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Review: Mercyful Fate - 9
Mercyful Fate

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 41:47
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 18, 1999
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.03/5 (80.63%) (32 Votes)

This is my first (and only) Mercyful Fate album so I can't compare with their previous work.  I've always hesitated buying one of their albums because of their so-called satanic tendencies (I'm not really into that.)  This time I decided to give it a try since the band had been recommended to me by a friend.  And I'm glad I did.

First of all, King Diamond's voice.  Wow.  You have to hear it to believe it.  His ability to go from low to high pitch is simply unbelievable.  I had heard about it but could not imagine he was that good.  It's so unique that you'll either love or hate it.

For me the only weak song on the album is the title track, 9.  I don't know, I just can't get into this one. They do not seem to have put as much work into the lyrics as for the other songs.  It is still a good song, but the rest of the album is better in my opinion.  The album is diversified enough musically that it doesn't get repetitive or just plain boring.  A must buy for any true metal fan.

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