The members of Mercyful Fate have once again banged their heads in front of their fans after being out of the spotlight for the past 23 years.
Longtime Mercyful Fate fans have wanted to hear the metal band again for the past few years since releasing their final studio album, “9,” in 1999.
After a long wait, Mercyful Fate has officially reunited for their first gig in 23 years.
Blabbermouth confirmed that the band took their fans back in time by playing their hit songs at Expo Plaza in Hannover, Germany. They served as a support act for VOLBEAT.
The band did not disappoint, however, as they came up with a new song and included it in their seven-song set during the concert.
The new track in question, “The Jackal of Salzburg”, will be part of their next studio album. It should be released in 2023.
Frontman King Diamond joined Hank Shermann (guitar), Bjarne T. Holm (drums), Mike Wead (guitar) and Joey Vera (bass).
Besides Mercyful Fate’s new song, the band also performed “The Oath”, “A Corpse Without Soul”, “Curse of the Pharaohs”, “Evil”, and “A Dangerous Meeting”.
Hank Shermann hints at a new song
Prior to the reunion, Shermann hinted two years ago that he was working on the first new music after more than two decades.
In an interview with Australian outlet Heavy, the guitarist said the band members continue to process their music despite being in different locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“[Singer] King [Diamond] lives in Texas, USA. I live here north of Copenhagen, Denmark. Drummer [Bjarne T. Holm] is also here, so I work with him in the rehearsal room to shape the new songs. The other guitarist [Mike Wead] is in Stockholm, Sweden, and our new bassist [Joey Vera] is in Los Angeles,” he said, via Yahoo! Entertainment.
He also disclosed at the time that they had been making efforts for a reunion for some time.
While Shermann continues to devote himself to the group, he also focuses on his solo works. He previously released “The Institute”, a two-part concept album. He also released the project track “Masquerade of Madness”, marking his first music in over a decade.
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