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 Tracks

Albums

Mercyful Fate - Mercyful Fate album art Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate (MiniAlbum, Album) Rave-On Records Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Melissa album art Mercyful Fate Melissa (Album) Roadrunner Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath album art Mercyful Fate Don't Break The Oath (Album) Roadrunner Records Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - In The Shadows album art Mercyful Fate In The Shadows (Album) Metal Blade Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Time album art Mercyful Fate Time (Album) Metal Blade Records Czech Republic 1994 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Into The Unknown album art Mercyful Fate Into The Unknown (Album) Metal Blade Records US 1996 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Dead Again album art Mercyful Fate Dead Again (Album) Metal Blade Records Malaysia 1998 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - 9 album art Mercyful Fate 9 (Album) Metal Blade Records Canada 1999 Sell This Version
MAB 156 Mercyful Fate - 9 album art Mercyful Fate 9(Cass, Album) M.A.B. Records MAB 156 Czech Republic 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mercyful Fate - Black Funeral album art Mercyful Fate Black Funeral (Single) Music For Nations UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Pro-CD-8750 Mercyful Fate - Egypt album art Mercyful Fate Egypt(CD, Single, Promo) Metal Blade Records Pro-CD-8750 US 1993 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - The Bell Witch album art Mercyful Fate The Bell Witch (EP, MiniAlbum) Metal Blade Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Evil (Re-Recorded 2009) album art Mercyful Fate Evil (Re-Recorded 2009) (Maxi) Massacre Records USA & Canada 2009 Sell This Version
none Mercyful Fate - Evil / Sever The Ties album art 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 album art Mercyful Fate Melissa & Don't Break The Oath(Cass, Comp) Roadrunner Records RR 49648, SPV-65-3927 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - The Beginning album art Mercyful Fate The Beginning (Comp, Album) Roadrunner Records Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting album art King Diamond / Mercyful Fate King Diamond / Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting (Comp) Roadrunner Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Return Of The Vampire album art Mercyful Fate Return Of The Vampire (Comp) Roadrunner Records US 1992 Sell This Version
FM 8196 Mercyful Fate - The Curse Of Evil album art 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
Mercyful Fate - The Best Of album art Mercyful Fate The Best Of (Comp) Roadrunner Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Melissa / The Beginning album art Mercyful Fate Melissa / The Beginning (Album, Comp) Roadrunner Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath / Return Of The Vampire album art Mercyful Fate Don't Break The Oath / Return Of The Vampire (Album, Comp) Roadrunner Records UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Pro-CT-8932 Mercyful Fate - Selections From "In The Shadows" album art Mercyful Fate Selections From "In The Shadows"(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Metal Blade Records Pro-CT-8932 US 1993 Sell This Version

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JonHarding

JonHarding

March 13, 2018
How come Curse of the Pharoah isn't listed? It was a fan club exclusive.
DeeDeeDrum

DeeDeeDrum

January 21, 2017
I bought a vinyl supposed to be "drunken in Stonehenge" of the band Queens of the Stoneage but while listening I had to find out it was NOT the band! After searching what appeared to be an eternity I finally found the band "mercyful fate". It's a live recording from Brazil (maybe from 1996!?)! More research explained there is no such Album with this particular playlist:
A1 ?
A2 Angel of Light
A3 Egypt
A4 curse of the pharaohs
A5 Doomed by the living dead
A6 the uninvited guest
B1 the bellwether
B2 satan's Fall
B3 ?
B4 come to the sabbath
B5 black funeral

I think it's the album "no mercy for the fallen" but I got a mispress ;)

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