KING DIAMOND – ABIGAIL – FROM THE VAULT

KING DIAMOND – ABIGAIL – FROM THE VAULT

Happy Birthday to King Diamond, who turned 59 years old yesterday. King, born Kim Bendix Peterson in Copenhagen, Denmark continues to influence many artists and even after open heart surgery, King is still going strong. Let’s take a trip back to October 21, 1987 to the release of their second album Abigail, released on Roadrunner Records. This was the first concept album by King Diamond, which tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who move into a mansion that La’Fey inherited in the summer of 1845. As they arrive, they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house, but they ignore the warning and move in. During the first night, Jonathan meets with his deceased relative, Count La’Fey, a.k.a. the Family Ghost. The ghost shows him a casket where the corpse of stillborn child, Abigail, rests and informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail inside her. The Count tells Jonathan that Abigail will soon be reborn and wants Jonathan to kill Miriam to prevent the rebirth. As the story unfolds we learn more about the Count and his wife. Abigail was born on the 7th day of the seventh month, July in 1777. The Count threw his wife down the stairs, causing her neck to break and in turn also killed Abigail, who was his illegitimate daughter. The next day, we find out that Miriam is pregnant and as the fetus develops quickly, Jonathan contemplates throwing her down the stairs. Miriam, instead throws Jonathan down the stairs and soon after gives birth to Abigail. Miriam does not survive the birth, and Abigail is left all alone. The seven horsemen once again return, planning to kill Abigail. Abigail has...
KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

In honor of the spirit of Christmas, we take a trip back to December 25, 1985 to a song by the one and only King Diamond, No Presents for Christmas. This was the first song released by King Diamond after Mercyful Fate broke up and one of the most well known King Diamond songs! You can find the track on the Fatal Portrait reissue. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season from all of us at...
SHE-WOLF’S HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

SHE-WOLF’S HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

Photo credit: Fantasy Pumpkins. Literally everyone with any sense knows that Halloween is the only good holiday. Some people might argue otherwise, but they are all Hallmark ad executives and therefore not to be trusted. Think about it. Halloween is a no-obligation holiday. You’re not expected to clutter up people’s houses with cards, flowers, or other nonsense. You are encouraged to dress silly and have fun with your friends. Halloween does not require you to hang out with distant relatives that you barely know/like. Halloween is the only holiday on the calendar that is 100% about fun — no obligatory reverence or remembrance, no prayers, no last minute trips to the pharmacy for an impersonal card for your great-aunt Sadie, JUST FUN. Here are some fun spoooOOOOOooooOOOOoooky songs that evoke the spirit of Halloween. Enjoy!...
TUSKA DAY 1 – THE RETURN

TUSKA DAY 1 – THE RETURN

Yes, there were gnomes with bleeding orifices in the press area. No, I don’t know why. As some of you know, Tuska 2013 was my fourth Tuska. However, it was my first with any sort of press access. While I’m not exactly new to the world of “press,” I am very new to the world of festival press. Getting into a show on my home turf was not such a big deal, but this was Finland and I was determined not to screw this up. With my passport in hand and 120 borrowed Euros wedged between my fingers, I secured my press pass (making absolutely sure to display it prominently around my neck wherever I went) and went to work. Top story: this insane cheesy puff chain. Seriously, how the fuck? Being a total press n00b, I was actually worried that for some reason I wouldn’t be allowed to bring my camera into the photo pit…despite the fact that I had a photo pass and a working camera. I wish I could go back in time and smack my nervous Nelly ass in the face. We met up backstage — our illustrious webmaster Sam, his awesome fiancée Merja, Jason Lekberg of IKILLYA fame, and his awesome wife Laurie. Perhaps I was too nervous and excited to feel like a fifth wheel. Perhaps my friends are just cool like that. Their sunglasses are cool, at least. Wintersun were my first band of the day, and as usual, they rocked my socks. I saw them at Gramercy Theater in New York City in December along with literally everyone else, and they...