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Melissa

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Download links and information about Melissa by Mercyful Fate. This album was released in 1983 and it belongs to Rock, Metal genres. It contains 7 tracks with total duration of 40:10 minutes.

Artist: Mercyful Fate
Release date: 1983
Genre: Rock, Metal
Tracks: 7
Duration: 40:10
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Evil 4:45
2. Curse of the Pharaohs 3:57
3. Into the Coven 5:10
4. At the Sound of the Demon Bell 5:23
5. Black Funeral 2:50
6. Satan's Fall 11:23
7. Melissa 6:42

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With their first full-length album—1983’s Melissa—Mercyful Fate succeeded in defining an influential new strain of Satanic metal. While Venom were busy in the U.K. creating a more primitive, punk-influenced spin on the same style, Mercyful Fate were proudly magnificent. They took cues not just from Judas Priest but from the prototypical giants of '70s metal: Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. Frontman King Diamond even admitted a passion for Rush's music, which is reflected not only in his vertiginous vocals but in the intricate composition of “Satan’s Fall” (guitarist Michael Denner later boasted that the song contains 16 distinct riffs). Melissa forms a bridge between the sneering hard rock of the '70s and the more extreme forms of metal that would follow in its wake. The band’s traditional rock chops actually make their evil lyrics more convincing. While King Diamond’s facepaint influenced scores of Scandinavian black metal acts, the group’s influence is better registered in the work of a band like Metallica, which proudly borrowed from the blueprint of “Black Funeral,” “Into the Coven,” and “Melissa.”