A new King Diamond album is always an event worth celebrating, but a new Mercyful Fate album is a monumental milestone in metal history. The satanic virtuosos — for whom Diamond was the lead singer, in case you were unaware — remain one of metal’s more perfect bands, having never veered from their path of dark theatricality. So it’s awesome to learn that the King is currently writing material for both a new Fate record AND his new solo record.
His Majesty recently sat down with Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan for the latter’s webseries The Electric Theater with Clown, and spoke about his upcoming projects.
“I’m writing with Hank [Shermann, guitarist] from Mercyful Fate and writing with Andy [LaRocque, guitar] for King Diamond and writing on my own for King Diamond,” said the corpsepainted singer. “For King Diamond, it’s an album that’s gonna be called The Institute, which is part one of two — there’ll be two full albums that will be completing a full story. And as the title [suggests], there’s gonna be some crazy weird stuff.
“For Mercy, I also have the title, but I’m not giving it out to anybody at the moment. We have the front cover for the new Mercy too. It’s very correct, very right for Mercyful Fate. It’s very back to basics.
“For my part, with both Mercy and King albums, even more King Diamond, I would say, all vocals are gonna be lead vocals again, like they were in the old days. It didn’t matter if there was a choir singing on the right side or the left side, or whatever, they would still go and pick up parts of the lyrics to progress the story and so on. So it’s gonna be anything goes with the vocals, for sure — back to the old style…And for Mercy too, it’s gonna be very old-fashioned. Hank is writing very much like the old days. And it’s nice to feel that we can capture that again. So that’s two albums that are being worked on that will be done by the time we can go out and tour again, I’m sure.”
Once you’ve stopped squealing in satanic joy, check out the full interview below
Words by Chris Krovatin