Calling all fun-loving nuns and corpses without souls… Black Funeral: Into
Coven with Mercyful Fate is 275 pages of
paranormal progressive power metal rendered in my usual format, namely every
song discussed, one chapter per album, with
tipped-in sections of colour photography. You’ve all been very kind in making
my recent books like this on Sabbath,
Maiden and Priest sell pretty damn good, so this one is very much a style
match to those too, with lots of detail and
trivia nugget-mining not found amongst the frankly pretty scant material out
there on this band.
As the back cover sez…
The heavy metal love for Mercyful Fate and King Diamond runs deep and
Now Martin Popoff has unleashed upon this wicked world the first book
celebrating this devilish, Danish phenomenon,
specifically the root band of it all, Mercyful Fate.
To be sure, any self-respecting fan knows Melissa and Don’t Break the Oath,
but as with most of his 80+ books, Martin
has devised an ulterior motive, and that is the proselytizing upon the good
graces of each and every Mercyful Fate
reunion album from 1993 through to the band being cast into the fiery pits of
hell in the year of our Lord 1999.
Indeed, the classics stand as two cornerstones of superbly crafted black metal
madness, but In the Shadows, Time, Into
the Unknown, Dead Again and most pertinently 9, are all records blessed with
the same sweat ethic and ungodly
performance and production standards King applies to anything he does.
It’s time to join the coveted coven and enter the pentatonic pentagram and
celebrate with Popoff this superlative
catalogue of top-shelf heavy metal beloved by Metallica and fans the world
over as arguably the only suite of songs as
creatively intense as those of Judas Priest circa ’76 through ’79. Believe
it—the good King and Michael and Hank knew
what they were doing. Come read how the three of them executed fully the
master plan that made this band one for the
most discerning of connoisseurs.
Prices including shipping:
Book will be signed to you from me, so let me know if it is a present for
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available 30 or so books.