9 (Mercyful Fate album)

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9
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 15, 1999 (1999-06-15)
RecordedFebruary—March 1999
StudioNomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Texas, USA
GenreHeavy metal
Length44:20
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerKol Marshall and Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate chronology
Dead Again
(1998)
9
(1999)
The Best of Mercyful Fate
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Blistering(unfavorable)[2]
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.

No.TitleMusicLength
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
7."Insane"Shermann3:01
8."Kiss the Demon"Diamond3:53
9."Buried Alive"Diamond4:53
10."9"Mike Wead4:31
Japanese release bonus track
No.TitleMusicLength
11."S.H."Diamond2:21

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.