"some music was meant to stay underground..."

Mercyful Fate logo

Mercyful Fate Photo

Band Photo: Mercyful Fate (?)

Formed: 1980
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Last Known Status: Unknown

Latest Mercyful Fate News

Below is our complete Mercyful Fate news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Displaying records 21 - 30 of 30 1 2 Last

Metal Stars Confirmed For Dimebag Tribute

The Ozzfest live tribute to fallen Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has began to take a clearer shape with many big name members of the metal community confirmed. The musicians will perform a set of Pantera classics after the set of Hellyeah at Ozzfest. Among the confirmed artists are:

Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah)
Kerry King (Slayer)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, Solo artist)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Chad Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick, Kingdom Of Sorrow)
Bob Zilla (Damageplan, Hellyeah)

Dimebag's former girlfriend Rita Haney has said about the tribute: “To have this event on the Mainstage at OZZFest in Dallas is such a treat and an honor!” says Rita Haney. “When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community come together like I've never seen before. To have the name ‘Dimebag’ still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision, it's always been about a damn good time!"

“When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year’s OZZFest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell since it was his hometown,” said Sharon Osbourne. “’Dimebag’ was a part of our OZZFest family and everyone in the metal community misses him dearly.”

61 Comments - Discuss

Wolf Post Cover of Mercyful Fate Classic Online

Swedish metallers WOLF have issued the following update:

"As many of you know, and many of you DON'T know, WOLF did a cover of MERCYFUL FATE's 'A Dangerous Meeting' on the 2002 release 'Black Wings'. We thought we'd share that with those off you that missed out, so we 'gave' the song to the WOLF UK MySpace site. We're fans of metal, good metal that is, and there's no doubt about the impact MERCYFUL FATE have had on WOLF, so we did a cover of 'em to show our appreciation. Getting the (devilish) blessing from several MERCYFUL FATE members for that version made us believe in metal even more!"

Check out the song at their Myspace page.

1 Comment - Discuss

Saxon And Mercyful Fate Albums To Be Reissued

Night of the Vinyl Dead will reissue SAXON's "Dogs of War" and MERCYFUL FATE's "Into the Unknown" albums on limited-edition vinyl this month. The details are as follows:

SAXON - "Dogs of War" (originally released by SPV in 1995)

* Limited-edition sandy vinyl plus bonus SAXON stickers set
* Hand-numbered 333 copies

Side A:

01. Dogs Of War
02. Burning Wheels
03. Don't Worry
04. Big Twin Rolling Coming Home
05. Hold On

Side B:

01. The Great While Battle
02. Demolition Alley
03. Walking Through Tokyo
04. Give it All Away
05. Yesterdays Gone

MERCYFUL FATE – "Into the Unknown" (originally released by Metal Blade in 1996)

* Limited-edition sunset vinyl
* Hand-numbered 500 copies

Side A:

01. Lucifer
02. The Uninvited Guest
03. Ghost Of Change
04. Listen To The Bell
05. Fifteen Men (And A Bottle Of Rum)

Side B:

01. Into The Unknown
02. Under The Spell
03. Deadtime
04. Holy Water
05. Ktulu (The Mad Arab Part II)

3 Comments - Discuss

Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

Read more...  |  20 Comments - Discuss

King Diamond Guitarist Guests On Elvenking Album

Swedish guitar hero Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, FIREGOD, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA) will guest on the new album from the Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING, to be released this fall via AFM Records. Wead will provide solos on two tracks.

Commented the band: "It's an honour to have Mike soloing on our songs. It's always amazing having one of your heroes playing in your album. And the leads he played are amazing - pure guitar art!"

ELVENKING released its third album, "The Winter Wake", in Europe in January 2006 via AFM Records. The CD was issued in the U.S. in March. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla.

0 Comments - Discuss

Original Mercyful Fate Lineup Rare Appearance

MERCYFUL FATE was presented with the "honor award" at the Danish Metal Awards 2006, which were held last night (Saturday, November 18) at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Original members Michael Denner (guitar), Hank Shermann (guitar), Timi "Grabber" Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums) appeared in public together for the first time in 22 years to accept the award (vocalist King Diamond was unable to attend the event due to the fact that he is currently working on the new KING DIAMOND album in Dallas, Texas).

MERCYFUL FATE will always be remembered for their unquestionable mark on the history of metal, with their new innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and their influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.

