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Mercyful Fate - Melissa

8.9 | 735 votes |
Release date: 30 October 1983
Style: First wave of black metal, Heavy metal


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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: 85

King Diamond - vocals, keyboards
Hank Shermann - guitars
Michael Denner - 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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The "first wave of black metal" has always been a description of era rather than musical style, but it remains a bit of a sticking point for purists who - rightfully - have a hard time calling bands like Venom, Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost black metal.

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02.07.2022 - 12:51
Dylan 1974

Spinning my new vinyl reissue this afternoon. I almost forgot how much of a stone-cold bastard beast of a record this is and how much it influenced some of the later NWOBHM bands like Satan. Genius.
13.07.2022 - 17:08
Rating: 10

When I was listening to this as a kid I didn't realise how sophisticated this record is. By 1983 they nailed pretty much most of the things that would be later known for 80's prog metal, before even Queensryche's debut. The musical technicality is already there together with more daring, lengthier songs.

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