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KING DIAMOND on MERCYFUL FATE’s Return: It’s “Definitely Not a Reunion”

King Diamond once again clarified that MERCIFUL FATEThe current comeback of shouldn’t be considered a “reunion” of the influential Danish heavy metal band.

When it was announced in 2019 that MERCIFUL FATE would reform for an undetermined number of gigs across Europe during the summer of 2020, it was revealed that the band’s lineup for the shows would consist of King singing, Hank Sherman on the guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on the battery, mike wead on guitar and Joey Vera (SAINT IN ARMOR, WARNING OF FATE) on the bass.

King discussed MERCIFUL FATEreturned last Sunday (August 21) immediately following the band’s performance at psycho las vegas festival. Talk to knotfestit is Daniel Decaysaid the 66-year-old singer (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s definitely not a reunion. We picked up where we left off in ’99. It’s the same lineup except we wanted to [original MERCYFUL FATE bassist] Timi Hansen back to the bass, who got sick [with cancer]. And we tried, and it got better, then it got worse [before eventually dying in 2019]. We actually started looking for a replacement for Timi in case he can’t do full shows. And it was Joey Vera. Timi I wanted this, and I was totally into it. I saw Joey with WARNING OF FATE, and there was no doubt in our minds. And Timi really, really felt it was the right thing. At one point, Timi got worse very quickly.”

King continued: “When we played Copenhagen [festival] in Copenhagen [earlier this summer], Joey had the chance to meet TimiThe daughter of , who was really, really nice, and could also get her blessing for doing what we do. Otherwise it is the ‘9’ [album] line up. So that’s the only thing that’s changed is the bass.”

King also talked about MERCIFUL FATEplans for new music, including the song “The Jackl of Salzburg”, which he and his bandmates have performed at all of their recent gigs. The track should appear on MERCIFUL FATEnext studio album by, tentatively scheduled for 2023 via metal blade. Lyrically, the song is inspired by one of the last great witch hunts, the ZaubererJackl trial in Salzburg, Austria (1675-90). 139 people were executed – including 39 children (between 10 and 14 years old), 53 adolescents and young adults (between 15 and 21 years old) – as supporters of Sorcerer Jackl Where Magician Jackl Where jackelwhich itself has never been found.

“We’re writing for a full album,” King said. “We also write for a full DIAMOND KING album at the same time. But of course, MERCIFUL FATE, we can’t start with a normal song. I do not know why. It’s crazy. But me and Skein write the same way we did back then. I will write some of my own songs. But we started with Skein write music. And once, I got it. I have a big scalpel. And I do this [makes cutting motion] and suddenly things are moving and all that, and Skein said, ‘Oh, now it looks like MERCIFUL FATE.’ And it was [with ‘The Jackl Of Salzburg’] too. And that song was originally seven minutes or something; it is now 8:54 a.m. So it’s sort of nine minutes. You don’t really do this to try to come back with a single. [But] this is what we do.”

King went on to say that he had the opportunity to see Moosham Castle in Austria which served as the administrative center during the ZaubererJackl witch trials. “We were there,” he said. “We went into the torture chamber. They still have all the original stuff they used. It’s an absolutely creepy place. But we got to go in and see it. And there’s some things i saw there that i now have to put in the lyrics [of ‘The Jackl Of Salzburg’] to make it even more realistic. There is a small piece in [the song] it’s not over yet.”

Last month, guitarist Michael Denerwhich was part of MERCIFUL FATEsaid it was “heartbreaking” for him to be left out of the group’s current comeback. Denner discussed his absence from the band reunion in an interview with Finland’s Chaoszine. He said, “I [feel like] it’s not my band anymore. I’m not one of them, 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 me a while to digest it. It was quite painful, because I miss my friends from the 80s — I miss them. But not people who [are] in the group today. I wish them the best. I mean, the better they play, the more records we can sell, and the more money I’ll make 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 are things I did – I mean, my signature solos, my themes, my arrangements, my stuff. And it’s another guy playing. But again, mike wead is a great guitarist, and he is still a good friend of mine. So if somebody should do the job, I’m glad he did it, really. He can do shit. It’s a kind of solace in all this agony and disappointment – that it’s mike wead Who’s playing. And that makes me feel good.”

