Melissa Review

artist: Mercyful Fate date: 06/11/2012 category: compact discs
Mercyful Fate: Melissa
Released: Oct 30, 1983
Genre: Heavy Metal, First-Wave Of Black Metal
Label: Megaforce, Roadrunner
Number Of Tracks: 7
Mercyful Fate's debut album, "Melissa", took Black Sabbath's dark occult obsessions to an extreme, fusing them with the speed and tightened, twin-guitar riffing attack of British metal bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
 Sound: 8.3
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.7
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overall: 9
Melissa Reviewed by: SethMegadefan, on february 24, 2006
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Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 9

Overall Impression: 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. // 9

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overall: 8
Melissa Reviewed by: stygian87, on april 11, 2005
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Sound: The bands official first studio album, and also one of the best. Their blues based heavy metal is the coolest genre I can think of. Although the production of the album isn't that good, this album containes the best riffs in the carreer of Mercyful Fate. Just think of the classic tracks like The Curse Of The Pharaos and Into The Coven. // 6

Lyrics: The lyrics are al about satan and witchcraft and those sorts of subjects (listen to satans fall for instance). the lead singer, King Diamond, has some really cool voises on this album. High and low vocals make the record very cool! // 8

Overall Impression: The other albums of Mercyful Fate are very good, but this one realy is the best one. On this album the reay classic tracks are there, that's what's missing a littel bit on the others. The best song is without a doubt Curse Of The Pharaos. Just listen too the intro! You gotta love the voice though, love it or hate it! I already have two copies of this album so if it were lost I wouldnt have to buy another 1 but I would if I only had 1. // 10

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overall: 10
Melissa Reviewed by: mylanta2837, on june 11, 2012
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Sound: Black metal with neoclassical influences, who would have guessed? The two together create one hell of an experience. Hank Sherman and Michael Denner's guitar work on this album is flawless. The slower solos over the clean rhythm in "Into The Coven" and "Satan's Fall" really stand out, and are some of my favorite solos. The album never gets boring either, each song has its own unique sound. // 10

Lyrics: King Diamond is unlike any other vocalist. When he switches from his normal clean voice to that unholy falsetto, it is truly unsettling. For this type of music, that's exactly what you want. The vocals give the music an unusual flavor, and is something that you will find nowhere else. The lyrics are also written very well. Not many lyrics that consist of satanic themes are written in an artistic way, but that is not true with "Melissa". // 10

Overall Impression: Melissa is difficult to compare with any other album because it is so unlike anything out there. The unique elements attributed by the guitars and vocals come together in perfect harmony. The songs that really stood out were "Evil", "Into The Coven" and "Satan's Fall". If I were to lose this album, I would buy it back in a heartbeat. A metal collection would be incomplete without it. "Melissa" would possibly be in my top 5 albums, a true masterpiece. // 10

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