King Diamond

Metallic Great Dane approaches 50

A Dane whose shrill voice is piercing enough to shatter thy cup of hallowed blood, King Diamond is one of the more recognizable (and bizarre) faces on the death-metal circuit. He's influenced a new crop of middle-aged Halloween metalheads who are tired of doing the Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper thing with white and black makeup. Since his days in '80s premier occult act Mercyful Fate, King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen) has been possessed by an obsession with Satan and shock-rock theatrics; this was clear on the group's progressive-metal classics like Don't Break the Oath and Melissa, which were released during the first half of the '80s. After going solo during the latter half of the decade, he unveiled releases like Abigail and Them. Then he returned to the coven and released a total of 11 albums, including this year's Puppet Master, to a mainly underground following. Sure, he's pushing 50, his Satanic shtick is not so much offensive as it is amusing, and his heyday has passed, but King Diamond's demonic legacy continues. King Diamond plays on Tuesday, November 18, with Entombed, Nocturne, and Single Bullet Theory at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $20, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call 954-564-1074.
 
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