Sex Pistols are rightfully maligned as a marketing gimmick, and they had their influences, but they were among a slew or other bands that were in the same vein. Like Dracula, The Wolfman or The Mummy is to nearly a century of film scares, this record serves as an aesthetic monument to its medium. Originally, 11 shows were booked, but it turned out that Mercyful Fate would only play one. We do not discriminate artists with regards to genre, religion or political belief. Officially licensed, hand-painted, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity printed on the back.
The next day, they performed a set at The Countdown Cafe in Hilversum, which was broadcast live on Dutch national radio. Fellow thrash metal band Metallica recorded a medley of Mercyful Fate songs on their 1998 cover album. How many of those dudes picked up a guitar to be like Ace Frehley? In February 1999, Mercyful Fate began recording the album , which was released on May 15, 1999. This is now available for pre-order. Heck, apart from Don't Break the Oath and the band's more divisive reunion disc In the Shadows which I happen to favor, others not so much , it's probably the one mandatory purchase in their discography.
In the Shadows is intelligent, it's intricate, and it's thoroughly innovative despite such a strict adherence to the band's lyrical aesthetics and traditional 80s style. But In the Shadows has an atmosphere of its own. Thomas Holm's cover art is remarkable, a screaming skull that bleeds hellish red light and gives a sense of sheer monument. After a number of concerts around Denmark, Mercyful Fate entered the studio in May 1984 to record their second studio album , which was released on September 7, 1984. Melissa still feels fresh and innovative, a more complex offering than what most of the group's British peers were capable of writing at the time, and also a hallmark of strong production values and deft musicianship.
Kickstarter or any other fundraisers should be posted in weekly threads. King Diamond and crew weren't leaping back into some trending rebirth of aesthetics in 1993. I simply can't imagine spending a Halloween without throwing this on the deck at least once. After several line-up changes and semi-professional demo tapes, Mercyful Fate released their in 1982. According to Shermann, Diamond's performance was very surprising, because he sounded very close to 's original vocals. In October 1997, Mercyful Fate began recording the album at the Nomad Recording Studio in. At the time I was fairly religious, and the lyrics to Number of the Beast still made me a little anxious.
These guys had a more workmanlike unity to their playing, where Andy's more like a one man exhibition falling somewhere between Randy Rhoads and Yngwie Malmsteen, regardless of whoever is backing him up. Various musicians have cited Mercyful Fate as an influence. On October 6, 1992, Roadrunner released ; a split-release featuring material from both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. What's more, the musical decisions here really seem to fit the individual tales of specters, seasons, shadows and other introspective gloom that dominate the lyrics. Mercyful Fate had such a classy comeback here that it's hard to imagine any long time fans not enjoying it, beyond those easily marginalized louts who seem to joy in clinging to some proscribed period of a band's work and then automatically rejecting everything exterior to that phase.
Then on 30 April, they began to work on the next release for the next 19 days, once again at Easy Sounds Studios. It might have taken time for some to adjust to King's eery and unnerving falsetto shrieks, which he lays on pretty thick throughout this, but there is no debating the amount of effort and professionalism in the compositions. The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Now looking back, this album seems like the only way you could top the previous October picks after bands like Master's Hammer, Deceased, and Paul Chain to say nothing of the almost-Budgie Deliverance. The Buzzcocks, The Clash, and The Damned were all big players as well, the Stooges had their part, Cock Sparrer was there. Kim Jensen's drums are loaded, with a nice slap to the snare and some great reverb to the kicks that really measure off well against the guitars, though the cymbals and hi-hat seem a fraction more muffled.
Perhaps the only tangible quip I could launch against Mercyful Fate's seminal debut is that, compared to the King's next six full-length records from both Fate and his solo band , I hold Melissa in somewhat lesser regard, owed largely to the fact that the sum songwriting is marginally less infectious. And then you look at their stage theatrics like breathing fire, spitting blood, and the costumes and make up. I enjoyed this more in 2003 than 1993, and now in 2013 that trend continues, to be reflected in my rating. The cover art for Melissa was done by Swedish painter Thomas Holm who also did King Diamond's Abigail and Them as well by Dark Heart which I am sure everyone is familiar with but I love it since it looks like a pulp paperback cover. One of the better overall European metal records of the earlier 80s outside England. The sophomore is the first I'll turn to when nostalgia summons, but this felt far more unique to me in 1993 than Oath did in 1984.
In 2005, Roadrunner Records re-released this album with several bonus tracks and a bonus. Influenced by and , with lyrics dealing with and the , Mercyful Fate were part of the in the early to mid-1980s. They aren't on there either and I don't think they should be, but they're definitely a better fit than fucking Rush. By this point, the King might be considered a master composer by any standard, so it's not unexpected that he can so carefully lay down each line, an author aware of every phrase before he dips his pen in the inkwell. Pacing and production are key here, integrating the critical moments of atmosphere with the thundering, primal speed metal melodies and swaggering grooves that would come to define the group's sound as it supported the chilling vocals, which in metal music had simply never gone so 'over the top' without losing the gravity and impact of their subject matter.
The leads are usually quite brief through the album, but none of the notes seem misplaced, and I'd rather a band give me some spikes of emotion and harmony rather than indulge themselves to the detriment of the songwriting. Stylistically, Rush may be more important, yes. Perhaps King Diamond's voice captures the absurd qualities of cheesy heavy metal but now in a sound which is respectable. It was the first song recorded in the initial session and the sound was not completely satisfying, so the track was reduced to a B-side only. Easily one of the best overall albums of all-time in my opinion.
But you just have to see how many bands formed because of Never Mind the Bollocks. The Damned and The Buzzcocks were there, but stylistically the Pistols had a farther reaching influence. On September 25, 1994, Mercyful Fate released the album , which was recorded and mixed at the Dallas Sound Lab during May—August 1994. It all began when Metallica, while recording in Copenhagen, borrowed amplifiers from Mercyful Fate and various other equipment. After the album's release, guitarist Michael Denner left the band and was replaced by. After leaving King Diamond, Michael Denner opened up a recordshop in Copenhagen, until 1988, when he formed the band Lavina which would later become Zoser Mez , along with former bandmate Hank Shermann. This line-up, consisting of King Diamond, Hank Shermann, bassist , drummer Kim Ruzz and guitarist Michael Denner, would go on to record the group's first two studio albums.