Music / King Diamond

Kim Bendix Petersen a.k.a. King Diamond is a Danish Heavy Metal singer who fronts Mercyful Fate, as well as a solo band. He is highly critical of religion, and is an atheist in real life. note  His live performances include wearing black and white face paint with inverted crosses, as well as using a microphone handle consisting of a femur bone and a tibia bone in the shape of an inverted cross. His own vocal style is another distinguishing aspect of his performance, for its range from low to unhumanly high pitch levels, as well as the often over the top deliveries.

Before forming his own bands, he previously played in the Hard Rock band Black Rose, and the Punk Rock band Brats. With Mercyful Fate and his solo band, he became known for producing comprehensive and groundbreaking Heavy Metal Concept Albums (pretty much every release by both bands).

To mainstream audiences, King Diamond is best known through Metallica's "Mercyful Fate Medley", and the inclusion of his songs in Clerks II by King Diamond fan Kevin Smith (the admiration is mutual).


Mercyful Fate Albums

  • Melissa (1983)
  • Don't Break the Oath (1984)
  • In the Shadows (1993)
  • Time (1994)
  • Into the Unknown (1996)
  • Dead Again (1998)
  • 9 (1999)

King Diamond Albums

  • Fatal Portrait (1986)
  • Abigail (1987)
  • "Them" (1988)
  • Conspiracy (1989)
  • The Eye (1990)
  • The Spider's Lullabye (1995)
  • The Graveyard (1996)
  • Voodoo (1998)
  • House of God (2000)
  • Abigail II: The Revenge (2002)
  • The Puppet Master (2003)
  • Give Me Your Soul... Please (2007)

King Diamond demonstrates the following tropes:

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     Lyrics / Themes / Concepts 

