Watch MERCYFUL FATE perform the new song ‘The Jackl Of Salzburg’ at COPENHELL

Fan-filmed video of THE FATE OF THE NAME‘s concert on June 18 at Copenhell festival on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. The 11-song set of the influential Danish metals contained a completely new number, “The Jackl of Salzburg”which is expected to be shown on THE FATE OF THE NAMEs upcoming studio album, tentatively coming out in 2023 via Metal blade. Lyrically, the song is inspired by one of the last great witch hunts, the Zaubererjackl trials in Salzburg, Austria (1675-90). 139 people were executed as supporters of The Wizard Jackl or Magician Jackl or jacketwhich itself was never found.

joins frontman King Diamond in THE FATE OF THE NAMEs current lineup is Hank Shermann on guitar, Bjarne T. Holm on drums, Mike Wead on guitar and Joey Vera on bass.

Set list for THE FATE OF THE NAME‘s concert at Copenhell festival:

01. Eden
02. Jackl of Salzburg
03. A corpse without a soul
04. Black funeral
05. A dangerous encounter
06. Melissa
07. Judged by the living dead
08. The Curse of the Pharaohs
09. Evil
10. Come to the Sabbath


11. Satan’s fall

In 2019, it was announced Vera would replace the original THE FATE OF THE NAME bassist Timi Hansen for the band’s summer 2020 European festival performances due to Hansencancer diagnosis. Hansen died in November 2019 and THE FATE OF THE NAME2020’s summer festival performances were originally rescheduled to 2021 before being moved back to 2022.

In a Rich livestream from a few days before the kick-off concert on June 2 in Hanover, Germany from THE FATE OF THE NAME tests which took place in Glostrup, Denmark, King revealed that he and his bandmates were planning to debut a brand new song at the 2022 shows. “We’re trying,” he said at the time. “We’re still working on a song. I wrote the last lyrics on the day of our departure [for rehearsals], I would say, and that’s a few days ago. So the others have not heard me sing the song at all. We played a few riffs from it yesterday. I did not sing to it at that time. But it’s coming [along] here. The next few days we have to see where it takes us. “

Regarding the musical and lyrical content of the new THE FATE OF THE NAME song, King said: “It’s something of a monster, I would say. It’s almost nine minutes long. So it’s not just a quick little bit [tune]. We hope we can play it. We will do everything in our power to play it. It is not busy yet. So whatever version we play for you can be changed before it is actually fully recorded. Some drums have been recorded – that’s what I can say. But we will do our best to play it. We even put it early in the set. But it is definitely something to look forward to. And now we have to make it sound right, because the early demo versions have lots of things on that create a certain mood throughout, which we can not do [when we perform it]. The live version will be different. Of course, I can not make the background vocals intended for the song. But of course it is also a challenge to make a version that works live, [with the] vocal lines. It will be fun. It’s getting heavy. The topic is much too heavy. We are back in 1675 to 1690. It is a piece of history that we describe – an ugly piece of history. “

Back in October 2020, Vera told Dead Rhetoric about how he landed THE FATE OF THE NAME concert: “I’ve been friends with King in some time. ARMED SAINT took a ride with King back in 1988-89; we have been friends and labelmates forever. And then he came to me when I was touring with FATE WARNING supporting QUEENSRŸCHE in Dallas, where he lives. He came to see the show. [Metal Blade Records owner] Brian Slagel was in town. King pulled me aside backstage and told me the story of Timi went through chemotherapy and had booked a summer trip and was not sure he would get well enough to do so. If he was not, I would consider stepping in and helping. Of course, I was amazed and honored, yes. I had nothing else going on – it was going to happen this summer. To honor Timi and help them, thanks for asking me. In the back of my mind I thought Timi would pull through, he would get enough energy to handle it. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake and it was devastating.”

Two years ago, Shermann confirmed that he was working on the first new music from THE FATE OF THE NAME for more than two decades. At the time, he said of the writing process: “First of all, King lives in Texas, USA. I live here north of Copenhagen, in Denmark. The drummer [Bjarne T. Holm] is here too, so I work with him in the rehearsal room to shape the new songs. The other guitarist [Mike Wead] is in Stockholm, Sweden, and our new bassist [Joey Vera] is in Los Angeles. So everything is [being done via] Dropbox or emails. “

He continued, “I think there are about six or seven [tracks that are] by being ready. The first song has been sent to King after it has been mixed and all the guys have played on the song. So I sent the files to Joey in Los Angeles; he made the bass. And then I sent the same files to Mike in Stockholm; he did his solos. And now King has the first song, assesses for the vocals to be added. And then we want to rearrange certain parts to be twice as long and stuff like that. “

THE FATE OF THE NAMElast studio album, “9”was published in 1999.

THE FATE OF THE NAME will be remembered for its undeniable imprint on metal history 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 THE FATE OF THE NAME by recording a classic medley THE FATE OF THE NAME songs on the album “Garage Inc.” With the title “Merciful Fate”the medley contained parts from “The Fall of Satan”, “The Curse of the Pharaohs”, “A corpse without a soul”, “Into the Coven” and “Evil”.

Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of THE FATE OF THE NAME‘s “The Return of the Vampire” on it “In the shadows” album released in 1993.

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