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Encyclopedia > Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate
Origin Flag of Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre(s) Heavy Metal
Black Metal
Years active 1980–present
Label(s) Combat Records
Roadrunner Records
Metal Blade Records
Website covenworldwide.org
Members
King Diamond
Mike Wead
Hank Shermann
Bjarne T. Holm
Sharlee D'Angelo
Former members
Carsten van der Volsing
Souris
Michael Denner
Timi Hansen
Kim Ruzz
Snowy Shaw
Nick Smith
Morten Nielsen
Jan Mulsen
Johnny Marshall

Mercyful Fate is an influential Danish heavy metal group who are often cited among the influences in the black metal, thrash metal, power metal, and progressive metal genres. They are also credited as a pioneering band of the first wave of black metal. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... For other uses, see Copenhagen (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Roadrunner Records is a major record label that concentrates on metal bands. ... Metal Blade redirects here. ... King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen, June 14, 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a heavy metal musician known for his shock rock image. ... Mike Wead (real name Mikael Wikström) is a Swedish guitarist who lives in Stockholm. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Sharlee dAngelo (real name: Charles Petter Andreason), is the bassist for Mercyful Fate (though the band is inactive) and was the bassist for King Diamond from 1990-1993, as well as featuring in other heavy metal bands such as Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars and IllWill. ... Michael Denner (born 5 November) is a Danish heavy metal guitarist. ... Kim Ruzz is a former heavy metal drummer. ... Snowy Shaw, born Tommie Helgesson in 1969, is a Swedish Heavy Metal musician (primarily a drummer), based in the port city of Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by its signature high speed and aggression. ... Power metal is a style of heavy metal music typically with the aim of evoking an epic feel, combining characteristics of traditional metal with thrash metal or speed metal, often within symphonic context. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... This article is about the musical genre. ...

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Career

The band was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1980 from the remaining members of Hank Shermann's band Brats and King Diamond's band Black Rose. In early 1981 they helped out Michael Denner with demos for his band Danger Zone. Soon, Shermann, Denner, Diamond, and Denner's bass player Timi Grabber realized their potential as a unit and started performing as Mercyful Fate. The band experienced the usual member changes for a new band, as Denner left (and later returned). In addition, the drummer position was a revolving door, but Kim Ruzz finally established himself as the drummer. For other uses, see Copenhagen (disambiguation). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Brats was a danish (Copenhagen) band formed in 1977 as a punk-band, but later became a more Heavy Metal-styled band after having split up in 1979 and reformed with new members, which Hank Shermann was the only was the only remaining member of the original line-up. ... King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen, June 14, 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a heavy metal musician known for his shock rock image. ... Black Rose was a Danish hard rock / heavy metal band with King Diamond on vocals. ... Michael Denner (born 5 November) is a Danish heavy metal guitarist. ... Timi Grabber Hansen is a Danish bass player. ... Kim Ruzz is a former heavy metal drummer. ...


In early 1982, the band contributed to the Ebony Records sampler Metallic Storm. Later on in the year, Mercyful Fate recorded their first material, Nuns Have No Fun, on vinyl for the Dutch label Rave On. The release included heavy and evil material that would later inspire the black metal genre (although Venom are as equally considered as the forefathers of black metal). Nuns Have No Fun is the first album of Mercyful Fate. ... Venom are a heavy metal band, formed in late 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. ...


Following the EP, the band released Melissa and Don't Break the Oath, which are now considered by many to be classics in both the power metal and black metal genres. Following the tour (which saw them play in the United States for the first time) in support of Don't Break the Oath, Diamond split ways with Mercyful Fate in April 1985 as a result of frustration over creative differences with Hank Shermann. With him, Diamond brought band mates Hansen and Denner to pursue a solo career under his own name. Diamond's solo venture continued the tradition of Mercyful Fate, but with a more progressive, conceptual twist to it. In response, Hank Shermann formed the band Fate, which pursued a more AOR direction. In 1983 danish Heavy/Black Metal band Mercyful Fate released their stunning debut Melissa. ... Dont Break the Oath is Mercyful Fates second full-length album. ... Fate, Danish heavy metal band originally formed in 1984. ... Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock or as West Coast Rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. ...


Reunion

In July of 1992, the band reformed and signed a contract with Brian Slagel's Metal Blade Records. All the original members without Kim Ruzz (replaced by Morten Nielsen) reformed and released In the Shadows in 1993. The album featured a re-recording of "Return of the Vampire", with Metallica drummer and Mercyful Fate enthusiast Lars Ulrich playing on the track. In the years since, the band have released four more albums, with the last being 9. Similar to the band's first run, members have left and been replaced; Michael Denner left and was replaced by Mike Wead, Drummer Nielsen was later replaced by Snowy Shaw who was then replaced by Bjarne Holm, Bassist Timi Hansen left quickly and was replaced by Sharlee D'Angelo. Following the release of 9, King Diamond disbanded Mercyful Fate and continued his solo career. Following the split, Shermann, Denner, Holm and (King Diamond Bass player) Hal Patino formed Force of Evil, which incorporates many of the themes of the original Mercyful Fate. Metal Blade redirects here. ... Morten Nielsen can be the name of Morten Nordstrand Nielsen, a Danish footballer born 1983 Morten Nielsen, a Danish footballer born 1990, currently playing for Chelsea F.C.. Category: ... In The Shadows is the third full-length album by Mercyful Fate. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is the drummer and co-founder of Metallica. ... 9 is the most recent album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate. ... Mike Wead (real name Mikael Wikström) is a Swedish guitarist who lives in Stockholm. ... Snowy Shaw, born Tommie Helgesson in 1969, is a Swedish Heavy Metal musician (primarily a drummer), based in the port city of Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden. ... Sharlee dAngelo (real name: Charles Petter Andreason), is the bassist for Mercyful Fate (though the band is inactive) and was the bassist for King Diamond from 1990-1993, as well as featuring in other heavy metal bands such as Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars and IllWill. ... 9 is the most recent album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate. ... Hal Patino- a skilled bass player, member of the King Diamond, Mercyful Fate and Force of Evil metal bands. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In an interview with Metal Israel in 2005, King Diamond elaborated on the band's split and the possibility of a new album, claiming that "it's impossible for me to live off Mercyful Fate... I can still live from King Diamond." Diamond claims that Mercyful Fate still has a contract and could record another record, but it would have to be done only as a hobby and when he is not touring, because he cannot make any money off the Mercyful Fate record and has to support himself through his solo venture. [1]


