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Wacken Open Air Festival 2020 Is Sold Out

Do you readers remember just the other day when I shared the First Bands that were announced for the Wacken Open Air Festival of 2020? If you said “NO” just click HERE to read that press release. Then continue on down below because the festival for next year is already SOLD OUT!!! I know, that’s insanity right? Read on.

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The Press Release:
The 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air, which will take place from the 30th of July until the 1st of August 2020, is sold out after less than a day. The advance sale of the 75,000 tickets had traditionally started after the festival at midnight on Monday, August 5th. Fans from 83 countries have purchased tickets.

“We are stoked that tickets for the Wacken Open Air 2020 have again sold out in a sensationally short period of time”, comments festival founder Thomas Jensen. “The great success of this year’s anniversary edition and our announcement of the first bands for next year have obviously convinced our fans that they can rely on us for which we are extremely thankful. Well, it also might be that the reason for this humbling vote of confidence is that metal god Rob Halford will celebrate 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST in Wacken.”
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Mercyful Fate Announce Reunion Of The “9” Lineup

Something wicked this way is coming…..

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The Statement:
NEVER BREAK THE OATH!!! We will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, including COPENHELL. It will be the “9” lineup, featuring: Hank Shermann – Guitar; King Diamond – Vocals; Bjarne T Holm – Drums; Mike Wead – Guitar with Joey Vera on the bass while Timi Hansen is away.

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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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“A Dangerous Meeting” by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “A Dangerous Meeting”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 10/6/1992
Genre: Heavy Metal/Dark Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond are two of the most imposing bands that the Heavy Metal world ever had sharing their dark thoughts with. Of course the two are very connected since the King was Fate’s singer before branching out on his own as a solo performer and while the original band’s world was a very Satanic and dark place to wander, the material that King would present expanded into numerous other sinister realms that were just as horrifying. With this in mind the compilation release from 1992 entitled “A Dangerous Meeting” takes some crucial Mercyful Fate tracks and then leaves the rest to the King Diamond releases of the time. We get a small sample of three of the Mercyful Fate tunes including material from their EP and while some time is paid to their seminal “Melissa” album the title tune itself is not here for the listener’s enjoyment and that was a shame. At seven tunes across two and a half powerful full releases this is only a teaser when it comes down to it. Fans are advised to pick up “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” to properly indulge in all of the bands original malevolent majesty.
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“The Beginning” (remaster) by Mercyful Fate

Artist: Mercyful Fate
Title: “The Beginning” (remaster)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 11/11/1997
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

It is without question that Mercyful Fate was one of the most important of the Heavy Metal bands to arrive on the scene in 1982; theirs was a sound that was far more along the lines of what Black Metal would become than its cited founders Venom ever could have imagined. Sorcery and Witchcraft and a whopping dose of Satanic themes showed that singer King Diamond was not only imposing as a performer, but very pronounced in his beliefs. The legendary band would only release two official studio albums in their heyday with “Melissa” and “Don’t Break The Oath” before King Diamond would go off to front a band using his name alone and continue to make Heavy Metal history. The release of “The Beginning” is a must have for all fans of Fate and Metal in general for this allows you to enjoy the “Nuns Have No Fun” EP that the group issued in 1982. The raw sound of these four tracks still find Mercyful Fate to be a promising juggernaut for the genre while it was in its infancy.
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