July 7, 2022

Within the early ’80s, the Danish band Mercyful Destiny pioneered a wild, theatrical, occult-heavy pressure of heavy metallic that proved massively influential on all kinds of subgenres; thrash and black metallic would most likely look and sound massively completely different with out the band. Mercyful Destiny made two albums earlier than breaking apart in 1985, and frontman King Diamond went on to an enormous solo profession. In 1992, Mercyful Destiny broke up once more, and so they launched 5 extra albums earlier than breaking apart once more in 1999. Now, Mercyful Destiny are as soon as once more lively and dealing on new music. Final evening in Germany, they performed their first correct stay present in 23 years.

This newest reunion is a very long time coming. Mercyful Destiny received again collectively in 2008 to re-record a few of their outdated songs for Metallica’s Guitar Hero sport, and a lot of the band joined Metallica onstage in 2011, at Metallica’s Thirtieth-anniversary present in San Francisco. In 2019, Mercyful Destiny introduced plans to play 2020 reunion reveals in Europe, which in fact by no means occurred. However proper now, Mercyful Destiny are gearing as much as play nearly ever huge metal-friendly European pageant, and so they’ll additionally hit Psycho Las Vegas this fall. Final evening, they opened for Volbeat at Hanover’s Expo-Plaza.

As Blabbermouth reviews, Mercyful Destiny debuted a brand new tune referred to as “The Jackal Of Salzburg” on the present. (They’ve received a complete new album within the works.) Bassist Timi Hansen died of most cancers in 2019, so Joey Vera, previously of Armored Saint, is now a member of the band. King Diamond continues to be carrying his full evil-priest finery, and he’s nonetheless hitting unattainable high-note screeches. The band’s stage set manages to include each a pentagram and an inverted cross, which is simply appropriately. Proper now, there’s no video of “The Jackal Of Salzburg” on-line, however you may watch Mercyful Destiny play just a few classics and take a look at final evening’s setlist beneath.

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01 “The Oath”
02 “The Jackal Of Salzburg”
03 “A Corpse With out Soul”
04 “Curse Of The Pharaohs”
05 “Evil”
06 “A Harmful Assembly”