Since your last studio album you underwent very serious heart surgery and you also had a son. How have such major life events been influencing lyrical ideas for your next album?
“Oh, the next album gonna be gruesome. Absolutely gruesome. The storyline is, well, it’s in a way where I can’t even put it into just one album. So, it has to be over two albums. And it’s really planned out to work in a very special way with the show as well. So the show is being built right now in Denmark and built around that story so it really can go hand in hand.
Right now I already know how the production will develop for the next tour, after this tour so when we do part two of that story, I know how the whole thing ends already. I know how the production is going to change and how it’s going to be culminating in one very big thing. It’s a long project, several years, in fact the next three years are going to be very very intense for us. There are a lot of things that are in planning.
Also, we signed up with 5B [artist management] and a lot of good stuff is coming out of that, piece by piece. We are getting a player that is going to be amazing for our fans for the next three years. Something that’s going to come that they would not expect, I think. So very very cool prospects.
I think it gives a second chance and that is what the album is also about, it has something to do with that. It has something to do with parallel worlds and punishment, stuff like that. You’ll see us torture our dear little Abigail, it’s part of the story, you’ll see it onstage – but it’s great to be here – it’s been almost two years now, it’s incredible, but it hasn’t changed me very much when it comes to what I stand for and the stories that’s coming, musical style that’s coming. It’s total utter King Diamond.”
The next album is said to be a story set in a 1920s mental institution. What makes that time and place a good setting for a King Diamond album?
“I chose that because it’s a very creepy scenario. Thing is I know that somebody has talked about that but that is not the setting actually. It’s a lot of things involved but the setting looks as if it’s a 1920s asylum. That is exactly what it looks like and some of the things that go on onstage make you also think that certainly was going on back then. When medicine was beginning to take a beneficial turn in history and actually being able to help human beings live longer.
There was some experimentation going on too that was absolutely gruesome. Some of that was involved in the story but it is totally different. Once you get to the second part of the story you will begin to understand that and… what the hell is going on here? What is really about? Because there is a whole different story that will not come to you until second part. But in the first part you are going to get to know a lot people at a certain place. It’s in the story, it’s way too much.
But It does take place, I won’t say where or what it’s called because that is the title of the album and I won’t let that out yet. Some of it takes place here, this world and some of it takes place in a parallel world. There is a correlation between what happened to me and what happens to some people in this place and where they suddenly appear. You will find out why they are there, how they appear there and what places down the road – I won’t say too much right now but it is going to be very creepy.
The stage that we are building for this is going to be something else. Some of the things we are going to have onstage are also going to be very, very nice. We are adding an extra floor to the whole thing to what we had last time. We had stairs leading up to a second floor now there is going to be the third floor. I don’t like heights very much so this is one of those stupid things I like to do to myself sometimes. I test myself and how I am going to feel up there on the third floor — only a broken banister to make me feel safe, you know.”