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Copenhagen, Denmark (1981 – 1985, 1992 – 1999)

Mercyful Fate is a band that formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981 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.

Several demos and live shows survive from 1981, including their infamous first concert “Sabbath of all witches” held in early/mid 1981.

In early 1982, the band contributed to the Ebony Records sampler Metallic Storm. Later on in the year, Mercyful Fate recorded its first official release, Mercyful Fate, 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 and Bathory are as equally considered as the forefathers of black metal).

Following the EP, the band released Melissa in 1983 and Don’t Break the Oath in 1984, 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.


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  • treeweavermetal

    Mercyful Fate > King Diamond.

    Yesterday 1:45pm Reply
  • TriumphofDeath

    Hails true metal like Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. death to false metal.

    23 Jul 11:33pm Reply
  • Sith_Lord3330

    Witche's Dance

    10 Jul 2:44am Reply
  • vitorsilighini

    Melissa is the album!

    28 Jun 12:18am Reply
  • versionfiv

    shoutboxes are for discussing the artist, not for bitching about people. take it to twitter.

    22 Jun 6:21pm Reply
  • Jackjss

    Could you guys just shut up and enjoy the music?

    10 Jun 6:57pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    and as far as the black metal talk goes, this band always seems to be at least mentioned whenever someones recounting the history of black metal, but i don't consider them to be black metal myself, heavy metal with satanic lyrics on melissa, sure.

    31 May 4:51pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    so, metal blade has repressed the earlier mercyful fate (aside from the s/t ep apparently) and king diamond albums and so is relapse records ... although relapse records have yet to release them for whatever production delay. what is up with that, two larger american labels doing reissues at the same time? reminds me of how century media and earache both did represses of wolverine blues last year... very weird. anyway i'm glad to see a new and affordable version of melissa without the totally crappy "revised" black/red cover artwork.

    31 May 4:47pm Reply
  • VicBanger

    @the_raytownian The talk is about what Mercyful Fate is not, guy.

    29 May 5:24am Reply
  • daspeedymole

    Yeah, let's talk about how fucking much we want a reunion instead!

    28 May 10:55pm Reply
  • DonMatt447

    Mercyful Fate is pure Heavy Metal with satanic lyrics. Only. [2] One thing is to influence other bands, quite another to be something it is not. Fenriz interview said that in certain attitudes of Brazilian bands like Sarcófago, Mutilator and german bands like Sodom (early) influenced the attitudes of Black Metal bands of the second generation. But admits that whatever these bands did musically was unique and something that they could not close ... it was something really chaotic. It was something else in musical terms. But influenced many other aspects in their bands. Slayer got influences from Iron Maiden, but are completely different and completely different styles of bands. [2]

    27 Apr 4:22pm Reply
  • chuplag

    The first EP is the best

    8 Apr 6:05pm Reply
  • Pollepard

    Odeio quando to ouvindo Mercyful e o King Diamond começa a gemer do nada... HEUAHEUAHEUAHEUAH, to de zoa, banda FODONA!

    7 Apr 12:32am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    it does but its not the only factor.

    5 Apr 6:54pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    "satanic themes dont make you a black metal band. " many disagree with that.

    4 Apr 5:31pm Reply
  • MatheusHangar18

    Come to the sabbath !

    31 Mar 10:17pm Reply
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  • rOnieAirhead

    "music gay" english learn

    30 Mar 9:55am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Merciful fate is the satanic version of Judas priest, and satanic themes dont make you a black metal band.

    30 Mar 9:52am Reply
  • Siffie91

    check out this group for exploring and sharing superb Old School Metal!

    22 Mar 2:44pm Reply
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