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Mercyful Fate: Return Of The Vampire ... 1993

transcribed by:  Russ Elton      :  mercyfuldiamond@yahoo.com
                 Langus          :  tlange@promail.pl
                 
FIND EVERY MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND SONG AND
THE MOST UPDATED VERSION OF THIS SONG AT:

                          The Tab Crypt
                  http://republika.pl/tlange/

Date last modified:  31-10-01

PLEASE DO NOT COPY THIS TAB TO ANOTHER SITE
WITHOUT AUTHORS' PERMISSION.  THANK YOU.

Tuning: Standard

Intro
e|---------------|
B|---------------|
G|-2-------------|
D|-2-------------|
A|-0-----2--4--2-|
E|-------0--2--0-|

Riff 1
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|-------------2-------------------|
A|-4--x--4--4--0--4--x--4--2--4--2-|
E|-2--x--2--2-----2--x--2--0--2--0-|

Guitar 2 plays this over riff 1
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|-11---11-11-11-11---9---9--9--9--9/7---7/5--|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|--9----9--9--9--9---7---7--7--7--7/5---5/3--|
E|--------------------------------------------|

End of riff 1
e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|----5--4--2-------|
A|-4--3--2--0--5--4-|
E|-2-----------3--2-|

Lead into verse:
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-4-[let ring]----2--4--2-|
E|-2---------------0--2--0-|
  "A suicide ..."


Play Riff 1    "Deep in his lair......"

Riff 2
e|--------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------|
D|-3--x--3--x--3--2---------------------|
A|-1--x--1--x--1--0----------5--4--0----|
E|-------------------0--2--3----------0-|

Play Riff 1    "Spreaded wings...."

Riff 2a
e|--------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------|
D|-3--x--3--x--3--2---------------------|
A|-1--x--1--x--1--0----------5--4--0--2-|
E|-------------------0--2--3------------|

Riff 3 (Chorus)
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|-5--5-5-7--9--9-9-9-10-12--12--11-7--7-7-7-9-|
A|-3--3-3-5--7--7-7-7--8-10--10---9-5--5-5-5-7-|
E|---------------------------------------------|
   "Return of the vampire......"
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-10--10--9-5--5--4--2--2-----------------|
A|--8---8--7-3--3--2--0--0--5--3--5----0-2-|
E|--------------------------3--1--3--3-----|
   "He's out for blood......"
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|-5--5-5-7--9--9-9-9-10-12--12--11-7--7-7-7-9-|
A|-3--3-3-5--7--7-7-7--8-10--10---9-5--5-5-5-7-|
E|---------------------------------------------|
   "Return of the vampire......"
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-10--10--9-5--5--4--2--2-------------|
A|--8---8--7-3--3--2--0--0--5--3--5--5-|
E|--------------------------3--1--3--3-|
   "He's out for blood......"

Play Riff 1 with this ending:
e|----------------|
B|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----5--4--2-----|
A|-4--3--2--0--5--|
E|-2-----------3--|

Riff 4  
e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-etc--|
   * * * * * *        

Riff 5                          x2
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|---9\8---7\6-----7-----5-----7-|
A|---7\6---5\4-----5-----3-----5-|
E|-0-----0-----0-0---0-0---0-0---|
   *     *     * *   * *   * * 
   "There's only one way...."
                                  Last time
e|--------------------------------|--------|
B|--------------------------------|--------|
G|--------------------------------|--------|
D|--------------------------------|--------|
A|-4------------------------------|--4--2--|
E|-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-|--2--0--|
      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
   "Lair.........."

Riff 6
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-11--9--7--7-7--7-7--7-7--9-11--9--9-9--9-9--9-9-|
A|--9--7--5--5-5--5-5--5-5--7--9--7--7-7--7-7--7-7-|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
  "And I can feel something is wrong..."

Riff 7
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|------4~----------2-----------4~------------|
A|-4-------2--4--4--0---2--4-------2--4--4--2-|
E|-2--2----0--2--2------0--2--2----0--2--2--0-|
   "Vampire!....."

