King Diamond @ Huxley’s Neue Welt, Berlin (DE)

KING DIAMOND

Date: 28th July, 2014
Venue: Huxley's Neue Welt
Ticket: €32.50 ($42)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It sure was a hot day in Berlin, but this didn't stop KING DIAMOND or a massive horde of fans squeezing into the even hotter venue for a few hours of entertainment. It's always exciting to visit new places and apart from the heat, I really liked Huxley's Neue Welt; good view over the rather high (which is a bit of a downside from a photographer of my height's perspective) stage and easy access to the bar. That sure is a plus on hot evenings in the end of July.

The effect at the beginning of a KING DIAMOND concert with the lights, fence, stairs and everything is really dramatic. It really tickles my nerves as the band marches down the stairs during "The Candle" and then how "Sleepless Nights" really sent shivers down my spine. He sure knows how to create an amazing atmosphere and it all sounded very good. King though excused himself in the first few songs saying his voice wasn't top notch that evening. I really didn't notice any deviations in the sound of his singing but perhaps he felt it. Learning that the show at 013 in Tilburg was cancelled a few days later, something must have been up. But sure nothing was noticeable at the show in Berlin at least.

I must say it's a little odd with Pontus Engberg on bass with KING DIAMOND, mainly since he's a guy I've seen in multiple Swedish bands over the years and I've never really thought of him being in to this type of Metal. Also, Hal Patino is the one who's been handling the bass and it always takes some time to get used to new members in favorite bands. But Pontus sure did a great job, he's an amazing bass player and for some reason he appeared much cooler on this stage than I've ever seen him before. Another absolute highlight of the show was the title track from "The Puppet Master"; this is absolutely one of my favorite KING DIAMOND albums and it's always great to get to hear songs from that live. One more part worth mentioning is the medley of "Tea"/ "Dreams"/ "Digging Graves"/ "A Visit From The Dead", especially the mix between "Dreams" and "Digging Graves" went so smooth and fitted so well together it might just as well have been song.

Despite the heat inside the venue, the crowd’s response was very good. But somewhere half through the show, it really showed there were no oxygen left in the place. It's a bit freaky when it becomes exhausting to even talk, let alone scream along to the songs. People around our little group started to look drained and soaked in sweat. But the spirit was still on top and people gave it all for the MERCYFUL FATE classics as "Evil" and "Come To The Sabbath". The main set ended with "Eye Of The Witch" which is another favorite of mine with its twisted riff and odd rhythms. People gave what they could to get KING DIAMOND back on to stage for the encores, even if people were really excited and looked damn happy at this point the humidity and lack of air really took the toll on people. But not so much King and his co couldn't be lured back on to stage for a few more songs. The show really was around 90 minutes, which is regular for any headlining gig. But as the encore kicked off with "The Family Ghost", it felt it just had begun (apart from us all being soaking wet and extremely hot of course) and that another hour worth of music easily could have gone down.

So, hell yes, it was absolutely worth the detour around Berlin going home from 'Headbangers Open Air' festival, not that this was any surprise. KING DIAMOND always deliver and I really haven't seen enough of it yet.

KING DIAMOND setlist:

01. “The Candle”
02. “Sleepless Nights
03. “Welcome Home
04. “Never Ending Hill
05. “Let It Be Done
06. “The Puppet Master
07. “At The Graves
08. “Tea/ “Dreams / “Digging Graves/ “A Visit From The Dead
09. “Evil
10. “Come To The Sabbath”
11. “Shapes Of Black
12. “Eye Of The Witch
13. “The Family Ghost”
14. “Black Horsemen
15. “Cremation
16. “Insanity

KING DIAMOND

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