Conjuring and Seances have always spooked me and it got me thinking about songs invoking the Devil. The first track that came to mind was Mercyful Fate’s “A Dangerous Meeting”.

Just recently, I started re-watching the horror movies that scared the shit out of me as a kid. A Catholic upbringing made me especially susceptible to films involving the Occult and Satan.

The Devil Rides Out, also known as The Devil’s Bride has always been one of my favorites. A 1968 British horror film based on the novel by the same name. (Dennis Wheatley -1934) The film stars horror icon Christopher Lee.

Set in London in 1929, the plot finds Christopher Lee, investigating the strange actions of the son of a deceased friend. He’s recently purchased a house decorated with satanic markings, pentagrams, ect… He quickly deduces that the man is involved with the occult and manages to rescue him from a devil-worshipping cult. During the rescue, they disrupt a ceremony where the “Goat Of Mendes” (Baphomet) appears.

Ultimately, they are forced to defend themselves through a night of black magic attacks, including the conjuring of the Angel Of Death.

Conjuring and Seances have always spooked me and it got me thinking about songs invoking the Devil. The first track that came to mind was Mercyful Fate’s “A Dangerous Meeting”.

In my mind Mercyful Fate’s second studio effort, Don’t Break The Oath, is the band at their best. Released in 1984 this album is often ranked as the greatest extreme record of all time.

Mercyful Fate is a Danish Heavy Metal band from Copenhagen. It was formed back in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen) and guitarist Hank Shermann.  Featuring lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate are often considered part of the first wave of black metal along with bands such as Venom and Bathory. Many bands from this movement influenced Black Metal musicians of the 1990s, particularly Norway.

“A Dangerous Meeting” confirms seances really are dangerous meetings. A Satanic tale to renounce them all. The haunting falsettos of King are only matched by the spectral riffs, drawing power from hell itself. I urge you to listen at your peril. The riff between the lines “Not to play with the powers of hell” and “Some people have lost their way” is one of the creepiest I’ve ever experienced. Mercyful Fate will feast on your soul!

Mercyful Fate has released seven studio albums during their career. A new effort was hinted at just last year when Hank Shermann revealed he had “written six or seven songs” for the band’s first studio album in over two decades.

Hopefully, we’ll have some new music soon. Until then, listen to some Mercyful Fate and stay away from that Ouija board! \m/

MERCYFUL FATE (1984):

  • King Diamond– Vocals, Keyboards
  • Hank Shermann – Guitar
  • Michael Denner – Guitar
  • Timi “Grabber” Hansen– Bass
  • Kim Ruzz – Drums
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