KING DIAMOND’s official 2015 video for the “Them” song “Welcome Home”, featuring footage shot at this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, can be seen below. The footage was compiled by Strati Hovartos and Garrett Riker.
KING DIAMOND will perform its classic second album, 1987’s concept effort “Abigail”, in its entirety on the band’s upcoming U.S. tour in the fall. Support on the trek, which will begin on October 29 and run through December 5, will come from legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers EXODUS.
KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque told Artisan News about the making of the “Abigail” album: “I’ve actually got some great memories [from the recording sessions for the LP]. I remember the whole studio thing pretty well, actually. Back in… I think we started back in December 1986 to record it, after we got back from some touring and stuff, and some writing too, and rehearsing, of course. [It was a] very cold winter back in Copenhagen, you know. We spent about two months, I think, with the recording and the mixing. And the whole recording process, I thought, was very, very creative, and I think we just captured an amazing atmosphere on the whole album, which still, when you listen to it today, is, like, ‘Wow!’ You get back to the feel you had for it while you recorded it. So it’s still a very cool and special album to me.”
KING DIAMOND in 2002 released an album called “Abigail II: The Revenge”, which was said to feature a storyline that was the sequel to the original “Abigail” LP.
La Rocque last month said that KING DIAMOND hasn’t officially started working on material for the follow-up to the band’s 2007 album “Give Me Your Soul…Please”, but he talked about a possible direction for the next CD. He said: “Hopefully the sound of the album is gonna be better. I don’t really know about the story or… I’ve got some riffs and such that I wrote a few years back, actually, but I have to go back and check that to see if that still can be used. I don’t know about that, because we get new ideas all the time. So we’ll see about that. But I’m sure we’re gonna have some fresh, good ideas for the next album, that’s for sure. And when that’s gonna happen, we don’t really know.”