From the graveyard setting to the black and white film stock, this vision takes dealing with the dead to a whole new level.

Whenever I’m ready to dig my own grave the music of King Diamond resurrects me. From his diabolic days with Mercyful Fate to the ghostly elements in his music of today, King Diamond has always told a story that horrifies and entertains.

I’ve seen King Diamond numerous times in my life but by far the best concert I attended was the Conspiracy tour in 1989 which was held at the famed Gateway Theater (5216 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630). Built in the 1930’s, it seemed a fitting place to conclude the ghostly tale originally introduced on the album Them.

Conspiracy has always been one of my favorite King Diamond albums, a record I still jam to this day. One of my all-time favorite tracks is “Sleepless Nights”. The guitar solo of Andy LaRocque shakes my very soul and I cannot imagine a world without it.

The music video for “Sleepless Nights” is a ghostly masterpiece. From the graveyard setting to the black and white film stock, this vision takes dealing with the dead to a whole new level. The bloodless colors enhancing the shadows and fog, giving the vision an eerie silent movie appeal. I was half expecting Nosferatu to appear on screen at any moment. The offering does feature clips from Mario Bava‘s The Mask Of Satan (Black Sunday) and John Llewellyn Moxey’s The City Of The Dead (Horror Hotel).

I especially like the ending where the black and white motif is disrupted by the red blood on King’s face!

King Diamond is an undisputed icon of the extreme. His unique delivery and frightening persona have put him into a class all his own. He’s always made me feel the afterlife, no matter how enigmatic, is possible. Whenever my nights are sleepless I think of the King and his tales of the macabre. Knowing I don’t have to tend to the graves of the dead makes me feel better. \m/

King Diamond (1989):

King Diamond – Vocals
Andy LaRocque – Guitars
Hal Patino – Bass
Pete Blakk – Guitars
Mikkey Dee – Drums (Guest/Session)
Roberto Falcao – Keyboards (Guest/Session)

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