After years and years of banging my head to the sound of my dusty King Diamond and Mercyful Fate records, it was finally time to see the very man live for the first time. Having shaped the sound and looks of metal and its subgenres since the early eighties, King Diamond is truly a metal legend. Entering a packed and bloody hot 013, I was eager to see what the King had to offer us.
Starting off with ‘The Candle’ from the Fatal Portrait album, we could see the stage had been transformed to a scenery that could be from a King Diamond song: a church like backdrop, complete with stairs, platforms, a lighting up baphomet sign, and even a huge fence standing in front of the stage. During ‘Welcome Home’ “grandma” comes up for a visit in her wheelchair, and King Diamond knows how to mold all these elements into a great show, without even the smallest hint of it being a corny horror show.
The band itself delivered a rock solid show. The sound was crisp clear, and Any LaRoque’s guitar solos were just as amazing and memorable as ever. The setlist itself consisted of a mix of all of King Diamond’s albums, although I was surprised not to hear ‘Abigail’ pass by. As an encore, the band came back to play three more songs, including the spine chilling Mercyful Fate classic ‘Evil’. Needless to say, the crowd went nuts during the whole show, much to King Diamond’s delight.
After an hour and a half the show was over, and King Diamond left the stage after bowing for the audience, it was clear that he enjoyed doing the show. And he wasn’t the only one, as everyone seemed to have had a great night. Seeing the band deliver such a tight show and hearing King Diamond’s voice that hasn’t changed a bit over the years, this really was one of the best shows of the last few years.
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