis from KD’s own cat, Black Magic. The cat on the album keeps watching the black space, as if watching an intruder. Black Magic is known for sitting on his “black pillow at night and watching things that aren’t there.”

Tales like the above tend to creep us out because mankind is afraid of the unknown. Death is mysterious to mankind; we would like to explain where we go after death as fact, but as KD said, “a religion is a belief because we don’t know exactly what happens after we die. That’s why we call it a belief, because we believe that, but don’t know for sure.” Because we can’t fully explain afterlife occurrences like ghosts, these happenings will remain mysterious. Mystery plays a big part in “Give Me Your Soul…” Like the movie “The Sixth Sense” the storyline is ambiguous. “The Dead,” The album’s intro, begins in the cellar with a little boy and girl speaking to each other. The boy is confused until the girl tells him they have died. The album’s first song “Never Ending Hill,” is as KD described it “a bit nice with the children playing on the hill and butterflies are flying around, but then the sun goes down.” "CORRECTION: As you all know, there are no children in the song "Never Ending Hill." When the sun sets the song takes on a darker tone. King demonstrated how each song takes the album down a darker path, ultimately arriving at the end to show us what really happened to the two children.

When the children were still alive, their father murdered them in the basement. The father, as King put it, “went bananas” and stuck a hatchet or axe into his son, splattering the blood unto his daughter’s dress, (which explains the blood on the daughters dress in the picture.) Then he strangles to death his daughter. People going crazy and murdering their families is an issue of major concern for KD. King expressed this as a major issue in our society and wished there were a better way to prevent this from happening. King created a scenario of when you die; thirteen judges decide what type of afterlife you will get. These particular judges make an error in judgment, condemning the girl to an afterlife as a ghost. In the album’s outro “moving on”, as I understand King’s explanation, the little girl discovers her death, but is trapped in this plane as a ghost, so she moves on to another house. "CORRECTION: Disregard the above blue segment. It's all wrong. It is very hard to understand something so intricate over the phone when the other party has not been provided with lyrics at the time. I'm sure that's the reason for the misunderstandings. Once you get the lyrics, everything will be as clear as night."

After discussing the fascinating, deep concept of the new album, King revealed some exhilarating concert news. He is near finalizing his tour to support “Give Me Your Soul…Please.” He is scheduled to embark on a massive tour of North America and Europe. For the first time the band will spend a significant amount of time on the west coast of Canada. The tour is an old school metal head’s dream with Germany’s thrash titans, KREATOR providing support. King stated he is “99 percent sure” KREATOR will be on the tour. Two other bands will accompany KING DIAMON and KREATOR. KING did not offer the names of those bands.

On a lighter note, we discussed the movie “Clerks II.” He said he saw the movie and thought it was “hilarious.” He also liked “Clerks.” When asked if he was approached to use his music in the movie, he stated, "the publisher of the movie approached me to ask if he could use my music." He liked the manner in which they used his music. For those who haven’t seen “Clerks II” or heard about this, the movie’s characters Jay and Silent Bob play KING DIAMOND’s “Welcome Home” several times on their boom box. King especially liked the scene where Dante and his girlfriend were on the roof of the Moobes restaurant. His girlfriend asked Jay to play something they could dance to. Jay plays “Welcome Home” for the third time in the movie and starts moshing around. She asks him if he could play something a little less satanic. King found this part really funny!

I felt KING DIAMOND’s “Give Me Your Soul…Please” was a tremendous effort from a legendary band. I did not believe it to be as great as King feels, but our conversation about the album has brought on a new-found appreciation for an album I already liked a great deal. Hopefully this article will also instill a greater appreciation upon our readers for the album when it is released. Look for “Give Me Your Soul…Please” in stores on June 26, 2007.


I hope this is helpful to you all.

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2007, 06:34:14 pm »
Hiya Livia

Thanks for clearing that up, I knew something wasn't right about some of that

:)

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2007, 06:42:12 pm »
It's just as well we've got those corrections, as there's quite a bit of misinformation in that interview!

Maybe they should've printed it as a proper 'question and answer' interview, so we could read directly what King had said, instead of the interviewer's recollection of what he thought King had said.
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2007, 06:56:21 pm »
you know i have a feeling that nobody really heard the new album. people keep saying weird shit  :)

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2007, 09:23:56 pm »
Whoa it looks like the rumors of King and Kreator touring are true.  The tour really couldn't be any better. \m/

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2007, 10:30:09 pm »
you know i have a feeling that nobody really heard the new album. people keep saying weird shit  :)
That's right. Without falsettos, the whole idea of the band would exist no more.
 But it's great that we have our very own reliable source, who can fix all those mistakes. :king:

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2007, 12:07:18 am »
Was that King himself answering on behalf of Livia?  :gah:
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2007, 01:22:48 am »
when i read the corrections, i tought exactly the same :gah:

anyway, thanks alot Livia (or king, or both :D) for clearing things out here, it's realy apreciated :king:

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2007, 02:09:48 am »
Once again King Diamond's better half comes in and sets the record straight. Can't wait to hear this album and can't wait to see you both on tour!  :king:

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2007, 03:02:47 am »
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2007, 05:32:07 am »
I listened to "Never Ending Hill" now and thought..."where the fuck are those kids???" ohh well,thanks Livia for clearing it up for us! :D

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2007, 05:48:19 am »
We want lyrics! we want lyrics!

here you go, Livia posted the lyrics of Never Ending Hill there

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2007, 06:03:03 am »
Thanks Livia for the corrections!!! It´s very nice to meet you here  :king: \m/

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2007, 07:26:40 am »
here you go, Livia posted the lyrics of Never Ending Hill there

Well,not just those lyrics! MOOOOAAAARRR LYRICS!!!!!
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2007, 07:31:09 am »
haha, that would be like giving away the story, don't think it would happen :P

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2007, 07:32:47 am »
haha, that would be like giving away the story, don't think it would happen :P
I know...but I still want lyrics...and the album before the lyrics! \m/
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2007, 07:48:57 am »
Hi Livia! again thanx for all!!!!
I've seen Clerks II!!!! the scene you quote is really too funny!!!! I ever thought what could King said when he watch it!!! :D
Anyway, I'm going insane!!!! I want the album NOW!!!!!!!!!!! \m/ (And the tour too!!!)

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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2007, 11:25:16 pm »
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Re: New interview ...well sort of...
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2007, 11:23:14 am »
Thanks for that article!  I knew they were gonna tour with Kreator!!  Fuckin awesome.  Livia, thanks for the corrections!  Its good to have you around to clarify these things.  We all never ASSUMED you would actually be scared to use King's mirror...or should I say your own mirror.  Appearently, ghosts will leave and not bother you for hygene purposes such as teeth brushing, face washing, etc.   :cool:

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