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.