The legendary master of black metal KING DIAMOND has dropped a brand new single today. “Masquerade of Madness” is the first new studio track in many years. The track is off of his forthcoming new album, The Institute. The band has also just kicked off a massive North American tour just last weekend. Give the new track a listen below, it’s classic King Diamond stuff.
From The Press Release
As previously announced, King Diamond has revealed the title and theme for the first studio album in 12 years: The Institute! For a preview of this upcoming record, the new single, “Masquerade of Madness”, has been launched today. Mixed by Andy Larocque and King Diamond at Sonic Train Studios, “Masquerade of Madness” can be heard at: https://kdcoven.lnk.to/masquerade
King Diamond comments: “‘Masquerade of Madness’ is one of the first King Diamond studio songs in a long time. It will be featured on a future two album horror concept story, of which the first part is titled ‘The Institute‘.
The style is very classic King Diamond with lots of dynamics and limited amounts of compression to achieve very natural sounding vocals and instruments throughout the song. You’ll find some complex orchestrations, including the typical choir works you’re used to hearing from King Diamond, and a special thought process bringing vocals back to the forefront:
‘All vocals are lead vocals.’
Both Andy and I are presently working on several different songs with high potential for the upcoming album; all of which are absolute killers.
We will continue this work when we’re back from our North American tour in December, during which you can hear the live version of ‘Masquerade of Madness’.
For now, we hope you’ll enjoy the brand new studio version of ‘Masquerade of Madness’.”
Catch King Diamond on the road now in North America with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands (see below for dates). Limited Meet & Greet packages with King Diamond are available for the first time ever on this tour at: http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com – reserve yours now!
King Diamond tour dates
w/ Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Idle Hands
Nov. 8 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Tower Theater
Nov. 11 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric
Nov. 12 – Montreal, QC – M-Telus
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
Nov. 16 – Louisville, KY – The Palace Theatre
Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera
Nov. 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Palace Theater
Nov. 22 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
Nov. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Nov. 25 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount
Nov. 26 – Portland, OR – The Schnitzer
Nov. 27 – Vancouver, BC – The Queen Elizabeth
Nov. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Dec. 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Dec. 2 – San Diego, CA – Magnolia
Dec. 3 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
Dec. 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica
King Diamond line-up:
King Diamond – vocals
Andy LaRocque – guitar
Mike Wead – guitar
Pontus Egberg – bass
Matt Thompson – drums