Influential Danish metallers MERCYFUL FATE performed their second live performance in 23 years Saturday evening (June 4) on the Mystic Pageant in Gdańsk, Poland. The band’s 11-song set included a model new monitor, “The Jackl Of Salzburg”, which is predicted to seem on MERCYFUL FATE‘s upcoming studio album, tentatively due in 2023 by way of Steel Blade. Lyrically, the tune is impressed by one of many final main witch hunts, the Zaubererjackl trials in Salzburg, Austria (1675-90). 139 individuals have been executed because the followers of Wizard Jackl or Magician Jackl or Jäckel, who was himself by no means discovered.
Becoming a member of King 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 Jackl Of Salzburg
03. A Corpse With out Soul
04. Black Funeral
05. A Harmful Assembly
07. Doomed By The Dwelling Lifeless
08. Curse Of The Pharaohs
10. Come To The Sabbath
11. Devil’s Fall
In 2019, it was introduced that Vera could be changing unique MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen for the band’s summer time 2020 European competition appearances as a result of Hansen‘s most cancers analysis. Hansen handed away in November 2019 and MERCYFUL FATE‘s 2020 summer time competition appearances have 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 have been planning to debut a model new tune on the 2022 reveals. “We’re attempting,” he mentioned 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. Nevertheless it’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 mentioned: “It is fairly a monster, I’d say. It is nearly 9 minutes lengthy. So it is not only a fast little [tune]. We hope we will play it. We’re gonna do the whole lot 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 really 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, positively. And now we have gotta make it sound appropriate, ‘trigger the early demo variations have a number of stuff on that create a sure temper in the entire thing, which we will not do [when we perform it]. The stay model can 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, 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 chunk of historical past that we’re describing — a nasty piece of historical past.”
Again in October 2020, Vera instructed Lifeless Rhetoric about how he landed the MERCYFUL FATE gig: “I have been pals with King for a while. ARMORED SAINT did a tour with King again in 1988-89; we now have been pals and labelmates without end. 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 instructed me the story of Timi going by chemotherapy and had a summer time tour booked and wasn’t positive he was going to be properly sufficient to do it. If he wasn’t, would I think about stepping in and serving to out. After all, I used to be flabbergasted and honored, yeah. I did not have anything occurring — it was presupposed 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 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 mentioned in regards to the writing course of: “To start with, King resides in Texas, within the States. I am residing 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 the whole lot 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 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’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 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 basic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album “Storage Inc.” Titled “Mercyful Destiny”, the medley included elements 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.