KING DIAMOND: Update On New Blu-Ray/DVD And Next Studio Album
October 12, 2016
KING DIAMOND's November 2015 concerts in Philadelphia and Detroit during the "Abigail In Concert 2015" tour were filmed for the band's forthcoming DVD. The massive, multi-camera shoot was directed by Denise Korycki, who has previously worked with CANNIBAL CORPSE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE).
In a brand new update on KING DIAMOND's Facebook page, the band's singer and namesake wrote: "[KING DIAMOND guitarist] Andy La Rocque and our sound engineer Pontus Norgren have begun work on the sound files from the shows we recorded on the U.S. 2015 'Abigail' tour. Andy said he was surprised by how good it all sounds. I have personally seen a rough cut of the song 'The Possession', which was put together for us as a pre-taster by Denise Korycki who is in charge of the video project, and I can tell you it sounded and looked amazing!
"Everything has taken a little longer than we initially thought it would, but we now also have footage from our 2016 European summer festivals and we're reviewing that as well for inclusion in the DVD set.
"I can't tell you a release date at this moment, but we're definitely sticking our heads full time into this project now.
"Once we have finished work on the DVD, it will be time for writing and recording the next brand new KING DIAMOND studio album.
"2017 will be spent mostly on writing and recording, and we will also try to fit in a few special festival shows, performing the same set as on the 'Abigail' tour. We might even hit a few places we haven't been in a million years.
Fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND's November 13, 2015 performance at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below.
KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque told Artisan News about the making of the "Abigail" album: "I've actually got some great memories [from the recording sessions for the LP]. I remember the whole studio thing pretty well, actually. Back in… I think we started back in December 1986 to record it, after we got back from some touring and stuff, and some writing too, and rehearsing, of course. [It was a] very cold winter back in Copenhagen, you know. We spent about two months, I think, with the recording and the mixing. And the whole recording process, I thought, was very, very creative, and I think we just captured an amazing atmosphere on the whole album, which still, when you listen to it today, is, like, 'Wow!' You get back to the feel you had for it while you recorded it. So it's still a very cool and special album to me."
KING DIAMOND in 2002 released an album called "Abigail II: The Revenge", which was said to feature a storyline that was the sequel to the original "Abigail" LP.