Mercyful Fate - Melissa


8.9 | 501 votes |
Release date: 30 October 1983
Style: Heavy metal, First wave of black metal

Owners:

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1 trades it


Disc I
01. Evil
02. Curse Of The Pharaohs
03. Into The Coven
04. At The Sound Of The Demon Bell
05. Black Funeral
06. Satan's Fall
07. Melissa
08. Black Masses [B-side Of "Black Funeral" Single] [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]
09. Curse Of The Pharaohs [BBC Radio 1 Session] [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]
10. Evil [BBC Radio 1 Session] [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]
11. Satan's Fall [BBC Radio 1 Session] [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]
12. Curse Of The Pharaohs [Demo] [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]
13. Black Funeral [Demo] [25th Anniversary Edition bonus]

Disc II [Live at Dynamo, Eindhoven, Holland 1983] [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
01. Doomed By The Living Dead
02. Black Funeral
03. Curse Of The Pharaohs

Top 20 albums of 1983: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 80

Line-up
King Diamond - vocals, keyboards
Michael Denner - guitars
Hank Shermann - guitars
Kim Ruzz - drums
Timi Hansen - bass

Additional info
Produced by Henrik Lund.
Engineered by Jacob Jorgenson.
Recorded and mixed at Easy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, July 1983.

Cover art by Thomas Holm/Studio Dzyan.

Reissue produced by Jeff Daniel. Assisted by Bill Turjancik.
Remastered by Chris Gehringer at the Hilt Factory, New York, NY.

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17.01.2010 - 23:35
Rating: 10
sbgmetal

Posts: 423
From: USA

Some of the best riffs to grace metal denner and shermann imo are the best guitar team... and who can forget the awesome vocals bought to you by the king himself
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04.03.2012 - 22:14
Rating: 9
Korah

Posts: 327
From: France

Just amazing, riffs and solos are epic. King Diamond is great.
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08.03.2012 - 20:55
Cuca Beludo
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Curse Of The Pharaohs... What a masterpiece.
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15.07.2012 - 17:44
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant

Posts: 301
From: Bulgaria

Originality and good ideas ... but too negligent performance. King Diamond's albums from 80s are better.

Also - Andy LaRocque is more talented guitarist than Hank Shermann.
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15.07.2012 - 17:49
Marcel Hubregtse
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Posts: 39151
From: The Netherlands

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 15.07.2012 at 17:44

Originality and good ideas ... but too negligent performance. King Diamond's albums from 80s are better.

Also - Andy LaRocque is more talented guitarist than Hank Shermann.



I disagree on ALL counts. Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and the self-titled e.p. are far better than anything released as King Diamond or of the Mercyful Fate reunion.

Andy LaRoque might be a techincally better guitar player but he lacks the ideas and style of Shermann and Denner who are both unique sounding whereas LaRoque isn't.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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15.07.2012 - 18:08
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant

Posts: 301
From: Bulgaria

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.07.2012 at 17:49

... Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and the self-titled e.p. are far better than anything released as King Diamond or of the Mercyful Fate reunion.

Andy LaRoque might be a techincally better guitar player but he lacks the ideas and style of Shermann and Denner who are both unique sounding whereas LaRoque isn't.


I respect your opinion, Marcel.

But I think in Hank has a strong influence of NWOBHM ( + hard rock ), while in Andy no such influence and he is very original musician.
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04.11.2012 - 18:53
Rating: 8
bblitz

Posts: 202
From: Croatia
Amazing album,story is just amazing,epic and scary.King is very special metal musician.
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23.07.2013 - 17:24
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
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Posts: 882
From: Russia

The great classical heavy metal album. Not a single weak song.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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14.08.2013 - 15:33
Rating: 9
Druss

Posts: 228
From: Ireland

Fantastic album. Took me a long while to get into King's vocal style, but glad it finally clicked for me.
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30.10.2013 - 17:30
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39151
From: The Netherlands

Happy 30th birthday Melissa
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.11.2013 - 07:46
Rating: 10
Monolithic
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Posts: 663
From: UAE

Wha...blackened heavy metal?
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06.11.2013 - 10:06
Rating: 9
Daniell
No, you don't

Posts: 5339
From: Poland

Written by Monolithic on 06.11.2013 at 07:46

Wha...blackened heavy metal?


