The King is well and truly back! With the first release since 2007’s ‘Give Me Your Soul … Please’, King Diamond has risen from the proverbial grave to deliver ‘Songs For The Dead Live’ – the ultimate treat for King Diamond fans that’s going to generate a lot of buzz upon release! This release will be issued on DVD, Blu-Ray, vinyl, and digital download via Metal Blade Records, featuring two full-length sets filmed live respectively at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium and The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA.

If you’re a King Diamond fan, this is everything you’d come to expect from one of their stage shows. If you’re unaware of their existence, well you’re in for an absolute treat! The production value of the performance is brilliant – adorned with gothic gargoyles, and a sinister backdrop that sets the tone for the theatrical spook-tacular that is about to take place.

It opens up with the gig from Graspop Metal Meeting, opening to the eeries atmosphere of ‘Out of the Asylum’ from ‘Them’, whilst a “woman” in a wheelchair (I use that word sparingly, because the creepy mask she’s wearing is as brilliant as it is grotesque), is pushed out on stage to prepare for a ferocious rendition of ‘Welcome Home’, with crowd participation at a full one-hundred percent!

Curious to see what this all looks like for yourself? Check the trailer out here –

An eclectic mix of King Diamond’s Greatest Hits (per say) follows with the Belgian crowd being treated to favourites such as ‘Halloween’, ‘Sleepless Nights’ and ‘Eye of the Witch’ – as well as ‘Melissa’ and ‘Come to the Sabbath!’ from band Mercyful Fate (also made famous by King Diamond himself). It’s not uncommon to see King Diamond performing songs from his previous group, he’s been doing it for a long time now; the inclusion of said tracks as in the hands of band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Matt Thompson, and Pontus Egberg they’ve never sounded so powerful! Combine that with King Diamond’s voice, which undoubtedly has gotten better with age, and you’re in for one f***ing brilliant performance!

If this wasn’t enough already to get the blood pumping, nine songs deep into the performance the fans are treated to the seminal album, ‘Abigail’ played in its entirety! For those who are unfamiliar with King Diamond’s work, this is the first of many concept albums that King Diamond worked on throughout his career, and probably the more notable in propelling his career to where he’s landed today.

The performance at The Fillmore might be comprised of the same epic setlist that we’ve already been treated to, but the atmosphere is completely different; there’s no matching the electricity of the Fillmore crowd, who are comprised of devout King Diamond fans (compared to Graspop being a combination of a mixed bag of metal lovers, being a festival) which gives the overall performance a sense of intimacy that was lacking in the former. The energy from the crowd is enough to have you jumping out of your seats and creating your own mosh-pit in your living room; you’re going to find yourself head-banging unwillingly … and loving every second of it!

The overall production of ‘Songs for the Dead Live’ is breathtakingly on point – the camera angles/cuts, the stronger emphasis on the bass and drums (which admittedly has been lacking in previous live albums) – it comes across as more of a musical horror film, then it does a live performance, and that speaks volumes! This will easily go down as the definitive King Diamond live album, and is one that every metalhead should check out (if only once). If you’re a diehard King Diamond fan, then you’re going to want to throw this one into your collection as soon as it’s released!

Want a taste-test? Check out “Come to the Sabbath” here –

Graspop Metal Meeting Track Listing:

01. Out from the Asylum

02. Welcome Home

03. Sleepless Nights

04. Halloween

05. Eye of the Witch

06. Melissa

07. Come to the Sabbath

08. Them

09. Funeral

10. Arrival

11. A Mansion in Darkness

12. The Family Ghost

13. The 7th Day of July 1777

14. Omens

15. The Possession

16. Abigail

17. Black Horsemen

18. Insanity

The Fillmore Track Listing:

01. Out from the Asylum

02. Welcome Home

03. Sleepless Nights

04. Eye of the Witch

05. Halloween

06. Melissa

07. Come to the Sabbath

08. Them

09. Funeral

10. Arrival

11. A Mansion in Darkness

12. The Family Ghost

13. The 7th Day of July 1777

14. Omens

15. The Possession

16. Abigail

17. Black Horsemen

18. Insanity

Run Time: 165 minutes

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Distributor: Metal Blade Records