Regarding his relationship with King, Michael said, “The thing is me and King, we had a discussion a few years ago. It was a cover of a DENNER/SHERMANN album. Because the artist who did the cover illustration is [Swedish artist] Thomas Holm who has [MERCYFUL FATE‘s] ‘Melissa’ and “Don’t Break the Oath”. And, of course, his way of painting and everything, it was a little more than a little similar to ‘Melissa’ and “Don’t Break the Oath”and King got angry and tried to stop the album. He managed to stop – if I remember correctly – the commodity 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 look a lot alike, he explained. We do not turn the other cheek. I mean, two old assholes who don’t want to reach out and say, “Okay, let’s move on.” Let’s try to do that. So we keep the disagreements and the enemy side. It’s just sad. But with Skein, that was a different story because it came out of nowhere. We had good teamwork with DENNER/SHERMANN. And one of the last things Skein told me was, ‘Whether we make a MERCIFUL FATE meeting, he should be with you and me. No doubt about it. But of course, Kinghe has a strong will and some power behind it – Metal blade discs and silver; big salaries. So Skein chose to go that way and leave me out in the cold. And [Hank and I] hasn’t spoken since, more or less. And it’s been a few years now. But again, we’ve been a guitar team since the late 70s – that’s a very long time – and friendship. And it’s like telepathy. You know exactly which guy has to play which games and we know each other like it’s in the pocket. But he chose to go that route, and I couldn’t live with that. So we don’t talk anymore. But I wish him the best – I just wish him the best of luck in the future. But his future will be without me.”

When asked if he thought there was still a chance he would ever reconnect with Skein, Michael said: “Not in a million years. It will never – ever happen. It’s just the end, because I could never trust this guy again. He broke my heart and he killed me. stabbed in the back. old friend; I miss my guitar partner. But I’ll never try to trust that guy again, when he could do what he did. I’ll never be safe. So I I’m sorry for me and I’m sorry for him. It’s a loss. That’s the way life is. You have to move on.”

Earlier this month, King commented on Dennerthe exclusion of MERCIFUL FATEof the current tour, telling Creem magazine: “There are reasons Michael Dener and [drummer] Kim Ruzz are just not there. I know that Michael Dener did an interview recently, and I’m not going to dwell on it, but he said a lot of things that are absolutely not true. I could go into a lot of detail about why it’s not a comp with him, or Kim Ruzz inside. I don’t want to say anything bad about anyone, but you can’t say, “Hey, I should have played there. Why? Should I fire a band member who is absolutely perfect for the band, who gives his all for the band all the time, no matter what? And his talent is beyond anything I’ve played with at this point in the band? There’s no way he’s getting fired because someone else suddenly takes an interest in the band. It is completely false. There’s no way I’m treating someone like that.”

King went on to say that it was “really cool and a lot of fun” to play with MERCIFUL FATE again, but he clarified, “People have misunderstood what we’re doing now. It’s not a reunion. We’re just taking it back because the stars are aligned correctly now. , ‘Do you think you’re going to play with MERCY Again?’ I would never say never. But it must be absolutely right. I don’t want to go out and try to milk a cow and put on a show with the backdrop and then collect and say, “That was it.” It is not fair. And Skein has the same philosophy. Either we do it 200% or we don’t.”

MERCIFUL FATElatest studio album, this one “9”came out in 1999.

MERCIFUL FATE will be remembered for its undoubted mark in metal history with its innovative sound, intricate arrangements, memorable melody and influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.

In 1998, METALLIC paid tribute to MERCIFUL FATE recording a classical medley MERCIFUL FATE songs on the album “Garage Inc.” Title “Merciful Fate”the medley included parts of “The Fall of Satan”, “The Curse of the Pharaohs”, “A Soulless Corpse”, “Into the Coven” and “Bad”.

Lars Ulrich of METALLIC (a Danish compatriot) played drums on a new version of MERCIFUL FATEit is “Return of the Vampire” on the “In the dark” album released in 1993.