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Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016
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Holiday Metalhead Gift Guide 2016

Well, friends of the metal persuasion, that time of year has rolled around again. The holiday season is upon us, time to show up on doorsteps with your electric twangers and sing songs about roasting nuts, burn down churches, and, most of all, it’s time to avoid all your repulsive metalhead friends that might have the nerve to expect a gift. But for those of you who just don’t seem to have that flare for hiding in your closet for two months straight, here are some wallet-emptying items they’re sure to find amusing.

Here’s the 2016 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide…

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Tragedy: “Sweet Caroline” Combines Neil & King Diamond
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Tragedy: All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees And Beyond

Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond, that superfun mix of metal and disco/pop, has released another video, a delicious cover of everyone’s favorite bar anthem, Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline,” and starts in a found footage format.

Check out the new video and the Tragedy tour dates below.

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Black Metal Friday: Denner/Shermann “Satan’s Tomb”
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Denner/Shermann Band Photo 2015

Michael Denner and Hank Shermann are the legendary guitar duo behind the pioneering Danish metal outfit Mercyful Fate (the band that also gave us King Diamond). These axe masters are back with a new eponymous band. Denner/Shermann has just released its debut EP via powerhouse label Metal Blade Records on October 2, 2015.

Satan’s Tomb contains 4 tracks that would have been right at home on any of Mercyful Fate’s classic albums. Sean Peck‘s vocals even bear a striking resemblance to King Diamond. The band is rounded out by bassist Marc Grabowski and drummer Snowy Shaw, the latter of whom is also a King Diamond alum.

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King Diamond To Perform ‘Abigail’ In Full On Fall Tour
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King Diamond Circa 2014

In the best metal news of the day, King Diamond has announced that they will be embarking on a fall tour of the United States with legendary Bay Area thrash titans Exodus providing direct support. Plus, they will be performing their legendary 1987 concept album Abigail in its entirety. Abigail was King Diamond’s second album after leaving Mercyful Fate and is widely considered to be a watershed moment in the extreme metal world.

The tour begins October 29th in Denver and winds its way through most major markets before concluding on December 5th in King’s adopted hometown of Dallas on December 5th. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am EST. Be sure to get yours quick as this tour is sure to be sold out in no time.

Continue below to see a full listing of all of the tour dates, and to enjoy the video for King Diamond’s “The Family Ghost.”

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Thrashback Thursday: Metallica “Mercyful Fate” With King Diamond
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Metallica and Mercyful Fate

Today’s Thrashback Thursday is a two-for-one deal. Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and King Diamond (aka Kim Bendix Peterson) are Danish countrymen. The two have been close friends for some time. Metallica even recorded their breakthrough second album, 1984’s Ride The Lightning in the studio owned by King Diamond and his band Mercyful Fate.

So strong is Metallica’s reverence for Mercyful Fate that they have, for many years, been performing a medley consisting of several of the band’s songs (“Satan’s Fall,” “Curse of the Pharaohs,” “A Corpse Without Soul,” “Into the Coven,” and “Evil”) which they simply call “Mercyful Fate.” A recorded version of the tribute appeared on Metallica’s Garage Inc.

When Metallica made a stop in King Diamond’s adopted hometown of Dallas Texas in 2008, they invited the King himself to join them onstage to lend his iconic lead vocals to the medley. Check out the footage of that performance here below.

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Concert Review: King Diamond (October 31, 2014, The Wiltern Theater, LA)
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King Diamond Circa 2014

King Diamond is one tough dude! The 58-year-old rocker has endured a triple bypass surgery, but that hasn’t stopped him from launching his first American tour in 16 years, and on this night neither would food poisoning, but more on that later.

The current trek by the former Mercyful Fate leader and his eponymous solo band has been highly acclaimed, playing to sold-out houses and glowing reviews. Lucky fans, including myself, were ecstatic to learn that the tour would be making its Los Angeles stop on Halloween, a holiday that is custom made for King Diamond’s brand of macabre, occult fueled, shock rock theatrics.

