Episode 50 is here! Can you believe it? 50 episodes? The wheel spins us the debut album from King Diamond from 1986 – Fatal Portrait! In unusual fashion, we get through this album in one episode! Get your Kung-Fu Grip Ready!
Fatal Portrait is the debut album by Danish heavy metal band King Diamond. It was produced by Rune Hoyer and released on 14 March 1986 through Roadrunner Records. Guitarist Andy LaRocque joined the album recording sessions at the last minute, as the band’s second guitarist at the time “wasn’t working out” in the studio.
As a result, it is the only King Diamond album which does not feature any writing credits from LaRocque. Recording a solo for “Dressed in White” functioned as his audition for joining the band. Along with The Spider’s Lullabye, it is one of the band’s only albums which is not a whole concept album.
Fatal Portrait has sold over 100,000 copies in North America alone. The title of the album comes from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Wilde describes the painting as “the fatal portrait” several times throughout the novel.
King Diamond – vocals, guitars on “Voices from the Past”
Andy LaRocque – guitars
Michael Denner – guitars
Timi Hansen – bass
Mikkey Dee – drums
King Diamond – production
Rune Höyer – production
Michael Denner – assistant production
Roberto Falcao – engineering
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