Mercyful Fate (Band)

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Mercyful Fate
photo credit: lonepine
Group Members King Diamond
Hank Shermann
Sharlee D'Angelo
Bjarne T. Holm
Mike Wead
Past Group Members Carsten Van Der Volsing
Jan Lindblad
Timi Hansen
Nick Smith
Kim Ruzz
Benny Petersen
Michael Denner
Morten Nielsen
Snowy Shaw
Music Genre (Text) Heavy metal
black metal
Music Genre Hard Rock
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Year(s) Active 1981–1985, 1992–1999
(reunions: 2008, 2011)
Record Label Roadrunner
Metal Blade
Official Websites
Associated Acts King Diamond
Force of Evil
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Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.

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