The Best of Mercyful Fate

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The birth of thrash metal can be pinpointed to three specific bands -- Motörhead, Venom, and Mercyful Fate -- with the latter two outfits single-handedly creating the darker "black metal" genre. Fronted by vocal acrobat King Diamond a chap who had a soft spot for Alice Cooper, as evidenced by his use of makeup and on-stage theatrics, the Danish group combined the speed of Judas Priest with the doom of Black Sabbath, and helped influence a legion of subsequent metal bands -- everyone from Metallica to Dimmu Borgir. Due to their importance and influence, the group made a logical choice for a "best-of treatment" when Roadrunner Records began assembling such sets for their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The birth of thrash metal can be pinpointed to three specific bands -- Motörhead, Venom, and Mercyful Fate -- with the latter two outfits single-handedly creating the darker "black metal" genre. Fronted by vocal acrobat King Diamond a chap who had a soft spot for Alice Cooper, as evidenced by his use of makeup and on-stage theatrics, the Danish group combined the speed of Judas Priest with the doom of Black Sabbath, and helped influence a legion of subsequent metal bands -- everyone from Metallica to Dimmu Borgir. Due to their importance and influence, the group made a logical choice for a "best-of treatment" when Roadrunner Records began assembling such sets for their catalog artists of yesteryear. The 14-track collection focuses on the group's early releases, 1983's Melissa, 1984's Don't Break the Oath, and 1987's The Beginning, the latter just so happens to have been recorded during their "classic" period. Highlights include all five songs that Metallica later covered as part of their "Mercyful Fate" medley on 1998's Garage, Inc. "Satan's Fall," "Curse of the Pharaohs," "A Corpse Without Soul," "Into the Coven," and "Evil", as well as such other highlights as "Return of the Vampire," "Doomed by the Living Dead," and "Black Funeral," among others. If you're a fan of dark metal and are unfamiliar with Mercyful Fate, it's time to check out the genre's godfathers, and this Best of is a fine place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861833923
  • Catalog Number: 618339
  • Sales rank: 50,198

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mercyful Fate Primary Artist
Michael Denner Guitar
King Diamond Vocals
Timi Hansen Bass
Hank Shermann Guitar
Kim Ruzz Drums
Benny Petersen Guitar
Technical Credits
Mercyful Fate Producer
Michael Denner Composer
King Diamond Composer, Liner Notes
Henrik Lund Producer
Hank Shermann Composer
Jac Hustinx Producer
Benny Petersen Composer
Thomas Grondahl Cover Photo
Mark Hunter Liner Notes
Sarah McKenzie Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    King Diamond ROCKS

    Blast from the past!

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