Mercyful Fate

Mercyful Fate

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Mercyful Fate is a heavy metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band was formed by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann in 1981. The original MF line-up shared members with another Copenhagen band, Danger Zone, whom Diamond and Shermann were helping out. By 1982, the "classic" Mercyful Fate line up of Diamond, Shermann, guitarist Michael Denner (ex-Brats and Danger Zone), bassist Timi "Grabber" Hansen (Danger Zone), and drummer Kim Ruzz was in place. Over the next couple years, the band would release an EP and 2 LPs that would cement their reputation as one the most influential metal bands of the early 1980s. King Diamond's blasphemous lyrics and theatrical stage presence would have many label the band as part of the 1st wave of black metal, although musically the band was closer to the style of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. The group split in 1985, as Shermann decided he wanted to pursue a more commercial direction. King Diamond launched a solo career, taking Denner and Hansen with him, while Kim Ruzz disappeared into the regular world.

The band's legend continued to grow after their split. In 1993, the classic line up, minus Kim Ruzz, reformed for a new album, "In The Shadows". Hansen dropped out after that release but the group continued on throughout the 1990s. At the same time, King Diamond kept his own solo career going. Michael Denner left the band after 1996's "Into The Unknown" and Diamond and Sherman continued on with new players. 1999's "9" is, to date, the band's last full-length release. King Diamond has stated that MF has not split up but the band is on hold for the foreseeable future. In 2009, Diamond, Shermann, Denner, Hansen, and drummer Bjarne Holm (who has played with the group since 1994) reunited to re-record the songs "Evil" and "Curse Of The Pharoah" for the "Guitar Hero: Metallica" video game.

Lineup:
King Diamond - vocals
Michael Denner - guitar (1982 - 1985, 1993 - 1996)
Hank Shermann - guitar
Timi Hansen - bass (1982 - 1985, 1993 - 1994)
Kim Ruzz - drums (1982 - 1985)
Snowy Shaw - drums (1993 - 1994)
Sharlee D'Angelo - bass (1994 - present)
Bjarne T. Holm - drums (1996 - present)
Mike Wead - guitar (1998 - present)
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Mercyful Fate Discography

Albums

RAVE-ON RMLP-002, RMLP-002 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate (MiniAlbum) Rave-On Records RAVE-ON RMLP-002, RMLP-002 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
LAT 1187, LAT-1187 Mercyful Fate Melissa (Album) Roadrunner Records LAT 1187, LAT-1187 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
RR 9835 Mercyful Fate Don't Break The Oath (Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9835 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
9 45318-2 Mercyful Fate In The Shadows (Album) Metal Blade Records 9 45318-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
210172-2311 Mercyful Fate Time (Album) Metal Blade Records 210172-2311 Czech Republic 1994 Sell This Version
CLAS 0071 Mercyful Fate Into The Unknown (Album) Metal Blade Records, Priority Records CLAS 0071 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
3984-14159-4 Mercyful Fate Dead Again (Album) Metal Blade Records 3984-14159-4 Malaysia 1998 Sell This Version
398414242-2 Mercyful Fate 9 (Album) Metal Blade Records 398414242-2 Canada 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

12 KUT 106 Mercyful Fate Black Funeral (Single) Music For Nations 12 KUT 106 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Pro-CD-8750 Mercyful Fate Egypt(CD, Single, Promo) Metal Blade Records Pro-CD-8750 US 1993 Sell This Version
CDMZORRO 78 Mercyful Fate The Bell Witch (EP, MiniAlbum) Metal Blade Records CDMZORRO 78 UK 1994 Sell This Version
14761-1 Mercyful Fate Evil (Re-Recorded 2009) (Maxi) Massacre Records 14761-1 USA & Canada 2009 Sell This Version
none Mercyful Fate, Sherry Kean Mercyful Fate, Sherry Kean - Evil / Sever The Ties(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

RR 49648, SPV-65-3927 Mercyful Fate Melissa & Don't Break The Oath(Cass, Comp) Roadrunner Records RR 49648, SPV-65-3927 UK 1984 Sell This Version
3111, none Mercyful Fate The Beginning (Comp) Roadrunner Records 3111, none Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
RRC 9117 King Diamond / Mercyful Fate King Diamond / Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting (Comp, Album) Roadrunner Records RRC 9117 US 1992 Sell This Version
RRD 9184 Mercyful Fate Return Of The Vampire (Comp) Roadrunner Records RRD 9184 US 1992 Sell This Version
FM 8196 Mercyful Fate The Curse Of Evil(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Roadrunner Records, Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal, FM Records FM 8196 Greece 1997 Sell This Version
RR8339-2 Mercyful Fate The Best Of (Comp) Roadrunner Records RR8339-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
1686-183572 Mercyful Fate Melissa / The Beginning (Album, Comp) Roadrunner Records 1686-183572 US 2003 Sell This Version
DBL CD RR 8268 2 Mercyful Fate Don't Break The Oath / Return Of The Vampire (Album, Comp) Roadrunner Records DBL CD RR 8268 2 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version