"King Diamond" is the band that King Diamond formed after the split up of Mercyful Fate, following the departure of Hank Shermann. He was joined by most members of the then defunct Mercyful Fate. Their style had lost most of its proto-black metal element and had more of a progressive edge. The Satanic focus was replaced by a focus on horror stories. Apart from two albums, each of the albums contained a story told throughout the songs; some stories span more than one album. Only ''Fatal Portrait'' and ''The Spider's Lullaby'' deviate here, in that only half of the songs form a story while the other songs are independent.
The band was first launched with the album ''Fatal Portrait'', which featured the guitar talents of Andy LaRocque, who would become King Diamond's longest running collaborator. In 1987, the King Diamond band released ''Abigail'', which is often considered his best solo work. The album tells the tale of an 18th century house that is inherited by a young couple who soon discover its dark secrets. ''Abigail'' was followed by ''Them'' and its sequel ''Conspiracy'', which also told of a demon possessed house, this time maintained by a demented old woman who drinks t...
|music genre||Heavy metal music|
|current members||King Diamond|
Matt Thompson (drummer)