In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album "Garage Inc." Entitled "Mercyful Fate", the medley included parts from "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil".

Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (and fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of "Return of the Vampire" on the "In the Shadows" album, which came out in 1993.

7 Comments - Discuss

ex-King Diamond Drummer Named Therion Singer

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL) has been named the new singer in THERION. The group's new album, "Gothic Kabbalah", was recorded and mixed in Stockholm by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, EVERGREY, EUROPE) will be released in January 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Snowy shares the vocal duties with Mats Lev?n (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, AT VANCE) and two female singers. A full-blown European tour with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON kicks off mid-January.

In other news, Snowy recently did session vocals on the debut album from Swedish doomsters ADONIZE VITA. Snowy has also joined forces with friends Kriss G?bel (FALCONER, DESTINY) and Michael ?berg (NOSTRADAMEUS) in cover band METAL F?R ALLE, performing gigs locally in the Gothenburg area covering the four decades of metal.

Shaw recently recorded produced three new songs for Swedish glam/sleaze act LOUD'N'NASTY, and he also played session drums on the recording. The band will play some Swedish dates (Gothenburg, Kalmar and a planned Glam XXX-mas in Stockholm) in December - their first with Snowy behind the kit.

Also on the Shaw front, Snowy worked with Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR) and Revolver Film Company on the video for "I Was Made For Loving You" from MINI ROCKERZ (a.k.a. MINIKISS), a tribute band featuring little people (from 3-foot-11 to 4-foot-4 in height) covering KISS songs in full make-up while playing fake wooden guitars.

Snowy and Mats Levon will be the guest DJs at the Halloween Ball, arranged by Nocturnal Models, in Stockholm November 4.

0 Comments - Discuss

King Diamond, Mercyful Fate Members In Firegod

FIREGOD, the new Swedish/Danish "all-star" project featuring Hal Patino (bass; KING DIAMOND), Snowy Shaw (drums; ex-KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL), Mike Wead (guitar; KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) and Simon Johannsson (guitar; MEMORY GARDEN, FIFTH REASON), has a inked a two-album deal with Vic Records. The group, whose sound is being described as "progressive doom," is still searching for a suitable lead vocalist.

FIREGOD's debut CD is expected sometime next year.

6 Comments - Discuss

King Diamond As Comfy As Old Boots

King Diamond has revealed to BW&BK that he's hoping to have retro Mercyful Fate and King Diamond DVDs released sometime in the future. The material, according to Diamond, is something "not even bootleg tape traders have seen."

Diamond says he been sent rare footage that has never circulated, including Mercyful Fate performances from 1982 and some of the first live King Diamond solo performances.

"I'm going to go through the 35 tapes soon and hand-pick the bits I like. Then I'm going to have a meeting with Brian Slagel (Metal Blade founder/president) to see if he's interested in releasing the DVDs."

When told that collectors will probably salivate at the prospect of these DVDs being released, Diamond was optimistic that the material will also appeal to more casual fans. "Some people don't trade bootlegs, it's not their thing," he says. "But they can also have fun watching these old, rare shows."

2 Comments - Discuss

Force Of Evil Guitarist Talks About Influences

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, FORCE OF EVIL guitarist HANK SHERMANN downplays his other band's influence on black metal, "I don't see us [MERCYFUL FATE] as being originators in the genre really, other than regarding King's [KING DIAMOND] lyrics and stage presence. Musically we were inspired by other bands such as Judas Priest. I think it's really King Diamond's lyrics and stage presence that has inspired a lot of Black Metal bands, plus our songs have a lot of cool atmospheres that maybe a lot of bands like to imitate."

Regarding his own influences, he had high praise for MICHAEL SCHENKER's "timing and tone", but was disappointed when seeing him live, "...I did have the privilege of seeing him with Uli Roth and [Joe] Satriani on the G3 tour. I believe it was in Copenhagen. For me it was seeing Uli Roth as he was very professional, a serious performer, Schenker was in pretty bad shape, and he couldn't even perform. He had to sit down, it was a load of crap. I know {Mercyful Fate, Force of Evil guitarist] Michael Denner saw him in 1975 in UFO around the time of Force It . He thought it was amazing."

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

0 Comments - Discuss

Displaying records 21 - 30 of 30 1 2 Last