FORCE OF EVIL, the Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), has issued the following update:
"A rare meeting took place at Michael Denner's wedding on March 17th. Members from original MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, FORCE OF EVIL and ZOSER MEZ were all present to support Michael in getting married. MERCYFUL FATE presented five members, KING DIAMOND presented three members, FORCE OF EVIL presented five members and ZOSER MEZ presented four members. Ole Bang, tour manager of all four bands since the beginning, was making sure all musicians were in place for the photo shoot."
Check out a photo at this location. Present in the picture are:
Bjarne T. Holm
FORCE OF EVIL recently parted ways with Escapi Music after releasing two albums and a live DVD through the label between 2003 and 2005. A special limited-edition run of FORCE OF EVIL's "Black Empire" album, originally released in 2005, was made available in the U.S. by Escapi Music in July 2006. The special limited-edition package included the brilliant artwork of Linda Bergkvist, plus a 20-page, full-color booklet, two rare live unreleased recordings as well as the video for "Back To Hell".
Denner was featured in the Danish newspaper Nyhedsavisen in Janaury when the paper conducted a test to see if the residents of Copenhagen, Denmark are generally helfpul and accomodating with one another. As part of the test, they had an old lady (Alice) drop a bag of groceries from the supermarket on the street to see if someone would take the time to assist her or everyone would just ignore her and go about his/her own business. The first person to help was none other than Michael Denner of MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND (see scan of article; Denner is in the photo on the upper right). Denner, who was getting off a bus, spotted Alice right away and immediately came to her aid.
MERCYFUL FATE was presented with the "honor award" at the Danish Metal Awards 2006, which was held on November 18, 2006 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Original members Michael Denner (guitar), Hank Shermann (guitar), Timi "Grabber" Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums) appeared in public together for the first time in 22 years to accept the award (vocalist King Diamond was unable to attend the event due to the fact that he was working on the new KING DIAMOND album in Dallas, Texas).