Two new one-dollar short ebooks tell the stories of the making of influential black metal and doom metal albums from 1983 — MERCYFUL FATE's "Melissa" and WITCHFINDER GENERAL's "Friends Of Hell".
Author Martin Popoff explains: "We explore one of the most imposingly scary and skilled metal classics ever, the grand and merciless debut from Satanic Dane masters MERCYFUL FATE. It's a long hard look, including much interview footage never before published from my chats with Hank Shermann, Michael Denner and, of course, King Diamond his charming self. Not since 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' had a record from an unknown band sounded so shockingly perfect. Was the hand of Satan involved? You be the judge.
"WITCHFINDER GENERAL blew a hole in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal with their doom dealings. And, really, they were the inaugural doom band past what SABBATH had established, pioneers that begat TROUBLE, CANDLEMASS and CATHEDRAL. Little has been written on this mysterious two-album band. This is the story of the band's second and last album, a fine slab of massive, surging metal that still creeps out NWOBHM aficionados to this day."
"Ye Olde Metal: Mercyful Fate's Melissa" and "Ye Olde Metal: Witchfinder General's Friends Of Hell" are available as short ebooks in high-resolution PDF format from Zunior.