Well King Diamond fans, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about a new album. Both King Diamond and Mercyful Fate are due for new albums. The King finally broke the silence on Eddie Trunk’s SiriusXM show “Trunk Nation”.

Writing-wise, we are far with both [KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE] albums. Andy [La RocqueKING DIAMOND guitarist] is doing a second run-through with his songs, the way he has been correcting a lot of things. Hank [ShermannMERCYFUL FATE guitarist] has done the same thing, and I’m waiting for those songs to come back. The story is written, even for both KING DIAMOND albums, ’cause [the new KING DIAMOND album] ‘The Institute’ will be a two-album story. And that story is finished completely. I have a lot of vocal ideas for what they have sent me. I am writing my own [songs musically] too.

60 percent of the KING DIAMOND [material], at least, will be mine — my songs — and all lyrics, naturally. MERCYFUL FATE also, I will be writing more in the direction of ‘Don’t Break The Oath’Hank will be writing more music than me, but I will certainly write my share too. Back then, on ‘Don’t Break The Oath’, I wrote ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Oath’ and ‘Come To The Sabbath’ and then this little piece together with Michael Denner‘To One Far Away’. So, it’ll be more like that — maybe Hank will have six songs and me four — but we’ll see how it turns out in the end. We’ll probably have too many songs.

But What About A Release Date?

The King finally had this to say about the upcoming releases:

The KING DIAMOND is next year for sure. MERCYFUL FATE will be ready to be released next year — a hundred percent sure too — but it will have to wait until KING DIAMOND is done, if you know what I mean. In the meantime, we’ll be getting the writing done.

The last music we saw from King Diamond was “Masquerade of Madness” from The Institute album. The band played the song on the opening shot of The Institute Tour. The last release for Mercyful Fate was 1999’s 9.

For longtime fans, we’ve been waiting a long time for this one. It might have to be a bit longer for both albums.

So, what do you want out of these two new albums?

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Source: Eddie Trunk’s SiriusXM Show