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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Roadrunner UK
  • ASIN: B000BFHW1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Evil
2. Curse of the Pharaohs
3. Into the Coven
4. At the Sound of the Demon Bell
5. Black Funeral
6. Satan's Fall
7. Melissa

Customer Reviews

Here is another re-release for Mercyful Fate's Melissa album.
Jonathan Heckman
I would also consider this album very "proggy" in the sense that they are constantly introducing new and increasingly interesting musical ideas.
Pewsagl
Well I guess I'll waste no time in getting right to reviewing this awesome album.
Big J Moreno

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Archel on May 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
MUSIC
Technically, Mercyful Fate's debut LP is slightly patchy and derivative, particularly of early Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, although in parts it is more ambitious than those bands' major works, in a `proggy' kind of way. It also sounds a bit dated in parts. In terms of originality, craftsmanship, instrumental prowess, and King Diamond's application of his unique and controversial voice and vocal range, it was comprehensively surpassed by Diamond's later solo classics (particularly Them, Conspiracy, and The Eye), and even by Mercyful Fate's 1993 reunion album, In The Shadows (although I prefer the more dynamic rhythm section on Melissa than those on The Eye or In The Shadows).
What puts this album in a supreme league of its own is a wickedly powerful aura that builds up throughout the album, which is something that no amount of musical training can achieve, and no review can adequately reflect. Reviewer `stevex3' gives us a taste when he says "I'm sure that this CD gets played at every gathering of demons," but you really cannot have any idea what that means unless you experience this album for yourself (preferably played loud in the dark), as different people will experience it differently, and will undoubtedly have a hard time explaining their experience.
LYRICS
You'll find a lot of people dismissing this album because of the overtly `Satanic' lyrics.
Firstly, I listen to music for its sonic qualities, rather than its lyrical content. If I am interested in philosophical ideas or stories I can always read a good book, watch a good film, or communicate with a person who has devoted his/her life to a particular field of thought.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Toxic Teleblaster on November 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Arguably the most original and critically acclaimed group to come from Denmark was Mercyful Fate. Mercyful Fate's nucleus comprised of the multi-octave vocals of King Diamond aka Kim Bendix Petersen, and the twin lead guitar attack of Hank Sherman aka Rene Krolmark and Michael Denner. "Melissa" was the group's first formal recording and was a featured LP for Road Runner Records. Although "Melissa" was originally released in 1983, and re-released in 1997, Roadrunner Records has remastered the songs and released this classic for your listening enjoyment. It includes the highly sought after early 1980's BBC sessions, two extra demo tracks of "Black Funeral", and "Curse of the Pharaohs" and a three track DVD featuring live footage of the band during early 1983. A commentary by King Diamond himself narrates the performance and the story of the group during that time frame. Mercyful Fate pioneered a sub genre of ultra heavy and complex music renown for its macabre lyrics, and Satanic/occultism driven imagery and attitude called Black Metal.

The relevance of "Melissa" as a recording is immense. Firstly the LP had 7 drop dead knock out classics including the 11 minute opus "Satan's Fall" Secondly, Mercyful Fate's sound was so obscenely original that to this day not another group even vaguely comes close to emulating them. And thirdly, Mercyful Fate's success paved the way for many other extremely heavy artists to prosper.

In conclusion, this group's body of work isn't for everybody, and some will find the subject content and or delivery of Mercyful Fate's music to be uncomfortable. But for those who are interested in truly groundbreaking Metal classics and the development of the genre of darker Metal music, this CD/DVD package is a must have for your collection! Be sure to check out Mercyful Fate's 9 other releases, King Diamond's solo work and Force of Evil's cds featuring Hank Sherman and Michael Denner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Whitehurst on August 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure that this CD gets played at every gathering of demons. In fact, it has to be on the personal playlist of Satan himself! This is perfect Halloween and witching hour music. In all seriousness, this album is full of truly great metal! In my opinion "Melissa" ranks only behind "Don't Break The Oath" in terms of Mercyful Fate's greatest work!"Evil," "Curse Of The Pharoahs," "At The Sound Of The Demon Bell," "Corpse Without Soul," "Into The Coven," "Black Funeral," "Satan's Fall," and "Melissa" are all outstanding songs. "Satan's Fall" is long, but good. "Melissa," a song written to remember those who died as a result of the witchhunts in medieval Europe, is a classic by any standard!Early Mercyful Fate exudes greatness! The work on the "Nuns Have No Fun" EP, "Melissa," and "Don't Break The Oath" proves that. The music is very powerful! Michael Denner is outstanding on lead guitar, as is Hank Shermann! Kim Ruzz is great on drums, Timi Hansen is an awesome bassist, and of course King Diamond is a vocal giant! Grab this CD and start your descent into hell today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. White on September 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
this album includes a dvd of three songs by mercyful fate from the live at the dynamo in holland 1983

track list for dvd:

1.doomed by the living dead

2.black funeral

3.curse of the pharaohs

*also inludes exclusive commentary by king diamond

but wait there more it also includes a cd of melissa

track list:

1.Evil

2.Curse Of The Pharaohs

3.Into The Coven

4.At The Sound Of The Demon Bell

5.Black Funeral

6.Satan's Fall

7.Melissa

* all tracks remastered

bonus tracks:

8.black masses (b-side of the "black funeral" single)

9.curse of the pharaohs(bbc radio 1 session)

10.evil(bbc radio 1 session)

11.satan's fall (bbc radio 1 session)

12.curse of the pharaohs (demo)

13.black funeral (demo)

also this album kicks ass I love mercyful fate and king diamond

I also recommend you buy some celtic frost.
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Fate or Diamond has'nt put out anything good since Oath/Portrait
I think that forgetting everything after Abigail is not only silly, but poor advice. If we forget everything after Abigail, we forget, Them, we forget, 9 and Time, two classic Fate albums. We also forget Conspiracy and The Graveyard. There are also some classic moments on other LP's, like, Give... Read More
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