Mercyful Fate To Release Two New Songs Ahead Of Full-Length Album

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Metal Blade Records’ Brian Slagel shared some insight into Mercyful Fate’s current plans. According to him, the band will be releasing two new songs before releasing a new album.

Slagel said the following:

“So here are the plans. So there’s two [new] songs, one of which you know they’re playing a new song in the set [‘The Jackal Of Salzburg’] now [on tour], which was supposed to be out prior to all of this, but everything’s delayed.

So the first thing is, as soon as this [current fall 2022 U.S.] tour is done, they’re gonna finish up that song. It’s mostly recorded, and they’re gonna finish that up and we’re gonna put that out to the digital people on the Internet. So you’ll be able to stream that — I don’t know — some time in the next few months. So there’s that.

They have another song they’ve written that’s also gonna be out there as well, so there’ll be two MERCYFUL FATE songs out there. We’ll probably do some sort of vinyl thing with the two tracks as well.

Then we’ll have a KING DIAMOND album following that. And then we’ll go back to kind of the way we did it in the ’90s where the next record will be full MERCYFUL FATE album.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Bassist Joey Vera To Sit Out Mercyful Fate’s North American Tour, Becky Baldwin To Fill In

Bassist Joey Vera will be missing Mercyful Fate’s fall North American tour due to his commitments to Armored Saint. During his absence, Becky Baldwin will be filling in.

Vera commented:

“My dear friends: As some of you have done the math and checked your calendars, you may have noticed that it appears as though I’ve scheduled myself to be on two tours at the same time this Fall. As most of you know, I have been promoting the tour with Armored Saint supporting WASP for almost a year now. A tour I committed to in 2021 and Never You Fret, I am standing by that commitment. No thanks to the results of Covid affecting nearly every aspect of the touring industry, touring schedules have since been cancelled and moved to different times in the year. And so, Mercyful Fate had received a touring opportunity recently that was impossible to turn down. Unfortunately, this schedule conflicts with my tour in the fall with Armored Saint. So, it pains me a great deal that I cannot be in two places at one time, because If I could, I most certainly would.

Over the past 3 months I have been welcomed into the Mercyful Fate family with open arms, and this includes all of the fans. I have made new lifelong friends and have had the most amazing time this summer performing with these great musicians onstage and of course for you, the fans. These Mercyful Fate shows have been some of the most incredible gigs I’ve ever been a part of. Ever. I have been asked to be a full member in the Mercyful Fate band for touring and recording their next record, and I have accepted. However, I regretfully have to sit out this upcoming Fall Tour in the USA and S. America.

Since the show must go on, I hope you will welcome my stand-in bassist for the fall tour Becky Baldwin, with your open arms, who also plans to play the Mercy music with honor and respect to our fallen brother Tim Hansen, just as I have tried to do. I know many of you have seen the live clips on Youtube, but I promise you, this is a show you will have to see in person to believe it. Prepare yourselves to be completely blown away.

I will miss my brothers and our crew in Mercy this fall, but I’m looking forward very much to playing with my mates in Saint again and of course seeing all of you on our fall tour. See ya down front!

In closing, If I may borrow King Diamond’s “sign off”, – Stay Heavy”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Mercyful Fate From This Year’s Wacken Open Air Festival

Pro-shot footage of Mercyful Fate performing “Evil,” “Come To The Sabbath,” and “Satan’s Fall” at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany has been shared online. You can check that out below:

Mercyful Fate Announce North American Tour With Kreator And Midnight

Mercyful Fate have announced a headlining North American tour. Kreator and Midnight will open.