  • Album Title Drop: Fatal Portrait in "The Portrait", Conspiracy in "Victimized", The Spider's Lullabye in "Dreams" (though it's not related to the story), Give Me Your Soul... Please in "The Cellar".
  • All Hallows' Eve: "Halloween" in The Fatal Portrait.
  • Another Man's Terror: The titular necklace in The Eye has this effect on its wearer.
  • Antagonist Title: The Puppet Master. Also Abigail and "Them", depending on your view of said characters. And that's just for album titles.
  • Anti-Christmas Song: "No Presents for Christmas".
  • An Axe to Grind: An axe solves problems in "Them".
  • Asshole Victim: Pretty frequent in his work, but the Lafayettes from Voodoo stand out; hell, the entire chain of events in that album's story could have been avoided if they weren't dicks and hadn't tried to destroy a perfectly benign voodoo burial ground just because it made them uncomfortable.
  • Bedlam House:
    • Devil Lake Sanitarium in Spider's Lullabye.
    • Black Hill Sanitarium in Graveyard might be this, or at least protagonist seem to think so. Of course, he is crazy, but it is implied that it was the asylum that made him that way.
    • Grandma returns from one in "Them" and King spends nine years (according to extra notes) in one between events of "Them" and Conspiracy. It's never explicitly mentioned if they are one and the same, though they most likely are.
  • Bookends: From Voodoo album, "Aftermath" is "Louisiana Darkness" with Salem's epilogue narration over it.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Somewhat in Give Me Your Soul... Please, namely final track "Moving On", as the girl (searching for a soul for her brother) decides, that King's soul is not good, says she's "moving on to THIS house", implying the listener's house.
  • Burn the Witch!: "Burn" from The Eye.
  • Call Back: From "LOA House" out of Voodoo album.
    This is no Abigail, this child will survive.
  • Concept Album: Pretty much all his solo albums.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Used on the cover of Give Me Your Soul... Please to form the title.
  • Dedication
  • Due to the Dead
  • Eldritch Abomination: The beings that are revealed to be the true controllers of existence at the end of House of God are akin to this.
  • Epic Rocking: "At the Graves" from Conspiracy (almost 9 minutes) and "Room 17" from Spider's Lullaby (over 8 minutes).
    • The two longest songs by Mercyful Fate are "Satan's Fall" (11 minutes), and "Dead Again" (13 minutes).
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: "A Dangerous Meeting", from Mercyful Fate's "Don't Break The Oath".
  • Eye Scream: In "No More Me", the titular villain removes King's eyes and places them into a puppet.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The Puppet Master takes the cake. The protagonist and his lover are turned into puppets by titular puppet master, separated and not knowing if they will ever see each other again as she is sent to a different theatre.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Haunted House: Many. King really loves his haunted buildings.
    • The mansion in Abigail and Abigail II.
    • The house "Amon" in "Them" and Conspiracy.
    • "LOA House" in Voodoo.
    • Protagonist's home in Give Me Your Soul... Please, though it's unclear if it was originally haunted, or only becomes so during the album's story.
    • The eponymous church in House of God is either this, or a Haunted Castle.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: "Voodoo" is a Take That! to people who think that Hollywood Voodoo is real voodoo.
  • Instrumentals: "To One Far Away" (unless you count those "oohs" at the beginning), "Room of Golden Air" and "S.H." by Mercyful Fate, "Voices from the Past", "Something Weird", "Cremation" (except for a single line at the end), "Insanity" and "Peace of Mind" by King Diamond.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The sword-n-sorcery / heavy-metal anime Bastard features the vampire King Di-Amon, with very similar makeup and vocalizations.
  • Lolicon: Mayor McKenzie from Graveyard, at least according to the narrator.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Abigail II: The Revenge reveals that O'Brian, leader of the black horsemen, is actually a half-brother of the original Abigail. Which is why he demands to spare the second Abigail's life.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Landau. Mentioned briefly in "Them", and becomes more important character in Conspiracy.
    • Also Doctor Eastmann from The Spider's Lullabye.
  • Nightmare Dreams: King suffers from them in Conspiracy.
  • Numbered Sequels: Abigail II: The Revenge with an Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo thrown in.
  • Off with His Head!: Grandma was sent to the asylum when she cut off her husbands head prior to the events in "Them".
  • People Puppets: Theme of the Puppet Master album.
  • The Power of Blood: Blood is the prime ingredient in Grandma's tea in "Them".
  • Precision F-Strike: From "Doomed by the Living Dead" by Mercyful Fate, there's "So just say goodbye to all your fucking angels". And "Sleep Tight Little Baby" from Graveyard features the following:
    Let me see your face, you son of a bitch!
  • Religion Rant Song
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Abigail II: The Revenge.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: This was present especially on first Mercyful Fate albums. He later toned it down.
  • Slashed Throat: Grandma dies in "Them" when King cuts her throat open with an axe.
  • Something Completely Different: Both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond songs usually deal with horrors, occult or witchcraft. However the first release by King Diamond was the single "No Presents for Christmas". While not any different musically from other songs, the lyrics say that Santa couldn't find his silver sheet, so there would be no presents on Christmas. It also almost randomly mentions Tom and Jerry and Donald Duck.
  • Spelling Song / Country Matters: "Nuns Have No Fun" by Mercyful Fate.
    C. U. N. T., that's what you are.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Protagonist in The Puppet Master.
  • Updated Re-release: Five first albums and the In Concert 1987 live album got updated CD releases in the mid '90s with linernotes and bonus tracks. Later the next three albums also got updated as remastered digipack releases with bonus content.
  • Welcoming Song: "Welcome Home" is a song welcoming home the narrator's grandmother after a stay in Bedlam House.
  • The X of Y

     Music / Music referential 

  • Black Metal, though King Diamond himself hasn't made black metal, his image and lyrics inspired later black metal bands.
  • Careful with That Axe
  • Demoted to Extra: Mikkey Dee on Conspiracy. He left the band after the tour for "Them" was over, but King called him back to at least lay down the drum tracks for one more album, as he was not satisfied with his initial replacement Chris Whitemier.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Heavy Metal
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a 7 in Mercyful Fate, bordering on 8 and dropping down to 6 at times. His solo work can be anywhere from a 5 to an 8.
  • Progressive Metal: While some of Mercyful Fate's tunes have elements of this (non-standard song structures and Epic Rocking), his solo albums fit more into this category, especially his concept albums.
  • Speed Metal: Mercyful fate were not quite Thrash Metal, but a definite influence on it, and fit this.
  • Stage Names: Listing both King Diamond and Mercyful Fate members: King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen), Hank Shermann (René Krolmark), Sharlee D'Angelo (Charles Andreason), Snowy Shaw (Tommie Helgesson, though he legally changed the name), Mike Wead (Mikael Vikström), Andy LaRocque (Anders Allhage), Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou), Mike Moon (Mikael Myllynen)...
    • Timi Hansen briefly went under the name Timi Grabber, but quickly reverted to his real name after it turned out people didn't understand, where it came from (he got it from his bass).
    • According to an interview with Hank Shermann, Kim Ruzz was also just that drummer's stage name, but nobody seems to remember what his real name was.

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Alternative Title(s): Mercyful Fate