Melissa is the debut studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fatereleased on 30 October It was the first album released by Roadrunner Records. This was also the first Mercyful Fate effort to get an official release in the United States through Megaforce Recordsas the self-titled EP was a highly sought after import, and the BBC sessions were only available on bootleg tapes.
Music is credited to Hank Shermann and lyrics to King Diamond. Some of the material on the album had its roots in demos recorded when the musicians were members of the underground bands Black Rose and Brats : "Curse of the Pharaohs", which was originally titled "Night Riders" on an old Brats demo, was retitled after King Diamond changed the lyrics originally written by the Brats bassist;  "Love Criminals", actually the first song Mercyful Fate ever wrote, was renamed "Into the Coven", which was originally meant to be the title of the album too.
The album contains also "Satan's Fall" which, as Michael Denner recalls, took ages to learn and elicited an eerie feeling the few times he heard it. Hank Shermann wrote the music for Somewhere - Oscar Peterson Trio* - West Side Story song, which was composed during many sleepless nights on his unplugged guitar in his living room.
According to Denner, there are about sixteen different riffs in "Satan's Fall", which was the band's longest song with a running time over 11 minutes, until the band released Dead Againon which the title track is 13 minutes long.
On 18 JulyMercyful Fate started recording at Easy Sounds Studios in Merkyful Fate - Metallica - New Recordings with producer Henrik Lund,  who was the co-owner of the studio along with his brother. The band spent 12 days in the studio to record and mix the album. In Decemberthe "Black Funeral" single was released. It contained on the B-side the song "Black Merkyful Fate - Metallica - New Recordingswhich was recorded during the Melissa sessions, but had been deleted from the album.
It was the first song recorded Kas Kas - Niin Niin (Youve Got To Move) - Various - Salarakas the initial session and the sound was not completely satisfying, so the track was reduced to a B-side only.
On 3 DecemberMercyful Fate were booked to support Merkyful Fate - Metallica - New Recordings Osbourne in Copenhagen, but due to an illness on Osbourne's part, the show was canceled. Later that same month, the band performed a headline show in Copenhagen as preparation for their upcoming European tour. On 21 January, they performed in Amsterdam, at The Paradiso Theatre,  where the skull of Melissa was stolen from the altar on stage by a fan due to very incompetent local security.
Then the band went touring Italy on February, where they performed 6 shows, and on the following 3 March, they started their UK tour supporting Manowar. Albans City Hall in Hertfordshire, where the main act crew did not leave Mercyful Fate time for a sound check and for properly set up their equipment.
Manowar's sound engineer even tampered with Mercyful Fate's soundboard during their performance, which was reduced from 45 minutes to Manowar refused to comply to Mercyful Fate and Merkyful Fate - Metallica - New Recordings request for better treatment, which forced the band to leave the tour with great financial loss to themselves, not to mention disappointment of their British fans. On 5 April, the band played a sold out headline show at Saltlageret, in Copenhagen.
Labyrinth - Liona Boyd - Persona on 30 April, they began to work on the next release for the next 19 days, once again at Easy Sounds Studios. Inadvocating the need for Parental Advisory labels on audio recordings, the Parents Music Resource Center cited "Into the Coven" among their Filthy Fifteen objectionable songs due to its perceived occult content.
It was in that Mercyful Fate first met the members of Metallicawith whom they stayed very good friends since then.
It all began when Metallica, while recording in Copenhagen, borrowed amplifiers from Mercyful Fate and various other equipment. A re-recorded version of "Evil" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. All lyrics are written by King Diamond Nerves - Various - Ulli Wengers One Hit Wonder!
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