Tour Dates:

10/25 Dallas, TX – The Factory
10/27 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
10/29 Inglewood, CA – Youtube Theater
10/30 Wheatland, CA – Hard Rock Live Sacramento
11/01 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
11/03 Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
11/04 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J. Brady Music Center
11/05 Detroit, MI – Masonic
11/08 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
11/10 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theater
11/11 Laval, QC – Place Bell
11/13 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall At Fenway
11/14 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/16 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

King Diamond commented:

“These will be the first Mercyful Fate concerts in North American theaters in over twenty years. Memories of a lifetime. Your special chance to see Mercyful Fate with the full European festival production, but up close and personal. You cannot miss this… I hereby respectfully invite you to Come To The Sabbath by which you may free your soul and feast with us in the dark of Night. Witches and Demons, you may come as you are! Satanic Regards – King Diamond 666.”

King Diamond Plans To Release His New Album Before Mercyful Fate’s New Album

During a recent interview with Creem, King Diamond offered updates on his new solo album and the upcoming Mercyful Fate album. The fontman says his record will likely arrive before Mercyful Fate’s record.

Diamond said the following about his new album:

“We’re working on it. Brian Slagel at Metal Blade [Records, Diamond’s label] said he wants the King Diamond album to be released first. We’re not going to change things just because everything has been postponed, and now it’s Mercy playing live. [King Diamond guitarist] Andy [LaRocque] sent me eight songs of his for the King Diamond album, but that’s maybe enough for his share for two albums. The story will be over two albums. I don’t even think “Masquerade of Madness” [the King Diamond single released in 2019] will be on the album. It’ll be all new songs.”

“It’s going to be totally asylum 1930s, the pioneering of experimenting with human beings, medically, and all this sick shit like that. We want to do some stuff onstage… I don’t want to say it now because it has to be a surprise. But it’s going to be very horror. When this is done with Mercy here, we will focus 150% on King Diamond, getting it all done and recorded.”

He also added the following about the new Mercyful Fate album:

“When it comes, I don’t know, but definitely a new album. There’s another song we’re working on. I won’t say the title right now, but it’s really cool. It’s not nine minutes long like “The Jackal of Salzburg”. We could play it, but we are not doing that. It’s very theatrical. And I have lots of lyrics and lyric pieces done for quite a few other songs. Hank has sent me stuff, and it’s just like the old days. He says, “Use whatever you want. Put your touch on it, and then it’s Mercyful Fate.” Of course, his touch is important, too—together it’s Mercyful Fate.”

He continued when asked if it will be about witchcraft:

“It could. I mean, the other song we’re working on is pretty much witches on their way to the sabbath. We have the album title and the cover art as well. It’s very Mercyful Fate, but we did not try to fuse Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath into a cover again. We did that with 9, but that’s where it should stop. I think it’s cheesy to keep doing that.”

The frontman also had the following to say when asked if the band are feeling any pressure:

“Not at all. I can’t fucking wait because of the style of music that we are doing. We’ve been listening to all the old stuff and trying to recapture more of that style. We’re playing all the old songs, and I can tell you it’s fucking inspiring us. So, it’s very much in that direction. It’s going to be full-on Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath, absolutely. I mean, we’re playing the first song live and it’s not even finished. It’s like, “so fucking what?””

King Diamond Comments On Michael Denner & Kim Ruzz’s Exclusions From Current Mercyful Fate Lineup

During a recent interview with Creem, King Diamond commented on Michael Denner and Kim Ruzz’s exclusions from Mercyful Fate’s current lineup. The frontman says “there are reasons [they] are simply not here” and that the group’s latest incarnation is “not a reunion.”

Diamond said the following about Mercyful Fate’s return to the stage:

“It’s very cool and a lot of fun, but people have misunderstood what we are doing now. This is not a reunion. We are just picking it up again because the stars are aligned correctly now. And that’s been the thing all the time. Before when people asked, ‘Do you think you’re going to play with Mercy again?’ I would never say never. But it’s got to be completely right. I don’t want to go out there and try to milk a cow and do a show with the backdrop and then collect and say, ‘That was that.’ That’s not right. And Hank [Shermann] has the same philosophy. Either we do it 200%, or we don’t do it.”

