According to the En Lejemorder Ser Tilbage blog, former MERCYFUL FATE drummer Kim Ruzz (a.k.a. Kim Thyge Jensen) has resurfaced in a brand new Danish heavy metal band called METALRUZZ.
The news of Kim‘s return to the rock scene was first reported by a local Danish newspaper, Ugenyt, which inexplicably failed to mention the musician’s connection to the legendary heavy metal band when it interviewed him earlier this month.
Kim, who currently works as a consultant at Slagelse Job Center in Slagelse, Denmark, spoke to the paper about his rough upbringing and job history, which included a five-year stint as a postman.
At the moment, there no information available about METALRUZZ‘s musical direction or future plans, but Ugenyt did publish a band photo (see below) ahead of METALRUZZ‘s September 6 performance at the SUK festival in Slagelse, Denmark.
After MERCYFUL FATE was presented with the “honor award” at the Danish Metal Awards 2006, Ruzz released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in which he said, “Yes, I became a postman for a short period, but not in the U.S. as many people think. After that, I took an education in the construction business and worked as foreman and calculator.
“Many stories have been told that [Michael] Denner [MERCYFUL FATE guitarist] and I couldn’t stand the sight of each other, [but] it could not be more wrong. We were, and still are, best friends.
“As you know, we won a Danish music award [in November 2006]. We [attended the event] together, the four of us [Michael Denner (guitar), Hank Shermann (guitar), Timi ‘Grabber’ Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums)], [as] King [Diamond] couldn’t make it. And the magic was reborn.”
MERCYFUL FATE will always be remembered for their unquestionable mark on the history of metal, with their new innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and their influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights, according to Wikipedia.
In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album “Garage Inc.” Entitled “Mercyful Fate”, the medley included parts from “Satan’s Fall”, “Curse of the Pharaohs”, “A Corpse Without Soul”, “Into the Coven” and “Evil”.
Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (a fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of “Return of the Vampire” on the “In the Shadows” album, which came out in 1993.
Pictured below: METALRUZZ (Kim Thyge Jensen is second from right, wearing a white long-sleeved shirt)
Photo courtesy of Ugenyt