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ABIGAIL King Diamond

WHEN THE GREAT KING DIAMOND STEPS ON STAGE AT THE O2 FORUM TO PERFORM THE WHOLE OF HIS 1987 CLASSIC ‘ABIGAIL’, WE REALLY NEED TO SIT BACK FOR A MINUTE AND UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE…

We live in the age of full albums performed live, and that’s been done to such an extent that most of the magic has been emptied of these supposedly ‘special’ shows. But ‘Abigail’ is not only a stone-cold classic record, it is also a record that actually demands to be heard, and performed, in its glorious entirety. It was the first, and in many ways still the finest, of the King’s attempts at a concept album, a particular category in which the great Dane has become an undisputed ruler, especially in the eyes of horror fans. Fast approaching the completion of its third decade of existence, it’s a story and an album that still amazes and chills to the bone today.

“There are a lot of things to remember from that time period, both good and bad,” King Diamond himself starts when we ask him to time-travel within his mind to the period when ‘Abigail’ did not exist yet. “We were at the rehearsal studio and had been writing the songs for a while, and it was actually during a huge thunderstorm that the whole concept of the record came together,” he says. “It was a very rare occasion, actually I don’t think it ever happened again, on which I got the entire story, names and everything, written down in one night. I woke up with all these thoughts and didn’t dare to go back to sleep because I was scared I was going to lose a lot of things I was thinking of at that moment. So I made a big pot of coffee and started working through the entire night. It was already morning when I felt I had enough ideas on paper that I thought I could go to bed.”

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This month’s cover stars are 25 years old this year and have just released their tenth album, so for Katatonia it’s a double whammy. But with age comes clarity and knowledge and as you’ll have heard for yourselves, the band’s new release ‘The Fall Of Hearts’ is such a brilliant piece of melancholic metal. Perhaps not the most obvious of coverstars, it’s safe to say that Katatonia deserve the honour through consistently delivering awesome albums and going the distance when others have fallen by the wayside. I know you’ll enjoy José’s story as much as I did reading it for the first time. This issue is packed, as always, with a cross-section of brutality and extremity and was brought to you as certain staff members recover from two of the best festivals in the calendar – namely Roadburn and Ritual Festival. You can read about both in this ‘ere issue too.
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