Looking for some edgy and dark vibes? Mercyful Fate album covers are a great place to start. This Danish heavy metal band formed in 1981, and their album covers have been as iconic as their music ever since. Let’s take a deep dive into some of Mercyful Fate’s best album cover art.
One of the most recognizable album covers in heavy metal, Melissa features a creepy depiction of the band’s mascot, the Grim Reaper, holding the band’s iconic inverted cross. The dark and haunting imagery perfectly encapsulates the band’s signature sound and sets the tone for the entire album.
Don’t Break the Oath (1984)
The cover art for Don’t Break the Oath may be just as iconic as its predecessor, Melissa. It features the same Grim Reaper character, this time surrounded by flames and standing over a group of dismembered and decapitated bodies. The art is both disturbing and captivating, and it perfectly fits the album’s dark and satanic themes.
Into the Unknown (1996)
While Mercyful Fate’s first two album covers were relatively straightforward in their imagery, Into the Unknown takes things in a completely different direction. The album art looks like a scene from a psychedelic horror movie, featuring a surreal landscape and a group of shadowy figures ascending a staircase. The art is both beautiful and eerie, reflecting the experimental sound of the album.