Mercyful Fate discography

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Mercyful Fate discography
King Diamond live 2006.jpg
Mercyful Fate vocalist King Diamond performing in 1999
Studio albums 7
Compilation albums 3
Music videos 6
EPs 2
Singles 3

The discography of Mercyful Fate, a Danish heavy metal band, consists of seven studio releases, three compilations, three singles, and six music videos. Mercyful Fate was formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.[1] After several line-up changes and self-made demos, Mercyful Fate released their self-titled EP in 1982, with the line-up of King Diamond (vocals), Hank Shermann (guitar), Michael Denner (guitar), Timi Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums).[2] With this line-up, the group released their debut album, Melissa, on October 30, 1983, through Roadrunner Records.[3] The following year, Mercyful Fate recorded their second album Don't Break the Oath. Released on September 7, 1984,[4] the album debuted at number 33 on the Swedish Sverigetopplistan charts.[5] Despite winning a cult following around the world, Mercyful Fate broke up in April 1985, due to musical differences.[6][7]

In 1993, King Diamond, Hank Shermann, Michael Denner and Timi Hansen reunited to reform Mercyful Fate (drummer Kim Ruzz was replaced by Morten Nielsen).[7][8] On June 22, 1993, Mercyful Fate released the album In the Shadows through Metal Blade Records.[9] Following the supporting tour, the band released The Bell Witch on June 27, 1994, an EP of live tracks, as well as studio recordings from In the Shadows.[10] On September 25, 1994, Mercyful Fate released the album Time,[11] which was followed by Into the Unknown in 1996.[12] Into the Unknown also charted at number 31 on Finnish album charts.[13] On June 9, 1998, Mercyful Fate released the album Dead Again,[14] and on May 15, 1999, the band released the album 9.[15]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[5]
FIN
[13]
1983 Melissa
1984 Don't Break the Oath
  • Released: September 7, 1984
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
33
1993 In the Shadows
  • Released: June 22, 1993
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1994 Time
  • Released: September 25, 1994
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1996 Into the Unknown
  • Released: August 20, 1996
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
31
1998 Dead Again
  • Released: June 9, 1998
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1999 9
  • Released: May 15, 1999
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: CD, LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
1987 The Beginning
  • Released: June 24, 1987
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1992 Return of the Vampire
  • Released: May 12, 1992
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
2003 The Best of Mercyful Fate
  • Released: September 15, 2003
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Format: CD, CS

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
1982 Mercyful Fate
  • Released: September 25, 1982
  • Label: RaveOn
  • Formats: CS, LP
1994 The Bell Witch
  • Released: June 27, 1994
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP

Singles[edit]

Year Single details
1983 "Black Masses"
  • Released: 1983
  • Album: Melissa
  • Label: Roadrunner
1993 "Egypt"
2009 "Evil"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1993 "Egypt" John Kornarens[16]
1994 "The Bell Witch" John Kornarens[17]
1994 "Nightmare Be Thy Name" Unknown[18]
1994 "Witches' Dance" David Roth[19]
1996 "The Uninvited Guest" A. Coch[20]
1998 "The Night" Unknown[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King Diamond interviewed in 1997.". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Mercyful Fate at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Melissa at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Don't Break the Oath at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  6. ^ "King Diamond interviewed on the Music Box". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  7. ^ a b "Mercyful Fate". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  8. ^ "Mercyful Fate - Band members". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  9. ^ "In the Shadows at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  10. ^ "The Bell Witch at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  11. ^ "Time at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  12. ^ "Into the Unknown at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  13. ^ a b "Mercyful Fate - Into the Unknown". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Dead Again at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  15. ^ "9 at KingDiamondCoven.com". KingDiamondCoven.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  16. ^ "Mercyful Fate - "Egypt" music video". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  17. ^ "Mercyful Fate - "The Bell Witch" music video". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  18. ^ "Mercyful Fate - "Nightmare Be Thy Name" music video". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  19. ^ "Mercyful Fate - "Witches' Dance" music video". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  20. ^ "Mercyful Fate - "The Uninvited Guest" music video". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  21. ^ "Mercyful Fate - "The Night" music video". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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