Mercyful Fate - _Into The Unknown_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (5 out of 10)
After an eight year absence that, to most Mercyful Fate fans, felt like an eternity, the King and his boyz are back, kicking out their fourth album since their reunion in 1993. Pretty impressive eh? Well, unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about this here album. To tell you the truth, most of the music contained here bored the shit out of me, at times it seemed nothing more than bad 80s riffs rehashed again and again. Needless to say I was "just a little" pissed that this promo didn't include lyrics, which as we all know, are the best part of King Diamond's creations, and the reason he's been worshiped for so long. The first track, "Lucifer", starts this album with some scary synth music and the King chanting a bastardized Our Father in praise of the Dark One. Other notable tracks include, "Ghost of Change" which the bio states is a true story about an encounter the King had with a poltergeist. My personal fave track here was "Fifteen Men" it starts with a cool bass intro, and has a special groove thoughout. Definitely one of the only memorable songs on this record. I really found it hard to give a work of the King such a low score, but this record just didn't cut the cake for me, but by all means give it a whirl and see if it might not be your slice of cheese.

(article published 12/8/1996)

12/9/1999 P Schwarz 7.5 Mercyful Fate - 9
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