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THE MASTERMINDS BEHIND THE MERCYFUL FATE RIFFS, DENNER/SHERMANN’S ALBUM ‘MASTERS OF EVIL’ IS A SOLID, CLASSIC HEAVY METAL MASTERPIECE. TERRORIZER SPOKE TO MICHAEL DENNER TO DISCUSS 40 YEARS OF WRITING RIFFS

While King Diamond is most definitely the grease-painted, public face of Mercyful Fate, you could wager that his persona and vocal gymnastics might have withered away into the ether of obscurity had it not been for the talents of guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann. Their names, while not always spoken in the same breath as the world’s most lovable Satanic soprano, were integral to Mercyful Fate’s classic early works and despite the both of them maintaining long and consistent post-Fate careers, they will forever be associated with Mercyful Fate in mind and mouth. Well, the duo is back, reunited and determined to carve out a name for themselves while remaining true to the sound and style that got them here in the first place. They’re doing it with a recently released EP and new full-length and it all started with a self-reflective celebration of their music and themselves.

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I know I am not alone when I say I’m a sucker for being nostalgic. The thing about loving music is that because it plays such a massive part in my life, when I listen to things, it invokes so many memories. I always find myself taking myself back to when I first heard said record, who I was with, what I was doing and so on. Right now as I write this, I’m listening to Prong’s ‘Force Fed’ album, recounting all the shows I saw Tommy and co in at the now defunct Birmingham Edwards No.8 club during my teens. Those shows were immense, even if the number of punters wasn’t! I’ve seen them in more recent years and still enjoy their musical output, but those early days to me, personally, were special. What has this got to do with anything, I hear you say? Well really, it’s the same reason as why I wanted to put Mastodon on the cover of this month’s issue ahead of their headline performance at Bloodstock. You see, Mastodon are one of those seriously special bands, who have not only etched themselves in my own nostalgia bank (hey, anyone who witnessed their debut capital gig at London’s Underworld supporting High On Fire will always remember that show) but more importantly, into the wider scheme of metal’s rich history. Never once have they repeated themselves musically and consequently they have successfully created a stunning discography that continues to remain vital as the years go by. Mastodon were a game changer and their Bloodstock show allows us a chance to remind ourselves just why we love them so much. In their own words, our cover feature allows the quartet look back at their career to date and look forward to the future too. Crack open a bottle, stick any of their albums on the stereo, flip to the interview and enjoy some nostalgia yourselves! Darren Sadler, Editor
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