Mercyful Fate

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Mercyful Fate is an influential Danish heavy metal group that helped inspire the black metal, thrash metal, power metal and progressive metal genres. They are noted as being a pioneering band of the first wave of black metal.

The band was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1980 from the ashes of Hank Shermann's band Brats and King Diamond's band Black Rose. Shortly thereafter, in the Spring of 1981 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 changes for a young band; Denner left and then returned and drummers came and went, but finally Kim Ruzz established himself as the drummer. The band recorded their first material on vinyl late in 1982 for the Dutch label "Rave On" titled Nuns Have No Fun. This release included such heavy and evil material that a new genre was born: "black metal" (although Venom, who released Welcome to Hell' the year before should also be considered as the forefathers of black metal).

Following their first album (actually a four song EP) the band released two albums: Melissa and Don't Break the Oath. Both albums featured the distinctive sound of Shermann and Denner on guitar, the unique rhythm section of Grabber and King Diamond's falsetto vocals. Both albums are now considered to be classics in both the power metal and black metal genres. Internal differences forced the band to break up in April of 1985. Diamond, Grabber (now Hansen) and Denner formed the King Diamond solo band which continued the tradition of Mercyful Fate, albeit with a more progressive, conceptual theme. Shermann went towards a more AOR-type approach with his band "Fate". (Mercyful Fate - Wikipedia)

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