In an unexpected twist, heavy metal’s iconic figure King Diamond has finally lifted the veil on the music video for “Masquerade of Madness,” a track that initially hit the airwaves digitally back in 2019. The reveal is not just a launch; it’s a resurrection of visuals that have been lying dormant for years, now brought to life to stir the Halloween spirit among fans.
The journey of “Masquerade of Madness” from an audio track to a visual spectacle is as twisted as the song itself. Originally filmed during an intense day-long session in the throes of tour rehearsals, King Diamond, alongside the creative duo David Brodsky and Allison Woest, poured night and day into capturing the essence of the song with a performance drenched in their full tour stage show’s theatrics.
Then, as the world was engulfed by the pandemic, the video, much like a spectral figure, faded into obscurity. King Diamond, in a recent revelatory moment, described the re-emergence of the video as a complete surprise, devoid of any need for critique, and after a few expert touches from guitarist Andy LaRocque, the piece was ready to see the light.
King Diamond shared his excitement, “I was speechless! I had nothing to criticize and after just a few notes from Andy LaRocque, the video for ‘Masquerade of Madness’ was finished!” He lauded the video’s atmospheric visuals, drawing a parallel to the mood evoked by the band’s music, and placed the video high on his list of favored works, alongside classics like “Sleepless Nights” and “Welcome Home.”
The video’s release, which aligns with the eerie aura of Halloween, is not merely a launch but a gift, a tribute to the faithful followers who have stood by King Diamond through the soundscapes of darkness and light. It’s a piece of art that promises to be more than just a fleeting moment in the vast expanse of heavy metal history. As the King himself puts it, “Happy Halloween, it’s not just a dream!”