Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice ( https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice)recently spoke to King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque. Larocque spoke about the new Live DVD CD/ "Songs For The Dead Live", gave an update on the status of the new King Diamond studio albums and spoke about their upcoming shows Watch here
When asked about an update on the new King Diamond Studio album “Right now, I’m actually composing some songs for King Diamond for the next album. It's probably going to be two separate albums, not released with the same package. The next album will be a continuation of the first one, part one then part two.”
When asked about the Theme being about a mental institution in 1920 “Yes that's correct yeah, to be honest I don't really know too much about the story with exception to the the very few lines King told me so far. That would be something to talk to King about definitely you know next time you talk to him. I know it's going to be a complete new story and it's going to be about life and death and everything in between.”
When asked about the musical direction of the new studio albums “I would say so far you know from what I've been doing I would say it's getting back more towards the classical style of King Diamond more towards Abigail and the first couple of albums, the fans won't be disappointed.”
When asked about the release date of the new studio albums “It's impossible to say but I know that King has pretty much the full story in his head already and then he has to write down all the specific lyrics and the details. So it's impossible to say but we're doing the best we can to finish. So far I have three songs and I'm aiming for five songs and I think King is working on around five songs.”
When asked about the making of the New live album ‘Songs for the Dead Live’ DVD/CD “It took some time for everything to be finished and we had some technical issues that’s why it took so long. Also there are so many video angles and it takes so long to look through all the video material and shots, then there is the audio mix, it's insane. Putting everything together just took a very long time it's two concerts, one from the Fillmore show in Philadelphia USA and also one outdoor show from Europe in Belgium at the Graspop festival. We started recording during the US tour back in 2015, we recorded the Philly show and also the Detroit show to have a backup. We also recorded our own stuff with GoPro cameras throughout to get all the details like a camera in the coffin, a camera on the guitar, a camera behind the drummer, all the details captured. Then combining everything took a very long time.
When asked Touring plans in 2019 “We're focusing on trying to get some songs together for the next album and also planning to do some festival shows in Europe this summer with a new set list of course and a new stage show, we're not doing the Abigail stuff this time around. The show is going to be completely different and hopefully we’ll get to the U.S. too.”
When asked about his memories of recording Abigail back in the 80’s “December 1986 I think we entered the studio so we kind of knew each other pretty good at that time and we played well together since we just finished touring. So we got into the studio with good songs and it just felt great. At that the time I really think we captured a great atmosphere on the whole album that was just something magic with the songs. I felt very creative and the band was on fire, really on fire.” KING DIAMOND DVD/Blu-ray, "Songs For The Dead Live", will be released on January 25 via Metal Blade Records.
Graspop Metal Meeting track listing 01. Out From The Asylum 02. Welcome Home 03. Sleepless Nights 04. Halloween 05. Eye Of The Witch 06. Melissa 07. Come To The Sabbath 08. Them 09. 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 01. Out From The Asylum 02. Welcome Home 03. Sleepless Nights 04. Eye Of The Witch 05. Halloween 06. Melissa 07. Come To The Sabbath 08. Them 09. 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