Saturday, January 26, 2019

King Diamond: Songs For The Dead "LIVE" DVD Review(Available January 25, 2019)Metal Blade Records

 King Diamond: Vocals
Andy LaRocque: Guitar
Mike Wead: Guitar
Pontus Egberg: Bass
Matt Thompson: Drums

Imagine my pleasant surprise when it was announced last year that Kind Diamond had a double concert album coming out--the bonus is that there was also a video DVD as well of both events!
(The pictures used in this post are screen captured from my tablet and approved for use by Nikki Law with Metal Blade Records)
I was able to view the video portion and sent the audio tracks to hear as well-I am currently doing that as I write this review.

Not being able to see King Diamond perform before , this was a treat for me--tight band as ever before.
Let's look at the first song released 
"Sleepless Nights"

        
After all the years of hearing this man sing, I never tire of it he has more of a range than most people can appreciate.He has been singing either for King Diamond and Mercyful Fate and has quite the following for 30+ years now.
I have been a fan since the mid 1980's myself.





All the songs are fantastic and I cannot really state which one is my favorite, both shows the band and King Diamond really give their all.

















Always one that has been appreciative of his fans -he makes it clear on these 2 performances how much as they sing along at certain points of the songs and he is ever grateful for it.

         

Overall an enjoyable time in front of the TV for a few hours and great production and audio of the performances are crystal clear.









 I have included a number of videos here -they are just clips and they are all uploaded by 
   Metal Blade Records
          







Below is the LP being played by the folks at Metal Blade Records this is also from their You Tube channel.

      

--2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak
--Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show)
--opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (US retail exclusive - limited to 600 copies)
--root beer marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
--clear pale orange marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
--180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
--transparent amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
--clear ghost white vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--orange-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--black/purple melt vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--orange/red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--clear lavender marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--clear ash grey marbled vinyl (Bengan exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--pink blue marbled vinyl (Ebay exclusive - limited to 200 copies)

To celebrate this DVD/Blu-ray, a release party will take place at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on February 6th at 7PM. Featuring an appearance by Abigail, this event will include a showing of both shows from Songs For The Dead Live: Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia's Fillmore in November 2015, both of which contain a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks before launching into Abigail. To RSVP, please email: kingdiamondparty@gmail.com
To order any of these titles or more click the link below:

King Diamond Songs For The Dead "LIVE" -click here

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Halloween
5. Eye of the Witch
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

If you are a fan of the band this is not a disappointment at all, great to finally see him in performance even if it is on DVD.
I never tire of hearing this music have been listening to it as long as I can remember.
Nikki Law was also the first person associated with a record label that allowed me to review for. When I first started out almost 8 years ago she was with Century Media Records and now is with probably the most reputable Heavy Metal label in the world 
Metal Blade Records!

Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau

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