Danish Heavy Metal icons MERCYFUL FATE have posted the following on their Facebook Page:
MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Michael Denner & Hank Shermann play riffs from all songs on the Melissa Album to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Album. Originally released on Oct. 30th 1983! 11 min full version video!
Roadrunner Records issues:
MERCYFUL FATE‘s Melissa was released 30 years ago today. One of the earliest Roadrunner releases, and the first to truly break the label out of the metal underground, it remains an astonishingly powerful record. (It was also one of the first Roadrunner titles to appear on CD, as this 2012 article discusses.) Melissa is such a crucial Roadrunner release that its opening track, “Evil,” is also the opening track on our new four-CD box, XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records.
watch the band play “Evil” in 1984 below:
Musically, it’s a landmark, too. The twin guitar leads of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, bolstered by the locked-in rhythm section of bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Kim Ruzz, created a powerful new, thoroughly European metal sound that combined the heaviness and instrumental flourishes of Rainbow with the aggression of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. But it was vocalist King Diamond who truly captured the metal world’s attention—the combination of his striking black-and-white face paint and his amazing voice, which could leap from a hideous growl to a piercing falsetto scream in a single measure, was impossible to ignore. And of course, the album is just jammed with classic tracks, from the opening one-two punch of “Evil” and “Curse of the Pharoahs” to the haunting, album-ending title song. Melissa is truly one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
Mercyful Fate – Melissa original CD
Melissa is available in the Roadrunner webstore, of course.
Stream it below on Spotify:
Danish heavy metal icons MERCYFUL FATE have just issued a short announcement on their Facebook Page:
Michael Denner & Hank Shermann back together to play the “Melissa” Album! The session took place at Denner’s apartment in Copenhagen. A video will be released on Oct. 30th to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Mercyful Fate’s Melissa Album…
ROADRUNNER has issued as follows:
This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of the compact disc. On October 1, 1982, Billy Joel‘s 52nd Street was released in Japan on CD. To play it, you had to buy a machine that cost $1000. But before long, CDs were the glorious new technology that changed the music industry forever, whether it was ever-increasing album running times (from somewhere in the 30-45 minute range to 70 minutes plus) or old records getting a new lease on life as they were reissued in the new format.
Mercyful Fate – Melissa original CD
So what were the first Roadrunner titles to appear on CD, you ask? Well, there were a few. According to former Executive VP Doug Keogh, “We pressed [King Diamond‘s] Abigail in the US, it was released June of ’87, and it was the first album released during my time at RR. However, we already had a few titles in the catalog – I believe it was Mercyful Fate‘s Melissa, Carnivore‘s Carnivore and Whiplash‘s Power and Pain. Those were the first titles released in the US by Roadrunner (actually Roadracer, but that’s another story), but of course Roadrunner in the Netherlands released albums prior to that.”
Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath original CD
Indeed, as former Roadrunner A&R guru Monte Conner points out, “RR Europe released [Mercyful Fate‘s] Don’t Break the Oath on CD – I have it. As well as Anvil and others. Just search ‘Roadrunner 1984′ or ‘Roadrunner 1985′ on eBay and you’ll see some of those original Euro CDs – which come in these weird jewel boxes.”
Check out photos of some of those weird slimline jewel cases, for the original pressings of Mercyful Fate‘s Melissa and Don’t Break the Oath.