As many of you already know, MERCYFUL FATE’s “Evil” is featured as a playable track on Guitar Hero: Metallica. MERCYFUL FATE re-recorded these two tracks specifically for the game because the original masters no longer exist. Now, the band is making both available to fans to purchase on iTunes! These versions were recorded at Earplug Studio in Copenhagen and Nomad Recording Studio in Dallas, Texas. They were both mastered by Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studio in Sweden.
King Diamond comments: “It was a lot of fun to get a chance to re-record “Evil” and “Curse of the Pharaohs” from our 1983 Melissa album. It was cool to go into the studio and try to figure out all the various harmony vocals and see if I could still do them. The other guys had a lot of fun with this project too, and the whole thing turned out much better than we could have hoped for. Everyone nailed their performances and Hank’s solos were even slightly improved. Everything is right where it should be and with a much better sound! The ‘feel’ was there and all of the guys - Hank, Denner, Timi and Bjarne are all naturals. The versions that will be up on iTunes were mastered by Andy LaRocque and even with a 2009 sound, there’s no doubt that these songs were recorded by MERCYFUL FATE!”
If you have yet to check out Guitar Hero: Metallica - make sure you do. King Diamond himself is a playable character in the game once you unlock the “Evil” track! Plus, a video of King Diamond’s on-stage performance with METALLICA at Ozzfest 2008 in Dallas is included as a bonus feature in the game.
“Evil” and “Curse of the Pharoahs” will be available for fans to purchase digitally on July 14th. A special edition picture disc vinyl single will be available on September 1st!