Sound — 9
Considered by some (not many, but undoubtedly some) to be one of the greatest metal albums of all time, Mercyful Fate's unique combination of blues, metal, and even classical proved that they were consistent innovators of the heavy metal genre. Many of the guitar riffs are either metal-blues or just flat-out nearly black-metalesque, though most of the solos are done in strictly blues. Some songs have immense classical influence in them. The intro to the song "Into The Coven" sounds near-baroque; the guitars are all that save it from sounding completely like a Bach composition. The musical mix fits well, and though it sounds like it should be a disaster, the band pulls all of it together so well that it's a stunning masterpiece.
Lyrics — 9
King Diamond's demonic voice ranges anywhere from growling and snarling to all-out falsetto screams, which, at most times, surpass the vocal high end range of even such vocalists as Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Rob Halford (Judas Priest)! The band's music itself is one of the oddest but still working combinations in the history of metal. King Diamond's demonic lyrics are full of satanic references and occult worships. Though this does tend to get a little cheesy, the music itself is delivered so well that it doesn't even matter.
Overall Impression — 9
The album only has 7 tracks, but all of them deliver the goods. The band's satanic imagery may put off some people, but overall, the music is great, and even though many bands of the satanic genre tend to be cheesy, Mercyful Fate is definitely not a gimmick band and should be taken as seriously as anyone. "Melissa" deserves a 9/10; it's not perfect but it's one of the most seriously rocking metal albums ever.