Mercyful Fate

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    Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.[3][4] Influenced by prog[5] and hard rock,[6] with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult,[1][7] Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s.[8] Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway.[6][8] Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.