VA “The Unholy Sounds Of The Demon Bells - A Tribute to Mercyful Fate” /CD/



Mercyful Fate had such a huge influence on the black metal movement which dominated metal's underground in the '90s. While some tributes are sunk by bands who stick too closely to the original versions of the songs that they're covering, that approach actually provides some of the best moments here; Mercyful Fate had such a distinctive sound that attempts to reinvent the material tend to fall flat. A few bands offer death-metal takes on their chosen covers, but melody was such an important part of the Fate sound that this material feels incomplete without it. All in all, it's as erratic as you would expect a tribute album featuring largely obscure acts to be, but there are enough worthwhile moments if you're a longtime Fate fan and want to hear exactly how much talent it takes just to copy them. 
First press.
Still Dead Productions, 1999 (SDP CD-99102) Made in Poland.


Tracklist:
1. EQUINOX - Gypsy
2. SOILWORK - Egypt
3. DECEASED - Doomed By The Living Dead
4. MEMORY GARDEN - Nightmare Be Thy Name
5. ACHERON - Room Of The Golden Air
6. MORTA SKULD - Desecration Of Souls
7. BURNING INSIDE - Evil
8. DAN SWANO - Melissa
9. HEMISFEAR - Black Funeral
10. VITAL REMAINS - To One Far Away / Come To The Sabbath
11. VARATHRON - Nuns Have No Fun
12. MYSTIC FORCE - Curse Of The Pharaohs
13. PSYCHO SCREAM - A Dangerous Meeting
14. ETERNAL AUTUMN - Return Of The Vampire
15. DOOMSTONE - At The Sound Of The Demon Bell
16. NECROPHAGIA - Devil Eyes
17. T.A.R - Torture (1629)

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