HANK SHERMANN started playing guitar in March 1977. His first ever guitar was a Japanese black Les Paul copy bought for around 100 USD. He started in the punk-scene in Copenhagen, but soon found his alley in Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, UFO and Black Sabbath. His first ever concert was July 28th 1978 with the band called Brats. Michael Denner then joined the band and they released an album in 1980, six month later the band broke up.
MERCYFUL FATE came to surface in early 1981 , when singer King Diamond joined the band, starting a new breed in heavy metal music. Shermann started to compose MF’s music, which later became classic songs for the band. “EVIL”, “SATAN’S FALL”, “CURSE of the PHAROAHS”, “BLACK FUNERAL”, ”A CORPSE WITHOUT SOUL” and “DESECRATION of SOULS” to name a few. Mercyful Fate recorded their legandary Albums “Melissa” & “Don’t Break The Oath” in 1983 and 1984.
Hank formed the band DEMONICA and recordings was completed in May 2009, style is Old School Thrash Metal featuring guitarist Craig Locicero, Drummer Mark Hernandez, bassist Marc Grabowski & vocalist Klaus Hyr. The Album “DEMONSTROUS” was released in 2010. Demonica is shelved for now, no future plans at this point!
Shermann performed with VOLBEAT in all of their 2012 live shows, 74 concerts in all, across USA, Europe and South America. Including the Wacken 2012 show. 2 songs from this show was added to the “Outlaw Gentlemen & shady ladies” Album as special bonus tracks!
Formed the new band SHERMANN TANK “After the VOLBEAT tours completed in 2012, I decided to start working on a New Album” says Hank. Things developed and I have now joined forces with Marc Grabowski, Vocalist & bass player, working on this new output together. They released one video “The Bloodbath“
Shermann also works as a music producer and songwriter, and was behind the single release “Angel” with legendary female singer Kate Svanholm, known from the punk scene in Denmark in the late 1970s and early 80s, where Hank also started his musical path..
Hank teamed up with Michael Denner in May 2014, to form DENNER / SHERMANN. They recently video-taped “Dont Break The Oath” to celebrate the Albums 30 years Anniversary. Now working on new music with a lot of guitars involved and an incredible line up of musicians: Sean Peck on vocals, Snowy Shaw on Drums & Marc Grabowski on Bass. “We recorded the EP called “Satan’s Tomb” released on October 2nd 2015!. Brand new full length Album “Masters Of Evil” was released June 24th 2016.
Hank is currently working on his first Solo Album, slated for a late 2018 release…more info coming!
|1979||BRATS||Pære Punk||First release|
|1982||MERCYFUL FATE||1st (EP)||Rave On Records|
|1983||MERCYFUL FATE||Melissa||Roadrunner Records|
|1984||MERCYFUL FATE||Don't Break The Oath||Roadrunner Records|
|1986||FATE||A Matter of Attitude||EMI|
|1987||MERCYFUL FATE||The Beginning||Roadrunner Records|
|1991||ZOSER MEZ||Vizier of Wasteland|
|1992||MERCYFUL FATE||Return of the Vampire||Roadrunner Records|
|1993||MERCYFUL FATE||In the Shadows||Metal Blade Records|
|1994||MERCYFUL FATE||The Bellwitch (EP)||Metal Blade Records|
|1994||MERCYFUL FATE||Time||Metal Blade Records|
|1996||MERCYFUL FATE||Into the Unknown||Metal Blade Records|
|1998||MERCYFUL FATE||Dead Again||Metal Blade Records|
|1999||MERCYFUL FATE||9||Metal Blade Records|
|2001||VIRUS 7||Sick in the Head||Metal Blade Records|
|2003||FORCE OF EVIL||1st||Escapi Records|
|2005||FORCE OF EVIL||Black Empire||Escapi Records|
|2008||BRATS||The Lost Tapes|
|2009||GUITAR HERO||Metallica (PC Game)||Activision|
|2009||MERCYFUL FATE||Evil (EP)||Metal Blade Records|
|2010||DEMONICA||Demonstrous||Massacre and various|
|2012||VOLBEAT||74 shows (Live Guitarist)||Live Shows|
|2013||VOLBEAT||Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies||Universal|
|2014||KATE SVANHOLM||Angel (Single)||Swan Attractions|
|2015||DENNER / SHERMANN||Satan's Tomb (EP)||Metal Blade Records|
|2016||DENNER / SHERMANN||Masters of Evil (LP)||Metal Blade Records|
|2016||WITCHERY||Escape From Dunwich Valley||Guest Solo|
|2017||WITCHERY||A Faustian Deal||Guest Solo|
Michael Schenker – UFO
Uli Roth – Scorpions
Judas Priest – Early Albums
Uriah Heep – Early Albums
Sweet – ’73 – ’76
Judas Priest/Stained Class
Judas Priest/Sin After Sin
Judas Priest/Killing Machine
Black Sabbath/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Sweet/Sweet Fanny Adam
Sweet/Give Us a Wink
Warning/2 (Red Album)
Volvo Amazon 123 GT 1967
Fender Stratocaster 1972
(Hank Shermann Biography)