Kim Bendix Petersen Heavy metal Artist

Kim bendix petersen

Kim Bendix Petersen (born June 14, 1956 in Copenhagen), better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Grammy Award nominated Danish heavy metal musician. As a vocalist, he is known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his usage of falsetto. He is the lead vocalist for both Mercyful Fate and the eponymous King Diamond. King Diamond's first heavy rock band was called Brainstorm (1974–76), with Jeanette Blum (Jean Blue) vocal and bass, Michael Frohn (Mike West) guitar and Jes Jacobsen (Jesse James) drums. King Diamond left Brainstorm and began singing with a local Danish hard rock band Black Rose. It was during this time in Black Rose that King Diamond began experimenting with horror themed theatrics as well as shaping a malevolent quasi-Satanic stage persona. In 1980, he left Black Rose and joined the punk-metal band Brats where he met Hank Shermann. Soon after, the two of them were asked to help Michael Denner (also formerly a member of Brats) with his own project Danger Zone. This band included Timi Hansen and the mentioned musicians would join with King Diamond in 1980 to become Mercyful Fate.

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Date of birth
June 14th, 1956
Places lived
Copenhagen , Denmark
pop. 569,557 (2014)

Musical acts

1.King Diamond & Black Rose Heavy metal

Black Rose was a Danish hard rock / heavy metal band with King Diamond on vocals. The band was started in 1979, largely inspired by bands such as Judas Priest, Deep Purple and Golden Earring. King Diamond already had a very theatrical stage act, for which he later got fame in Mercyful Fate. The band broke up in 1981 as King Diamond joined punk metal band Brats in November 1980.

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2.Mercyful Fate Speed metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Doom metal, Black metal

Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by prog and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations. After several line-up changes and self-made demos, Mercyful Fate released their self-titled EP in 1982, with the line-up of King Diamond, Hank Shermann, Michael Denner, Timi Hansen and Kim Ruzz. With this line-up the group recorded their first two studio albums, until 1985 when the band broke-up due to musical differences. In 1993, four out of the five members of Mercyful Fate reunited to record the album In the Shadows, which was released the same year. During the 1990s, the band released four more studio albums and went through several line-up changes.

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Kim Ruzz
1982 1985
1982 1996
1993 1994
Bjarne T. Holm
Hank Shermann
Benny Petersen

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3.Brats Heavy metal, Hard rock, Punk rock

Brats was a Danish band formed in 1977 as a punk band. Original line-up featured Hank Shermann on guitar, vocalist Franz De Zaster, drummer Eddie Haircut and bassist Mickey Rat. After recording songs for Danish Pære Punk compilation, the band split up in 1979, not much later reforming as a heavy metal band with new members. Hank Shermann was the only original member left, and he recruited bass guitarist and vocalist Yenz Leonhardt, drummer Lars Monroe and later second guitarist Michael Denner. This line-up signed a contract with CBS. After one full-length album, 1980, Denner left and was replaced by Carsten van Der Volsing. Yenz was replaced with King Diamond on vocals. Up to that point, the band was a hybrid of punk and metal, but King didn't want to sing punk rock, so the band started to write heavier songs than before. It was also at this time, that Krolmark became Shermann. CBS didn't like the new material, so the band quit the contract. Yenz and Monroe left the band, and the rest of the band became Mercyful Fate with new drummer Jan Musen. In 2008, the band released The Lost Tapes: Copenhagen 1979, which was actually their first album, but was never released before.

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Hank Shermann

4.King Diamond Heavy metal, Progressive metal, Power metal, Black metal, Speed metal, Thrash metal

King Diamond is a Danish heavy metal band formed in 1985 by vocalist King Diamond, guitarists Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner, bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Mikkey Dee. Diamond, Denner and Hansen had recently departed the group Mercyful Fate, and decided to form a new band under the King Diamond moniker, as it was already known from the Mercyful Fate days. In 1985, King Diamond released their debut album Fatal Portrait. Since then the band have released a total of twelve studio albums, two live albums, two extended plays, five compilations and five singles. Since the band's inception, there have been over fifteen musicians in and out of King Diamond, with the only two mainstays being vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Andy LaRocque. In 1987 the band released their second studio release Abigail. Throughout the 1980s, King Diamond released a total of four studio albums. In the early 90's, the band was put on hold when King Diamond reunited with his former outfit Mercyful Fate. After reforming King Diamond in 1994, Diamond would balance recording and touring with both Mercyful Fate and his eponymous band throughout the 90's.

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1987 1989
1988 1990
1989 1994
1990 1993
Darrin Anthony
1995 1997
1998 2000
Anders Allhage
Herb Simonsen

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