MERCYFUL FATE guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann have joined forces in a new project called DENNER/SHERMANN. Hank explains in a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "We recently recorded the video for 'Dont Break The Oath' 30-year anniversary, and got so inspired that we transformed the idea to create DENNER/SHERMANN.
"Besides working with our own respective bands, SHERMANN TANK and DENNERS TRICKBAG, we now have the opportunity to extend the collaboration we started with MERCYFUL FATE in the early '80s."
Adds Michael: "Yeah, we're super excited to play together again and get the twin guitars into action once more."
The 30th-anniversary video for MERCYFUL FATE's "Dont Break The Oath" album will be released soon.
Expect other exciting events to be announced later this year.
MERCYFUL FATE's last studio album, "9", was released in 1999.
MERCYFUL FATE will be remembered for its unquestionable mark on the history of metal with its innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and its influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.
In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album "Garage Inc." Entitled "Mercyful Fate", the medley included parts from "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil".
Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of MERCYFUL FATE's "Return of the Vampire" on the "In the Shadows" album, which came out in 1993.