Dead Againby Mercyful Fate
Recorded during a frenzy of activity during the late '90s, Dead Again was presumably thrown together rather quickly, as Mercyful Fate and King Diamond's solo outfit were both releasing new discs at a furious rate. This schedule had to be most taxing on vocalist Diamond, whose ultra-high-pitch bellowing and novel-length lyrical additions to both of his bands made for a laborious schedule. Joining Diamond on this 1998 Metal Blade release are guitarists Hank Shermann and Mike Wead, drummer Bjarne T. Holm, and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo. With the exception of Diamond, each member of Mercyful Fate turns in solid performances in both the creation and execution of fine riffs and arrangements. Diamond, on the other hand, sounds a little uninspired, but manages to squeal just enough to keep the old-school Mercyful Fate vibe alive. Standouts include the almost campy "The Lady Who Cries" and "Sucking on Your Blood," but the material is a little tired. Not one of the group's best releases, Dead Again conjures just enough magic to make it a worthy purchase for devoted fans of the band only.
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- Metal Blade
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Just like all the previous cd's Mercyful Fate delivers hi-quality metal . Although King's voice isn't as Melissa or Don't Break the Oath still memorable . And the instrumental part still incredible.
This album is metal with a touch of opera. As usual, King Diamond is up to his old tricks, cutting edge guitar metal and banshee-like screaming. But this one seemed to be Fates strongest album since re-uniting in 92-93. Their are 10 tracks and all of them eventually grow on you. The title track Dead Again is an 11-minute romp between metal and opera - I think. I don't know what to make of it but it is one of my favorites all time. Hank Sherman again defines his metal prowess. I feel he is one of the most underated guitarists out there. His style, and Tony Iommi's of Black Sabbath, are distinct. I'm no guitarist, but I can tell they write their music, not just come up with something to fill in. A great effort from these veterans.
It really is a good album from Mercy guys! I think, that this album ''Dead Again'' and ''In The Shadows'' are the best after the rejoining back in 1993. ''Dead Again'' is very powerful and exiting metal album. If you like King Diamond, you just have to buy this one, trust me!!!
It has to be told: This isn't good album. It tracks are too commercial. King Diamond has lost his style making music. I guess Mercyful Fate will never be the same again.