KING DIAMOND Says MERCYFUL FATE Will Play New Nine-Minute Song On Upcoming Tour: ‘It’s Quite A Monster’

Influential Danish metallers MERCYFUL FATE will embark on a European tour this spring and summer time. The trek will kick off on June 2 in Hannover, Germany and can embody exhibits in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Norway, Czech Republic and the UK. A one-off look on the Psycho Las Vegas competition in Las Vegas, Nevada will comply with in late August.

In a Twitch livestream from a few days in the past from the MERCYFUL FATE rehearsals, that are going down in Glostrup, Denmark, vocalist King Diamond revealed that he and his bandmates are planning to debut a model new tune on the upcoming exhibits. “We’re making an attempt,” he stated (as transcribed by Phoosi). “We’re nonetheless engaged on a tune. I wrote the ultimate lyrics the day of our departure [for rehearsals], I might say, and that is a few days in the past. So the others haven’t heard me sing the tune in any respect. We performed just a few riffs from it yesterday. I did not sing to it at the moment. But it surely’s coming [along] right here. The following couple of days we’re gonna see the place it leads us.”

Concerning the musical and lyrical content material of the brand new MERCYFUL FATE tune, King stated: “It is fairly a monster, I might say. It is virtually 9 minutes lengthy. So it isn’t only a fast little [tune]. We hope we will play it. We’re gonna do every part in our energy to play it. It is not recorded but. So no matter model we’d play for you may change earlier than it truly is totally recorded. Some drums have been recorded — that is what I can say. However we are going to do our damnedest to play it. We put it early within the set even. However that is one thing to look ahead to, undoubtedly. And now we have gotta make it sound appropriate, ‘trigger the early demo variations have plenty of stuff on that create a sure temper in the entire thing, which we won’t do [when we perform it]. The stay model can be totally different. I am unable to do the backing vocals, naturally, that’s meant for the tune. However that is additionally a problem, to do a model that works stay, after all, [with the] vocal strains. It is gonna be enjoyable. It is gonna be heavy. The topic is very heavy too. We’re again in 1675 until 1690. That is a bit of historical past that we’re describing — a nasty piece of historical past,” he added, probably referring to the Salzburg Witch Trials.

Confirmed MERCYFUL FATE dates:

Jun. 02 – Expo Plaza – Hannover, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 04 – Mystic Pageant – Gdańsk, Poland
Jun. 10 – Sweden Rock – Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 14 – Wuhlheide – Berlin, Germany (with VOLBEAT)
Jun. 16 – Graspop Metallic Assembly – Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 18 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 24 – Rock The Fortress – Verona, Italy
Jun. 26 – Hellfest Open Air Pageant – Clisson, France
Jul. 01 – Rock Fest Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Jul. 02 – Tuska Open Air – Helsinki, Finland
Jul. 22 – Hills Of Rock – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Jul. 24 – Artmania Pageant – Sibiu, Romania
Jul. 28 – Fezen Pageant – Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Jul. 29 – Metaldays – Tolmin, Slovenia
Aug. 04 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
Aug. 06 – Past The Gates – Bergen, Norway
Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug. 13 – Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK
Aug. 21 – Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

In 2019, it was introduced ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera can be changing unique MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the latter band’s summer time 2020 European competition appearances on account of Hansen‘s most cancers prognosis. Hansen handed away in November 2019 and MERCYFUL FATE‘s 2020 summer time competition appearances had been initially rescheduled for 2021 earlier than being moved again to 2022.

Again in October 2020, Vera advised Useless Rhetoric about how he landed the MERCYFUL FATE gig: “I have been mates with King for a while. ARMORED SAINT did a tour with King again in 1988-89; we’ve got been mates and labelmates perpetually. And so, he got here to see me once I was on tour with FATES WARNING supporting QUEENSRŸCHE in Dallas the place he lives. He got here to see the present. [Metal Blade Records owner] Brian Slagel was on the town. King pulled me apart backstage and advised me the story of Timi going via chemotherapy and had a summer time tour booked and wasn’t positive he was going to be effectively sufficient to do it. If he wasn’t, would I take into account stepping in and serving to out. In fact, I used to be flabbergasted and honored, yeah. I did not have the rest happening — it was purported to occur this summer time. To honor Timi and assist them out, thanks for asking me. At the back of my thoughts, I used to be considering Timi would pull via, he would get sufficient vitality to make it. I used to be sadly mistaken and it was devastating.”

Two years in the past, MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann confirmed that he was engaged on the primary new music from the band in additional than 20 years. On the time, he stated in regards to the writing course of: “Initially, King resides in Texas, within the States. I am dwelling right here north of Copenhagen, in Denmark. The drummer [Bjarne T. Holm] can also be right here, so I work with him within the rehearsal room shaping the brand new songs. The opposite guitar participant [Mike Wead] is in Stockholm, Sweden, and our new bass participant [Joey Vera] is in Los Angeles. So every part is [being done via] Dropbox or e-mails.”

He continued: “I believe there’s about six or seven [tracks that are] about to be prepared. The primary tune has been despatched to King after it has been combined and all the fellows performed on the tune. So I despatched the information to Joey in Los Angeles; he did the bass. After which I despatched the identical information to Mike in Stockholm; he did his solos. And now King has the primary tune, evaluating for the vocals to be added. After which we are going to rearrange sure components to be twice as lengthy and stuff like that.”

MERCYFUL FATE‘s final studio album, “9”, was launched in 1999.

MERCYFUL FATE can be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the historical past of steel with its progressive sound, complicated preparations, memorable melody, and its affect on bands that later took the style to new heights.

In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of traditional MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album “Storage Inc.” Titled “Mercyful Destiny”, the medley included components from “Devil’s Fall”, “Curse of the Pharaohs”, “A Corpse With out Soul”, “Into the Coven” and “Evil”.

Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) performed drums on a brand new model of MERCYFUL FATE‘s “Return of the Vampire” on the “Within the Shadows” album, which got here out in 1993.

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