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Black Metal Friday: “Halloween” by King Diamond
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King Diamond Circa 2014

When serendipity drops Halloween on a Black Metal Friday in your lap, how can you help but think of the song “Halloween”?

King Diamond, both with Mercyful Fate and his own eponymous solo band, helped form both the black metal and thrash genres. Kim Bendix Petersen, the man behind the King Diamond persona, was one of the first true Satanists in heavy metal. Many acts had previously used occult imagery and satanism in a somewhat cartoonish fashion, but the King walked the walk and talked the talk. He has been very open about being a devout follower of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan. All of this lent a certain authenticity to King Diamond’s macabre, occult-fueled imagery and stage show — a show that I have the great fortune of witnessing tonight at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Look for my coverage of that event right here on Geeks of Doom.

Meanwhile, in the spirit of the day, here is King Diamond from his first solo album, 1986’s Fatal Portrait with the track “Halloween.”

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Watch Video Of 2014 King Diamond Concert; Dr. Landau Coming To North America!
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King Diamond Doctor Landau 2014 tour

King Diamond is set to return to North America this Fall after a lengthy absence, and as a special treat, the performer is bringing along his full European festival stage set for what is expected to be “the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band’s entire history.”

Doctor Landau — the evil sociopath therapist character from several King Diamond concept albums — will appear on stage as part of the act for the band’s North American tour, according to the official King Diamond Facebook page.

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King Diamond “Trying To Be Nice” In Feud With Former Bassist But It’s Getting Ugly
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King Diamond (right) and bassist Hal Patino (left) performing on stage

[King Diamond (right) and bassist Hal Patino (left) image via Facebook]

Before the boom of social media, when a musician quit or was fired from his band, you’d have to wait a long time to hear anything from either party about the situation. If the band was big enough, like say The Rolling Stones, then maybe you’d read an official statement in the daily newspaper. Other than that, the monthly music magazines had to catch up on the story, interview both parties, and even then, musicians tended to keep private matters private (until their tell-all memoirs were released years-to-decades later). More often, music magazines would fuel the fire of the feud by quoting each musician to make it seem like more of a fight. This was common between Metallica and Megadeth throughout the 1980s, where magazines would put James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine on the cover with a jagged line splitting their images with some kind of fighting words on the cover. (Hey, it sold magazines, that’s for sure.)

Now, instead of waiting for journalists to ask about the details of the split, when someone is fired from or quits a band, they take right to their Facebook accounts to give their side of the story, and soon after, you can expect a response from their former bandmates, and it likely won’t end there.

The most recent band feud to surface is out of the King Diamond camp after it was announced on the band’s official Facebook page on July 19, 2014, that bassist Hal Patino that he had been “relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.” The reasons alluded to are Patino’s alleged drug problems. Not surprisingly, Patino took to his Facebook page later that same day to state that he was not fired, but rather that he quit and that he did not have a drug problem. On July 20, 2014, King Diamond himself posted a lengthy step-by-step rebuttal of Patino’s statement, which led to, you guessed it, yet another response from Patino on his own Facebook page.

You can read all the statements here below.

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The Return Of Emperor Among The Highlights Of A Huge Year For Black Metal
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Black metal is an underground sub-genre of heavy metal emanating largely from Scandanavia. There has historically been a large amount of controversy surrounding black metal due to its primary themes of blasphemy and/or Satanism and the nefarious activities of many of its most prominent musicians (i.e., murder, suicides, and church burnings).

This year has been rife with major happenings from many of the founders of the black metal genre. Metal’s most notorious band, Mayhem, released their first album in seven years, titled Esoteric Warfare. King Diamond announced his first U.S. tour in nearly a decade, including a Halloween show in L.A., which I will be reviewing [the NYC GoD crew will be at the New York show in October]. We also observed the 10th anniversary of the death of Bathory leader and the man who many consider to be the father of Scandinavian black metal, Quorthon.

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