RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE is a compilation album of rare demo tracks by
Mercyful Fate recorded before their first, official release in 1982.
It is released in 1992 by
Roadrunner Records RRD 9184.
The album cover was painted by Torbjorn Jorgensen / Studio Dzyan .
All songs written by
King Diamond (lyrics) and
Hank Shermann (music)
except where noted.
* "Burning the Cross" – 8:49 (music by Benny Petersen)
* "Curse of the Pharaohs" – 4:27
* "Return of the Vampire" – 4:50
* "On a Night of Full Moon" (music by
Michael Denner , Shermann) –
* "A Corpse Without Soul" – 8:11
* "Death Kiss" – 5:53
* "Leave My Soul Alone" (music by Denner) – 3:21
* "M.D.A." (Mission: Destroy Aliens) (music and lyrics by Denner)
* "You Asked for It" – 4:13
King Diamond - Vocals
Hank Shermann - Guitar, bass on 9
* Benny Petersen - Guitar (tracks 1-6)
Michael Denner - Guitar (tracks 7, 8)
Timi Hansen - Bass (except 9)
* Kim Ruzz - Drums on 1 - 6
* Carsten Volsing - Guitar on 9
* Old Nick Smith - drums on 7, 8
* Jan Musen - drums on 9
* Tracks 1-5: recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, late autumn 1981,
* Track 6: recorded in Hull, England, early spring 1982.
* Tracks 7-8: Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, summer 1981 at
* Track 9: Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, early spring 1981.
* "On a Night of Full Moon" was the original demo of "Desecration of
Souls" from the Don\'t Break the Oath album.
* "Death Kiss" was the original demo of "A Dangerous Meeting" from
the Don\'t Break the Oath album
* "Leave My Soul Alone" and "M.D.A." were originally songs from
Michael Denner's band.
* "You Asked for It" was the original demo of "Black Masses"; the
B-side of the "Black Funeral" single.
* ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "
Mercyful Fate - Return of the Vampire
All Media Network
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* KING DIAMOND
* HANK SHERMANN
* SHARLEE D\\'ANGELO
* BJARNE T. HOLM
* MIKE WEAD
* Carsten Van Der Volsing
* Jan Lindblad
* Benny Petersen
* Nick Smith
* Kim Ruzz
* Morten Nielsen
* Don\'t Break the Oath
* In the Shadows
* Into the Unknown
* Dead Again
* The Bell Witch
* The Beginning
A Dangerous Meeting
* Return of the Vampire
* The Best of
* Force of Evil
* First wave of black metal
* Guitar Hero: Metallica
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