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Mercyful Fate

Melissa [Limited Edition Yellow & Black LP]

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Limited yellow/black colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Melissa is the debut studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, originally released in October 1983. It was the first album released by Roadrunner Records. This was also the first Mercyful Fate effort to get an official release in the United States.

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Limited red/yellow colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Reissue. Don't Break the Oath is the second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, originally released in 1984. The style Mercyful Fate employed on Don't Break the Oath resembled a mixture of heavy metal with progressive elements, lyrically preoccupied with Satan and the occult and distinguished by King Diamond's theatrical falsetto vocals. Although very influential to future black metal bands due to it's lyrical content, the music itself is more reminiscent of traditional heavy metal.

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Limited Amber vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Reissue. The Beginning is a compilation album by Mercyful Fate released in 1987 consisting of the Nuns Have No Fun EP and different versions of four tracks from the album Melissa.
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Limited blue vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Reissue. Return of the Vampire is a compilation album of rare demo tracks by Mercyful Fate recorded before their first, official release in 1982. It was originally released in 1992.

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Mercyful Fate

Melissa

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Gatefold slip sleeve CD w/high end cardboard to emulate a "Vinyl" release. Melissa is the debut studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, originally released in October 1983. It was the first album released by Roadrunner Records. This was also the first Mercyful Fate effort to get an official release in the United States.

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Mercyful Fate

Don't Break The Oath

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Gatefold slip sleeve CD w/high end cardboard to emulate a "Vinyl" release. Reissue. Don't Break the Oath is the second studio album by Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, originally released in 1984. The style Mercyful Fate employed on Don't Break the Oath resembled a mixture of heavy metal with progressive elements, lyrically preoccupied with Satan and the occult and distinguished by King Diamond's theatrical falsetto vocals. Although very influential to future black metal bands due to it's lyrical content, the music itself is more reminiscent of traditional heavy metal.

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Produced in Los Angeles, California by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited, Extreme Power Metal was also recorded, in part, on guitarist Herman Li's livestream channel on Twitch (twitch. Tv/hermanli) with participation from the fans.
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Vinyl LP pressing. It's 75 degrees and sunny in St. Petersburg, FL but within the pleasant confines of producer Erik Rutan's increasingly popular Mana Studios come the sounds of the apocalypse; tones of the rhythmically sinister and fist-clenchingly METAL variety. It is the audible battery of Goatwhore's Metal Blade debut A Haunting Curse. More molten than it's gloomier predecessor, the disc stays true to the band's original irreverent Bathory-meets-Baal (the god of thunder) in a bullpen sensibility with punkish resolve and those inimitable Louisiana grooves for which the band has become known. Songs like über oldschool "Bloodletting upon the Cloven Hoof," the opening "Wear These Scars Of Testimony" and "Silence Marked By The Breaking Of Bone" are fast, dark and antagonistic, Falgoust's commanding voice and challenging lyrics adding knee-buckling severity to their collective instrumental agility. Rhythms collide with stop-on-a-dime accuracy and Duet's vexing riffs give things a torrential horns-to-the-sky exigency. A Haunting Curse is here to devour.
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Limited edition vinyl picture disc LP pressing. 1988 album from the Danish heavy metal band. Over the course of more than thirty years, among innumerable trends, ebbs and flows of the music industry, King Diamond remains as one of the most prolific and important figures in metal. With a career so extensive, anniversaries of note, as well as many of his contemporaries, have come and gone, but in 2018, King Diamond, the man and the band, celebrates the past as few acts can - on picture disc vinyl! Since forming in 1985, the band have released a total of twelve studio albums (most of them concept albums), two live albums, two extended plays, five compilations and five singles.
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King Diamond

The Eye

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Limited picture disc vinyl LP pressing. The Eye is a concept album by King Diamond released in 1990. It continues to feature a major storyline such as other King Diamond albums, though it is told differently. His two prior concept albums had been told from the perspective of the protagonists; this one is told from the view of a narrator. The themes of Christian atrocity with the persecution of alleged witches and sexual abuse against nuns are present. The story starts off with an unnamed character finding a necklace called The Eye, that allows him/her to see the events the necklace was witness for in the past.
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2017 album from blackened death thrashers. Killer.
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Tyr

Hel

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With Hel, the Faroe Islands' Tyr provide even more irrefutable evidence that they stand at the vanguard of Scandinavian metal. Their eighth full-length is a collection of ruthlessly melodic and irresistibly compelling progressive folk metal that will immediately resonate with any who have followed the band at any point over the two decades of their storied career. Known for their prolific nature - dropping their first five full-lengths in the space of just seven years - the six-year gap between Valkyrja and Hel is by far the longest between any two of their records. Guitarist/vocalist Heri Joensen states, "Musically it leans a bit towards our album, 'Ragnarok' (2005)...It's a bit more epic and also much better worked through than any of our previous albums." Conceptually, the album is informed by a combination of mythology, personal experience and observations of current international events, making for a multifaceted experience that can be processed and understood on many levels.

