Born: July 11th
Equipment: ´72 Stratocaster , ´67 Flying V , Marshall 2203 & Tubescreamer TS-9.
Bio: Hank Shermann started playing guitar in March 1977. He soon found his alley in Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest ,UFO and Scorpions. His first ever recording was in 1978 with the band called Brats. Michael Denner then joined the band and released an album in 1980. Soon after
Mercyful Fate was one of the very popular and influential bands from Denmark when it formed in 1981. Predating both Meshuggah and Testament, they impressed their fans with their distinctive sound and unique visual look. Their iconic logo, the crossover with just two things constitute the words “Mercyful Fate” remains a symbol for this day. Despite their popularity, why did Mercyful Fate break up? Let’s look at some of their historical elements that may have contributed for their break.
The first major reason that they broke up was that the reduction of bassist Martin van Beek. He left to carry on additional projects while maintaining his place as lead singer. Having only been shaped for a brief time, there wasn’t enough time to bring a second bassist to replace Martin, so in June of 1982 they added Van Beek, replacing him on several tunes. With him , vocals and guitar were handled divan, and bassist Kim Deal was added to the group.
Another important element was that the band’s design, which was greatly affected by doom metal and hard rock. It had been apparent from the start that they were going to embrace a similar sound, and actually their very first demonstration included an intense prog metal trail,”Dawn of Machines”. Their first record, titled Survive, Kaleidoscope, was far less successful than their sophomore, Obscura, however, it had been the beginning of a revolution for its genre. They moved ahead with several lineup changes, adding vocalist Michael J. Fox (later to play bass for Metallica) and guitarist Kim Deal, who would go on to play with such well-known functions as Rush, Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Cream, Motley Crew, and a lot of other popular acts.
The first vocalist, Michael J. Fox, along with guitarist Kim Deal, stayed together for the rest of their careers, rejoining the initial lineup for its third album, Overkill. Finally, all those members joined forces again with the group named Mercyful Fate. Overkill featured more guest stars, including Ulrich, featuring a duet with former Ozzy Osbourne, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and former Skid Row manhood, Kiko Loukinen. The first lineup also returnedthis time with guitarist Kerry Ellis on vocals, and bassist Ray Toro. The band’s newest album, Fall of Giants, includes new members including former Skid Row members, guitarist Carlham Bell, and beginners Andy Bell (vocals/guitar), Greg Gutzerman (bass), and Kris Mars (drums).
The band’s self-titled last studio record, No Rest For the Weary, premiered in 2021 by Fuel/RCA. It wasn’t a massive sales achievement, but it was a critical and commercial success, selling more copies than any of the previous records. Lead singer, Hank Shermann, obtained much of the credit for its achievement, as he wrote most of the songs. This included the hit single “Praying,” which peaked at number 13 on the Hot Country Songs chart. While the group didn’t tour, a lot of their fans became disenchanted with the direction the band was taking and ceased listening to this group entirely.
Together with the lineup changes, the Force Of Evil is much better able to attract mainstream audiences, that helped their earnings. Nonetheless, the fact remains that they have not developed into a mainstream act like Metallica or Iron Maiden, nor have they sold millions of documents. However, the group has always been successful and will probably continue to be popular for their first design of thrash metal music, mixed with a modern edge that draws in many listeners.
For those of you unfamiliar with the group, Force Of Evil is a pop/rock group from Los Angeles, California that gained popularity in the 1980s. Fronted by singer-guitarist Jimmy Gulzar and bassist Larry Graham, the band’s influences include such popular artists as Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. Since its formation in early 1981, Mercyful Fate has released seven studio albums, three soundtracks, and four albums of live acoustic sets. Their latest album,, Noises Off, which was released in 2021, is regarded as an influential album in the group’s long musical history.
If you are looking for a new understanding about this particular group that made this influential album, I highly suggest checking out “Mercyful Fate Who Originated The Moon” Directed by Mike Stone, this is the first side of a two-disc record that contains the classic tunes from Mercyful Fate, in addition to some brand new material. This double disc collection contains”Love is in the air,””Haitian Nights,””Under the Fall,””I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,””Hurt,””Sail Away My Heart,””I’ll Still Be Mine,””Mystery Train,””Escape From Pompeii,””I Walk the Line,””All I Have Grown Accustomed To Her Face” and”The Moon and The Sun.” These songs not only cover many of the hit singles in the past and present but also highlight a number of the group’s unique sound. The songs are strong and emotive, and reflect the band’s signature sound.
