Is Mercyful Fate a black/death metal record? Well, as a die-hard black metal fan I can honestly say that I would need to answer . But then again, I can’t honestly state that Meshuggah is a death metal album.
1 thing about such bands is that while they all generally play about death and destruction, Mercyful Fate appears to go much farther. Today, Mercyful Fate tends to be mentioned as proto-metallica, most probably due to King Diamond’s corpse-like paint job and since they possess a sound that’s unlike any other band that have come before. But it may be more accurate to state that they were likely the first trad-metal act to come up with a huge underground following and without them, bands like 3 Inches of Blood (and their like) simply wouldn’t exist.
The reason why I bring this up is that, in terms of musical genre, metal bands generally have a specific quantity of”stone” in their audio. This Is Particularly True of groups such as Judas Priest, KISS, and Alice Cooper. But while Metallica could have been ahead of the curve in regards to their use of synthesizers, rings such as Mercyful Fate appear to have adopted the hard, heavy tone of classic death metal instead. This is why the opening song on their debut album,”Iris,” has a very dark, menacing tone. So it would seem that the group broke new ground when they decided to take some elements from other genres and combine them in their own.
While I really don’t think Force Of Evil did any”especially innovative” things when they were starting out, I’ll state that their debut album stands company among the best examples of heavy metal and experimental debut ever produced. Although it isn’t too shocking to me that they decided to combine elements from classical metal with death metal to get an album name, what is astonishing is that they pulled it off admirably. The album is very barbarous and contains several songs that are readily considered classics from the occult and black metal genres.
Of course, there are lots of bands which make albums that feature keyboards and beverages in addition to vocalists. And while I don’t believe Mercyful Fate to be a comprehensive band or possibly a subgenre of heavy metal (not in the conventional sense), there is no doubt that guitarist Jeremy Banks is capable of producing his own brand of aggressive black metal. The lyrics are definitely disturbing, and if you do not know, they deal with the subject of suicide. However, I suppose that is the only way that I can actually put it around. It is always much better to leave your audiences with something to think about instead of go too far and kill them off their hinges with morbidity.
Although I’ve never been especially interested in heavy metal before, I do admit that I was quite impressed by the sheer imagination of Mercyful Fate. It makes me wonder, Why they broke up and how many progressive rock bands have the creativity to create this kind of disturbing album title. The standard of the release is definitely above average for a debut; I give the album a typical rating just slightly above fair. And when I want to read about some other excellent black metal band that has elements of death metal and epic stone, I will most likely have to look at many of internet inspection copy to find it. I am looking forward to hearing more from this talented new progressive rock band!