Fan-filmed video of MERCYFUL FATE‘s whole June 10 live performance on the Sweden Rock Pageant in Sölvesborg, Sweden will be considered under. The influential Danish metallers’ 11-song set included a model new observe, “The Jackl Of Salzburg”, which is anticipated to look on MERCYFUL FATE‘s upcoming studio album, tentatively due in 2023 through Metallic Blade. Lyrically, the tune is impressed by one of many final main witch hunts, the Zaubererjackl trials in Salzburg, Austria (1675-90). 139 folks had been executed because the followers of Wizard Jackl or Magician Jackl or Jäckel, who was himself by no means discovered.
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.
Setlist for MERCYFUL FATE‘s live performance on the Sweden Rock Pageant:
01. The Oath
02. The Jackl Of Salzburg
03. A Corpse With out Soul
04. Black Funeral
05. A Harmful Assembly
07. Doomed By The Residing Lifeless
08. Curse Of The Pharaohs
10. Come To The Sabbath
11. Devil’s Fall
In 2019, it was introduced that Vera can be changing authentic MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the band’s summer season 2020 European competition appearances as a consequence of Hansen‘s most cancers prognosis. Hansen handed away in November 2019 and MERCYFUL FATE‘s 2020 summer season competition appearances had been initially rescheduled for 2021 earlier than being moved again to 2022.
In a Twitch livestream from just a few days earlier than the June 2 kick-off live performance in Hannover, Germany from the MERCYFUL FATE rehearsals, which came about in Glostrup, Denmark, King revealed that he and his bandmates had been planning to debut a model new tune on the 2022 reveals. “We’re making an attempt,” he stated on the time. “We’re nonetheless engaged on a tune. I wrote the ultimate lyrics the day of our departure [for rehearsals], I’d 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.”
Relating to the musical and lyrical content material of the brand new MERCYFUL FATE tune, King stated: “It is fairly a monster, I’d say. It is nearly 9 minutes lengthy. So it isn’t only a fast little [tune]. We hope we are able to play it. We’re gonna do every thing in our energy to play it. It isn’t 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’ll do our damnedest to play it. We put it early within the set even. However that is one thing to stay up for, undoubtedly. And now we have gotta make it sound right, ‘trigger the early demo variations have plenty of 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 supposed for the tune. However that is additionally a problem, to do a model that works stay, in fact, [with the] vocal traces. 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 chunk of historical past that we’re describing — a nasty piece of historical past.”
Again in October 2020, Vera advised Lifeless Rhetoric about how he landed the MERCYFUL FATE gig: “I have been buddies with King for a while. ARMORED SAINT did a tour with King again in 1988-89; we have now been buddies and labelmates ceaselessly. 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 by chemotherapy and had a summer season tour booked and wasn’t certain he was going to be nicely sufficient to do it. If he wasn’t, would I contemplate stepping in and serving to out. In fact, I used to be flabbergasted and honored, yeah. I did not have the rest occurring — it was imagined 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, he would get sufficient power 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 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 thing 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 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’ll 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 metallic with its modern sound, complicated preparations, memorable melody, and its affect on bands that later took the style to new heights.
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