Twenty years is a long fucking time to be denied Mercyful Fate and the legendary King Diamond himself. Yet prior to the ongoing tour of Mercyful Fate, Kreator, and Midnight that started late last month, it had been exactly that long since the classic heavy metal act came to our shores.

Well, they’re here and we were fortunate enough to get the ridiculously talented Mihaela Petrescu to bring her cameras to the show this past Friday and snap us some eye-catching images.

Usually this is where I would say you can use these pictures to live vicariously through her camera lens, but let’s be real here — there’s no beating the real deal. If you’re not attending one of these special gigs, then why are you even doing?! Get your ass to a show; you have two more shots: one in Philly and another in Atlanta.

Mercyful Fate