Video: KING DIAMOND Performs At Slovenia’s METALDAYS Festival

Profanity TV has uploaded video footage of KING DIAMOND's July 26 performance at the Metaldays festival in Tolmin, Slovenia. Check it out below. KING DIAMOND in December signed a new three-album worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. After a six-year touring hiatus, KING DIAMOND triumphantly returned to the stage in 2012 for European festivals Hellfest and Sweden Rock. King, 56, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise. In a February 2013 interview with Metal Sucks, King Diamond stated: "I had to change my diet and become a nutritional expert, eat much better food. I stopped smoking; haven't had a drag. [My wife] Livia quit, too. We walk at least five days a week. "I felt the benefits during two shows we did [last year]. My voice is now clearer than when I started singing. It was like always driving a used car and suddenly you have enough money to buy a new car. It felt brand new! That's how my voice feels.

More Than A Dozen Arrests At MAYHEM FESTIVAL In Darien Center

According to The Batavian, more than a dozen people were arrested at last Sunday's (July 14) Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival stop at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, New York. In addition, 14 concert attendees were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and eight others were issued citations for possession of alcohol with intent to consume under 21. Among the arestees were a 42-year-old North Olmsted, Ohio man who was charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return; a 30-year-old Avon, New York male who was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with concert security inside the venue; a 36-year-old Olean, New York man who was charged with forcible touching after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a 17-year-old girl; and a 16-year-old Gowanda, York man, who charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of another's license after allegedly being found in possession of another person's NYS driver's license and marijuana.


German thrash metal veterans SODOM have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Bangalore Open Air festival on July 6 in Bangalore, India. Says the band: "We already had our suitcases packed and were ready to go. "We are awfully sorry to take these steps and we are deeply disappointed by this situation, but in the end there's the awareness that not everything is done to our entire satisfaction. "We are 'only' the musicians, who would have loved to rock India and we owe this to our fans, even more because we never performed over there, of course through no fault of our own. The one who botched this up will have to be confronted with the fans and the local scene for his faults.


Fan-filmed video footage of FIREWIND 's June 7 performance at this year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden can be seen below. Vocalist Apollo Papathanasio left FIREWIND in January and has been temporarily replaced by American singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter(BEYOND TWILIGHT, OUTWORLD, DARKOLOGY, ADAGIO). In a recent interview with Metal Assault, Gus G. stated about Apollo's departure: "People following the band for the past few years would know that we've had different session guys at the live shows even when Apollowas in the band because he just had to skip a few tours during the year. So whenever the schedule was getting too heavy for him and he would have to take care of stuff back home, we had to get other guys. So this time, he had to skip again and he was like, 'You know, instead of holding you guys back, I might as well just quit.' I think he did the right thing for him, for us as well, because we can only do that [getting session vocalists] so many times and we're better off trying to find a new permanent guy instead of getting replacements for a tour. So at least now we know that we have to find somebody new, and in a sense it's a bit sad, but at the same time it's some sort of relief." Asked if Carpenter is going to be the permanent replacement forPapathanasio, Gus said: "We don't know yet. We're not going to rush that decision. We're really happy with what he's doing on stage; he's doing a really good job. But we have this tour and then we have a few festivals back home and then FIREWIND might be on hiatus for a while, so we're going to see what we're going to do."