Sunday, January 15, 2017
Mercyful Fate - Melissa (1983)
For anyone who is a fan of the occult, you can't pass this album without at least giving it a try. If you need more convincing, in '85 the Parents Music Resource Center labeled "Into The Coven" as one of their "Filthy Fifteen" objectionable songs due to it's content. I'm not gonna lie, Mercyful Fate can be... difficult to listen to. Compositionally speaking, the music is rhythmically catchy and reminiscent of heavy metal, but it's the vocals and the content that really make this album "raised from the grave.. by the dead!" If you can manage to get through the unpredictable pitches of the vocals, this is a truly enjoyable album for any metal head, I don't think there is anyone out there who enjoys metal truly who hasn't at least heard this album. At the very least, go read the lyrics for some creative and disturbing story telling.