KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Support: 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 HearEvil! Support: Have you seen these yet? KING DIAMOND – FATAL PORTRAIT King Diamond Exclusive Live Photos From Atlanta By Shawn Evans! King Diamond Live Photos From Atlanta By Shawn Evans! KING DIAMOND – ABIGAIL – FROM THE VAULT Kerry King Performs “Evil” On Stage With King Diamond In New...
SHE-WOLF’S HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

SHE-WOLF’S HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

Support: 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! Support: Have you seen these yet? THANKSGIVING, NOT HALLOWEEN, IS THE ULTIMATE METAL HOLIDAY HELLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN SHE-WOLF’S THROWBACK THURSDAY PLAYLIST KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS KING DIAMOND – FATAL...
SHE-WOLF’S THROWBACK THURSDAY PLAYLIST

SHE-WOLF’S THROWBACK THURSDAY PLAYLIST

Support: Photo credit: ratskates.com. Good morrow, Hearers of Evil! It’s Throwback Thursday, and you know what that means, don’t you? In the immortal words of Overkill, here’s to the old school! Megadeth, “Chosen Ones” Mercyful Fate, “A Dangerous Meeting” Witchfinder General, “Burning A Sinner” Black Sabbath, “Sweet Leaf” Motörhead, “Overkill” Budgie, “Breadfan” Testament, “Alone In The Dark” Znowhite, “War Machine” Overkill, “Electro Violence” Blitzkrieg, “Inferno” Diamond Head, “Lightning To The Nations” Warlock, “All We Are” Saxon, “20,000 Feet” Metallica, “Whiplash” Support: Have you seen these yet? SHE-WOLF’S HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST BLACK SABBATH: LOLLAPALOOZA SETLIST AND LIVE FOOTAGE AVAILABLE! THURSDAY METAL ROUNDUP TESTAMENT AND OVERKILL LIVE PHOTOS FROM NEW YORK CITY! TESTAMENT & OVERKILL, DARK ROOTS OF THRASH TOUR SHOW...
KING DIAMOND ON THAT METAL SHOW TONIGHT ON VH1 CLASSIC

KING DIAMOND ON THAT METAL SHOW TONIGHT ON VH1 CLASSIC

Support: Tonight (September 8th) King Diamond will be a guest on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic at 11PM EST. Diamond, who is a first time guest on That Metal Show will talk about his recent heart surgery, his career in metal and what’s to come in the future. Also guesting on the show tonight is Mark Tremonti, the guitarist from Creed who will be discussing his solo career as well as all his musical endeavors. Check out the preview of the show below: For more on King Diamond, visit his official website here or via Facebook here For more on Mark Tremonti, visit his official website here Get More: That Metal Show     Support: Have you seen these yet? LITA FORD AND HEART ON THAT METAL SHOW FINALE TONIGHT STEVE HARRIS ON THAT METAL SHOW TONIGHT KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW DATES King Diamond: Video Footage And Set List From His First Show Back In North America Is Here! Kerry King Performs “Evil” On Stage With King Diamond In New...
WEEK OF THE HAILS – IRON KINGDOM

WEEK OF THE HAILS – IRON KINGDOM

Support: Iron Kingdom are: Leighton Holmes (bass), Chris Osterman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Kenny Kroechner (rhythm/lead guitar), Amanda Osterman (drums) Everyone gets nostalgic now and then. After all, there’s a reason we have a From The Vault column — getting down to old school jams is one of life’s greatest joys! Iron Kingdom, much like a lot of my favorite heavy metal bands these days, are bringing back sounds from the ’70s and ’80s. Their influences shine through brilliantly, especially in the “King Diamond with a dash of Rob Halford sprinkled liberally with Bruce Dickinson” vocals. These guys (and classically trained drummer gal Amanda Osterman) aren’t innovating anything but they are rocking out, and it’s hard not to fall in love with their catchy tunes. These Canadian traditionalists have only been around in their current incarnation since 2011, and their debut album Curse Of The Voodoo Queen was released late in the same year. If you’re in the frozen north, I highly recommend checking them out since heavy bands like this tend to be best enjoyed in person. I’m all the way down here, so you’ll just have to come back here and tell us how great their performance was. In the meantime, all us non-Canadians have YouTube. Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ironkingdom Official merch store: http://ironkingdomsofficialmerchstore.bigcartel.com Support: Have you seen these yet? IRON MAIDEN IS COMING TO NORTH AMERICA IN A WEEK! WHO’S READY?!?! Iron Maiden To Release “Speed Of Light” Single Next Week! HAIL OF THE WEEK – LONERO Iron Maiden Front Man, Bruce Dickinson, Undergoes Cancer Treatment! HAIL OF THE WEEK –...
KING DIAMOND – FATAL PORTRAIT

