Entries tagged with: King Diamond
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos via BV Austin Instagram
Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.
The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.
I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.
The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.
Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.
Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.
Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.
I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.
UPDATE: Day 3 is up.
photos by Greg Cristman
King Diamond @ Best Buy Theater - 10/14/14
Watching King Diamond's band as a whole is such an amazing experience and they proved to be without a doubt one of the greatest metal bands around. In the past they just seemed to be great to me but on this night, they were unfuckingbelievable. King Diamond delivered such a solid, precise performance while not losing any kind of fluid feel or passion. Drummer Matt Thompson is without a doubt one of metal's greatest drummers and why he isn't more known in the metal world is something that is beyond me. We really need to work on that.Metal legend King Diamond kicked off his North American tour last week and made his way to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (10/14) with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The above review is from the tour's first night in Atlanta, and NYC got the same setlist which reached back to the early days of Mercyful Fate all the way up through the newest King Diamond album, 2007's GIve Me Your Soul...Please. King was in his usual black and white face makeup, and sang with his mic was mounted on a cross. The band was backed by light-up crosses, had two staircases on stage, and were caged in by bars for part of their set. Though King didn't have a new album to support on this tour, he has a best-of called Dreams of Horror coming out on November 11 via Metal Blade.
The guitar team of Andy LaRoque and Mike Wead have solidified themselves as one of my all-time favorite guitar teams as they ripped notes out of the fucking air and at times seemed to telepathically communicate with each other playing so precisely without stepping on each other. I also have to give props to King's lovely wife Livia Zita for doing an amazing job on backing vocals. What I loved so much about this is that in a time where bands are using pre-recorded tracks to duplicate doubled vocals, King Diamond chooses to recreate it live and I consider that way more effective and magical that coping out and using tracks.
King Diamond's setlist pulled from some his most iconic releases such as "Abagail", "Fatal Portrait", and "Them" but "Conspiracy" was the most popular draw boasting five songs including "At the Graves" which I considered to be the absolutely highlight of the night as I nearly threw my fucking back out thrashing around like a spastic child air guitaring and headbanging. No King Diamond show would be complete without a nod to his legendary past band Mercyful Fate and he did so with a one/two punch of "Evil" and the everlasting classic "Come to the Sabbath." I really loved hearing these songs and it reminded me just what a catalyst Mercyful Fate was for the greatness of King Diamond that we were seeing this very night. [The Great Southern Brainfart]
The tour continues in Worcester on Thursday (10/16) and hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest next month. Check out more pictures, videos and King Diamond's full setlist from last night, below...
by Ian Chainey
Metallica are going to get some classics back out on wax. On September 16, Blackened Recordings (I see what you did there) will release four vinyl represses. So let's play, ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS: Kill 'Em All. Yes. Ride The Lightning. Yes. ...And Justice For All. Yes. Death Magnetic. Ah. The band will also drop a slimmed down version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge on the same day.
Also happening next week? Bloodbath will announce their new singer. I haven't seen people this anxious to find out the origin and whereabouts of a guttural since my cat vomited this morning. Bloodbath's next one, Grand Morbid Funeral, is out November 17 through Peaceville. The band will also be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015.
King Diamond has an opener for his North American tour starting in October. It's the occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones, a band featuring one of the weirder connections in metal with a link to cult-adored death metallers Demilich (who are also playing Maryland Deathfest 2015). Maybe Jess will finally cover "The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...)." The King Diamond tour plays a sold out New York's Best Buy Theater on October 14. Watch a few King Diamond videos below because Friday.
Unfortunately, Belphegor won't be touring the US. Singer/guitarist Helmuth Lehner has scrapped the package that included Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown to be with his mother during her final days. While the bill will be a little slimmer, Dead Congregation and Immortal Bird will still play their NYC show on October 20 date at NYC's Saint Vitus.
Finally, Pallbearer have a heck of a tour brewing. . . that's only hitting the West Coast in December. They'll be joined by Sólstafir and Mortals for the Holy Crap Take My Money Tour* (*not the official name. . . yet). All of the dates are below. Oh well, NYC fans, you'll have to make due with back-to-back shows at Saint Vitus on October 27 and 28 with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. *weeps* - Midwest.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full releases first: Iron Reagan and Myrkur are both streaming their new albums on Pitchfork Advance. Iron Reagan's crossover attack is called The Tryranny of Will and will be out on September 16 via Relapse (preorder). We also recently interviewed singer Tony Foresta on Invisible Oranges. Solo black metal act Myrkur's self-titled EP will also be out on September 16 through Relapse (preorder).
