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2008 digitally remastered and expanded metal-foil digipak edition of the California Heavy Metal band’s album featuring bonus tracks. Originally released in 1985, this upgraded version of Skeptics Apocalypse includes two bonus tracks: ’The Ripper” (originally by Judas Priest) and ’The Unexpected’ (Live). Century Media.

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  • Unquestionably, Mercyful Fate’s “Melissa”, Venom’s “Black Metal”, early Celtic Frost and early Bathory are considered the foundations of modern black metal. Although the music on “Melissa” has more akin to the foundations of modern power metal than black metal, the black metal attitude is definitely there. No self-described fan of heavy music can call their collection complete if they do not have this album. Bands ranging from Metallica to Pearl Jam to Emperor have discussed the influence of Mercyful Fate on them. It really doesn’t get much better than songs like “Evil”, “Curse of the Pharoahs”, “Into the Coven” and “Satan’s Fall”.

    It is also worth spending the extra few bucks to get this version for the interesting liner notes in which King, Hank, Michael, and the album’s producer describe the recording process. It is also worth it for the bonus live official “bootleg” on disc 2 because it is of good quality for a bootleg.

    5 star classic!

    Posted on January 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • An excellent release. Always my favorite Mercyful Fate album, this version is an improvment over the remastered version due to the inclusion of a video of three live tracks. The optional commentary by King Diamond is a nice touch. The sound quality of the video is about what one would expect from a pre-Melissa club setting. Not as good as my “Live from the Depths of Hell” boot, but good enough. They used three cameras, so the footage is quite nice.

    I have the remastered version of Melissa as well, but really, to have a video of Doomed by the Living Dead makes it worth twice the price. Of course, this only whets my appetite to have a full DVD release from the Melissa and “Oath” period. How about it guys?

    Posted on January 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • this album includes a dvd of three songs by mercyful fate from the live at the dynamo in holland 1983

    track list for dvd:
    1.doomed by the living dead funeral
    3.curse of the pharaohs
    *also inludes exclusive commentary by king diamond

    but wait there more it also includes a cd of melissa

    track list:

    2.Curse Of The Pharaohs
    3.Into The Coven
    4.At The Sound Of The Demon Bell
    5.Black Funeral
    6.Satan’s Fall
    * all tracks remastered

    bonus tracks: masses (b-side of the “black funeral” single)
    9.curse of the pharaohs(bbc radio 1 session)
    10.evil(bbc radio 1 session)
    11.satan’s fall (bbc radio 1 session)
    12.curse of the pharaohs (demo) funeral (demo)

    also this album kicks ass I love mercyful fate and king diamond

    I also recommend you buy some celtic frost.

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Here is another re-release for Mercyful Fate’s Melissa album. I already owned two different versions when I saw this but I had to get it for the demos and for the Live DVD. You should know this already, but if you don’t, this is one of the top five heavy metal albums of all time, in my opinion. The song writing is top notch, combining great melody with brutal riffing. You’ll hear influences from NWOBHM, thrash, true-metal and even some blues. The singing of King Diamond, in my opinion, is amazing! Some people can’t get past it though, so if you don’t like high pitched singing and screaming this might not be for you. But, still give it a listen, the music will win you over.

    The two demos on the Melissa album are nice and to my knowledge not available anywhere else. All of the BBC tracks are available on the album Beginning. Now, for the DVD. It is a shame that they couldn’t have made it longer. I mean, if you’re gonna keep taking our money give us more! Well, they got my money anyways! The sound and camera work isn’t very good, but what do you expect, it’s 1983. The songs are pretty choice that they used, although I would have loved to see them play Satan’s Fall! It also would have been nice if they would have shown more of Hank Sherman’s solos! The commentary tracks by King Diamond are pretty neat, as he gives you little details about that time period and the members. It’s a little hard to understand him sometimes though. Overall this package is well worth the money. Especially if you don’t own this album yet!

    When I said that this album is in my top five, I include in that Metallica – Kill ‘Em All; Diamond Head – Lightning To The Nations; Witchfinder General – Death Penalty; Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath…so trust me or not.

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Arguably the most original and critically acclaimed group to come from Denmark was Mercyful Fate. Mercyful Fate’s nucleus comprised of the multi-octave vocals of King Diamond aka Kim Bendix Petersen, and the twin lead guitar attack of Hank Sherman aka Rene Krolmark and Michael Denner. “Melissa” was the group’s first formal recording and was a featured LP for Road Runner Records. Although “Melissa” was originally released in 1983, and re-released in 1997, Roadrunner Records has remastered the songs and released this classic for your listening enjoyment. It includes the highly sought after early 1980’s BBC sessions, two extra demo tracks of “Black Funeral”, and “Curse of the Pharaohs” and a three track DVD featuring live footage of the band during early 1983. A commentary by King Diamond himself narrates the performance and the story of the group during that time frame. Mercyful Fate pioneered a sub genre of ultra heavy and complex music renown for its macabre lyrics, and Satanic/occultism driven imagery and attitude called Black Metal.

    The relevance of “Melissa” as a recording is immense. Firstly the LP had 7 drop dead knock out classics including the 11 minute opus “Satan’s Fall” Secondly, Mercyful Fate’s sound was so obscenely original that to this day not another group even vaguely comes close to emulating them. And thirdly, Mercyful Fate’s success paved the way for many other extremely heavy artists to prosper.

    In conclusion, this group’s body of work isn’t for everybody, and some will find the subject content and or delivery of Mercyful Fate’s music to be uncomfortable. But for those who are interested in truly groundbreaking Metal classics and the development of the genre of darker Metal music, this CD/DVD package is a must have for your collection! Be sure to check out Mercyful Fate’s 9 other releases, King Diamond’s solo work and Force of Evil’s cds featuring Hank Sherman and Michael Denner

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now