Sunday, 24 July 2016

Denner-Shermann (ex - Mercyful Fate - Masters Of Evil (2016)

Genre - Heavy Metal
Label - Metal Blade

Track listing:
01. Angel's Blood
02. Son Of Satan
03. The Wolf Feeds At Night
04. Pentagram And The Cross
05. Masters Of Evil
06. Servants Of Dagon
07. Escape From Hell
08. The Baroness

Former Mercyful Fate Legends Micheal Denner and Hank Shermann return with their new projects (Denner / Shermann) debut album and the follow up to last years acclaimed 'Satan's Tomb' Ep. Once again the legendary ex - Mercyful Fate guitarists are joined by Snowy Shaw (Drums), Marc Grabowski (Bass) and vocalist Sean Peck, for this their debut full album release, and what can I say? Master's Of Evil is pure unadulterated classic heavy metal, in fact it is probably the closest thing that we will ever get to a new Mercyful Fate album!
All the music is killer great dual guitar work that you would expect from Denner and Shermann, probably their best guitar work since Mercyful Fate's  Time. Sean Peck does an amazing job on the vocals. Stylistically very close to King Diamond vocals, but not trying to be a carbon copy. He does match King's tone at key times, but it isn't overdone, in fact he puts in a hell of a shift here, ranging from the outright Ozzy-isms of the brilliant “The Wolf Feeds At Night” to his display on the opening salvo of “Angel’s Blood”, he really is the perfect foil for the music.A great balance. There’s nothing too long here either, with the longest track being the albums closer, "The Baroness" which clocks in at just under 7 minutes long.
Fans of King Diamond and Merciful Fate, which let's facr it is the bands primary target audience,  will not be disappointed with Master's of Evil, its a truly brilliantly sinister album!

Rating: 9/10

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