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    (1981- )
    Formed in Denmark
    Original lineup:
    King Diamond-Vocals
    Hank Shermann-Guitar
    Michael Denner-Guitar
    Timi Hansen-Bass
    Kim Ruzz-Drums
    Recorded 'Mercyful Fate' (1982), 'Melissa' (1983), 'Don't Break The Oath' (1984), 'The Beginning' (1987), 'Return Of The Vampire' (1992), 'In the Shadows' (1993), 'Time' (1994), 'Live Oath (live recording)' (1995), 'Into the Unknown' (1996), 'Dead Again' (1998), '9' (1999) and 'Best of Mercyful Fate' (2003)
    Their lyrics were occult and Satanic oriented.
    One of their songs 'Into the Coven' was on the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) list of the Top Ten Most Offensive Songs back in the eighties.
    The band has had numerous lineup changes since their debut and vocalist Diamond left to pursue a solo career.
    Long time bassist Timi Hansen was replaced in the nineties by Sharlee D'Angelo.
    They were heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.
    Their songs, although dark, were uniquely crafted.
    King Diamond had a creepy voice, which added to the overall atmosphere of the band.
    They were considered to be an influential band of the dark/doom metal movement of the late eighties, and inspiring bands such as Cradle of Filth and Emperor in the nineties.
    Their album, 'Melissa,' is considered a classic of dark heavy metal.
    Metallica covered one of their songs on 'Garage Inc.' Sharlee D'Angelo, the replacement for Timi Hansen, currently is the bassist for Swedish death metal group, Arch Enemy.

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