Once thought gone, collateral damage in the fallout from the pandemic era, the music video for King Diamond's 2019 single, "Masquerade of Madness" is now getting proper release appropriately enough on Halloween.
Working with David Brodsky and Allison Woest of MyGoodEye Visuals, footage for the video was shot back in 2019 only to be shelved in the wake of the pandemic pause.
The track marked a landmark moment for the band, serving as then, the first new single from King Diamond to land in some twelve years. Now, more than four years later, fans are finally getting to experience the complete vision of the single intended to debut back in 2019.
King offered a full account of the timeline of "Masquerade of Madness" revealed that while the final product took an extended amount of time to materialize, it has become one of his favorite offerings from King Diamond to date.
"'Masquerade of Madness' was released digitally in 2019 before our North American tour. During rehearsals, we took one full day to film 'Masquerade of Madness' with David Brodsky and Allison Woest. We spent all day and all night recording while performing the song with our full tour stage show choreography. After the tour, covid happened.
The video was all but forgotten as the world came to a standstill - we never saw a single frame from all the footage. Years later, as things began to pick up and writing began for both new Mercyful Fate and King Diamond records, we wondered, what happened to that video from four years ago? So we decided to check in with David Brodsky and a couple of weeks later, we had the first cut of the video.
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! There's so much mood and black and white is used in a perfect way with Jodi's performances. The visuals fit the music flawlessly and this is now among my favorite King Diamond videos along with 'Sleepless Nights' and 'Welcome Home' - and not to forget of course, our double live DVD."
King added that the single will now be part of a special physical release from King Diamond. "This new video and the release of 'Masquerade of Madness' on 12" vinyl is our Halloween gift to the fans. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Happy Halloween, it's not just a dream!"
The 12" vinyl LP release includes "Masquerade of Madness", as well as "Welcome Home (Live at Graspop)", and "Arrival (Live at Graspop)"- all available for the first time on vinyl. The "Masquerade of Madness" 12" release also features a collectable paper mask and will be available in four color variants worldwide.
Pre-order the release via Metal Blade Records - HERE