For single tracks and videos, dad/son metal bonding band Vomit Fist (holy hell, Vomit Fist) debuted "Under The Rind." Baseball grinders Puig Destroyer spoke the truth with "No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team" from Puig Destroyer (September 30, No Sleep - preorder). Opeth cut another headtrip for a Pale Communion track, this being "Moon Above, Sun Below." Tech-metallers Decapitated are showing off the first four songs from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Old school death metallers Necrophagia let another WhiteWorm Cathedral creepy-crawler eat through the internet (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder).
MORE: Busy blasters 1349 brought their Massive Cauldron Of Chaos to another boil (September 30, Season of Mist - preorder). Corrosion of Conformity brewed up some visuals for "On Your Way." They'll be hitting the road with GWAR and Decapitated soon. Krieg also cut together a flick for "Ruin Our Lives." And, finally, Pyrrhon -- fronted by a familiar fellow with a name rhyming with 'Doug' (I'm bad at this) -- have a new video out "Sleeper Agent" directed by IO guest contributor David Hall. So I guess that makes it, wait for it, VISIBLE ORANGES. Oh cool, I've been fired. You can check out all the goods below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 9/12): Thrashers Power Trip plays a BrooklynVegan Presents Red Bull Sound Select show with White Lung and Sick Feeling at Palisades ($3, with RSVP). If you want to don the corpsepaint and become super pussy, Black Witchery, Nexul, Teloch Vovin, Occultation, and Lord Almighty are at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SATURDAY (9/13): You can get a taste of the metallic at Basilica Sound Scape 2014: Day Two with Deafheaven and heavier-than-most-heavy-things Swans (sold out).
SUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDAY (9/14): Speaking of heavy things, sludge stars Crowbar, Revocation, Havok, Fit for an Autopsy, and Armed for Apocalypse hit the Gramercy Theatre (tickets). And if you missed them Saturday, Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with, uh, Upcoming Metal Releases. We showed off new albums from Lago and Ingurgitating Oblivion. We reviewed Earth, Muscle and Marrow, and Ævangelist. We got our talk on with Iron Reagan's Tony Foresta, Nightbringer's Naas Alcameth, and Cannibal Corpse's Paul Mazurkiewicz. Finally, our buds in Immortal Bird are going on tour. Don't yell "Freebird" at them. Or hold up a boombox a la Say Anything that's playing "Surfing Bird." Or. . . do. Live your life, bro.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Ian Chainey
An artist rendering of 'Kingnites diamondi' at its fossil unveiling
Professor Mats E. Eriksson, a paleontologist, discovered a 420-million-year-old worm fossil and published a paper about it in 2012. Being the metal nut that he is, he named the worm Kingnites diamondi. (Question: Will King now play Give Me Your Soil... Please on his North American tour?) But the nerdity didn't stop there. Mats hooked up with Science Slam Sonic Explorers, which the barely coherent PR memo explains like this: "The SSSE group was formed in 2013 to bring published scientists together with published musicians, and combine their talents to create a new form of sound and visual art -- one that specialized in distilling complex scientific ideas into a language all could understand, set to music and complemented with visual art." Okay, so what does that mean for Kingnites diamondi?
How about At the Gates' Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg singing about the worm over tunes supplied by industrial BMers Invertia? Sure. That's exactly what I expected. Ohm Resistance have cobbled together an EP of material, including the song mentioned above, a take of Tompa reading the Kingnites diamondi paper's abstract, a death metal version from Denata, and a dubby remix pitting Invertia against Submerged. I'd hesitate to call it, you know, "good," but if your collection is made up of metal curios, it's now incomplete without this weird specimen.
