Mercyful Fate Perform New Song “The Jackal Of Salzburg” At First Concert In 23 Years

Last night (June 2), Mercyful Fate took the stage at the Expo Plaza in Hannover, Germany for their first show in 23 years. Notably, the set included a new song titled “The Jackal Of Salzburg.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that track and more below:

Mercyful Fate Announce 2022 Tour

Mercyful Fate have announced the dates for their upcoming spring/summer tour. The trek will include a European/UK run and an appearance at the Psycho Las Vegas festival in Las Vegas, NV.

Tour Dates:

06/02 Hannover, GER – Expo Plaza (with Volbeat)
06/04 Gdańsk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/10 Sölvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
06/14 Berlin, GER – Wuhlheide (with Volbeat)
06/16 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/24 Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle
06/26 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest Open Air Festival
07/01 Barcelona, SPA – Rock Fest Barcelona
07/02 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air
07/22 Plovdiv, BUL – Hills Of Rock
07/24 Sibiu, ROM – Artmania Festival
07/28 Székesfehérvár, HUN – Fezen Festival
07/29 Tolmin, SLO – Metaldays
08/04 Wacken, GER – Wacken Open Air
08/06 Bergen, NOR – Beyond The Gates
08/11 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/13 Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
08/21 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

King Diamond’s New Album Won’t Arrive Before 2023

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Metal Blade Records founder and CEO Brian Slagel revealed that King Diamond’s new album won’t be released before 2023. Despite this, he also mentioned that a new Mercyful Fate album may arrive “sometime soon-ish.”

Slagel said the following:

“I had a really good conversation with [King Diamond] the other day, and he’s working on both KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE. I might have heard a demo or two that sounded really, really good.

I don’t know when either of these records are gonna come out, ’cause King likes to do things at his own speed. It’s, like, ‘Hey, whatever works for you is totally fine with me.’ But I was very happy with what I’ve heard so far. So hopefully everybody will be pretty happy.

MERCYFUL FATE is doing a bunch of festivals this summer — knock on wood — as long as they don’t get canceled. And then they’re also playing Psycho [Las Vegas] fest in Las Vegas, which I think will definitely be the only U.S. date. There’s a possibility there could be a Canadian date somewhere along the line here too. But we’ll see.

But there will be a new KING DIAMOND record, I’m hoping, in 2023. And there will also be a new MERCYFUL FATE record sometime soon-ish.”

[via Blabbermouth]

New King Diamond And Mercyful Fate Albums Will Be Ready In 2022

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” King Diamond offered updates on the new albums from his eponymous band and Mercyful Fate. According to him, both records will be ready in 2022.

King Diamond said the following:

“Writing-wise, we are far with both albums. Andy [La Rocque, KING DIAMOND guitarist] is doing a second run-through with his songs, the way he has been correcting a lot of things. Hank [Shermann, MERCYFUL FATE guitarist] has done the same thing, and I’m waiting for those songs to come back. The story is written, even for both KING DIAMOND albums, ’cause [the new KING DIAMOND album] ‘The Institute’ will be a two-album story. And that story is finished completely. I have a lot of vocal ideas for what they have sent me. I am writing my own [songs musically] too.”

“60 percent of the KING DIAMOND [material], at least, will be mine — my songs — and all lyrics, naturally. MERCYFUL FATE also, I will be writing more in the direction of ‘Don’t Break The Oath’. Hank will be writing more music than me, but I will certainly write my share too. Back then, on ‘Don’t Break The Oath’, I wrote ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Oath’ and ‘Come To The Sabbath’ and then this little piece together with Michael Denner, ‘To One Far Away’. So, it’ll be more like that — maybe Hank will have six songs and me four — but we’ll see how it turns out in the end. We’ll probably have too many songs.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“The KING DIAMOND is next year for sure. MERCYFUL FATE will be ready to be released next year — a hundred percent sure too — but it will have to wait until KING DIAMOND is done, if you know what I mean. In the meantime, we’ll be getting the writing done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

King Diamond Offers Updates On New Solo And Mercyful Fate Albums

During an appearance on “The Electric Theater With Clown,” the show hosted by Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, King Diamond offered an update on the new music that he has been working on. The material will eventually surface in the form of new albums from both King Diamond and Mercyful Fate.

