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King Diamond talks new album, struggles with recovery, and drinking with Metallica

Posted by on July 2, 2014

king-diamondFirst we get rumors of King Diamond touring, then we actually got confirmation of King Diamond touring, and now it’s coming to light that the legend himself plans on writing a new album. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, King spoke about an album coming in the future as well as some of the hardships of his recovery.

When asked about working on a future album, this is what he had to say:

“We’ve done a lot of stuff. We are going in some new ways that are going to be amazing. I’ve been building a studio so I can do my vocals at home. Once it’s completed, we can start recording. I have a title for a new record, but I won’t say it. [The record] will encompass the things I need to write about after what I went through. But I can’t say much about it because I haven’t talked to the rest of the band about it.”

When asked about how life post-surgery has been, he wasn’t afraid to get into detail about what he went though:

“I have a braided, metal wire going down the middle of my chest, underneath my skin. I saw it on an X-ray of it; it looks like a piece of jewelry. When they sawed me open to do the operation, my ribcage was like a double door, to be blunt. They put the wire in to help it grow back together. I’m lucky. You can barely see where I was glued together. I can’t take painkillers, because they thin my blood. So when I have pain, I have to live with it. But that’s how it is. To get a second chance is amazing.”

The interview wasn’t all doom and gloom, Diamond has this to say when asked what it was like drinking with the guys of Metallica:

“We used to see who could get the other to cancel a few interviews on tour, by giving each other hangovers. Lars got me good one time in San Antonio. We went to a club, and it was tequila night. Man, I could barely walk the next day. But I got him back another time, where he actually had to admit that he had to cancel all his interviews. It was just some of the good, old fun times.”

The full interview with Rolling Stone is available here.

While we wait for the future release, we always have the Grammy Nominated “Room 24” by Volbeat ft. King Diamond

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