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Release date: 30 October 1983
Style: Heavy metal, First wave of black metal

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01. Evil
02. Curse Of The Pharaohs
03. Into The Coven
04. At The Sound Of The Demon Bell
05. Black Funeral
06. Satan's Fall
07. Melissa

Top 20 albums of 1983: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 104

Lyrics (7)


Line-up
Kim "King Diamond" Bendix Petersen - vocals
Michael Denner - guitars
Rene "Hank Shermann" Krolmark - guitars
Kim Ruzz - drums
Timi Hansen - bass


Additional info
Produced by Henrik Lund.
Engineered by Jacob Jorgenson.
Recorded and mixed at Easy Sound Recording, Copenhagen, July 1983.

Cover art by Thomas Holm/Studio Dzyan.

Reissue produced by Jeff Daniel. Assisted by Bill Turjancik.
Remastered by Chris Gehringer at the Hilt Factory, New York, NY.

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SBGMetal - 17.01.2010 at 23:35  
Rating: 10 Some of the best riffs to grace metal denner and shermann imo are the best guitar team... and who can forget the awesome vocals bought to you by the king himself
Korah - 04.03.2012 at 22:14  
Rating: 9 Just amazing, riffs and solos are epic. King Diamond is great.
Cuca Beludo - 08.03.2012 at 20:55  
  Curse Of The Pharaohs... What a masterpiece.
Vasil de Shumen - 15.07.2012 at 17:44  
Rating: 9 Originality and good ideas ... but too negligent performance. King Diamond's albums from 80s are better.

Also - Andy LaRocque is more talented guitarist than Hank Shermann.
Ozman - 15.07.2012 at 17:49  
Rating: 10
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 15.07.2012 at 17:44

Originality and good ideas ... but too negligent performance. King Diamond's albums from 80s are better.

Also - Andy LaRocque is more talented guitarist than Hank Shermann.



I disagree on ALL counts. Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and the self-titled e.p. are far better than anything released as King Diamond or of the Mercyful Fate reunion.

Andy LaRoque might be a techincally better guitar player but he lacks the ideas and style of Shermann and Denner who are both unique sounding whereas LaRoque isn't.
Vasil de Shumen - 15.07.2012 at 18:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Ozman on 15.07.2012 at 17:49

... Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and the self-titled e.p. are far better than anything released as King Diamond or of the Mercyful Fate reunion.

Andy LaRoque might be a techincally better guitar player but he lacks the ideas and style of Shermann and Denner who are both unique sounding whereas LaRoque isn't.


I respect your opinion, Marcel.

But I think in Hank has a strong influence of NWOBHM ( + hard rock ), while in Andy no such influence and he is very original musician.
bblitz - 04.11.2012 at 18:53  
Rating: 8 Amazing album,story is just amazing,epic and scary.King is very special metal musician.
Nick K. - 20.06.2013 at 19:16  
  There isnt one second on the Album, which doesnt show perfection. One of my favourites.
NocturnalStalker - 23.07.2013 at 17:24  
Rating: 9 The great classical heavy metal album. Not a single weak song.
Druss - 14.08.2013 at 15:33  
Rating: 9 Fantastic album. Took me a long while to get into King's vocal style, but glad it finally clicked for me.
Ozman - 30.10.2013 at 17:30  
Rating: 10 Happy 30th birthday Melissa
Nick K. - 04.11.2013 at 16:37  
 
Written by Ozman on 15.07.2012 at 17:49

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 15.07.2012 at 17:44

Originality and good ideas ... but too negligent performance. King Diamond's albums from 80s are better.

Also - Andy LaRocque is more talented guitarist than Hank Shermann.



I disagree on ALL counts. Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and the self-titled e.p. are far better than anything released as King Diamond or of the Mercyful Fate reunion.

Andy LaRoque might be a techincally better guitar player but he lacks the ideas and style of Shermann and Denner who are both unique sounding whereas LaRoque isn't.


100% agree on everything you say here.
Monolithic - 06.11.2013 at 07:46  
Rating: 10 Wha...blackened heavy metal?
Daniell - 06.11.2013 at 10:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Monolithic on 06.11.2013 at 07:46

Wha...blackened heavy metal?


How is it blackened
Monolithic - 06.11.2013 at 10:09  
Rating: 10
Written by Daniell on 06.11.2013 at 10:06

How is it blackened

That was my reaction when I saw "Style: Blackened heavy metal" up there.
Daniell - 06.11.2013 at 13:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Monolithic on 06.11.2013 at 10:09

That was my reaction when I saw "Style: Blackened heavy metal" up there.


Slayer sings a lot about satan on their first 2-3 albums, let's call them blackened thrash
Ozman - 06.11.2013 at 14:13  
Rating: 10 This is first wave black metal, whether you like it or not, just like Venom were first wave black metal and old Venom rip-off Bathory were. There was no specific sound to black metal at the time. At the time black metal was about the lyrics. Even Slayer was called black thrash by quite a few people even though they are totally thrash.

It's the second wave of black metal which gave black metal its musical sound. But all were heavily influenced by the first wave bands and by death metal bands such as Morbid Angel. Hell, actually most second wave black metal bands started off as oure death metal (clearest cases in point being Darkthrone and then Mayhem)
Monolithic - 06.11.2013 at 15:43  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 06.11.2013 at 14:13

This is first wave black metal, whether you like it or not, just like Venom were first wave black metal and old Venom rip-off Bathory were. There was no specific sound to black metal at the time. At the time black metal was about the lyrics. Even Slayer was called black thrash by quite a few people even though they are totally thrash.

It's the second wave of black metal which gave black metal its musical sound. But all were heavily influenced by the first wave bands and by death metal bands such as Morbid Angel. Hell, actually most second wave black metal bands started off as pure death metal (clearest cases in point being Darkthrone and then Mayhem)

I don't have any problem with Mercyful Fate being called black but blackened heavy metal sounds...strange.
Ozman - 06.11.2013 at 16:06  
Rating: 10
Written by Monolithic on 06.11.2013 at 15:43


I don't have any problem with Mercyful Fate being called black but blackened heavy metal sounds...strange.

oh in that way. There I agree
Ozman - 06.11.2013 at 17:45  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 06.11.2013 at 17:35

Written by Ozman on 06.11.2013 at 14:13

This is first wave black metal, whether you like it or not, just like Venom were first wave black metal and old Venom rip-off Bathory were. There was no specific sound to black metal at the time. At the time black metal was about the lyrics. Even Slayer was called black thrash by quite a few people even though they are totally thrash.

It's the second wave of black metal which gave black metal its musical sound. But all were heavily influenced by the first wave bands and by death metal bands such as Morbid Angel. Hell, actually most second wave black metal bands started off as oure death metal (clearest cases in point being Darkthrone and then Mayhem)

But at least in Norway the 2nd wave truly began when they rebelled against the trends and certain sounds like Morrisound and Sunlight. Darkthrone didn't release Goatlord when it was recorded, Mayhem had changed, bands like Old Funeral, Mortem, etc. were wiped away. Also, Bathory and Hellhammer had some 2nd wave ingredients in their music during the 1st wave.


DarkThrone had released Soulside Journey which was pure death metal before they turned into a black metal band.
Bathory were a total Venom rip-off band at the start, totally no 2nd wave sound in them. Hellhammer wasn't even considered 1st wave at the time, they were just considered a crap band that sounded way too punk whilst trying to be metal (and rightly so I would say)

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