Stream the EP below...
by Ian Chainey
Over the weekend, King Diamond turned into King Dynasty. First bassist Hal Patino quit over a pay dispute. Then, Kim Bendix Petersen responded with a seemingly well-reasoned letter of epic length (if you read it in a King Diamond falsetto, it makes the words fly by). Finally, Patino fired back with a screed beginning with "I'm NOT a drug addict!" Duly noted. All of this reads like. . . a conspiracy, ooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Also, King Diamond is set to play a handful of Euro fests this summer and will be hitting North America for a tour this fall, including a date at FFF Fest and October 14 at NYC's Best Buy Theater.
Speaking of things that shouldn't have been made public, there's a petition on Change.org asking Ghost BC to break up. Says the petition, "We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc." Of course they're not real, they're ghosts. Some trvthers you are.
Want to drum for Slough Feg? There's now an opening. Harry Cantwell -- who also plays for Bosse-De-Nage -- will be leaving the band at the end of July, leaving open a spot on the stool. Leader Mike Scalzi: "Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"
Could the next Slough Feg drummer be the newly elected president of Indonesia? Joko Widodo is indeed a fan, known to sport Napalm Death and Lamb of God shirts in pics. His first order of business? Declaring war on Ghost.
Finally, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) will curate the next Roadburn Festival. This year's edition was curated by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth who dropped by Invisible Oranges this week for an interview.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
still from Mortals' video
Mortals shot a video using Brooklyn's the Archeron as the backdrop. Said the Acheron's Facebook, "Now we gotta find a new sound tech and bartender!!" This Heavy Lowdown just turned into Metal Careerbuilder. You can watch the video below.
For streams, Witch Mountain debuted "Psycho Animundi" from their forthcoming Mobile of Angels on NPR. The record is out September 30 via the mighty Profound Lore Records. Tech-deathers Beyond Creation dropped "Elusive Reverence" from Earthborn Evolution (October 24, Season of Mist - preorder). And friends in digital metal dissemination CVLTNation released their fourth covers record, this one taking on Joy Division. It includes renditions by Pinkish Black, Theologian, and Arctic Flowers and it's available for download. You can also listen to it and the Beyond Creation cut below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 7/25): Crushers Tombs' homecoming show kicks off today at the Saint Vitus (tickets). They'll be joined by Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom, and Passage Between. Word is the Savage Gold beer will be available. Over at the Acheron, Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, and Mongrel will make your Friday bleak and black, just the way you like it (tickets).
SATURDAY (7/26): The two-day New York Death Fest starts at Saint Vitus. Go fill up on slams (tickets for both days). If you're looking for slower and lower, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, and the super-promising Sangharsha play the Acheron (tickets).
SUNNNNNNDAY (7/27): New York Death Fest finishes up with a gurgle at Saint Vitus. Over at the Acheron, there's the progressive Blackest, Warm, and Dead Empires (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We tracked all of the releases fit to buy in our weekly Upcoming Metal Releases. As previously mentioned, we interviewed Mikael Åkerfeldt (*swoons*). We premiered tracks from Sólstafir and Take Over and Destroy. We reviewed the newest from Wolvhammer, along with rounding up some singles like Bölzer's. We also went show crazy, sponsoring the Falls of Rauros with Obsidian Tongue and Oneirogen package and reporting on Black Anvil. Finally, we were bummed out by the Castevet break up. All of my blogger coffee has been poured out.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and check out those streams, and other noted details below.
We recently posted that a NYC date of King Diamond's TBA tour found its way onto the internet (in addition to a Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance), and now that tour has been 100% confirmed and announced in full. Like we posted, the tour hits NYC on October 14 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale this Friday (6/27) at noon (not this past Friday, like what was initially reported), and there's a SHOWstubs.com fan club presale starting Tuesday (6/24).
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below...
by Ian Chainey
King Diamond revealed in his cover story in Decibel's 2013 year-end issue that he was planning a US tour for 2014. First, his appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 was confirmed, and now information on a NYC date has found its way on to the internet. Horns Up Rocks reports that the former Mercyful Fate frontman/current metal god will hit Best Buy Theater on October 14.
Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, June 20 at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Tickets didn't end up going on sale. King Diamond still hasn't confirmed the show.
