In the Shadows (album)

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In the Shadows
Mercyful Fate - In The Shadows Front.jpg
Studio album by Mercyful Fate
Released 6 June 1993
Recorded February and April 1993
Studio Dallas Sound Lab, Dallas, TX, USA
Genre Heavy metal
Length 53:28
Label Metal Blade
Producer King Diamond, Hank Shermann, Tim Kimsey, Brian Slagel
Mercyful Fate chronology
Return of the Vampire
(1992)Return of the Vampire1992
In the Shadows
The Bell Witch
(1994)The Bell Witch1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[3]

In the Shadows is the third full-length studio album by Mercyful Fate. It is also the first offering of the band since their reunion in 1992. It was released in 1993 on Metal Blade Records. Unlike previous Mercyful Fate albums, which were entirely centered around lyrical themes of Satanism and the Occult, the lyrics on this album are rather focused on more conceptual horror-themes, akin to King Diamond's work with his eponymous band. The band would not return to a primarily occult/Satanic lyrical approach until the band's final album, 9, released in 1999.

Some editions of In the Shadows contain a bonus track, "Return of the Vampire... 1993", that is a re-recording of the song "Return of the Vampire", present in the homonymous 1992 compilation album, featuring Lars Ulrich of Metallica on drums.

The album cover was painted by Torbjorn Jorgensen / Studio Dzyan.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by King Diamond.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Egypt" Diamond 4:52
2. "The Bell Witch" Hank Shermann 4:34
3. "The Old Oak" Shermann 8:55
4. "Shadows" Diamond 4:42
5. "A Gruesome Time" Michael Denner 4:31
6. "Thirteen Invitations" Diamond 5:17
7. "Room of Golden Air" (instrumental) Denner 3:07
8. "Legend of the Headless Rider" Shermann 7:43
9. "Is That You, Melissa?" Diamond 4:41
Bonus track
No. Title Music Length
10. "Return of the Vampire... 1993" Shermann 5:08


Mercyful Fate
Additional musicians
  • Morten Nielsen - drums
  • John Marshall - harpsichord on track 9
  • Lars Ulrich - drums on "Return of the Vampire... 1993"


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mercyful Fate - In the Shadows review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 272–273. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9. 
  3. ^ Nash, J. "Mercyful Fate - In the Shadows". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2016-11-23.