Tag Archives: Mercyful Fate

KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS – METAL REWIND

In honor of the spirit of Christmas, we take a trip back to December 25, 1985 to a song by the one and only King Diamond called “No Presents for Christmas.”

This was the first song released by King Diamond after Mercyful Fate broke up and is one of the most well known King Diamond songs! You can find the track on the “Fatal Portrait” album reissue.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!! Keep it METAL!!!

Check out the King live performing “No Presents for Christmas”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE POWER METAL BAND?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Last month it was all about debut albums. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite Power Metal band. Each week I’ll choose two bands and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite album last week. Last week it was Mercyful Fate – Melissa vs. King Diamond – Fatal Portrait.  This was EXTREMELY hard for me but I chose:

KING DIAMOND – FATAL PORTRAIT

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Here are this week’s choices:

BLIND GUARDIAN

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VS.

ED GUY

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DEBUT ALBUM?

Hey Metalheads! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Last month it was all about drummers. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite debut album. Each week I’ll choose two classic albums and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite drummer last week. Last week it was Sanctuary – Refuge Denied vs. Overkill – Feel The Fire.  This was EXTREMELY hard for me but I chose:

SANCTUARY – REFUGE DENIED

SANCTUARY REFUGE DENIED

Here are this week’s choices:

MERCYFUL FATE – MELISSA

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VS.

KING DIAMOND – FATAL PORTRAIT

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I look forward to your responses. Let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

In honor of the spirit of Christmas, we take a trip back to December 25, 1985 to a song by the one and only King Diamond called “No Presents for Christmas.”

This was the first song released by King Diamond after Mercyful Fate broke up and is one of the most well known King Diamond songs! You can find the track on the “Fatal Portrait” album reissue.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!! Keep it METAL!!!

Check out the King live performing “No Presents for Christmas”

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!!!

Happy Halloween Metalheads!! Hope you all have a fantastic Halloween with lots of tricks and treats!! Just a few tracks to get you in the Halloween spirit.

KING DIAMOND – HALLOWEEN

MERCYFUL FATE – EVIL

SLAYER – BLACK MAGIC

EXODUS – BONDED BY BLOOD

What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! Have a festive Halloween!!

KING DIAMOND – NO PRESENTS FOR CHRISTMAS – METAL REWIND

In honor of the spirit of Christmas, we take a trip back to December 25, 1985 to a song by the one and only King Diamond called “No Presents for Christmas”.

This was the first song released by King Diamond after Mercyful Fate broke up and is one of the most well known King Diamond songs! You can find the track on the Fatal Portrait album reissue.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!! Keep it METAL!!!

Check out the King live performing “No Presents for Christmas”

KING DIAMOND – FATAL PORTRAIT – HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween Metalheads!! Hope your day is filled with spooky treats and ghoulish activities. What better way to celebrate the day with a blog post from the one and only King Diamond. The album – FATAL PORTRAIT and the song – HALLOWEEN!!

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Released in 1986, this is the first album by King Diamond after Mercyful Fate disbanded in 1983. While the album is not a conceptual album, five of the songs on the album form a short story (“The Candle”, “The Jonah”, “The Portrait”, “Dressed in White” and “Haunted”).  The narrator sees a face in every candle that he burns and this face speaks one word to him: “Jonah”.  He finds an old book, speaks a rhyme and frees the spirit from the candle. It’s the spirit of a little girl named Molly, who tells him her story that happened seven years before. Mrs. Jane kept her 4-year-old daughter Molly locked in the attic until she died. Mrs. Jane decides to paint Molly’s portrait and put it above the fireplace, so that she would be forever immortal.  Molly, however makes the portrait speak to her, so she would know about the pain she went through while in the attic. Mrs. Jane speaks a rhyme and burns the portrait. Now a free spirit, Molly returns to haunt her mother until she goes insane.

The album cover art by Thomas Holm and Torbjorn Jorgensen of Studio Dyzan depicts Molly had she been able to grow up. Holm and Jorgensen have done several covers for King Diamond and Mercyful Fate including “Melissa” , “Don’t Break the Oath” and “Abigail” to name a few. The lineup for Fatal Portrait is: King Diamond – vocals, Andy La Roque and Michael Denner – guitars, Timi Hansen – bass and Mikkey Dee – drums. 

Make it a safe and Happy Halloween and let’s start the “All Hallows Eve”‘celebration with King Diamond’s Halloween:

And of course the album that started it all – Fatal Portrait: