Metal Blade’s CEO Says Mercyful Fate Will Release Two New Songs in the Near Future


Today marks the end of Mercyful Fate‘s first trek through the U.S. in 20 years, so naturally people are left wondering what’s next. We already know that King Diamond will get a crack at a new studio effort before Mercyful Fate will, but apparently that doesn’t mean it’s going to be complete radio silence from the iconic heavy metal band.

During a recent conversation with Jimmy Kay from The Metal Voice, Metal Blade Record founder and CEO Brian Slagel said the band will put out two new songs over the next few months. And while one of them, “The Jackal of Salzburg,” has been making the rounds in the band’s live show as of late, the world will get a previously unheard track as well.

“So here are the plans. So there’s two (new) songs, one of which you know they’re playing in the set (“The Jackal Of Salzburg), which was supposed to be out prior to all of this (tour) but everything’s delayed. So the first thing is they’re going to finish up (that song) as soon as this tour is done. They’re gonna finish up that song, it’s mostly recorded and we’re gonna put that out to the digital people on the internet, so you’ll be able to stream that. I don’t know, sometime in the next few months so there’s that.

“They (Mercyful Fate) have another song they’ve written that’s also going to be out there as well, so there’ll be two Mercyful Fate songs out there. We’ll probably do some sort of vinyl thing with the two tracks as well. Then we’ll have a King Diamond album following that up and then we’ll go back to kind of the way we did in the 90s where the next record will be full Mercyful Fate album.”

If anyone would know anything about Metal Blade’s release schedule, it would be Brian Slagel. That’s about as definitive as it gets. It’ll be cool to finally hear “The Jackal of Salzburg” in its intended studio form after hearing it live all these months.

During the interview, Slagel and Kay talk at length about Mercyful Fate’s two records, as well as other topics. You can check out the rest of the interview in the video below.

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