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Mercyful Fate -Melissa lp


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2020 release on black vinyl with lyric insert

Mercyful Fate’s debut album, Melissa, took Black Sabbath’s dark occult obsessions to an extreme, fusing them with the speed and tightened, twin-guitar riffing attack of British metal bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. But the band had a distinctive sound of its own, thanks to the neo-classical flourishes of guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner and the unpredictable vocal leaps of King Diamond, who could jump from a deathly growl to an unearthly falsetto wail in the next line. The band was still finding itself, and some of the songs on Melissa have a tendency to move into long, meandering instrumental sections, but the basic components of Mercyful Fate’s influential European gothic black metal sound were already in place

Track listing:
1. Evil
2. Curse Of The Pharoahs
3. Into The Coven
4. At The Sound Of The Demon Bell
5. Black Funeral
6. Satans Fall
7. Melissa

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Metal Blade Records

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