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Mercyful Fate’s “Melissa”; Is Still Sinister As She Wants 2B Thirty Years Later

Truth be told, 1983 seemed to be a banner year in terms of the number of incredible albums that came out. Especially if you were a fan of Heavy Metal music. If you don’t agree with me, just look at the wide and diverse span that we have already seen happening with Motley Crue’s “Shout At The Devil”, KISS’ “Lick It Up”, Def Leppard’s “Pyromania and that little debut from those guys in Metallica called “Kill ‘Em All”. Now it is time to add the debut by Mercyful Fate to the list as “Melissa” celebrates her thirtieth birthday. Now I will admit that while I was digging into my Metal a lot more at this point than I had a few years earlier, the stuff that Fate was doing kind of spooked me. Hey, just look at that sinister cover and you cannot tell me that King Diamond didn’t send a shiver up your spine when you first heard him belt out those insane falsetto notes. In 1983 I had been a KISS fan for years and was still coming to terms with their removing of the makeup and while I was digging what the Crue and Quiet Riot were up to, Mercyful Fate was a little too scary for me. At the moment at least. This viewpoint would change by the second album based on my own musical pursuits and then of course King Diamond would start a prolific solo career but I digress that I am getting a little ahead of myself here. Let’s discuss the overall “Melissa” album and what it did for the Metal genre of the day.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Mnemic’s Mircea Eftemie (12/10/2006)

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Mnemic is one of the harder working Metal bands and you can tell this by the amount of touring a drive that they display during a performance. The group has appeared on a number of successful tour efforts, and most notably one with Meshuggah and Arch Enemy and while this is an incredible achievement for any band, it did not come without some level of dramatics. Just over the course of a year, the band has replaced their lead singer not once but three times. I was assigned an interview with one of the bands founders Mircea Eftemie by Metal Edge magazine and this appears in the “issue here” edition. We discussed the bands beginnings, the trials faced by their lead singer changes and some news about their latest release “Passenger”. Since this issue of the magazine is now off the stands, we have been permitted to present you with the unedited and completely uncensored conversation. Read on.

PiercingMetal: Let us talk about beginnings. What led to the formation of Mnemic? Who inspired you to get the ball rolling so to speak?

Mircea: Well, it all started with Rune, Brian and Me. We all came from different Death Metal bands, and been playing that style of music since the early 90s. In around the late 90’s (97 or 98) the whole Death Metal scene unfortunately kind of faded away back in Denmark, and everyone started to play either Progressive (which is really gay) or Nu-Metal (which is even gayer), and I guess it was sort of a transition for everyone in the scene back in Denmark. When everybody was doing that, for me, because I cannot really speak for the others, but I know it was almost the same, a band like Meshuggah pretty much opened my eyes to a completely new level of musicianship, new techniques and a new level of brutality. When we all heard the Destroy Erase Improve album we pretty much entered a new world. It was more the way Meshuggah’s thinking and originality was, and that’s what truly inspired us – to think different – then bands like SYL (City), Crimney (Peat) etc. came into the picture and we started our band as a 3 piece, and here we are now.
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