Mercyful Fate were a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.

After several line-up changes and self-made demos, Mercyful Fate released their self-titled EP in 1982, with the line-up of King Diamond (vocals), Hank Shermann (lead and rhythm guitars), Michael Denner (rhythm and lead guitars), Timi Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums). With this line-up the group recorded their first two studio albums (1983's Melissa and 1984's Don't Break the Oath), until 1985 when the band broke up due to musical differences. In 1993, four out of the five members of Mercyful Fate reunited to record the album In the Shadows, which was released the same year. During the 1990s, the band released four more studio albums and went through several line-up changes. Since 1999, Mercyful Fate have been on hiatus, but have reunited on occasion during the 2000s.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 A Tribute to Judas Priest: Legends of Metal, Volume I Various Artists 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Welcome to the Metal Zone Various Artists 1
1990 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 3: 1984-85 Various Artists 1
1991 Deeper Into the Vault Various Artists 1
1996 Metalmeister: A Metal Blade Compilation Various Artists 3
1996 Rock Hard: Dynamit, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1996 Europe Catalog Sampler 1996: Metal Blade Records Various Artists 1
1996 huH, Volume 26 Various Artists 1
1997 Metal Blade Records: 15th Anniversary Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Thrashed: 17 Monster Metal Tracks Various Artists 1
1998 Hard N' Heavy, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1998 Metal Millennium: Countdown to Armageddon Various Artists 1
1998 Metalliliitto, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Metalmeister, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Rock Hard Classix Various Artists 1
1999 Rock Hard: Dynamit, Volume 17 Various Artists 1
1999 Knuckletracks XIV Various Artists 1
1999 KnuckleTracks XVIII Various Artists 1
1999 Metal Blade: Goldmine’s Taste of Metal Various Artists 1
1999 Metalliliitto 1999 Various Artists 1
1999 Xtreme Rock Various Artists 1
2000 Tales From the Crypt: Monsters of Metal Various Artists 1
2000 The Roadrunner You Know Various Artists 1
2002 Great Metal Covers, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
2002 Lords of Chaos: The History of Occult Music Various Artists 1
2002 Metal Blade Records: 20th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2003 Heavy Metal Master II Various Artists 1
2004 Metal Hammer: Clash of the Titans Various Artists 1
2004 Fenriz Presents... The Best of Old-School Black Metal Various Artists 2
2005 Rock Hard Presents: Roadrunner Records 25th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2005 Roadrunner Records 25th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2006 Full Metal Garage: The Songs That Drove Metallica Various Artists 1
2006 Metal Masters Various Artists 1
2007 The Heavy Metal Box Various Artists 1
2007 Metal Blade Records: The Second Decade Various Artists 1
2012 Metal Blade Records 30th Anniversary Sampler 1982-2012 Various Artists 1
2016 Seek + Destroy Various Artists 1
Bloodmetalheads Various Artists 1
Independent Music for Independent People Various Artists 1
Metal Meltdown Various Artists 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Shut Up and Play: Forgettable Moments on Stage (WFMU Marathon Premium) Various Artists 1

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