MERCYFUL FATE: Melissa LP (180g black vinyl, illustrated download card)



(180g black vinyl, illustrated download card)

Steeped in a unique atmosphere, Melissa demonstrates a pronounced influence from early Judas Priest – with both dual lead guitars and progressive overtones present – but importantly replaces the melancholy found on albums such as Sad Wings of Destiny with a creepy malevolence that mirrors the album’s lyrics. The frequent use of the word ‘Satan’ still stands out today, especially due to the clarity of King’s vocals, and from the beginning the focus is on the cruel and the macabre. The epic qualities of songs such as the title track and the eleven-minute long ‘Satan’s Fall’ remain undeniable, and further depth is added by the classical influences that frequently come to the fore in the guitars, with long instrumental passages common, even in catchier numbers such as the irresistible ‘Curse Of The Pharaohs’.

1. Evil
2. Curse of the Pharaohs
3. Into the Coven
4. At the Sound of the Demon Bell
5. Black Funeral
6. Satan's Fall
7. Melissa


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[Item type: Black metal vinyl LP]