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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2006
I found out about King Diamond and Mercyful Fate two years ago, now I'm really interested in their works! Melissa (originally released in 1983) was one of the first true Roadrunner benchmark albums way back in the early Roadrunner days. King Diamond is one massive contributor to the album, because of his eerie falsetto vocals and growls.
The musicianship on Melissa is so killer, and one of the most essential features that Melissa has. It has aged very successfully and is still timeless and that's not empty boasting. Hank Shermann and Michael Denner deliver great solos and god-like riffs that are so irresistible to any metal fan. It's such a pity that Mercyful Fate have never risen above cult status, even in the metal community.
The opening track "Evil" has great opening vocals and riffage, and a great somewhere along the lines of "You better say goodbye...". Super song though. "Curse Of The Pharaohs" has a great chorus and the demo seems even better on that album as a bonus track. "Into The Coven" has a very gruesome lyric in it, "Say after me, my soul belongs to Satan.." it's very cool to explore the Satan factor on Melissa. "At The Sound Of The Demon Bell" has a super riff during the lyric "I hear a bell..." and it's a very irresistible song which I'm hooked on.
"Black Funeral" is a short classic with a main superb stunning riff in the verses. "NOW HAIL SATAN.." I really like that song.
The biggest event on the entire album "Satan's Fall" the 11 minute song, that remains a masterpiece of superb riffs I think it has 16 different ones in that 11 minutes, Hank has clearly shown some top class creativity, although fans like me would think it would be very hard to learn on guitar!
The end track the title song is a good way to round up the whole Melissa album, it sure is a consummate heavy metal tour de force! Melissa has not only set a heavy metal bench mark for the eighties, but it set impossible expectations for Mercyful Fate to deliver a better album.

The special edition of Melissa has bonus tracks which include "Black Masses" and BBC Radio 1 sessions and demos. It also contains a DVD of a live performance from 1983 with 3 songs with exclusive commentary from King Diamond. It is a perfect time to remaster such a superb album as part of RR's 25th Anniversary.
1984's equally greater or even greater album Don't Break The Oath or any King Diamond album (preferably Abigail) is a good combination whilst purchasing Melissa. Mercyful and King Diamond are both together nonetheless, gods of an 80's heavy metal era!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2005
I purchased this album on vinyl, when it came out in the early eighties. It is to this day the only LP that I have literally worn down. The remastered CD version still betrays the somewhat subdued production, but it won't disguise the fact that this is one of the most innovative rock albums ever made.
Bear with King Diamonds voice, if you don't immediately enjoy his very special vocal style (he spans several octaves, going from baritone to falsetto in a single beat), and focus on the intricate layout of all songs. Not one song has a weakness, and the tempo shifts and sheer guitar riff abundance makes for discovery of new finesses every time you listen to it (as I have been for 23 years). If I was to choose only one album to accompany me for the rest of my days, this would be it.
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on 18 January 2014
The music is great as ever. But the quality of the cover gives me an impression that this is a cheap re-issue. I had expected much better for the price I paid for this LP.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
mercyful fate are/were a very influential danish metal band that the term blackened metal was first accredited too even though the sound is more comfortable compared to maiden and priest but the satanic lyrics and imagery helped the movement take shape.
The first thing that one must get over when you hear mercyful fate is the vocal style of king diamond,it is falsetto beyond the beyonds,falsetto being hig pitched,if one thought that artists like dani filth had a falsetto that tears through you then think again.For my opinion,i have to say that his vocal style here is bearable,in parts of his solo work its a bit too much,his non falsetto vocal style here is very depeche mode or something like that,i cant quite state what it reminds me off but i liked that.
Onto the songs,they are rages of riffs and fast metal,thats fast and memorable and the songs really develop with vast tempo changes and keep themselves fresh by constantly evolving and playing new chords and riffs,the album to an extent is concept based and this is a fine piece of metal work,a band that influenced many and easy to see why.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mercyful Fate are a band that I heard about through the constant open mouth of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. Having heard the superb cover of M.F's material on metallica's Garage Inc. Album, I thought I would check this out. King Diamond's voice is just amazing, a combination of Hetfield and Kate Bush? Its easier to listen to than it is to describe. The tracks themselves are generally very good with some blinding guitar riffs, although I didn't really take to some of the slower numbers. The lyrics themselves seem slightly cliched now but are still far more advanced than much of what is around today. If this is what Metallica members were listening to in their formative years then it is no surprise that they have reached their own dizzy heights and I would suggest that anyone who likes heavy metal check this out.
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on 23 July 2015
Perfect!
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on 27 May 2015
CLASS!!
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