How is it blackened
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Iron Maiden - Empire of the Clouds
Ahab - The Weedmen
Finsterforst - Mach dich frei!
My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
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06.11.2013 - 10:09
Rating: 10
Monolithic
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From: UAE

Written by Daniell on 06.11.2013 at 10:06

How is it blackened

That was my reaction when I saw "Style: Blackened heavy metal" up there.
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06.11.2013 - 13:30
Rating: 9
Daniell
No, you don't

Posts: 5339
From: Poland

Written by Monolithic on 06.11.2013 at 10:09

That was my reaction when I saw "Style: Blackened heavy metal" up there.


Slayer sings a lot about satan on their first 2-3 albums, let's call them blackened thrash
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Iron Maiden - Empire of the Clouds
Ahab - The Weedmen
Finsterforst - Mach dich frei!
My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
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06.11.2013 - 14:13
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39151
From: The Netherlands

This is first wave black metal, whether you like it or not, just like Venom were first wave black metal and old Venom rip-off Bathory were. There was no specific sound to black metal at the time. At the time black metal was about the lyrics. Even Slayer was called black thrash by quite a few people even though they are totally thrash.

It's the second wave of black metal which gave black metal its musical sound. But all were heavily influenced by the first wave bands and by death metal bands such as Morbid Angel. Hell, actually most second wave black metal bands started off as oure death metal (clearest cases in point being Darkthrone and then Mayhem)
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.11.2013 - 15:43
Rating: 10
Monolithic
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Posts: 663
From: UAE

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.11.2013 at 14:13

This is first wave black metal, whether you like it or not, just like Venom were first wave black metal and old Venom rip-off Bathory were. There was no specific sound to black metal at the time. At the time black metal was about the lyrics. Even Slayer was called black thrash by quite a few people even though they are totally thrash.

It's the second wave of black metal which gave black metal its musical sound. But all were heavily influenced by the first wave bands and by death metal bands such as Morbid Angel. Hell, actually most second wave black metal bands started off as pure death metal (clearest cases in point being Darkthrone and then Mayhem)

I don't have any problem with Mercyful Fate being called black but blackened heavy metal sounds...strange.
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06.11.2013 - 16:06
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39151
From: The Netherlands

Written by Monolithic on 06.11.2013 at 15:43


I don't have any problem with Mercyful Fate being called black but blackened heavy metal sounds...strange.

oh in that way. There I agree
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.11.2013 - 17:45
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39151
From: The Netherlands

Written by Guest on 06.11.2013 at 17:35

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.11.2013 at 14:13

This is first wave black metal, whether you like it or not, just like Venom were first wave black metal and old Venom rip-off Bathory were. There was no specific sound to black metal at the time. At the time black metal was about the lyrics. Even Slayer was called black thrash by quite a few people even though they are totally thrash.

It's the second wave of black metal which gave black metal its musical sound. But all were heavily influenced by the first wave bands and by death metal bands such as Morbid Angel. Hell, actually most second wave black metal bands started off as oure death metal (clearest cases in point being Darkthrone and then Mayhem)

But at least in Norway the 2nd wave truly began when they rebelled against the trends and certain sounds like Morrisound and Sunlight. Darkthrone didn't release Goatlord when it was recorded, Mayhem had changed, bands like Old Funeral, Mortem, etc. were wiped away. Also, Bathory and Hellhammer had some 2nd wave ingredients in their music during the 1st wave.


DarkThrone had released Soulside Journey which was pure death metal before they turned into a black metal band.
Bathory were a total Venom rip-off band at the start, totally no 2nd wave sound in them. Hellhammer wasn't even considered 1st wave at the time, they were just considered a crap band that sounded way too punk whilst trying to be metal (and rightly so I would say)
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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27.02.2015 - 10:05
Rating: 6
Dr. Strawberry

Posts: 667


Their next album is better.
Evil and Black Funeral are cool. There is one re-recorded Evil version in last few year, I called it an "improved version" which is breath-taking !!!
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16.11.2015 - 09:34
Rating: 10
Stereolab42

Posts: 25
From: USA
Breathtaking genius. Not a note out of place on this entire record. Easily my favorite metal album from any band prior to whenever Metallica hit their peak.
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