ROOTS Summons Four Decades of Mercyful Fate’s Melissa | on SiriusXM
Week of November 4, 2023
Sat 11/4, 6PM ET
Sun 11/5, 1PM ET
Mon 11/6, 9AM ET
Tues 11/7, 4PM ET
Thurs 11/9, 9PM ET
One of metal’s most evocative and evil classics, MERCYFUL FATE’s Melissa LP, turns 40 this week, and we ring the demon bell for King Diamond and the Copenhagen quintet’s enduring and inspiring debut. Enter the coven as we go track by track, recreating the album with help from members of Metallica, Deceased, Testament, Bloodbath, and others. Howl like a wolf—and know your Roots!
Be prepared for any heavy metal party with Bazillion Points books like HEAVY METAL MOVIES, MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW, CHOOSING DEATH, and SOUND OF THE BEAST: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal, by Roots host Ian Christe.
MERCYFUL FATE – “Doomed by the Living Dead” from NUNS HAVE NO FUN
MERCYFUL FATE – “Evil” from MELISSA
MERCYFUL FATE – “Curse of the Pharaohs” from BBC RADIO SESSION
NOTRE DAME – “Into the Coven” from A MERCYFUL FATE TRIBUTE
METALLICA – “Mercyful Fate” from ROSELAND BALLROOM 1998
DOOMSTONE – “At the Sound of the Demon Bell” from CURSE OF THE DEMON
DRAGONLORD – “Black Funeral” from BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY
MERCYFUL FATE – “Satan’s Fall” from MELISSA
DAN SWANO – “Melissa” from THE UNHOLY SOUNDS
SACRAMENTUM – “Black Masses” from FINIS MALORUM
KING DIAMOND – “Melissa” from SONGS FOR THE DEAD
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. Launched in June 2004, each weekly show has examined another subgenre, band, movement, country, or theme in metal, punk, and heavy rock. Past episodes are available on-demand online from SiriusXM.com.