Happy Birthday to King Diamond, who turned 59 years old yesterday. King, born Kim Bendix Peterson in Copenhagen, Denmark continues to influence many artists and even after open heart surgery, King is still going strong. Let’s take a trip back to October 21, 1987 to the release of their second album Abigail, released on Roadrunner Records.
This was the first concept album by King Diamond, which tells the story of a young couple, Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey, who move into a mansion that La’Fey inherited in the summer of 1845. As they arrive, they are warned by seven horsemen not to move into the house, but they ignore the warning and move in. During the first night, Jonathan meets with his deceased relative, Count La’Fey, a.k.a. the Family Ghost. The ghost shows him a casket where the corpse of stillborn child, Abigail, rests and informs him that Miriam is carrying the spirit of Abigail inside her. The Count tells Jonathan that Abigail will soon be reborn and wants Jonathan to kill Miriam to prevent the rebirth. As the story unfolds we learn more about the Count and his wife. Abigail was born on the 7th day of the seventh month, July in 1777. The Count threw his wife down the stairs, causing her neck to break and in turn also killed Abigail, who was his illegitimate daughter.
The next day, we find out that Miriam is pregnant and as the fetus develops quickly, Jonathan contemplates throwing her down the stairs. Miriam, instead throws Jonathan down the stairs and soon after gives birth to Abigail. Miriam does not survive the birth, and Abigail is left all alone. The seven horsemen once again return, planning to kill Abigail.
Abigail has been reissued several times and has sold over 175,000 copies in North America alone. The lineup for Abigail includes: King Diamond – vocals, Andy La Rocque and Michael Denner – guitars, Timi Hansen – bass and Mikkey Dee – drums and the track listing for Abigail is:
3) A Mansion in Darkness
4) The Family Ghost
5) The 7th Day of July 1777
7) The Possession
9) Black Horsemen
The remaster includes 4 bonus tracks: Shrine, A Mansion In Darkness (Rough Mix), The Family Ghost (Rough Mix) and The Possession (Rough Mix) and King released a video for the track, The Family Ghost.
King Diamond had some health issues in recent years including several heart attacks and had to have triple bypass surgery in 2010. After his health scare, King quit smoking and lives a healthier lifestyle as of late, but continues to prove that the King will live on forever.