Welcome Home

Today marks the 29th anniversary, somewhere in the world, of King Diamond’s third opus “Them” hitting record stores, the first of two conceptual releases about “King’s” mentally ill grandmother. 

“Them” in this case are the voices that a young King hears around the house, and “they” are controlling King and Missy’s mother. It all ends up in death, mayhem and incarceration, then concluded (in a fashion) with the following release Conspiracy. 

Besides the mini post I’d featured a few weeks ago for the 31 songs in 31 days project I can’t comprehend that it’s taken me so long to post a second King Diamond track properly. December 2015 was my last foray in to the psyche of Kim Bendix Petersen, which really shocked me and that was only posted because it was a Christmas influenced piece of music. 

The Great Dane most definitely has a marmite sound. You either love his vocal delivery or hate it. I know a few people who like it for the musicianship, then their  interest dissipates as soon as Mr Petersen let’s rip. I enjoy that kind of vocal delivery and range  and I like the intricate tales that he weaves with his lyrics. It’d be interesting to view if any Hollywood moguls got involved in a reimagining if the two albums.  Failing that I’d like to see a “Them” tour. Over the last few years the band have been playing the seminal Abigail album in full and a concert DVD is in the pipeline, I’d really like to see that trend carried on with the following pair it albums. 

I got a bit confused with what track I was posting when I started tapping away as I initially looked for the Sleepless Nights promotional video, then I realised that was on the following album. My hopes were briefly dashed then I came across a video for Welcome Home, which I had never seen until this afternoon.  You’re never too old to learn something new! 


Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 31/31

Day 31 – A song about insanity. 

Annihilator – Alison Hell 

And now, the end is near; 

And so I face the final curtain.

My friend, I’ll say it clear, 

I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; 

But then again, too few to mention.

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course; 

Each careful step along the byway, 

And more, much more than this, 

I did it my way.

I’ve had fun with these 31 tracks and I think Ol’ Blue Eyes sums up the last month where I’ve managed to post something everyday for a whole month (and some). It’s the first time that’s happened, and originally the plan for this blog. Maybe I’ll incorporate more short blocks of text in the future. 

Nineteen bands have been from the United States, four from England, three Germans and one each from Switzerland, Canada, Denmark and Finland, and only one band repeated. Maybe a bit lopsided towards the thrash metal genre and the 1980’s, but it’s the ones I like most. I could have easily done all 28 with Metallica tracks, with some slight interpretations of the original questions. There were so many bands I wanted to do and I could do all 31 questions multiple times without repeating tracks or bands – apart from the specific artist questions. 

Thanks for reading everyday for a month. 

Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 15/31

Day 15 – Song with ‘blood’ in the title.

Forbidden – Chalice of Blood 

At first it was going to be Bonded by Blood. Then I remembered this!

Before the advent of iPods and track shuffling options this song was on a good 90% of mix CDs I used to make for the car. Passengers must’ve rolled their eyes in despair at this song again. 

Heavy Metal Month Listening Challenge 8/31

Day 8 – Something to get stoned to. 

Sanctuary – White Rabbit

Not something that’s in my mindset really. Tried it once in 1994 and I felt rough for a day and a half. 

I don’t have any mood playlists, so I don’t really know if you need a particular style of music to achieve a certain task. 

This song is loosely about drugs so it’ll do. 

Suit And Tie Guy

A week ago I was crammed into a tiny venue with 400 other like minded thrashers and punks awaiting the arrival of seminal crossover quartet DRI (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles). It was over 30°C outside by the time they hit the stage with Who Am I? it felt like we were watching a band perform in a furnace. 

It was only my second time seeing the band live, mainly due to an apparent reluctance by promoters to book them outside of London and when they do there have been very few dates in the centre of the country.  Their last UK tour consisted of visits to Norwich, Glasgow and London which was ironically the closest gig. Three years prior to that London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Cardiff. 

They’ve played around three dozen shows on British soil since their first visit in 1987, but since 1990 only 14 over here and only one of those dates was within driving time of my house, Manchester 2011 which I some how managed to miss. 

Their 1985 album Dealing With It!, 25 tracks in 34 minutes, was one of the records that I borrowed from a school friend when I was expanding my musical horizons. Follow up album Crossover was also in the infamous pile. Because I didn’t take to the short sharp punk blasts on Dealing With It! instantly I swerved the second album. 

It wasn’t until I rediscovered the band a few years later when I had 4 Of A Kind thrust into my hands and first heard Suit and Tie Guy that I later realised what an error I’d made earlier. As the albums progressed the punk vibes subsided and they became more thrash orientated. 

A trio of albums followed and their musical output subsided until their 10 minute EP But Wait… There’s More! surfaced last year, 21 years after Full Speed Ahead. Apart from the band running through all five of the tracks during their set, this release has passed me by. Something else that needs rectifying. 

With the growing popularity of bands like Iron Reagan, Municipal Waste, Power Trip and the like, it’d be great to see these guys gracing one of the stages at Bloodstock for an hour.