Riff 7a (solo rhythm)
e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|------4~----------2-----------4~-------------------|
A|-4-------2--4--4--0---2--4-------2--4--4--2--7-6-5-|
E|-2--2----0--2--2------0--2--2----0--2--2--0--5-4-3-|

End of solo rhythm
e|----------------|
B|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|
A|--4--[let ring]-|
E|--2-------------|


Solo (wah pedal)
e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-2-2-2-2------------2--4-4^-4~--------2--2-----|
G|-2-2-2-2------------2--4-4^-4~--------2--2-----|
D|---------4~~----2h4---------------2h4------4~~-|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------2---------------2-2-2------------2----------|
G|-------2-x-2---------------2-2-2------------2--4^-4~~~-|
D|-4-2h4-----a--2~~--(2-1-0)-------4~~----2h4------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|-----2-2-------------------------------------------|
G|-----2-2------------2----2^--------4^--4-4^~~~--4^-|
D|-2-4-----4~~----2h4---------4~~--------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-2h5p2-------5p2---2--5^~~-----------------------|
G|-------4^~~------4----------------------14-16p14-|
D|-------a--------------------------14h16----------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------(14)----------------|

e|--------------------------14h17p14--14--------14-16p14-16p14----|
B|-------------17^~~--17^-----------17--17^~~------------------17-|
G|-16-16^r--14----------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-14------17p14----14-----------------------------------|
B|----17^--------16----17-16-16^~~----17-14h16p14--14----|
G|-----------------------------------------------16--16^-|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------14---------14----14-14----14--------|
B|-14-17p14--14-17p14-----------14----17--------------------|
G|---------16--------16-----16------------------------------|
D|--------------------------16-----------------16----16^~~r-|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

End Solo


Play Riff 1   Solo Rhythm

Solo
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------(14)-----14~~-|
G|-16^----16-16-16^--16-16--16-16--14^^----14~~-|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------14-17p14-17p14-14-17p14-14-17p14----14-17p14-14-17p14-|
G|-16^-----------------------------------16-------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------14--------14------|
B|-14-17p14------14-17p14------14--------17p14-----17p14-|
G|----------16^-----------16^-----16^---------16^--------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|-14---------14---------14-----------------14---5tm--2tm-|
B|---17p14------17p14------17p14-17p14-17^----------------|
G|--------16^--------16^----------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------2-5p2-------------------------------------|
B|-5p4p0-5-------5p2p0-5p2-4p2-----2-----------------|
G|-----------------------------4^----4--4^-(4)p2-----|
D|-----------------------------------------------4~~-|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------9-9h10p9--9-----9-10-12-12^r^~~r-|
B|-9h10p9----9------9-10-12---------12-10-12-----------------|
G|--------11---9-11------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

e|-4-4-4-4h5p4---4-------------------------------------0-|
B|-------------7---7-5---------------------------------0-|
G|---------------------6--------------------------7\6----|
D|-----------------------6~~--6h7p6---6-----6-7-9--------|
A|----------------------------------9---7-9--------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------14----14----14----|
B|-14^--14^----14^--0--14^-----------------17^----17^---17^---17^-|
G|-14^--14^----14^-----14^-----------14-16------------------------|
D|---------------------------16~~--16-----------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------17-16-x-------14----------|
B|-14-14-17--14---------x--17----17^--17\-|
G|----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------|
B|--6---6---6--5-------6---6---6--5----|
G|--8^--8^--8--7^~~----8^--8^--8--7^~~-|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

End Solo


Play Riff 2   x1
Play Riff 2a
Play Riff 3   "Return of the vampire...."
Play Riff 1   "A suicide........"

End.

Here's the weird riff found on the original version
of this song:

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------10-12-|
G|------------------11-10---10--------|
D|------11---10-9--------10-----------|
A|----10--10-----10-------------------|
E|--9---------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------12-|
B|------------------------------10-12----|
G|------------------11-10---10-----------|
D|------11---10-9--------10--------------|
A|----10--10-----10----------------------|
E|--9------------------------------------|



notation:
^   =  bend [ ^ = half, ^^ = whole, etc. ]
^r  =  bend and release
x   =  mute with fret-hand
*   =  mute with palm-hand
X\\ =  pick slide
h   =  hammer-on
p   =  pull-off
~   =  vibrato
t   =  tap-on
/   =  slide up
\   =  slide down
h.  =  harmonics
ah  =  artificial harmonic
(9) =  ghost note
tm  =  trem picking
tr  =  trill
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