Melissa

"Melissa" is the name of a skull King Diamond used to carry on stage, and also a fictional deceased witch that appears in three songs. Before the recordings of the album Melissa, King Diamond had acquired a human skeleton that he named "Melissa". He used the femur bones to make his trademark microphone handle. The skull was apparently stolen during a show in the Netherlands. In 1983 danish Heavy/Black Metal band Mercyful Fate released their stunning debut Melissa. ...


The skull was inspiration behind the album Melissa, and the title track of the album is very different from the rest of the album, as it is much slower than the other songs (which are speedier and more aggressive). The lyrics tell of a male protagonist (usually identified as King Diamond himself by fans) who lost the love of his life, who was a witch who was burnt at the stake by a Catholic Priest. The story builds itself up around the emotions of the protagonist, who first feels sadness and uncertainty, hope for her to still be alive, and then rage over his loss. He swears revenge on the priest who burnt her, proclaiming that he must die in the name of hell. The song ends with a whisper that hints Melissa's spirit is still with the protagonist. In 1983 danish Heavy/Black Metal band Mercyful Fate released their stunning debut Melissa. ... This article is about religious workers. ...


The second song Melissa appears on is on the album Don't Break the Oath in the song "Come to the Sabbath", once again at the climax of the album. The lyrics tell about a satanic coven holding a sabbath, in which the protagonist emerges to perform a ritual to "put an evil curse on the priest who took the life of Melissa". Though she is not the focus of the lyrics this time, because of her mention the song is known as a "Melissa song". Additionally, one of the main characters on the King Diamond's album Them was named "Missy", which is a common diminutive of Melissa. Satanism can refer to a number of belief systems depending on the user and contexts. ... Coven or covan was originally a late medieval Scots word (c1500) meaning a gathering of any kind, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. ... Francisco Goyas Los Caprichos: Linda maestra! (Nice mistress!) - witches heading to a Sabbath In Christian folklore, the Sabbath (also known as Witchs Sabbath) was a gathering supposed to have been celebrated by Satanists, witches and warlocks to honor the Devil, offend God, Jesus, the sacraments, the cross, and...


The final song Melissa appears in is on Mercyful Fate's reunion album In the Shadows on the song "Is That You, Melissa?". The lyrics tell of the protagonist once again in sorrow about the loss of his love. He begins to hear her voice and goes to the coven to have them perform a ritual to speak with her ghost. The coven objects, saying that it is against the rules. The protagonist is visited by Melissa's spirit who shares a kiss with the protagonist. The subject of the song is argued by some; one side says the lyrics are not a continuation of the Melissa story but a tribute by the band to their past, while the other side sees it as the end of the Melissa story. It is widely accepted that she is the girl on the album cover of "In the Shadows" facing the old oak tree. After In the Shadows, Melissa has not been mentioned any more in both lyrics and artwork. For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... This article is about oaks (Quercus desert-oak is unrelated, and instead belongs to the genus Allocasuarina. ...


Members

Current members

King Diamond (born Kim Bendix Petersen, June 14, 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a heavy metal musician known for his shock rock image. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Mike Wead (real name Mikael Wikström) is a Swedish guitarist who lives in Stockholm. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block or tambourines, arranged for convenience playing by a single drummer. ... Sharlee dAngelo (real name: Charles Petter Andreason), is the bassist for Mercyful Fate (though the band is inactive) and was the bassist for King Diamond from 1990-1993, as well as featuring in other heavy metal bands such as Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars and IllWill. ...

Former members

  • Carsten Van Der Volsing - guitar,bass
  • Souris - guitar
  • Michael Denner - guitar
  • Timi 'Grabber' Hansen - bass guitar
  • Kim Ruzz - drums
  • Snowy Shaw (Tommy Helgesson) - drums
  • "Old" Nick Smith - drums
  • Morten Nielsen - drums
  • Jan Mulsen - drums
  • Johnny Marshall - keyboards

Michael Denner (born 5 November) is a Danish heavy metal guitarist. ... Kim Ruzz is a former heavy metal drummer. ... Snowy Shaw, born Tommie Helgesson in 1969, is a Swedish Heavy Metal musician (primarily a drummer), based in the port city of Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden. ... Morten Nielsen can be the name of Morten Nordstrand Nielsen, a Danish footballer born 1983 Morten Nielsen, a Danish footballer born 1990, currently playing for Chelsea F.C.. Category: ...

Session members

Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is the drummer and co-founder of Metallica. ...

Discography

The discography for the Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate. ...

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