Danish metal legend and dude who likes to help the elderly out of their chairs King Diamond has been working on new material for some time. In a new interview with Creem, he said plans are in the works to get his next record out before Mercyful Fate does.

“We’re working on it. Brian Slagel at Metal Blade said he wants the King Diamond album to be released first. We’re not going to change things just because everything has been postponed, and now it’s Mercy playing live. [King Diamond guitarist] Andy [LaRocque] sent me eight songs of his for the King Diamond album, but that’s maybe enough for his share for two albums. The story will be over two albums.”

Back in 2019, King Diamond debuted his latest song, “Masquerate of Madness” during that year’s Hellfest. Yet while plans remain in place for his next release to be a double album set in a 1930s mental institution, that particular song likely won’t be in the track list, instead letting the record feature “all new songs.”

“It’s going to be totally asylum 1930s, the pioneering of experimenting with human beings, medically, and all this sick shit like that,” he said. “We want to do some stuff onstage… I don’t want to say it now because it has to be a surprise. But it’s going to be very horror. When this is done with Mercy here, we will focus 150% on King Diamond, getting it all done and recorded.”

You can catch King Diamond on tour with Mercyful Fate at a handful of upcoming festivals this month.

Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic

Aug. 13 – Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK

Aug. 21 – Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV