King Diamond releases new single ‘Masquerade of Madness’

King Diamond has released “Masquerade of Madness,” the lead single from “The Institute,” his first studio album in 12 years. Mixed by Andy Larocque and King Diamond at Sonic Train Studios, “Masquerade of Madness” can be heard below.

“‘Masquerade of Madness’ is one of the first King Diamond studio songs in a long time,” King Diamond said. “It will be featured on a future two-album horror concept story, of which the first part is titled ‘The Institute.’

“The style is very classic King Diamond with lots of dynamics and limited amounts of compression to achieve very natural sounding vocals and instruments throughout the song. You’ll find some complex orchestrations, including the typical choir works you’re used to hearing from King Diamond, and a special thought process bringing vocals back to the forefront: ‘All vocals are lead vocals.’

“Both Andy and I are presently working on several different songs with high potential for the upcoming album, all of which are absolute killers.
We will continue this work when we’re back from our North American tour in December, during which you can hear the live version of ‘Masquerade of Madness.’

“For now, we hope you’ll enjoy the brand new studio version of ‘Masquerade of Madness.'”

Catch King Diamond on the road now in North America with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands. Limited meet-and-greet packages with King Diamond are available for the first time ever on this tour at

King Diamond tour dates
with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Idle Hands

Nov. 8 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Tower Theater
Nov. 11 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric
Nov. 12 – Montreal, QC – M-Telus
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
Nov. 16 – Louisville, KY – The Palace Theatre
Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera
Nov. 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Palace Theater
Nov. 22 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
Nov. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Nov. 25 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount
Nov. 26 – Portland, OR – The Schnitzer
Nov. 27 – Vancouver, BC – The Queen Elizabeth
Nov. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Dec. 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Dec. 2 – San Diego, CA – Magnolia
Dec. 3 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
Dec. 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica

King Diamond lineup:
King Diamond – vocals
Andy LaRocque – guitar
Mike Wead – guitar
Pontus Egberg – bass
Matt Thompson – drums

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