They say winter is coming, but the Mystic Festival has just posted some really hot news. The recently resurrected legends Mercyful Fate and black metal sensation Mgła join Judas Priest on the festival bill.
If you were there this June, you perfectly know that King Diamond’s show was one of the best of the entire festival. And you expected him to come back, this time with the band that started the madness, didn’t you? Now we can fulfill your wish. Here’s the pact for you to sign… Mercyful Fate are finally back, after nearly a decade of silence. Kraków is one of the places chosen to take the oath again. This outstanding band was born in Copenhagen in the early 80’s and paved the way for Metallica and Slayer, as well as Morbid Angel and Emperor. But even though they were followed by many, no-one was really able to imitate the unique style of Mercyful Fate. Its mystery lies in the fragile balance between pure strength of Hank Shermann’s guitar riffs and the bravery and theatrical antics of King Diamond. Both “Melissa” and “Don’t Break the Oath” remain to this day unparalleled works of dark art, but also later albums of the band are one of their kind.
There’s not much to say about Mgła, as it was supposed to be an anti-band. No faces, no narration, no promotion. Only the music – catchy as hell, yet furious, slavishly loyal to its black metal nature – and word of mouth worked here. This is how Mgła grew to become one of the world’s biggest acts of the genre, and they did that without even moving from their Cracow’s caves… Their breakthrough album “With Hearts Toward None” was released in 2012 and the next firm step towards the abyss was named “Exercises in Futility” (2015). Recently released “Age of Excuse” is also an instant underground classic. And legions of followers grow bigger and bigger as Mgła started to tour, proving their strength in battle. Rock stars enter the stage to shine. Mgła do quite the opposite – they devour light.
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