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Reformed Danish metal legends MERCYFUL FATE and their American bassist Joey Vera have “mutually” decided to part ways.

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MERCYFUL FATE frontman King Diamond said in a statement:

Our friendship and respect for each other will always remain the same, and we all sincerely wish each other the absolute best for the future.”

MERCYFUL FATE completed its first North American headlining tour in over two decades in November 2022. Stepping in on bass for MERCYFUL FATE at these shows was Becky Baldwin, a British musician who has previously played with Fury, Triaxix and Control The Storm. Baldwin filled in for Vera, who was unable to make the trek due to a scheduling conflict with his longtime band ARMORED SAINT.

Joey Vera – Photo Down The Barrel Photography © 2024

As of now, the band are currently working on a new album and recently gave fans a taste of the new material when they debuted a song called “The Jackal Of Salzburg” in Germany in June 2022, as well as at Psycho Las Vegas and Bloodstock Open Air. The band’s current lineup is rounded out by Hank Shermann and Mike Wead on guitars, and Bjarne T. Holm on drums.

Check out an interview conducted with King Diamond at Bloodstock in 2022 below…

Oran O’Beirne 2024