Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Well, friends of the metal persuasion, that time of year has rolled around again. The holiday season is upon us, time to show up on doorsteps with your electric twangers and sing songs about roasting nuts, burn down churches, and, most of all, it’s time to avoid all your repulsive metalhead friends that might have the nerve to expect a gift. But for those of you who just don’t seem to have that flare for hiding in your closet for two months straight, here are some wallet-emptying items they’re sure to find amusing.

Here’s the 2016 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide”¦

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Tragedy: “Sweet Caroline” Combines Neil & King Diamond
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Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond, that superfun mix of metal and disco/pop, has released another video, a delicious cover of everyone’s favorite bar anthem, Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline,” and starts in a found footage format.

Check out the new video and the Tragedy tour dates below.

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Black Metal Friday: Denner/Shermann “Satan’s Tomb”
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Michael Denner and Hank Shermann are the legendary guitar duo behind the pioneering Danish metal outfit Mercyful Fate (the band that also gave us King Diamond). These axe masters are back with a new eponymous band. Denner/Shermann has just released its debut EP via powerhouse label Metal Blade Records on October 2, 2015.

Satan’s Tomb contains 4 tracks that would have been right at home on any of Mercyful Fate’s classic albums. Sean Peck‘s vocals even bear a striking resemblance to King Diamond. The band is rounded out by bassist Marc Grabowski and drummer Snowy Shaw, the latter of whom is also a King Diamond alum.

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King Diamond To Perform ‘Abigail’ In Full On Fall Tour
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In the best metal news of the day, King Diamond has announced that they will be embarking on a fall tour of the United States with legendary Bay Area thrash titans Exodus providing direct support. Plus, they will be performing their legendary 1987 concept album Abigail in its entirety. Abigail was King Diamond’s second album after leaving Mercyful Fate and is widely considered to be a watershed moment in the extreme metal world.

The tour begins October 29th in Denver and winds its way through most major markets before concluding on December 5th in King’s adopted hometown of Dallas on December 5th. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am EST. Be sure to get yours quick as this tour is sure to be sold out in no time.

Continue below to see a full listing of all of the tour dates, and to enjoy the video for King Diamond’s “The Family Ghost.”

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Thrashback Thursday: Metallica “Mercyful Fate” With King Diamond
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Today’s Thrashback Thursday is a two-for-one deal. Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and King Diamond (aka Kim Bendix Peterson) are Danish countrymen. The two have been close friends for some time. Metallica even recorded their breakthrough second album, 1984’s Ride The Lightning in the studio owned by King Diamond and his band Mercyful Fate.

So strong is Metallica’s reverence for Mercyful Fate that they have, for many years, been performing a medley consisting of several of the band’s songs (“Satan’s Fall,” “Curse of the Pharaohs,” “A Corpse Without Soul,” “Into the Coven,” and “Evil”) which they simply call “Mercyful Fate.” A recorded version of the tribute appeared on Metallica’s Garage Inc.

When Metallica made a stop in King Diamond’s adopted hometown of Dallas Texas in 2008, they invited the King himself to join them onstage to lend his iconic lead vocals to the medley. Check out the footage of that performance here below.

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