KING DIAMOND – FATAL PORTRAIT

Support: This past weekend, I was on a King Diamond kick and felt that today was a good day for a King post. The year 1986 and the first solo album by former Mercyful Fate singer King Diamond called Fatal Portrait. The album lineup which includes: King Diamond – lead vocals, Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner – lead guitars, Timi Hansen – bass and Mikkey Dee – drums was one of the only King Diamond albums that is not a full concept album. Five songs on this album (the first four tracks and Haunted) form a short story. The narrator continues to see a face in every candle that he burns.  The face speaks one word to him: Jonah. The narrator then finds an old book, speaks a rhyme and as the candle melts away, it frees the spirit of the candle, a little girl named Molly. Molly shares her story of what happened to her seven years before of how Mrs. Jane kept her  in the attic until she (Molly) died. Prior Mrs. Jane had also painted Molly’s portrait and put it above the fireplace, so that Molly would become immortal however, Molly made the portrait speak to her mother, so that Mrs. Jane would know about Molly’s pain. Mrs. Jane then speaks a rhyme and burns the portrait. Molly now a free spirit  returns to haunt her until she goes insane. This is the only King Diamond album where longtime guitarist Andy LaRocque did not receive writing credits. The track listing for Fatal Portrait is as follows: 1) The Candle 2) The Jonah 3) The Portrait 4) Dressed in White 5) Charon 6) Lurking in the Dark 7) Halloween 8) Voices...
CRYSTAL VIPER – ‘CRIMEN EXCEPTA’ ALBUM REVIEW

CRYSTAL VIPER – ‘CRIMEN EXCEPTA’ ALBUM REVIEW

Support: Crimen Excepta was probably my most anticipated new album of the year to date. Most of their influences are among my favorites, and I’m a huge sucker for traditional/old-school sounding stuff. That said, if you’re going to release an album in 2012, you’ve got to bring something — ANYTHING — new to the table, and Crystal Viper just kind of…don’t. They could have slapped a 1982 release on the promo I received and I wouldn’t have thought twice about it. Don’t get me wrong — when Crimen Excepta hits, it really hits. The opening track “Witch’s Mark” has been stuck in my head since the first day I heard it. Lead singer Marta Gabriel sounds like Doro Pesch with a head cold (but not in a bad way — you kind of have to hear for yourself), and “Witch’s Mark” in particular almost sounds like it could have been an old Warlock B-side. For the most part, the nice, thrashy momentum continues throughout the first half of the album, but the latter half sort of fizzles out. The pacing of the album generally doesn’t feel quite right, and I can’t tell whether it’s because of the annoying “intro” tracks interspersed throughout or because the album’s most energetic songs are bunched up at the beginning. After the first few tracks (I’m not counting the intros as proper tracks, and I’m not bothering to mention them after this parenthetical because they irk me), the album loses a bit of its luster. Marred with tedium and plagiarism (or at the very least, cryptomnesia), there are very few highlights after “It’s Your...
KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW DATES

KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW DATES

Support: King Diamond confirmed his performance at Hellfest and the Rock Stage at Sweden Rock Festival this summer. King posted the following update: “Hail to all of you. FINALLY. We can now officially announce King Diamond’s return to the stage. We will be headlining the Rock Stage at Sweden Rock Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Please check out the links below for more info. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX97_JOqpDY http://www.swedenrock.com We will also be headlining the Main Stage 2 at Hellfest in France on Friday, June 15, 2012. Please see link below for more info: http://www.hellfest.fr/ Can’t wait to see you there. Stay Heavy, King Diamond.” For more information, visit King Diamond’s official site here Offical King Diamond Facebook page Official King Diamond / Mercyful Fate Facebook page Support: Have you seen these yet? KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES A FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR LATER THIS YEAR! Kerry King Performs “Evil” On Stage With King Diamond In New Jersey! King Diamond Announces The “Abigail In Concert” Tour With Exodus! King Diamond Exclusive Live Photos From Atlanta By Shawn Evans! KING DIAMOND RETURNED TO THE STAGE THIS WEEKEND AND WE HAVE INCREDIBLE LIVE FOOTAGE OF THE...
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