At the Movies (Soilwork, Hammerfall, Etc.) Cover Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”

At The Movies have shared a quarantine cover of Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” from the 1997 movie “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion.” You can check that out below. For those unaware, the band features the following musicians: Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra), Chris Laney (Randy Piper’s Animal, Zan Clan), Allan Sørensen (Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids), Morten Sandager (Mercenary, Pretty Maids), Pontus Egberg (King Diamond), Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), and Linnéa Vikström Egg (QFT, Therion).

Metal Blade Records To Release Retrospective Vinyl Set “The Story Of Metal Blade”

Metal Blade Records have announced that they will be releasing a retrospective vinyl box set, titled “The Story Of Metal Blade,” in May. The limited edition set will feature eight albums from the label’s history, a podcast series, deluxe liner notes, and a photo booklet. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Courtney Catagnus, Sr Director, Business Development & Partnerships, VMP, commented:

“In the 80’s, when Brian Slagel released Metal Massacre – the inaugural Metal Blade compilation that featured a little local band called Metallica – he altered the course of music history as we know it. So, there was a resounding ‘hell yes’ from the VMP team to partner with Metal Blade to release our first-ever heavy music Anthology. In true Anthology form, we brought in the connoisseurs of the genre to guide us through the history of the label, as told through these eight key albums from Metal Blade, with guidance from legendary magazine, Revolver. We’re so proud to bring you this next chapter in our Anthology series and can’t wait to dive in together to unpack the rich history and influence of Metal Blade.”

Here’s the records that will be included:

01. Omen – “Warning Of Danger” (1985)
02. Fates Warning – “The Spectre Within” (1985)
03. GWAR – “America Must Be Destroyed” (1991)
04. Cannibal Corpse – “Butchered At Birth” (1991)
05. King Diamond – “Voodoo” (1998)
06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Miasma” (2005)
07. Amon Amarth – “Twilight Of The Thunder God” (2008)
08. Armored Saint – “La Raza” (2010)

King Diamond Offers Updates On New Solo And Mercyful Fate Albums

During an appearance on “The Electric Theater With Clown,” the show hosted by Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, King Diamond offered an update on the new music that he has been working on. The material will eventually surface in the form of new albums from both King Diamond and Mercyful Fate.

Diamond said the following:

“I’m writing with Hank [Shermann, guitar] from MERCYFUL FATE and writing with Andy [LaRocque, guitar] for KING DIAMOND and writing on my own for KING DIAMOND. For KING DIAMOND, it’s an album that’s gonna be called ‘The Institute’, which is part one of two — there’ll be two full albums that will be completing a full story. And as the title [suggests], there’s gonna be some crazy weird stuff. And for MERCY, I also have the title, but I’m not giving it out to anybody at the moment. We have the front cover for the new MERCY too. It’s very correct, very right for MERCYFUL FATE. It’s very back to basics.”

He also added:

“For my part, with both MERCY and KING albums — even more KING DIAMOND, I would say — all vocals are gonna be lead vocals again, like they were in the old days. It didn’t matter if there was a choir singing on the right side or the left side, or whatever, they would still go and pick up parts of the lyrics to progress the story and so on. So it’s gonna be anything goes with the vocals, for sure — back to the old style. And for MERCY too, it’s gonna be very old-fashioned — Hank is writing very much like the old days. And it’s nice to feel that we can capture that again. So that’s two albums that are being worked on that will be done by the time we can go out and tour again, I’m sure.”

In other news, Diamond also revealed that an “Abigail” graphic novel is currently in the works:

“[We are working with] a really good company. I have high, high hopes for how that’s gonna turn out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mikkey Dee And Hal Patino Express Interest In Reuniting With King Diamond

Drummer Mikkey Dee and bassist Hal Patino have both expressed interest in a reunion with King Diamond. Both musicians said they would be open to the idea, but also added that it would be up to the band’s frontman and namesake to decide whether or not it would ever happen.

Dee said the following during an appearance on “The Cassius Morris Show”:

“Unfortunately Timi Hansen is dead, but you could have Andy [LaRocque], Michael Denner, you could have Hal Patino, Pete Blakk, myself, just for a tour, and only play the stuff that we did — from ‘Fatal Portrait’ to ‘Cospiracy’. That could have been a really fun and successful tour.”

However, he went on to say that it’s “totally up to” King Diamond, “because he [also] does MERCYFUL FATE”:

“I don’t see why not. If I’m off [and not doing anything] with SCORPIONS, then I could easily have done that. That would have been so much fun, I think, because we were a great bunch of guys. And I still talk to Andy and Pete and Hal and King as well.”

Patino has since reacted to Dee’s comments with the following:

“I think it would be fun to do a ‘Them’ reunion tour. Just one tour for the fans! We are all still here and I think it would be really cool getting back together after all these years. I still talk to Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk, and I talked to King not long ago.

We were a great band back then and we had a very powerful and unique sound. We all sound just as good today, if not better and it would cool for all the old and new fans to hear, see and feel it for one last time.

I recently talked to Mikkey and Pete about it. But it’s all up to King.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Super7 To Release New Mercyful Fate-Era King Diamond Figure

Super7 will be releasing a new Mercyful Fate-era King Diamond ReAction figure on January 13. This news comes after the company previously released a deluxe figure of the singer.

At the Movies (Soilwork, Hammerfall, Etc.) Cover Boy Meets Girl’s “Waiting For A Star To Fall”

At The Movies have shared a quarantine cover of Boy Meets Girl’s “Waiting For A Star To Fall” from “Three Men And A Little Lady.” You can check that out below. For those unaware, the band features the following musicians: Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra), Chris Laney (Randy Piper’s Animal, Zan Clan), Allan Sørensen (Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids), Morten Sandager (Mercenary, Pretty Maids), Pontus Egberg (King Diamond), Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), and Linnéa Vikström Egg (QFT, Therion).

King Diamond Launches Official Instagram Filter

King Diamond has launched an official Instagram filter featuring his face paint. You can try that out HERE.

Watch Mastodon, Dethklok, Municipal Waste, Etc. Members Cover King Diamond’s “No Presents For Christmas”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of King Diamond‘s “No Presents For Christmas” with Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea), Brendon Small (Dehtklok, etc.), Nick Cageao (Mutoid Man), and Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Brain Tentacles). “Two Miunutes To Late Night” said the following:

“Happy Halloween/Christmas/Channukah! We covered King Diamond with Brendon Small (Metalocalypse! Galaktikon! HOME MOVIES!) but it was Brann‘s idea. This is our 28th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com.”

There’s A Line Of Corpse Painted Soaps Inspired By Mayhem, King Diamond, Cradle Of Filth, Etc.

An Etsy shop called CorpsePaintSoaps are selling a line of various soaps featuring corpse paint. The products, which are inspired by Mayhem, Abbath, King Diamond, Cradle Of Filth, Ghost, and more, can be found HERE.

[via MetalSucks]