When I first put this cassette in my stereo, I was scared shitless. The King created the perfect album that would scare you at night. I may have been about 15 or so when I heard it, but its lyrics and haunting atmospheres was just too scary. While this may be tame by today's standards, this was not the case in 1984. The second and probably the darkest one from the KING made it well known that he hates Christ and Satan is the only one.
"A Dangerous Meeting" has got some killer guitar playing from both Hank Sherman and Michael Denner who would later go on to KING'S solo albums. That was a catchy little number as well. The track that scared me half to death was "The Oath". The intro to the song was simply sinister and THE KING showed no remorse to those who heard his message. Listening to this CD at night for me was a no, no. Today, I can listen to it at any given time. "The Oath" is very memorable with KING's versatility in changing his voice from low and evil to his wide range of high opera octaves.
"Come To The Sabbath" is by far the most well known FATE song, but at the same time it has to be the heaviest as well. Everyone just goes off. The playing here was tight and sinister. MERCYFUL FATE is probably considered the second wave of Black Metal or perhaps the first wave depending if you consider his BLACK ROSE days.
I think what makes this CD so evil is the range of vocal capabilities that KING possesses. The music as well provides the necessary means to scare the shit out of you as well. This disc is a pure and evil classic even to this day that most bands should get their inspiration from. It may be 19 years old, but it's still a goodie with its dark overtones and can still be listened to over and over. AMEN! (Online February 1, 2003)