He also added the following about Denner and Ruzz:

“There are reasons Michael Denner and Kim Ruzz are simply not here. I know that Michael Denner did an interview recently, and I’m not going to get into it, but he said a lot of things that are absolutely not true. I could go into a lot of details about the reasons that this is not a lineup with him in it, or Kim Ruzz in it. I don’t want to say anything bad about anybody, but you can’t say, ‘Hey, I should have played there.’ Why? Should I throw out a band member that is absolutely perfect for the band, that goes all out for the band all the time, no matter what? And his skill is beyond anything I played with on that spot in the band? There’s no way that he’s going to get fired because someone else is suddenly interested in the band. That’s completely wrong. There’s no way I would ever treat anyone like that.”

Michael Denner Opens Up About Being Excluded From Mercyful Fate Reunion

Michael Denner has further opened up about his exclusion from Mercyful Fate’s reunion lineup. The guitarist says he is “not part of it, because they didn’t tell [him].”

Denner told Chaoszine the following:

“I [feel like] this is not my band anymore. I’m not part of it, because they didn’t tell me; they didn’t invite me. We didn’t even have a discussion about it. So, of course, it took some time for me to digest it. It was quite painful, because I miss my friends from the ’80s — I miss them. But not the people who [are] in the band today. I wish them the best. I mean, the better they play, the more records we can sell and the more money I will get in the end. Of course it’s heartbreaking. And also to see and hear — they play my signature stuff. Most of the songs they play now is things I’ve done — I mean, my signature solos, my themes, my arrangements, my stuff. And it’s another guy who plays. But then again, Mike Wead is a great guitarist, and he’s still a good friend of mine. So if anyone should do the job, I’m glad it’s him who did it, really. He can do the shit. That’s some sort of comfort in all this agony and disappointment — that it’s Mike Wead who plays. And that makes me feel good.”

He continued when asked about his current relationship with King Diamond:

“The thing is me and King, we had a discussion some years ago. It was about a cover of a DENNER/SHERMANN album. Because the artist who did the artwork for the cover is [Swedish artist] Thomas Holm who did [MERCYFUL FATE’s] ‘Melissa’ and ‘Don’t Break The Oath’. And, of course, his way of painting and stuff, it was a bit more than a bit similar to ‘Melissa’ and ‘Don’t Break The Oath’, and King got upset and tried to stop the album. He did manage to stop — as I recall it — the merchandise side; t-shirt design and so on. I’m not a hundred percent sure [about] that, but that could be the story.

Me and King are quite alike. We don’t turn the other cheek. I mean, two old assholes who don’t wanna stretch the hand out and say, ‘Okay, let bygones be bygones. Let’s try to do this.’ So we keep the disagreements and the enemy side of it. That’s just sad. But with Hank, it was a different story because it came out of nowhere. We had a good teamwork going with DENNER/SHERMANN. And one of the last things Hank told me was, ‘If we do a MERCYFUL FATE reunion, it should be with you and me. No question about it.’ But of course, King, he has some strong will and some power behind it — Metal Blade Records and money; big salaries. So Hank chose to go that way and just leave me out in the cold. And [Hank and I] haven’t spoken since, more or less. And that’s a few years now. But then again, we’ve been a guitar team since the late ’70s — that’s a long, long time — and the friendship. And it’s like telepathy. You know exactly which guy should play what parts and we know each other like it’s in the pocket. But he chose to go that way, and I couldn’t live with that. So we don’t talk anymore. But I wish him the best — I wish him just the best of luck in the future. But his future will be without me.”

He also added the following when asked if he thinks he can reconnect with Hank Shermann someday:

“Not in a million years. That will never happen — never. It’s just the end of it, because I could never trust this guy again. He broke my heart and he stabbed me in the back. But still, I miss my old friend; I miss my guitar partner. But I will never take a chance again, trusting this guy, when he could do the thing he did. I will never be safe. So I feel sorry for me and I feel sorry for him. It’s a loss. That’s the way life goes. You have to carry on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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]