According to a report from Blabbermout.net, King Diamond held a new interview with Eddie Trunk on the June 21st edition of his SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, where he revealed both new albums from his solo band and the reunion of his legendary heavy metal outfit, Mercyful Fate will release in 2022.
He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Writing-wise, we are far with both [King Diamond andMercyful Fate] albums. Andy [La Rocque, King Diamond guitarist] is doing a second run-through with his songs, the way he has been correcting a lot of things. Hank [Shermann,Mercyful 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.”
He continued: “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.”
As for when fans can expect to see the new King Diamond andMercyful Fate albums released, King said: “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.”