Reunited Danish heavy steel legends Mercyful Destiny are presently launched into their first North American headlining tour in over twenty years, having kicked off the trek in Dallas, Texas on October twenty fifth. German thrash steel veterans Kreator and Ohio blackened velocity metallers Midnight are offering assist on the outing, which is scheduled to come back to an finish in Atlanta, Georgia, on November sixteenth (get tickets through Ticketmaster).
Mercyful Destiny introduced their full European competition manufacturing to New York Metropolis at Brooklyn’s historic Kings Theatre on Thursday night time, November tenth. The band kicked off their 11-set ritual with “The Oath” off their 1984 album Don’t Break the Oath, with frontman King Diamond showing atop of the band’s double-tiered stage, draped in pink, and carrying a hellish ram masks that engulfed the vast majority of this head. Mercyful Destiny’s present reside lineup is rounded out by founding member Hank Shermann (guitar), plus longtime bandmates Mike Wead (guitar) and Bjarne T. Holm (drums), together with reside bassist Becky Baldwin (who’s presently filling in for Joey Vera whereas he’s out on the street with Armored Saint).
Following a vicious efficiency of “A Corpse With out Soul,” Mercyful Destiny delivered their contemporary tune “The Jackal of Salzburg” to a sold-out Brooklyn crowd, giving followers in attendance a style of recent materials to be featured on the band’s extremely anticipated new album, tentatively due out in 2023. By this level King Diamond had swapped his beastly masks for a fiendish black crown headpiece with lengthy spikes, an the wrong way up cross, and adorned with a black tattered veil. Followers may now get a greater view of King’s iconic corpse paint, together with all of his demonic facial expressions.
Mercyful Destiny’s set consisted of principally Nineteen Eighties-era songs, particularly tracks off their albums Don’t Break the Oath and Melissa, together with their traditional EP Mercyful Destiny. Highlights from the set embrace performances of “Curse of the Pharaohs,” “A Harmful Assembly,” “Doomed by the Residing Useless,” “Come to the Sabbath,” “Evil,” and set-closer “Devil’s Fall.”
Kreator offered strong direct assist, pounding out powerhouse hits like “Enemy of God,” “Flag of Hate,” and “Pleasure to Kill.” The German thrash masters additionally handled the group to some new songs off their newest album Hate über alles, performing the document’s title-track, plus “Strongest of the Robust.” The band additionally revealed that they are going to be returning to the US subsequent yr for their very own headlining tour.
Midnight had the group shifting early within the night, brining to the stage brute tracks like “Fucking Velocity and Darkness,” “Right here Comes Candy Loss of life,” and “Lust Filth and Sleaze.” The trio additionally threw of their new track “Szex Witchery” off their newest album Let There Be Witchery for good measure.
See Heavy Consequence’s photographs, in addition to fan-filmed video and Mercyful Destiny’s setlist from the present in Brooklyn, New York, beneath. Decide up tickets to the remaining exhibits right here.
Photograph Gallery – Mercyful Destiny, Kreator, and Midnight in Brooklyn, New York (click on to increase and scroll by):
All photographs by Johnny Perilla (@johnnyperilla).
Mercyful Destiny Setlist:
A Corpse With out Soul
The Jackal of Salzburg
Curse of the Pharaohs
A Harmful Assembly
Doomed by the Residing Useless
Come to the Sabbath