King Diamond to Reissue 'The Dark Sides' on Vinyl and CD Just in Time for Halloween

Updated: Oct 1


On October 30th, King Diamond will release CD and LP versions of The Dark Sides via Metal Blade Records.


Released in 1988, The Dark Sides contains five tracks and an outro, released on previous albums. However, the tracks are pretty unrelated, as most of King Diamond's albums were concept albums.


Some of you may even recall, Gene Simmons of KISS sued King Diamond for "copyright infringement," because Diamond's face paint somewhat resembled that of Simmons' "Demon" character. The lawsuit was dropped when King Diamond simply changed his face paint design...


The Dark Sides track-listing:

1. Halloween (previously released on Fatal Portrait) 2. Them (instrumental track, previously released on Them) 3. No Presents for Christmas (previously released as the A-side of No Presents for Christmas single; later as a bonus track on the 2007 remastered version of Fatal Portrait) 4. Shrine (previously released as the B-side of The Family Ghost single; later as a bonus track on the 2007 remastered version of Abigail) 5. The Lake (previously released as a B-side of Halloween single and as a bonus track on CD versions of Fatal Portrait) 6. Phone Call (previously released on CD versions of Them)


King Diamond adds, "These are not remasters. These are the albums as they were originally done in the old days from the original production masters. They retain all the original dynamics that were captured at the time. It’s very exciting to present these to fans as they were originally released."


The vinyl editions feature spined sleeves with a download card; the CD contains a mini-LP CD-insert. See below for an overview of available formats; pre-order your copies now at:

The Dark Sides CD and LP formats:

  • Hardcover digisleeve "mini-LP" CD

  • Orange / white marbled vinyl (US exclusive)

  • Charcoal marbled vinyl (US exclusive)

  • 180g black vinyl

  • Red / orange / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)

  • Maroon marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)

  • Peach skin brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

  • Black / white "melt" vinyl (EU webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)


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