Mercyful Fate (Official Thread)

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MERCYFUL FATE

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Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.

Mercyful Fate were a part of the first wave of black metal, along with other groups, such as Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer. Many of these groups helped establish the style upon which future black metal artists would later build. Unlike the other first wave bands, typical elements of Mercyful Fate's style are influences from progressive rock, epic 1970s hard rock and traditional heavy metal. As many of the band's songs featured lyrics about Satanism and the occult and King Diamond was among the first black metal musicians to use the now famous corpse paint, Mercyful Fate was a pioneer in developing black metal, although their musical style was not as much an influence as that of other first wave bands.

Discography


Melissa (1983)
Don't Break the Oath (1984)
In the Shadows (1993)
Time (1994)
Into the Unknown (1996)
Dead Again (1998)
9 (1999)

Compilations Albums

The Beginning (1987)
Return of the Vampire (1992)
The Best of Mercyful Fate (2003)

Extended Plays

Mercyful Fate (1982)
The Bell Witch (1994)

Songs & Videos

Melissa


Witches Dance


Evil


A Dangerous Meeting


Satan's Fall

 
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MERCYFUL FATE

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Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.

Mercyful Fate were a part of the first wave of black metal, along with other groups, such as Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer. Many of these groups helped establish the style upon which future black metal artists would later build. Unlike the other first wave bands, typical elements of Mercyful Fate's style are influences from progressive rock, epic 1970s hard rock and traditional heavy metal. As many of the band's songs featured lyrics about Satanism and the occult and King Diamond was among the first black metal musicians to use the now famous corpse paint, Mercyful Fate was a pioneer in developing black metal, although their musical style was not as much an influence as that of other first wave bands.

Discography


Melissa (1983)
Don't Break the Oath (1984)
In the Shadows (1993)
Time (1994)
Into the Unknown (1996)
Dead Again (1998)
9 (1999)

Compilations Albums

The Beginning (1987)
Return of the Vampire (1992)
The Best of Mercyful Fate (2003)

Extended Plays

Mercyful Fate (1982)
The Bell Witch (1994)

Songs & Videos

Melissa


Witches Dance


Evil


A Dangerous Meeting


Satan's Fall





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Great to see Mercyful Fate get their own thread. So far, we've kept the discussion about them in the King Diamond thread. Like so many others, I grew up listening to these guys and later King Diamond of course. Still consider them, and King Diamond solo, among my absolute favourites when it comes to heavy metal.
 

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Great to see Mercyful Fate get their own thread. So far, we've kept the discussion about them in the King Diamond thread. Like so many others, I grew up listening to these guys and later King Diamond of course. Still consider them, and King Diamond solo, among my absolute favourites when it comes to heavy metal.

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One of the best metal bands ever, whether you like King Diamonds vocals or not. I was lucky enough to see the Don't Break The Oath tour come thru Colorado in 1984. My photo here is from 1993.
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Hank Shermann/Mercyful Fate, Denver, Colorado, 1st. October, 1993
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Michael Denner and King Diamond/Mercyful Fate Denver, Colorado 1993
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Additionally, if I might add, some of the best twin or dual guitar playing as well. With Denner channeling old Michael Schenker and Shermann channeling something between Uli Roth and Richie Blackmore. Awesome early metal.
 

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