KING DIAMOND'S "A MANSION IN DARKNESS" QUARANTINE COVER COLLABORATION FEATURES MEMBERS OF LET US PREY & MORE
KING DIAMOND'S "A MANSION IN DARKNESS" QUARANTINE COVER COLLABORATION FEATURES MEMBERS OF LET US PREY, EVILE, EXODUS, THE IRON MAIDENS AND KING DIAMOND'S OWN BAND
Marc Lopes, vocalist for Boston-based melodic power/thrash group LET US PREY, is the voice behind a new all-star quarantine cover of KING DIAMOND's classic song, “A Mansion in Darkness”, from his 1987 landmark record, “Abigail”. The cover was born out of a conversation between guitarists Courtney Cox (THE IRON MAIDENS) and OL Drake (EVILE) about collaborating together on a virtual jam session. Cox suggested one of her favorite KING DIAMOND songs for the cover, and from there they reached out to bassist Jack Gibson (EXODUS) and drummer MATT THOMPSON (KING DIAMOND). The big question mark was who would handle vocals, to which Cox's reply was “I know a guy.” Lopes was asked to round out the collaboration and stepped up to the daunting task of delivering his take on the King's demonic growls and masterful falsetto. The final result according to all parties involved was a “a total blast had by all doing this...for the love of METAL!”
The final video joining together all of the parts recorded by individual musicians was edited by Abel Hernandez and mixed/mastered by Par Mahn, and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/dtrZ4WrrFuE.
The cover of “A Mansion in Darkness” is how Lopes is starting 2021 after a very productive 2020. After starting 2020 with his vocal performance on ROSS THE BOSS' latest record, “Born of Fire”, Lopes delivered a shining performance on LET US PREY's first full-length album, “Virtues of the Vicious”, released by M-Theory Audio. The record – described by Ghost Cult as “imagine if Lamb Of God played power metal like Blind Guardian” or Heaviest of Art simply called “a rather glorious dose of heaviness” - seamlessly blended elements of seemingly disparate genres. LET US PREY's mix of thrash, death, power and progressive metal elements were underpinned with industrial samples and symphonic keyboards, while Lopes matched those effortless shifts with his vocal performance, excelling at thrash/death metal growls, soaring melodic vocals, and searing Halford-esque highs with layered harmonies. “Virtues of the Vicious” also featured guest appearances from a number of notable metal musicians, including Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Testament), Jimi Bell (House of Lords, Autograph) and the late Oli Herbert (All That Remains). The music video for “Halo Crown” - featuring Donais' performance – can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vLDRDDyuGHk.
The current situation involving COVID-19 has prevented LET US PREY from scheduling live shows, but once the time comes, the group will be ready to continue impressing audiences as they did prior to 2020 on stages in and around the northeastern United States alongside the likes of Soilwork, Suffocation, Soulfly, Life of Agony, Metal Church, Battle Beast, Doro and Scar Symmetry, among others.
The lineup for “A Mansion In Darkness”:
Marc Lopes (vocals)
Courtney Cox (guitar)
OL Drake (guitar)
Jack Gibson (bass)
Matt Thompson (drums)
LET US PREY is:
Marc Lopes (vocals)
Jon Morency (guitars)
Jesse Near (guitars)
Darin Moyen (drums)
Justin Brown (bass)