Diamond said the following:

“I’m writing with Hank [Shermann, guitar] from MERCYFUL FATE and writing with Andy [LaRocque, guitar] for KING DIAMOND and writing on my own for KING DIAMOND. For KING DIAMOND, it’s an album that’s gonna be called ‘The Institute’, which is part one of two — there’ll be two full albums that will be completing a full story. And as the title [suggests], there’s gonna be some crazy weird stuff. And for MERCY, I also have the title, but I’m not giving it out to anybody at the moment. We have the front cover for the new MERCY too. It’s very correct, very right for MERCYFUL FATE. It’s very back to basics.”

He also added:

“For my part, with both MERCY and KING albums — even more KING DIAMOND, I would say — all vocals are gonna be lead vocals again, like they were in the old days. It didn’t matter if there was a choir singing on the right side or the left side, or whatever, they would still go and pick up parts of the lyrics to progress the story and so on. So it’s gonna be anything goes with the vocals, for sure — back to the old style. And for MERCY too, it’s gonna be very old-fashioned — Hank is writing very much like the old days. And it’s nice to feel that we can capture that again. So that’s two albums that are being worked on that will be done by the time we can go out and tour again, I’m sure.”

In other news, Diamond also revealed that an “Abigail” graphic novel is currently in the works:

“[We are working with] a really good company. I have high, high hopes for how that’s gonna turn out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Super7 To Release New Mercyful Fate-Era King Diamond Figure

Super7 will be releasing a new Mercyful Fate-era King Diamond ReAction figure on January 13. This news comes after the company previously released a deluxe figure of the singer.

Super7 To Release Deluxe Mercyful Fate-Era King Diamond Figure

Super7 will be releasing a deluxe Mercyful Fate-era King Diamond figure as part of their ULTIMATES! line. The toy will come with an assortment of interchangeable accessories and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Hank Shermann Says He Has “About Six Or Seven” New Mercyful Fate Songs Written

Mercyful Fate were planning to return to the live stage this year, but their plans have been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, fans still have something to look forward to as the band are working on new music.

Guitarist Hank Shermann told Heavy the following about the impact that the pandemic has had on their shows:

“This totally [knocked] out all shows for 2020, I predict, and as it looks now, all MERCYFUL FATE shows look to be canceled. We might have an option in November [to do something], maybe, but who knows how it looks at that time?”

He also added the following about new music:

“First of all, King [Diamond] is living in Texas, in the States. I’m living here north of Copenhagen, in Denmark. The drummer [Bjarne T. Holm] is also here, so I work with him in the rehearsal room shaping the new songs. The other guitar player [Mike Wead] is in Stockholm, Sweden, and our new bass player [Joey Vera] is in Los Angeles. So everything is [being done via] Dropbox or e-mails.”

“I have been working at least the last one and a half years on new MERCYFUL FATE songs, and I think there’s about six or seven [tracks that are] about to be ready. The first song has been sent to King after it’s been mixed and all the guys played on the song. So I sent the files to Joey in Los Angeles; he did the bass. And then I sent the same files to Mike in Stockholm; he did his solos. And now King has the first song, evaluating for the vocals to be added. And then we will rearrange certain parts to be twice as long and stuff like that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mercyful Fate Bassist Timi Hansen Passes Away

Mercyful Fate bassist Timi Hansen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.

Mercyful Fate frontman King Diamond commented:

“I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way.

He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times.

I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten.

When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said “we fight on”.

I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy.

Rest in Peace my dear dear friend.
King“

Michael Denner Says He Wasn’t Approached About Taking Part In The Upcoming Mercyful Fate Reunion

Michael Denner has officially commented on his absence from the upcoming Mercyful Fate reunion. He told Metalized the following [translated from Danish]:

“I was not asked to join, and was told only two days before it was public news. I think it’s a pity for the fans of the original MERCYFUL FATE. Especially since I’m in the shape of my life right now. But now it’s just a matter of putting it behind me, and look forward to the release of the upcoming DENNER’S INFERNO album ‘In Amber’.”

[via Blabbermouth]