Mercyful Fate’s reformation produced what was in reality only their third proper studio album. It wastes no time getting to the heart of what made them great back in the day, so much so that it’s like they’d never been away. King’s day job had enabled him to mature in lyric writing, so everything has a more story-like structure, and there’s nothing much for nuns to get in a tizzy about. Everything is more polished, even beautiful in places, but it never drops the coffin or goes for the safe, friendly option. It's another MF classic.