Mayhem Festival’s Headliner King Diamond Featured on the Cover of Next Issue of Revolver — Read an Excerpt from the Cover Story
[futureusgallerycaption id=”attachment_74128″ align=”aligncenter” width=”379″] Illustration by Kalman Andrasofszky.
If artists like Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Iggy Azalea are the heroes of conventional rock and pop radio, the bands that comprise the lineup of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest— Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Sworn In and more—are its unabashed villains. So when it comes to the topic of supervillains, who better to talk to than these malevolent Mayhem-ers?
Below, read an excerpt from the issue’s cover story, written by Senior Writer Jon Wiederhorn. In this section, King Diamond discusses what superpower he would want, arch nemesis, his kryptonite, and more.
The next issue of Revolver will hit newsstands on May 26 and is available for purchase online right now. You can view the cover below, which was illustrated by DC Comics’ Jae Lee.
REVOLVER What would your superpower be if you were a supervillain?
KING DIAMOND Evil-eye mind control. As soon as you looked at me I would have full control over you. And I would use that power to make all the super- heroes go to war. It would be fantastic to see Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and all those guys systematically kill each other.
Who would be your arch nemesis?
People who try to censor art or music. In the ’80s there was the PMRC . They wanted any music with lyrics they considered offensive to be censored or stickered. They were trying to hurt Mercyful Fate. They would say what they thought the songs were about, and I would go, “What??! That sounds totally perverted! Is that what you think we wrote the song about? You’re the perverted one!”
What would be your kryptonite?
If anyone hurt children or animals in any way, that would really upset me. It might stop me in my tracks for a minute, but then you would die like no one has ever died. I might not even kill you. I might leave you like the guy in Metallica’s “One” video—forever alive but unable to do anything.
Who would play your evil character in a movie?
Johnny Depp. He’s an amazing actor. I love the way he can come across as a convincing character whether it’s some guy that gets messed up with guns or whether he’s on a pirate ship looking absolutely fantastic.