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Mercyful Fate – ‘In the Shadows’

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Metal Blade Records
Heavy Metal

This afternoon in the Metal Digest office, we’re getting a real classic out by blasting ‘In the Shadows’, the 1993 album from Mercyful Fate. Following fantastic solo outings from King Diamond, 1992 saw Mercyful Fate reforming and delivering a superb album that easily stands aside their earlier two albums of ‘Melissa’ and ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ and when you take a step back and think about it, that’s an excellent position to be in. Sadly, ‘In the Shadows’ is cruelly overlooked, quite possibly due to the era that it came out; at the height of grunge, the waning of glam and heavy metal whilst metal was diversifying into many subgenres such as black, groove, and death metal and delivering some of the best metal albums of all time. However, hindsight has been exceptionally nice and ‘In the Shadows’ now stands tall and proud amongst them with King Diamond, Michael Denner and Hank Shermann once again showing that when it comes to their craft, they well and truly have the Midas Touch. So this afternoon, dig out your copy and listen for the toll of the bell witch!

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