King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocqueduring an appearance on the Heels And Quads YouTube channel, talked about the progress the band has made on The Institutewhich would be the first LP in nearly sixteen years from King Diamond. Kingof course, has stayed busy over the years, especially lately with merciful destiny, who premiered their first new music since 1999 in June, and announced a major North American tour starting this fall. Still, King said in an interview with Cream last month that his new album will precede any new merciful destiny registration.
“[King] to focus on merciful destiny right now, but we talked a bit about [the King Diamond album],” said La Roque. “I sent him a bunch of songs in January that we started working on, arrangement-wise, in the spring. But then merciful destiny came in between. So as soon as they’re done with [the Mercyful Fate tour] in the fall, we’re going to pick it up and continue. So we have a bunch of songs. And then also King will write some songs too, of course. So there will be plenty of songs to put on the album, that’s for sure. So, yes, we are definitely working on it.”
You can watch the full interview with La Roque below.
At the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year, King Told Oran O’Beirne of Bloodstock Television this “[King Diamond] to have something very special for [The Institute]. It’s going to be a story of two albums. The release will take place next year. And shooting in the summer is the plan… but we’re building something you’ve never seen on stage before, not this way. And with the lightweight guy, he never did that either. … It’s very different, very sick. You will not have seen musicians standing on stage in this type of light. It will be very dark. [The musicians] must learn to play in dark areas. It’s crazy. I know our lightweight guy, he can’t wait for us to do it. I showed him pictures that have the kind of feelings I want, the kind of settings I want, stuff like that. … It’s going to blow people’s minds when they see it, I’m one hundred percent sure.”
In a previous interview with Cream, King revealed he and the CEO of Metal Blade Records Brian Slagel was planning to release a new King Diamond album before new merciful destiny album. He also added that “Masquerade Of Madness” – the standalone single he released in 2019 – probably won’t even be on the album and that “these will all be new songs”.
“We are working on it. Brian Slagel to Metal Blade said he wanted the King Diamond album to be released first. We won’t change [the schedule] simply because everything has been postponed, and [instead] it is Mercy play live. Andy sent me eight of his songs for the King Diamond album, but maybe that’s enough on his part for two albums…. I don’t even think “Masquerade of Madness” will be on the album. They will all be new songs.”
Meanwhile, merciful destiny will begin its fall tour at Kingis Dallas’ adopted hometown and will span coast-to-coast for 14 dates. They will be joined by Creator and Midnightand you can find those dates below.
10/25 Dallas, TX – The Factory
10/27 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theater
10/29 Inglewood, CA – Youtube Theater
10/30 Wheatland, CA – Hard Rock Live Sacramento
11/1 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
11/3 Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
11/4 Cincinnati, OH – Andrew J. Brady Music Center
11/5 Detroit, MI – Masonic
11/8 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/11 Brooklyn, New York – Kings Theater
11/11 Laval, QC – Place Bell
11/13 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
11/14 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/16 Atlanta, Georgia – Tabernacle
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