“I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” is a great song from Noises Off, and contains several different drum parts, such as a hornline, double-stacked percussion, and several kinds of keyboards. The song is all about the singer’s ex-girlfriend who abandoned him and describes the way he coped with her own loss. “Haitian Nights” is a wonderful pop/dance amount that seems like it might have been written for almost any era of Mercyful Fate music. The lyrics are about partying in Spain during a vacation season. “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” includes a nice guitar solo.
The record title, Noises Off, came from a mixture of lyrics and the artwork on the back of the album cover. The art depicted a dancing cat that was a part of a group of women, who were assembled around a piano in a field. In an interesting and poignant arrangement, among the women sang about how she wished that she would be a millionaire, because she believed she had gotten used to the way things were, after being away from her husband for as long.
After the band broke up in the early nineties, they reformed and they had been back in the limelight as they began to work on a new album. The name of the album has been shifted to”Noises Off”, and they worked with their new tune, which was not released until February of the following year. Their first single called”Reunited Forever” was released on March 1st, which was another fantastic hit. The single”Wish You Were Here” was released on this date and has also achieved popularity.
The group’s latest single,”Daughter” is now nearing the top ten to the united kingdom charts, having published on March 16th. It is based on a true story of domestic violence, which inspired the lead singer’s song. The single words,”You kill a guy, you leave a daughter” are taken from the lyrics of this opera”Traviata”. The music video for this track was seen over three hundred thousand times.
You might have heard the name of this Mercyful Fate review,”Who’s the singer of Mercyful Fate?” The singer of this album is Kim Bendix Petersen. Born in Denmark, Kim earned a master’s degree in music at age 29. Throughout his research, he co-founded the firm Voce Cinco, that is connected with musical acts such as Man Utada, Chicano Reggae, and lots of others. After leaving Voce Cinco to start his own band, Kim Bendix realized he had a gift for music, and so began the long, challenging process of producing his masterpiece called”Mercyful Fate”.
“Mercyful Fate” is what is considered to be the last significant work in the genre of contemporary classical music. For many fans of contemporary classical music,”Mercyful Fate” is their favourite album of all time. It is certainly a genre unto itself, also contains many songs that are similar to records from decades ago, but which are much like modern songs in scope and concept. The theme throughout the record is one of divine punishment and everlasting life.
Manufactured by acclaimed guitarist Peter Gabriel,”Mercyful Fate” includes contributions from a number of musicians such as J.J. Johnson (ex-Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Mark Langan (ex Avengeance), and John Paul Jones (ex-Metallica). The music is largely performed over swelling guitar licks, while the lyrics have been delivered by means of an assortment of vocalists. A number of the Force Of Evil tunes are re-recorded in the first albums with added vocals. There is also a handful of brand new songs which feature notable guitar work.
Kim Bendix, that had been formerly in the band’s Midnight Angel and Avenged Sevenfold, joins forces with former Avengeance bassist/vocalist Mark Langan on vocals. While Bendix’s vocal work has been acknowledged previously (particularly on the track”Reinvented”), his bass abilities aren’t as well-known. Hopefully, his bass skills will be brought out in this record and help form some killer choruses. His role on” Mercyful Fate” is also a welcome addition, as he’s proven his ability to sing melodically in addition to powerfully, supplying great backup service to the band’s main vocalist.
Frontman Aaron Gillespie is Substituted on”Mercyful Fate” by Kevin Dunn of Converge. This is a great move on their part, as Dunn is a much more experienced singer and musician, and likely will add more substance to the tunes on the new album. One tune that might feature a guest appearance from Dunn is”Hail To The Gods,” that was formerly performed by Avengeance before they broke up. The tune is still a fan favorite and has topped many”best” records lists through the years. Having a new singer, the fans will find a chance to experience new songs with a different standpoint. Additionally, it gives the fans a opportunity to see an old group performing new songs they may have only ever understood.
In general, the record is not a huge success. It isn’t bad, however, it lacks a little something needed to ensure it is a massive success. I feel the record is missing a bit of a kick, especially since the songs on the market are not really this epic. Aaron Gillespie does a wonderful job of singling out the subjects on each and every tune, but the songs just don’t flow as fluidly as they could have. It is still a great record to download, though. I would certainly suggest it to anyone searching for a solid Danish heavy metal band.