Release date
9 Sep 2003
Running length
13 tracks
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1 Evil 4:45 88,370
2 Curse Of The Pharaohs 3:57 40,857
3 Into The Coven 5:08 35,017
4 At The Sound Of The Demon Bell 5:23 30,342
5 Black Funeral 3:42 32,675
6 Satan's Fall 11:43 32,221
7 Melissa 6:42 29,590
8 Black Masses 4:30 15,664
9 Curse Of The Pharaohs (BBC Radio 1 Session) 3:57 4,168
10 Evil (BBC Radio 1 Session) 4:01 5,161
11 Satan's Fall (BBC Radio 1 Session) 10:28 4,328
12 Curse Of The Pharaohs (Demo) 4:28 3,134
13 Black Funeral (Demo) 2:52 4,552

About this album

“Melissa” is the full-length debut for legendary Danish proto black / heavy metal band Mercyful Fate.

Released in 1983, “Melissa” featured a unique sound for that time which was somewhere between early Judas Priest and the darker dirges of Black Sabbath chocked with a haunting and brooding evil atmosphere, aggressive musicianship, high pitched shrieks and falsettos and lyrics driven by darkness, death and Satanism. These radical and controversial elements would help inspire the future black metal scene along with acts like Venom, and later Bathory.

The album cover depicts the iconic skull “Melissa” which was later stolen by a fan at a Mercyful Fate gig. Singer/songwriter and band leader King Diamond would make frequent and sometimes veiled allusions to the skull and “Melissa” entity in other Fate albums as well. “Is that you, Melissa” from their 1993 comeback album “In the shadows” was the last known Melissa reference.

Many fans and several extreme metal polls list “Melissa” as one of the top 5-10 greatest metal albums of all time, typically just behind their follow up “Don’t break the oath”.

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  • rOnieAirhead

    The meaning of old skool

    25 Aug 2:25pm Reply
  • thismetal

    Don't Break the Oath is better, but, Melissa is fucking AWESOME!

    19 Aug 11:47pm Reply
  • WickedProphet

    A perfect album, from the production to the musicianship to the iconic album art. [2]

    16 Aug 3:19am Reply
  • JenniferDaluz2

    This is the true NWOBHM!

    8 Aug 5:20pm Reply
  • Asta6roth


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    2 Jun 11:35am Reply

    I don't know fuck about this band, but look at that fucking album cover! awesome! should dig this album.

    8 Apr 7:12pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    i like this more than don't break the oath. haven't heard Time yet.

    2 Mar 10:38pm Reply
  • neoxx07

    black metal my ass. heavy metal. and the best one

    17 Feb 9:13pm Reply
  • matrix2029

    Black metal ?? Ha ha ha xDD

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • doombringers

    Possibly the ultimate metal album!

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • hanshan85

    A perfect album, from the production to the musicianship to the iconic album art.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply

    A masterpiece of evil Satan's Falls is a true epic right here.

    15 May 2012 Reply

    Magnifica obra del Heavy Metal europeo.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Klopoff

    @thompsonjohn great!

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    One of the most influential metal albums of all time. Classic riffs were born on this album. In my opinion it stands toe to toe with Priest's best albums, Venom's albums, and even some of Sabbath's albums. Anyone who likes metal should have this record. Hear it atleast once. If you don't like it, due to vocals, you can't deny the "power of the riff" as Phil Anselmo would say.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KeeperOfJericho

    Masterpiece of an album [2]

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • yogzor

    Can't get more classic than this.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Sam_Fisher_338

    RIFF AFTER RIFF AFTER RIFF. King Diamond for president!

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • IBrokeTheOath

    This album is a fucking riff orgasm.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
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