Mercyful Fate

Members of Mercyful Fate: Benny Petersen, Bjarne T. Holm, Hank Shermann, Kim Ruzz, King Diamond (2), Michael Denner, Mike Wead, Sharlee D'Angelo, Snowy Shaw, Timi Hansen
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.covenworldwide.org/, http://www.myspace.com/mercyfulfate18is9, https://www.facebook.com/#!/kingdiamondmercyfulfateofficial

Discography of Mercyful Fate:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Don't Break The Oath 10 Audio 1997 Roadrunner Records
2 Melissa 7 Audio 1997 Caroline Records
3 Return Of The Vampire 9 Audio 1992 Roadrunner Records
4 The Bell Witch 6 Audio 1994 Metal Blade Records
5 Mercyful Fate 6 Audio 1982 Rave-On Records
6 Don't Break The Oath 9 Audio 1984 Combat
7 Time 11 Audio 1994 Metal Blade Records
8 The Beginning 8 Audio 1987 Roadrunner Records
9 Into The Unknown 10 Audio 1996
10 Dead Again 10 Audio 1998 Metal Blade Records
11 Don't Break The Oath 9 Audio 1987 Roadrunner Records
12 Melissa 7 Audio 1985 Roadrunner Records
13 The Beginning 8 Audio 1987 Roadrunner Records
14 Walking Back To Hell 8 Audio 2003 Not On Label (Mercyful Fate)
15 Dead Again 10 Audio 1998 Metal Blade Records
16 9 10 Audio 1999 Metal Blade Records
17 The Beginning 9 Audio 1997 Roadrunner Records
18 The Beginning 8 Audio 1991 MG Records (2)
19 Live At The Roskilde Festival -94 11 Audio 1995 Mercy Video Corp.
20 Melissa 7 Audio 1997 Roadrunner Records
21 Melissa 16 Audio 2005-08-25 Roadrunner Records
22 In The Shadows 10 Audio 1993 Metal Blade Records
23 Melissa 7 Audio 1983 Attic
24 No Mercy For The Fallen 10 Audio 2007 Not On Label
25 Black Funeral 2 Audio 1983 Music For Nations
26 The Bell Witch 6 Audio 2008 Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
27 A Dangerous Meeting 16 Audio 1992 Roadrunner Records
28 A Dangerous Meeting 16 Audio 1992-10-06 Roadrunner Records
29 Black Masses / Black Funeral 2 Audio 1985 Megaforce Records
30 The Bell Witch 6 Audio 1994
31 Live 11 Audio 1985 R.O.S. Records Inc.
32 Melissa 7 Audio 2007-02-11
33 Don't Break The Oath 10 Audio 2007
34 Return Of The Vampire 9 Audio 1992 Roadrunner Records
35 Don't Break The Oath 10 Audio 1997 Roadrunner Records
36 9 10 Audio 1999
37 The Bell Witch 6 Audio 1994 Metal Blade Records
38 A Dangerous Meeting 16 Audio 1992
39 In The Shadows 10 Audio 1993 Metal Blade Records
40 Don't Break The Oath 9 Audio 1991 Jigu Records Corporation
41 Melissa 7 Audio 1983 Megaforce Records
42 Don't Break The Oath 9 Audio 1984 Combat
43 A Dangerous Meeting 16 Audio 1992 Roadrunner Records
44 Time 11 Audio 2008 Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
45 The Curse Of Evil 5 Audio 1997
46 Copenhagen After Midnight 9 Audio Not On Label (Mercyful Fate)
47 Melissa 7 Audio 1983
48 The Lost Tapes 1978 - 1984 14 Audio Black Hammer Records
49 In The Shadows 10 Audio 1993 Metal Blade Records
50 Melissa / The Beginning 18 Audio 2003 Roadrunner Records


Mercyful Fate is a heavy metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band was formed by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann in 1981. The original MF line-up shared members with another Copenhagen band, Danger Zone, whom Diamond and Shermann were helping out. By 1982, the "classic" Mercyful Fate line up of Diamond, Shermann, guitarist Michael Denner (ex-Brats and Danger Zone), bassist Timi "Grabber" Hansen (Danger Zone), and drummer Kim Ruzz was in place. Over the next couple years, the band would release an EP and 2 LPs that would cement their reputation as one the most influential metal bands of the early 1980s. King Diamond's blasphemous lyrics and theatrical stage presence would have many label the band as part of the 1st wave of black metal, although musically the band was closer to the style of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. The group split in 1985, as Shermann decided he wanted to pursue a more commercial direction. King Diamond launched a solo career, taking Denner and Hansen with him, while Kim Ruzz disappeared into the regular world.

The band's legend continued to grow after their split. In 1993, the classic line up, minus Kim Ruzz, reformed for a new album, "In The Shadows". Hansen dropped out after that release but the group continued on throughout the 1990s. At the same time, King Diamond kept his own solo career going. Michael Denner left the band after 1996's "Into The Unknown" and Diamond and Sherman continued on with new players. 1999's "9" is, to date, the band's last full-length release. King Diamond has stated that MF has not split up but the band is on hold for the foreseeable future. In 2009, Diamond, Shermann, Denner, Hansen, and drummer Bjarne Holm (who has played with the group since 1994) reunited to re-record the songs "Evil" and "Curse Of The Pharoah" for the "Guitar Hero: Metallica" video game.

Lineup:

King Diamond - vocals

Michael Denner - guitar (1982 - 1985, 1993 - 1996)

Hank Shermann - guitar

Timi Hansen - bass (1982 - 1985, 1993 - 1994)

Kim Ruzz - drums (1982 - 1985)

Snowy Shaw - drums (1993 - 1994)

Sharlee D'Angelo - bass (1994 - present)

Bjarne T. Holm - drums (1996 - present)

Mike Wead - guitar (1998 - present)


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