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Many words come to mind when you hear the name Cannibal Corpse, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Returning with their 14th full-length, the monstrous Red Before Black, serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. "We always try to make our music aggressive, but where an album like A Skeletal Domain (2014) was definitely aggressive, it has a targeted refinement that the new album doesn't. Red Before Black is as well executed as anything we've done, but it has a rawness to it that we haven't had in a long time," asserts bassist Alex Webster. "We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums," adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. "And as Alex said, musically I think it's the most raw sound we've had - and at the same time I think it's our most focused, tightest and catchiest record."
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Hate

Auric Gates Of Veles [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. Since 1991, Hate have lived up to their name, responsible for some of the angriest and most ruthless death metal unleashed upon the world. With 2017's Tremendum, they took a step toward a darker, more atmospheric, black metal-oriented style and began exploring Slavonic mysticism, and new album Auric Gates Of Veles boldly continues in that direction. "We wanted to go deeper into the subject, both musically and lyrically," asserts vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner. "We also wanted to record a sharper and better defined rhythm section, a more death metal-oriented one. When it comes to guitar sound, it was meant to be a wall of sonic destruction with dark ambient elements in the background."
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Amon Amarth

Jomsviking

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On March 25th, Swedish metal kings Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album, Jomsviking, via Metal Blade Records! Jomsviking the band s first concept record in their storied career tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).
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Revocation

Outer Ones

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Pushing both the death metal and progressive elements of their signature sound harder than ever, The Outer Ones represents Revocation at their boldest, most aggressive and most complex. Moving away from the societal and historical themes that informed 2016's Great is Our Sin, this time vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson has immersed himself in the fantastic, evoking one of the great writers of the sci-fi/horror genre. "The title is my ode to H.P. Lovecraft and the entities of pure cosmic horror that rule that universe he created." Furthermore, those drawn to the more epic tendencies of Revocation are certain to not be disappointed by The Outer Ones, and ambitious closer "A Starless Darkness" takes influence from a variety of sources but ultimately stands in a league of it's own.
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I Loved You At Your Darkest; A crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema!

“It cannot be more blasphemous than this.”

That’s Behemoth mastermind Nergal talking about the title of the band’s 11th and latest album, I Loved You At Your Darkest. While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band—especially one that called their last album The Satanist—its origin might surprise you even more than the words themselves. “It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For us, being a radical extreme metal band, it’s sacrilegious to the maximum.”

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Powerwolf

Blood of the Saints

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BLOOD OF THE SAINTS is the latest album from German metal group, Power wolf.
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Amon Amarth

Berserker

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2019 release, the 11th full length release from Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth. The album - their first in three years - was produced by Jay Ruston. This marks the first album by the band to feature drummer Jocke Wallgren who joined the band in 2016.
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God Dethroned

Illuminati

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God Dethroned never say die! The immutable power of the Netherlands greatest blackened death metal band rings true on new album,. Since forming in the Netherlands in 1991, God Dethroned have amassed a sizable following through the release of ten full-length albums. Luckily, for headbangers and horn-throwers the world over, Illuminati continues God Dethroned's immutable reign. Henri Sattler: Vocals / Guitar - Michiel van der Plicht: Drums - Jeroen Pomper: Bass / Vocals - Dave Meester: Guitar
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Slayer

