King Diamond (Denmark)
February 17, 1986
It's time to send your mind on a trip into the land of dreams and mist. Before there was Ghost, before there was Emperor, and even before there was Bathory, there was a small satanic cult called Mercyful Fate. The leader of this nefarious band was the banshee ghost pitched King Diamond. In 1986, the King, having split from the others, released his first solo collection of odes to all things evil, dark and occult. The works of this infamous ringleader during the mid-80's from both bands are probably my favorites of the classic heavy metal style in general. The degree to which everything is so over-the-top and yet so iconic is surely commendable. By the first sounding of the 'ooohhhhs' in The Candle, like a choir of hallowed hellcrows, you will either love it or hate it. Proto black metal witch shrieks surface in The Jonah while the bombastic 80's is made manifest in the catchy melodies of Dressed in White and the anthemic Halloween. Read more and listen to this classic.