Influential Danish metallers MERCYFUL FATE performed their first live performance in 23 years earlier tonight (Thursday, June 2) on the Expo Plaza in Hannover, Germany because the assist act for VOLBEAT. The band’s nine-song set included a model new observe, “The Jackal Of Salzburg”, which is predicted to look on MERCYFUL FATE‘s upcoming studio album, tentatively due in 2023 through Steel Blade.
Becoming a member of frontman King Diamond in MERCYFUL FATE‘s present lineup are Hank Shermann on guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on drums, Mike Wead on guitar and Joey Vera on bass.
The setlist was as follows:
01. The Oath
02. The Jackal Of Salzburg (new tune; stay debut)
03. A Corpse With out Soul
04. Curse Of The Pharaohs
06. A Harmful Assembly
07. Devil’s Fall
In 2019, it was introduced that Vera could be changing authentic MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the band’s summer season 2020 European pageant appearances as a consequence of Hansen‘s most cancers analysis. Hansen handed away in November 2019 and MERCYFUL FATE‘s 2020 summer season pageant appearances have been initially rescheduled for 2021 earlier than being moved again to 2022.
In a Twitch livestream from a number of days in the past from the MERCYFUL FATE rehearsals, which passed off in Glostrup, Denmark, King revealed that he and his bandmates have been planning to debut a model new tune on the 2022 reveals. “We’re making an attempt,” he stated. “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 a number of riffs from it yesterday. I did not sing to it at the moment. But it surely’s coming [along] right here. The subsequent 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 is not 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 could possibly change earlier than it truly is absolutely 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 sit up for, positively. And now we have gotta make it sound appropriate, ‘trigger the early demo variations have numerous stuff on that create a sure temper in the entire thing, which we will not do [when we perform it]. The stay model might be completely different. I can not do the backing vocals, naturally, that’s meant for the tune. However that is additionally a problem, to do a model that works stay, in fact, [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.
Again in October 2020, Vera informed Lifeless 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; now we have been mates and labelmates ceaselessly. And so, he got here to see me after 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 informed me the story of Timi going by means of chemotherapy and had a summer season tour booked and wasn’t positive he was going to be properly sufficient to do it. If he wasn’t, would I contemplate stepping in and serving to out. After all, I used to be flabbergasted and honored, yeah. I did not have anything occurring — it was speculated to occur this summer season. To honor Timi and assist them out, thanks for asking me. Behind my thoughts, I used to be pondering Timi would pull by means of, he would get sufficient vitality to make it. I used to be sadly mistaken and it was devastating.”
Two years in the past, Shermann confirmed that he was engaged on the primary new music from MERCYFUL FATE in additional than 20 years. On the time, he stated in regards to the writing course of: “To begin with, 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 feel 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 blended and all the blokes 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 elements to be twice as lengthy and stuff like that.”
MERCYFUL FATE‘s final studio album, “9”, was launched in 1999.
MERCYFUL FATE might be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the historical past of steel with its revolutionary sound, advanced preparations, memorable melody, and its affect on bands that later took the style to new heights.
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