Denner / Shermann is the name of new metal project behind which are two legendary Danish guitar players Michael Denner and Hank Shermann. If you do not know their past endeavors with Mercyful Fate you may as well leave metal world and never come back, as simple as that, but now they are heading for new adventure. Mr. Denner is here to tell us everything we need to know about it!
Greetings Mr. Denner, it is my great honor to welcome you to pages of Metal Sound! How are you doing these days?
Fine thank you, the new album got an overwhelming response, so we are busy making plans for the near future
Let us go one thing at a time, so please tell us how did you and Hank Shermann got into the idea of creating Denner / Shermann? Was those Mercyful Fate anniversaries important in getting you into the right mood?
Yes this was exactly what happened, after the anniversary videos, we both felt the importance to continue working together
How did you rounded up the lineup for the band? You have worked with Snowy Shaw before, how did Marc Grabowski and Sean Peck get into the coven?
Marc played on the Demonica album that Hank did a few years ago, he did a great job there so Hank brought him in, Sean introduced himself, we heard heard some of the stuff he did with Cage and Deathdealer, and it was crystal clear that he had what we needed to make the line up complete
Your first appearance was EP Satan’s Tomb, how are you satisfied with this release? Was this EP nod to classic Mercyful Fate 1982’s EP?
Of course there’s reference to MF, Hank and I played a big part on the classic MF releases in the 80’s. Satan’s Tomb came out much better than we hoped for
Soon after we have received your debut album Masters Of Evil so please try to represent the style found on this release?
We tried to follow up on what we did on Satan’s tomb, but had much more time together under our belt, so that made a difference and made this full lenght even beter and more organic
Denner / Shermann feature those traditional evil lyrics one could hear on Mercyful Fate records. Please tell us who was responsible for them, what do you try to picture with those themes?
I do feel that Sean writes lyrics differently, more like horror stories, with both Good and Evil sides of the coin.
On the other hand, I guess you were responsible for the musical parts. Can you please tell us something about the composing process and inspiration for EP and album…
Hank did all the basic parts, and afterwards we arranged the songs together, with guitar parts, solos themes etc.
I guess that it was intentional to invite Thomas Holm for the cover art, please tell us something about the work with the man.
For the Satan’s tomb album we bought a painting of his, done many years ago, he showed us the idea for the Masters of Evil artwork, and we loved it and said yes and thank you.
The video for Son Of Satan has just beend debuted online, so please go into the details of creating this little horror story.
The basic idea, was from Sean’s lyrics for the song, and then Owe found the images for the video, remind us of the story behind the movie The Omen.
One very important question: is Denner / Shermann a project or fully fledged band? Can we expect more to come from you guys in the future?
Sure, in a few months form now, we will start the writing process for the next album, and also some live shows and touring on the drawing board at the moment.
I would also like to know are you planning to take Denner / Shermann on stages soon, are some gigs already planned?
As mentioned, we about to start the live caravan, it’s a bit of a puzzle, but it will happen soon.
One question that is of great interest to me and I simply have to bring it: what are the plans for Mercyful Fate reunion? Have you been talking with King about this?
The reunion is not part of any plan, i doubt it will ever happen
I can honestly say that Don’t Break the Oath is my favorite album of all times, bar none. I am quite sure that you have heard similar praises often, how does it make you feel?
This makes me very proud, to be part of such an important record, same goes for my own favorite Melissa, we didn’t imagine that these albums would be milestones when we did them back then
That would be all for now, I would like to thank you for the chat and your music which means a lot to me! Your last words for Serbian fans…
I sincerly hope that we will be able to play for you live in the near future, and that you will enjoy the music we will continue to do in the years to come. All the best from Michael!
- Questions by Slobodan Trifunovic
- Answers by Michael Denner