Kim Bendix Petersen has slowly worked his way back into performing shape following his 2010 triple-bypass surgery. In an interview posted in February, King hinted at his upcoming US touring plans:
It's gotta happen next autumn. It's got to happen, and with full production, with the full thing. If it's done the right way, if it's done in a way where we could have full physical production, even in those theaters where we play...And he joked that he might even incorporate the bypass into the show:
We'll do it on stage next time, with a cremation. We'd like to bring the coffin back next year, if we can - we need to give it an overhaul. It needs to be tightened and repaired, made safe again, but if everything goes well, we'll have that with us next year. Plus, there will be all the additions to the show that already now is really, really unique. But it will be a jaw-dropper next year, if we get those extra things added to it that we want to add.King's last album was 2007's Give Me Your Soul... Please, though he did sign a three album deal with Metal Blade in 2012. Before hitting American shores, King will be doing the Euro festival circuit, including Wacken Open Air.
All of King's dates are listed, along with a couple live videos of the man in classic form, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Sometimes, it's perfectly OK to wear your influences proudly. Case and point, Attic who welcome their new LP, The Invocation, via Van Records this week. The German band love the riffy falsetto stylings of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate and aren't afraid to borrow the hidden pop-sensiblity that lay beneath those classics either. Stream all of The Invocation below.
So far the only live dates are scheduled for the band's home country. Those are listed below along with the album stream.
Back by popular demand is the uber-kitschy Descendents sweater, which features the band's mascot with crossbones amidst a grid of musical notes Available in two colors, this bastion of ridiculousity is on sale now for the Milo in your family.
Similarly, Slayer, the obvious go-to for holiday merch, has a Christmas sweater of their own on sale now. Because nothing says holiday cheer like a chest full of skulls and pentagrams.
This of course isn't the first time that Slayer has been juxtaposed against the holiest of days. Check out some of our favorite videos of Christmas lights below.
Don't like Slayer or Descendents? How about a David Bowie sweater? Or a Morrissey one? Or New Kids on The Block? Check out a few different ideas at Buzzfeed.
Lets keep on, keepin' on with spreading the holiday cheer by letting everyone know that King Diamond's holiday classic "No Presents for Christmas" will see a picture disc release for the first time in 25 years. Get yours today, Black Friday at your nearest participating record store.
Deck the halls, and reign in blood.
DOWNLOAD: The Raveonettes - Come on Santa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pollyn - December as a Child (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Future Clouds and Radar - Christmas Day 1923 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: 65daysofstatic - I'm Dreaming of a White Noise Christmas (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Bran Flakes - Lovely Sleigh Ride (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Whitman - Hangover Holiday (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nina Hynes - Twinkle (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gorgons - Silver Bells (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Charles De Mar - This Christmas (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Secret Machines (Brandon Curtis) - Silent Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coulourmusic - In A Sentimental Mood (MP3)
Our thoughts and prayers are with Vic Chesnutt.
What started out as a scheduling lark -- Turner's 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon -- has now spread across the cable yuletide landscape.A Holiday Poem from Brendan Benson and Cory Chisel, and other videos below.
For the 13th year in a row, Turner will dust off the 1983 cult fave, which will air this year from 8 p.m. Christmas Eve until 8 p.m. Christmas Day on TBS....Turner rivals have taken notice -- which means TBS isn't the only cabler decking the halls with a wall-to-wall marathon this year.
Leading the alternatives to "A Christmas Story" is FX, which is planning to run the movie "Night at the Museum" for a full day, also from Christmas Eve evening to Christmas Day evening. FX sister Fox Movie Channel will do the same with "Home Alone."...Over at AMC, the cabler is splitting its holiday marathon in two, running 1954's "White Christmas" all Christmas Eve night, and then 1989's "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" all Christmas day.
Then there's Spike TV, which will spend Dec. 25 running "Bad Santa" over and over again. [Variety]
by Black Bubblegum
Lars Ulrich with his best friend & helper...ProTools
Metallica have announced North American dates in support of their September 12th release of Death Magnetic. The Sword will open all dates with Lamb Of God, Machine Head, and Down opening select dates. The NYC area gets a pair of shows with Machine Head, January 29 @ Nassau Coliseum and Jan 31 @ Prudential Center in Newark. Ticket info is forthcoming.
In related Metallica news, the band "leaked" video of a new song, "Cyanide", as well as footage of the band blazing through a medley of Mercyful Fate classics with King Diamond from their performance at Ozzfest. Check it out, as well as the sphincter-like artwork below.
Metallica dates and videos below...