Denner / Shermann – Masters of Evil
2016, Metal Blade Records
1. Angel’s Blood
2. Son of Satan
3. The Wolf Feeds at Night
4. Pentagram and the Cross
5. Masters of Evil
6. Servants of Dagon
7. Escape from Hell
8. The Baroness
Sean Peck – Vocals
Michael Denner – Guitar
Hank Shermann – Guitar
Marc Grabowski – Bass
Snowy Shaw – Drums
Confession time: I don’t care about Mercyful Fate. I don’t hate them, but I’m not a fan either. There’s a few songs they’ve done that I like, but I have never gotten into them as a whole. King Diamond’s vocals can be really off-putting, as is the whole “hey, we’re EVIL” shtick.
So why did I bother checking out the debut album from two Mercyful Fate guitarists? With no shame, I will admit that I was drawn to the amazing cover art. It’s obviously hearkening back to the cover of Mercyful Fate’s Don’t Break the Oath, but so what. That album’s cover is awesome, too.
Getting back to vocals, thankfully Denner/Shermann didn’t go for a full-on King Diamond helium-voiced clone (even though it’s quite obvious they were influenced by that style when looking for a vocalist). Otherwise, I wouldn’t never made it through this album. Instead, Sean Peck’s vocals features elements of King Diamond, Rob Halford, Tim “Ripper” Owens, and even Ozzy Osbourne (on “The Wolf Feeds at Night”).
Another musician of note on this album is drummer Snowy Shaw. Shaw played on King Diamond’s The Eye solo album from 1990, then had a very brief run in Mercyful Fate when the band reunited in the ’90s. He also played in Dream Evil from 1999 through 2006 (now that’s a band I’d love to see release a new album).
Given the style of music, the album art, the record label, and the musicians involved, it seems like Denner & Shermann really, really want to make a new Mercyful Fate album. Perhaps they should tell King Diamond. Actually, don’t. I’d rather keep listening to Sean Peck on vocals.
Definitely recommended for fans of old school heavy metal and Mercyful Fate fans.
Highlights: “Angel’s Blood”, “Son of Satan”, “Masters of Evil”, “Escape from Hell”