9 (Mercyful Fate album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 15, 1999 (1999-06-15)
RecordedFebruary—March 1999
StudioNomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Texas, USA
GenreHeavy metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerKol Marshall and Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate chronology
Dead Again
The Best of Mercyful Fate
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos7.5/10[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[4]
Rock Hard (GER)9.0/10[5]

9 is the seventh and final studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate. 9 was recorded during February and March 1999, and was released on June 15, 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 return of the Satanic- and occult-based lyrical themes which were prevalent during the band's first incarnation, as the primary lyrical focus.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics 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. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  2. ^ Rajiva, Jay. "Review: Mercyful Fate - "9"". Blistering. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  3. ^ Schwarz, Paul (12 August 1996). "Mercyful Fate - 9". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 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 2016-11-23.