Influential Danish metallers MERCYFUL FATE performed their first live performance in 23 years Thursday evening (June 2) on the Expo Plaza in Hannover, Germany because the help act for VOLBEAT. The band’s seven-song set included a model new monitor, “The Jackal Of Salzburg”, which is predicted to seem on MERCYFUL FATE‘s upcoming studio album, tentatively due in 2023 through Metallic Blade.
In introducing “The Jackal Of Salzburg”, frontman King Diamond informed the gang: “Now we have a model new track we might like to check on you. It isn’t fairly completed. We’re missing a verse and somewhat extra. It isn’t recorded but. However let’s examine in case you like this. That is known as ‘The Jackal Of Salzburg’.”
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 Jackal Of Salzburg (new track; 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 time 2020 European competition appearances because 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.
In a Twitch livestream from a number of days in the past from the MERCYFUL FATE rehearsals, which happened in Glostrup, Denmark, King revealed that he and his bandmates had been planning to debut a model new track on the 2022 exhibits. “We’re making an attempt,” he stated on the time. “We’re nonetheless engaged on a track. 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 track 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 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 track, King stated: “It is fairly a monster, I might say. It is nearly 9 minutes lengthy. So it is not only a fast little [tune]. We hope we are able to play it. We’re gonna do every part in our energy to play it. It isn’t recorded but. So no matter model we would play for you could possibly change earlier than it really 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, positively. And now we have gotta make it sound right, ‘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 will likely be completely different. I can not do the backing vocals, naturally, that’s meant for the track. However that is additionally a problem, to do a model that works stay, after all, [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,” he added, presumably referring to the Salzburg Witch Trials.
Again in October 2020, Vera informed Useless 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 have now been pals 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 informed me the story of Timi going by way of chemotherapy and had a summer time 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. After all, I used to be flabbergasted and honored, yeah. I did not have the rest occurring — it was imagined 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 way of, 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 concerning 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 feel there’s about six or seven [tracks that are] about to be prepared. The primary track has been despatched to King after it has been combined and all the fellows performed on the track. So I despatched the recordsdata to Joey in Los Angeles; he did the bass. After which I despatched the identical recordsdata to Mike in Stockholm; he did his solos. And now King has the primary track, 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 will likely 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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