Sirius XM Bloody Roots of Mercyful Fate’s Melissa at 30 Years

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Sirius XM Bloody Roots of Mercyful Fate’s Melissa at 30 Years
Week of November 9, 2013

Sat 11/9, 6PM ET
Sun 11/10, 2PM ET
Tues 11/12, 3PM ET
Thurs 11/14, 9PM ET

On October 30, 1983, obscure Danish quintet Mercyful Fate released its haunting and evocative debut album, Melissa. Guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, bassist Timi Grabber, drummer Kim Ruzz, and wholly unique vocalist King Diamond conjured an instant masterpiece of dark, occult metal. For this week’s metal history lesson, Ian Christe (“Sound of the Beast”/Bazillion Points) summons the Melissa album in her entirety, including B-sides, alternate takes, and covers by Metallica, Dragonlord, Doomstone, Immolation, Dan Swano, and others. Know your Roots!

PLAYLIST:

MERCYFUL FATE “Corpse Without a Soul” from NUNS HAVE NO FUN
MERCYFUL FATE – “Evil” from MELISSA
MERCYFUL FATE – “Curse of the Pharaohs” from BBC RADIO
NOTRE DAME – “Into the Coven” from A TRIBUTE
METALLICA – “Mercyful Fate” from LIVE SF 2011
DOOMSTONE – “At the Sound of the Demon Bell” from THE UNHOLY SOUNDS
DRAGONLORD – “Black Funeral” from BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY
IMMOLATION – “Satan’s Fall” from A TRIBUTE TO MERCYFUL FATE
DAN SWANO – “Melissa” from THE UNHOLY SOUNDS
MERCYFUL FATE – “Black Masses” from THE BEGINNING

Bloody Roots is Sound of the Beast author (and Bazillion Points publisher) Ian Christe’s heavy metal history show on Sirius XM Liquid Metal channel 40. Since June 2004, each weekly show has examined another subgenre, band, movement, country, or theme in metal, punk, and heavy rock. The show is available on-demand online from SiriusXM.com.

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