9 (Mercyful Fate album)

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Studio album by
Released15 June 1999 (1999-06-15)
RecordedFebruary—March 1999
StudioNomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Texas, US
GenreHeavy metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerKol Marshall and Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate chronology
Dead Again
The Best of Mercyful Fate
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chronicles of Chaos7.5/10[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[4]
Rock Hard9.0/10[5]

9 is the seventh studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate. 9 was recorded during February and March 1999 and was released on 15 June 1999 on Metal Blade Records.[1] This album continues the heavier sound that was introduced in their previous album Dead Again, and also marks the continuation of the Satanic- and occult-based lyrical themes which were prevalent during the band's first incarnation and were reintroduced on the Time (1994) album, as the primary lyrical focus. 9 was Mercyful Fate's last studio album before their twenty-year hiatus from 1999 to 2019.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by King Diamond.

1."Last Rites"Hank Shermann4:12
2."Church of Saint Anne"Shermann4:44
3."Sold My Soul"Diamond5:04
4."House on the Hill"Shermann3:43
5."Burn in Hell"Diamond3:49
6."The Grave"Shermann4:09
8."Kiss the Demon"Diamond3:53
9."Buried Alive"Diamond4:53
10."9"Mike Wead4:31
Japanese release bonus track


Mercyful Fate
Additional musicians
  • Kol Marshall – keyboards
  • Kol Marshall – producer, engineer, mixing with Mercyful Fate
  • Vince Rossi – engineer


  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Mercyful Fate – 9 review". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ Rajiva, Jay. "Review: Mercyful Fate – "9"". Blistering. Archived from the original on 14 January 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  3. ^ Schwarz, Paul (12 August 1996). "Mercyful Fate – 9". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 273–274. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  5. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (1999). "Dynamit: Mercyful Fate- Into the Unknown". Rock Hard (in German). No. 145. Retrieved 23 November 2016.