As previously announced, King Diamond has revealed the title and theme for the first studio album in 12 years: The Institute! For a preview of this upcoming record, the new single, "Masquerade of Madness", has been launched today. Mixed by Andy Larocque at Sonic Train Studios (assisted by King Diamond), "Masquerade of Madness" can be heard now everywhere.
King Diamond comments: "'Masquerade of Madness' is one of the first King Diamond studio songs in a long time. It will be featured on a future two album horror concept story, of which the first part is titled 'The Institute'.
"The style is very classic King Diamond with lots of dynamics and limited amounts of compression to achieve very natural sounding vocals and instruments throughout the song. You'll find some complex orchestrations, including the typical choir works you're used to hearing from King Diamond, and a special thought process bringing vocals back to the forefront: 'All vocals are lead vocals.'
"Both Andy and I are presently working on several different songs with high potential for the upcoming album; all of which are absolute killers.We will continue this work when we're back from our North American tour in December, during which you can hear the live version of 'Masquerade of Madness'."