Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band, and helped inspire black metal by playing a form of speed metal that introduced black metal elements. Shortly thereafter, in the Spring of they helped out a fellow Dane, Michael Denner, with demos for his band Danger Zone. Soon it was apparent that Shermann, Denner, Diamond and Denner's bassplayer, Timi Grabber, fit well together as a unit and those players performed under the Mercyful Fate moniker for the first time in Denmark.
There were the usual member Mission: Destroy Aliens - Danger Zone - Danger Zone Demos (Vinyl for a young band; Denner left and then returned and drummers came and went, but finally Kim Ruzz established himself as the drummer. Mercyful Fate's musical style, combining musical influences from artists such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest, and incorporating the theatrics of such showmen as Alice Cooper, utilized a dark, atmospheric, aesthetic in conjunction with elements of the NWOBHM and thrash metal movements that would go on to strongly influence the black metal subgenre as would contemporaries such as Venom, Bathory, and Celtic Frost.
Both albums featured the distinctive sound of Shermann and Denner on guitar, the unique rhythm section of Grabber aka Timi Hansen and King Diamond's wickedly evil falsetto vocals. Both albums are now considered to be all time classics in both the Power Metal and Black Metal genres.
But sadly the inevitable internal differences forced the band to break up in April of Diamond, Grabber now Hansen and Denner formed the King Diamond solo band which continued the heavy, evil tradition of Mercyful Fate, albeit with a more progressive, conceptual theme. Shermann went towards a more AOR-type approach Album) his band "Fate".
But these Danes always stayed in touch, even helping out in Mission: Destroy Aliens - Danger Zone - Danger Zone Demos (Vinyl others various solo performances. And as the years passed the cult following of the band Various - Album Special Duet 1989 to die off and, in July of the band reformed and signed a contract with Wise Man - Abandon - When It Falls Apart Blade an independent Heavy Metal label led by Brian Slagel who released the debuts of Mercyful Fate influenced bands Metallica and Slayer.
All the original members, minus Kim Ruzz, who was replaced by Morten Nielsen, were back for a second chance. In they released In the Shadows, and, in the years since have released four more albums; Time, Into the Unknown, Dead Again and 9. As in the past band members have left and been replaced. King Diamond has, since the initial split, also kept together a very successful solo band. Currently, Mercyful Fate are on a hiatus; the band reportedly still owes the record company one more album, but when it will occur is unknown.
There is also talk of a DVD Album) of early Mercyful Fate audio and video material which is highly anticipated by the fans of the band.
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