Song You Need to Know: King Diamond’s ‘Masquerade of Madness’ Is a Crushing Paean to Insanity

It’s been 12 years since everybody’s favorite corpse-painted Danish vampire, King Diamond, last rose from his crypt with new music and nine since a series of heart attacks sidelined him from touring for a few years. Now that he’s gotten some fresh blood and regained his sea legs, he’s back to his old shrieky self and has recorded a new ripper, “Masquerade of Madness,” which will appear on his new LP, The Institute, due next year.

The track has all the hallmarks of Classic King Diamond: plodding riffs (you know,
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