LORDI look like GWAR. Now that that's out of the way, remember that originality is overrated, and that being a pioneer doesn't necessarily mean being the high standard. Judged on its own, Lordi's music is exactly what it should be–stoopid, basic, catchy hard rock with song titles that were probably taken from JOEY DEMAIO's notebook. The Finnish metal beasts' fifth album, Babez for Breakfast, isn't quite up to the comedy metal of Gwar or STEEL PANTHER, and it's nowhere near as idiosyncratic as their best labelmates on The End. But I bet it sounds awesome when performed by pyro-happy monsters. (more…)
By: Shannon Joy
KING DIAMOND has taken to CovenWorldwide.org to personally address the apparent rumors and speculations that have been surrounding him and the band as of late. The KING describes the unfounded gossip as “way too big to cover in a blog”.
In an effort to address the attacks, KING DIAMOND has decided to take an unorthodox approach for damage control—he wants to call you and clear everything up. Seriously.
"I will set up a Skype account. Any of you can then add me as a contact and from time to time I will out of the blue call some of you up, so we can have a good talk (three or four of us at a time) in which you can ask me anything and I can try to answer, and you can immediately follow up with further questions.”
“To put it simply, we will have some cool respectful conversations with each other.”
Anyone interested in chatting with KING DIAMOND can contact him with the info below:
Name: King Diamond – Kim B. Petersen
Skype name: kingdiamond-kimbpetersen
Unless you spent the past quarter century living in Michael Jackson's closet, chances are you've heard and/or seen the spectacle that is Mr. King Diamond. However before Diamond ventured off into solo stardom it was his previous efforts in Mercyful Fate that would put this shock rocker on the legend map.
Founded in Copenhagen Denmark in 1980, Mercyful Fate began as a collective side project turned focus group for Shermann, Denner, and Diamond after helping each other out with demo work for former bands. Needless to say, the metal community at large is thankful for the meeting of these minds for if they hadn't, then many legendary bands such as Metallica may have never found the inspiration needed to shred.
Unfortunately the band did not make a music video for the first 2 classic LP's, but after a near 10 year hiatus (the result of arguments between Diamond and Shermann over creative differences) the band reformed in 1993 with their 3rd full length record "In The Shadows" featuring the single "Egypt." For anyone interested in checking out this LP, Lars Ulrich got to thank his heroes by drumming on the re-recorded track "Return of the Vampire"… this was of course pre-Load era, so it's not half bad. Would I steer you wrong?
Above you will find official screen shots of King Diamond and Lemmy from Motorhead as playable characters in the upcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica release. Both artists will appear during their respective songs. You can sing as each of them (or in Lemmy's case play along on bass) or just rock along side them. For full tracklisting and details about the game, check out our previous coverage.
People were really scared of metal in the 80s. Were people really this retarded? I guess not much has changed, as their reactions to "satanists" is akin to the reaction to "terrorists" nowadays. Anyway, this clip is awesome. Check out some retro hair-dos and some signs if your child is a Satanist at the end.