The cover artwork for KING DIAMOND's long-awaited new album, "Give Me Your Soul ... Please", has been posted online at this location.
Revolver magazine recently reported that KING DIAMOND's new CD was inspired by a painting called "My Mother's Eyes" which the band's distributor in Denmark stumbled across while surfing the Net (and which Diamond has since bought for the new CD cover). The more Diamond looked at the image of a battered blond girl with blood covering her white dress, holding out palms affixed with protruding eyeballs, the more it captivated and inspired him. "I can feel the energy of the front cover in all the songs we wrote, and it will definitely affect my lyrics," he promised.
KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque recently returned home to Sweden after "a very heavy and intense mixing session" in Dallas, Texas with King Diamond on "Give Me Your Soul ... Please". "It's definitely the best songs and production we've had in years!" Andy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "A rollercoaster of atmospheres and horror is a good way of describing" the new CD.
"Give Me Your Soul ... Please", will be released in North America on June 26 via Metal Blade Records. Massacre Records will issue the album in Germany on June 29.
"Give Me Your Soul ... Please" track listing (songwriting credits included):
01. The Dead (King)
02. Never Ending Hill (Andy)
03. Is Anybody Here? (King)
04. Black of Night (Andy)
05. Mirror, Mirror (King)
06. The Cellar (Andy)
07. Pictures in Red (Andy)
08. Gimme Your Soul (King)
09. The Floating Head (Andy)
10. Cold as Ice (King)
11. Shapes of Black (King)
12. The Girl in The Bloody Dress (King)
13. Moving On (King)
Diamond wrote the music for the new album from December 2005 through February 2006, then recorded the basic tracks in his basement.
"It classes over anything I've ever done," Diamond beamed. "The arrangements are more intricate, the production is better, and for the parts where there are violins, it sounds like we hired the Royal Philharmonic."
KING DIAMOND current lineup:
King Diamond - Vocals
Andy La Rocque - Guitar
Mike Wead - Guitar
Hal Patino - Bass
Matt Thompson - Drums
KING DIAMOND European tour dates:
Oct. 17 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall
Oct. 19 - Malmo, Sweden @ KB
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amager Bio
Oct. 29 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
Oct. 31 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Tradgarn
Nov. 02 - Linkoping, Sweden @ Koncert & Kongres (Metal Massacre III)
More dates will be announced soon.
KING DIAMOND in 2005 completed a U.S. tour with NILE, BEHEMOTH and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. A live CD, "Deadly Lullabyes Live", was issued in 2004.