Hell Awaits

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SLAYER / HELL AWAITS - METAL BLADE RECORDS - Remastered by Eddy Schreyer at Future Disc, November 1993. Bass, Vocals - Tom Araya Drums - Dave Lombardo Lead Guitar - Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King Producer - Brian Slagel, Slayer / Rights Society: BMI Recorded At - Eldorado Recording Studios
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"Songs for the Dead" is King Diamond's highly anticipated LIVE release for entire generations of heavy metal enthusiasts, many of whom have yet to experience one of King Diamond's monumental live performances in person. Filmed & recorded live in concert in the US and Belgium, "Songs for the Dead" is the commercial offering of King Diamond's 2015 tour "Abigail In Concert". All the bases are covered, with two full concerts shot in their entirety, one from the US, and another from the European festival circuit in 2016. King Diamond's full stage and lighting production are on display in this masterfully pro-shot package.
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For the first time ever, King Diamond's complete catalog is being made available on picture disc vinyl courtesy of Metal Blade Records. September 2018 will see double-sided collector's pressings of the King Diamond efforts The Puppet Master (2003), Deadly Lullabyes Live (2004) and Give Me Your Soul... Please (2007). "You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy," says King. "This double live album simply kicks asssssss! Top notch performance by everyone involved... I don't think I have ever heard the old classic Diamond songs performed this well & this close to the originals... This is the ultimate King Diamond line-up at work on stage. For my own part, my voice is stronger than ever, & singing old songs like "Welcome Home" gives me more pleasure than ever before. It's all there for our fans to hear, a King Diamond show from beginning to end: raw, in your face, loud, moody, brutal, horror, and awesome audience sing-alongs! - King Diamond.
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Igorrr

Spirituality And Distortion

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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2020 album from French musician Gautier Serre AKA Igorrr. Under the Igorrr alias, he combines a variety of disparate genres, including black metal, baroque music, breakcore, and trip hop, into a singular sound. Serre is also part of the groups Whourkr and Corpo-Mente. In 2017, the Igorrr project itself became a full band with the addition of vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec and drummer Sylvain Bouvier.
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Death

Symbolic [Vinyl]

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Symbolic is the sixth album by American heavy metal band Death. The album was released on March 21, 1995 through Roadrunner Records. This is the only album to feature guitarist Bobby Koelble and bassist Kelly Conlon and the last to feature drummer Gene Hoglan.
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Vinyl LP pressing. The time has finally come for the kings of the dead to unveil their triumphant return to the masses with an expansive double-live album released via Metal Blade Records. Capturing Cirith Ungol at the peak of their darkened, mystical powers before a rapturous crowd at the Up the Hammers festival in Athens, Greece, this recording showcases the magic and might of the long running band onstage. Once again, acclaimed fantasy artist Michael Whelan (whose images adorn each cover of Cirith Ungol's four studio albums) has created the perfect visual accompaniment for the musical content. It's only fitting as Whelan's breathtaking artwork is inextricably intertwined with the music and mythology of Cirith Ungol in the hearts and imaginations of metalheads worldwide.
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Angel Witch

Angel Of Light [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. Forty years and more have passed since the original inception of Angel Witch rose from the inauspicious locale of suburban Kent with the doom-laden clangor of Black Sabbath ringing in it's ears and leading a movement of bands that reinvented heavy metal as a form darker, heavier, faster and more intense than anything previously issued forth. With songwriter, lead guitarist and chief architect Kevin Heybourne engineering a psychic realm where horror and fantasy imagery locked horns with pulverizing riffage and razorsharp hooks, the band were soon vying for supremacy amidst an alarmingly fertile scene that also included Iron Maiden, Diamond Head and Saxon, yet with arguably the heaviest and most otherworldly dimensions at their disposal of anyone in range.
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Cattle Decapitation

Death Atlas [Solarcide LP]

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Cattle Decapitation have never shied away from confronting the awfulness wrought upon the natural world by the human race, and Death Atlas is their bleakest offering to date. The cover art says it all, a stooped, skeletal Grim Reaper carrying the burnt-out husk of our planet on his back. "The core concept of this record is humanity's insignificance despite what we've convinced ourselves," explains vocalist Travis Ryan. "That's kind of why this album cover takes place in space, to remind you that 'the universe always finds a way to purge'. In the grand scheme of things, our species is merely a fleeting thought." Backing this up with a ferocious soundtrack, it's one of the most shocking and unflinching records of 2019, demanding an emotional response, and forcing people to think about their own contributions to the devastation of the planet.
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Sacred Reich

Awakening [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2019 release. Twenty-three years after dropping their last full-length, Sacred Reich are returning in force with the towering Awakening, effortlessly demonstrating that they remain a formidable force in metal. Showcasing everything a fan would expect and hope for from the Phoenix, Arizona crew, it is a timeless collection comprised of blistering thrash, crushing grooves, killer solos and socially conscious lyrics that demonstrate a true understanding of everything that matters most in the world today. "Going into it, we had a loose idea as far as knowing that we wanted some fast, heavy songs to honor the old school fans that have supported us and gotten us to this point," states vocalist/bassist Phil Rind. "We wanted everything to happen naturally. We didn't want to force anything and we are super stoked with every song. It is easily the best thing we have ever done."