Metallica Had Haunting Experience At King Diamond's Apartment


King Diamond has recalled an experience with Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in what he believes was a haunted apartment in Denmark in the 1980s.

Diamond made the revelation during a lengthy interview with Metal Hammer where he was asked his experience of being at the same studio complex as Metallica. (The thrash legends recorded their landmark "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" albums at the facility.

"Yes, that brings memories back for me of Ride the Lightning, but also Master of Puppets because they were both done at Sweet Silence," Diamond said. "They were checking out ideas at our rehearsal because it was in the same building they were working in. We would be rehearsing and they would come in and take over the rehearsal place after we went. I think that they had a few amps and other stuff that they brought up to use. We would be up there hearing riffs before it was released to anybody. I remember one night James and Lars came back to my apartment and we were all getting drunk with Timi and this American girl that was visiting from California. That was at my haunted apartment.

He then explained a "haunting" experience at the apartment, "I had a small apartment, it was up on the top floor and it was super haunted. I lived there for quite a few years and lots of people have experienced stuff up there. It's not just like when you got drunk, it would happen at any time. But that specific night, Timi was with this girl that he had met in California. He didn't tell her he had a girlfriend in Denmark, so when she came to visit she couldn't stay with Timi, so she stayed in my apartment.

"I slept on my couch in my living room and she slept in my bedroom. Timi came over and he was sitting with that girl on the couch in the living room, and there were bottles all over the coffee table. I had a foosball table in my bedroom and Lars, James and I were playing it. While we were playing, I heard this kabong sound, like things were being thrown around. It sounded like Timi had tried to get up and was so drunk he fell over the table and all the bottles flew everywhere.

"I opened the door and said, 'what the hell are you doing?' as I was looking straight over at him on the couch. He was sitting there with this girl, who's whiter than a sheet. I asked them, 'what's going on, man? What's going on in here?' Then I looked to the left of me, right in the corner there I had an altar with all kinds of stuff on. Everything from that altar was just spread all over the floor. I say, 'it's okay, it's them. Just don't worry. Everything's fine. I'll pick it up. Just continue whatever you're doing.'

"I started picking all the stuff up and putting it back where it belongs. An hour or two later, that girl - her name was Anita - went out to the bathroom and she was there for 20 minutes. I finally went out there to see if she was OK. I heard her crying in there, and I asked her, 'what's going on? Are you all right? What's going on?' She says, 'I can't get out. Something's growling at me and I can't get out. The door's stuck.' I tried the handle and it just opened. I walked in there and she told me again that there was something growling at her. We got her out of there. I bet James and Lars will never forget things flying off the shelves that night." Read the full interview here


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