Perhaps a dark cloud reigns over me? Does the eye of mercy or fate gaze upon my own fatal portrait? This Wednesday, March 12 a dear family member moved on. He won't be buried in a graveyard; because, he exists forever in our memories. I'll be gallant knowing this; but still the revenge of deadly lullabyes linger. Them Ides Of March haunt like an evermoving conspiracy. I often feel spite, or I struggle to overcome my illness and mercurial mindset.
When an opportunity to converse with King Diamond arose, I instantly seized the moment. Even though I suffer from fever, I was not going to cancel this appointed discussion. This was the event to ensure my being Happier Than God. Providentially, the winter storm also affected Mr. Kim Bendix Petersen's house in Dallas, Texas. His damaged furnace led to us rescheduling. This was a true godsend!
One week transpired. I continued to feel depressed, under the weather, and constantly frustrated; yet, I braced myself, and prepared to engage in an active conversation with King, who, thankfully, did most of the talking. Give me your sole attention, please; and enjoy the discourse. All hail the King! He is a tormented genius: a diamond in the rough, whose back injury may have stymied his talent, temporarily; but, the Master purports to please fans during the hiatus, prepared for better times ahead.
MettleAngel: Well, actually I'm a bit down due to a tragic, sudden death in our family. I'm still feeling quite ill. I did not want to cancel this interview though, as we had to postpone the previous one, because of your broken furnace, last week.
MettleAngel: (Laughs) Up in the attic; sleepless nights, ha, ha... this is a good way to break the tension with a bit of humour; even if unintentional. I can imagine how much snow you encountered, we were hit hard by the storm here as well.
MettleAngel: I am here in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the blizzard last Friday buried us.
MettleAngel: Weather, like people is ambivalent and mercurial. I can relate to this on more than one level. Let's discuss your back injury, given this debilatating circumstance, is there any chance of rescheduling the cancelled US tour? I was so anticipating the tour last year which was originally booked for this April with Kreator, Leaves' Eyes, & Cellador.
MettleAngel: With so much time on your hands, given your bad back, does this allow for more time to write and create?
MettleAngel: I can only imagine what you must be going through. I can identify with being limited physically, in one's creative abilities and recreation. The pain must be immense, that combined with not being able to write, would really cause me to "lose it". I'm confident, given your good nature, that some good will come out of all this testing and travail?
MettleAngel: Wow, some vintage Mercyful Fate and King Diamond material would definitely please old fans like myself, and new fans alike.
MettleAngel: That sounds killer! I sure look forward to seeing both acts. What do you think of all the youger audience getting into the classic King Diamond material? They have discovered your music by listening to the artists who are heavily influenced by both your bands. Some through Black Metal musicians, others from bands like Widow, or even All That Remains, whose guitarists are influenced by yours' and Andy's style.
MettleAngel: You are a genius! You create amazing music and involved characters. I've always considered you the Stephen King of metal with so many amazing stories unfolding.
MettleAngel: I've always been amazed with your vocal style and your ability to create such character nuances, with a certain vocal style.
MettleAngel: I love your vocals, they are so unique and so prismatically conceptual. Tell me a little bit about your involvement with Kevin Smith and "Clerks II".
MettleAngel: I love the scene when they re-enacted scenes from Them, freaking out the younger kid. I love how King Diamond is becoming known through the work of Kevin Smith.
MettleAngel: Speaking of movies, are you familiar with a motion picture called "The Messengers"?
MettleAngel: It's a really good movie and amazingly similar to the story line of Give Me Your Soul... Please.
MettleAngel: I'm not suggesting they borrowed from you; actually the movie was released on DVD the same month as your new CD. It is striking how similar the plot is with the 'haunted kids'. It's like the Cliff Notes for the Give Me Your Soul...album. People who are confused about your concept could learn a lot. I know you wrote your story and it's very subjective and personal. This movie merely provides more insight into the overall phenomena.
MettleAngel: Speaking of the new video, how has the response been for this?
MettleAngel: I noticed some similarity to Sleepless Nights in the video as well...
MettleAngel: King, you always keep it real, and the new album is no exception. I think with each subsequent release you have grown and matured, you are on your own spiritual journey to discover the real truth- the hidden meaning: gnosis. This is what I call a voracity for veracity: a hunger for truth.
MettleAngel: It is my dream to meet you in person and wax poetic. We have so much in common. I know you respect Lavey, are you familiar with Ayn Rand?
MettleAngel: I think Ayn's writing even influenced Lavey as much as Nietzche.
MettleAngel: Yes, speaking with you has raised my emotional level, as well. It is such an honour and privilege. I truly want to converse with you in person. Incidentally, my family on my Grandfather's is from Copenhagen, Denmark. You have been such a major influence in my life for two decades. Thank you again from my heart to yours!
MettleAngel: Definitely! Thank You again for everything!