Helium-voiced Dane King Diamond has been best known as the frontman of heavy metal outfit Mercyful Fate since 1981, but the heavily made-up singer and black metal pioneer has also had a very successful solo career. His debut, Fatal Portrait, came out in ’86, but it was Abigail in ’87 and then “Them” the following year that really saw his rise as a solo artist. The latter in particular is a bonafide metal classic, with its high horror concept, super infectious tunes and genuinely unsettling tone. The Institute, scheduled for release via Metal Blade next year, will be his 13th solo studio album, and he rarely lets the quality drop. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idlehands also play.
King Diamond plays with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 1 at the Wiltern.
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