Bio


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 named Brats. Michael Denner later 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”, “INTO THE COVEN”, “MELISSA”  and “DESECRATION of SOULS” to name a few. Mercyful Fate disbanded in 1985, only to reform again in 1992. The Band has been inactive since 1999, but not disbanded. Some day we might rise again…

Hank formed the band DEMONICA with vocalist Klaus Hyr and recordings was completed in May 2009, Style is Old School Thrashy Metal featuring guitarist Craig Locicero (Forbidden), Drummer Mark Hernandez (Testament), bassist Marc Grabowski & vocalist Klaus Hyr. The Album “DEMONSTROUS” was released in 2010. *No future plans at this point!!

Shermann performed as live-guitarist with VOLBEAT in all of their 2012 live shows, 74 concerts total, across USA, Europe and South America. Including the headlining Wacken 2012 show. 2 songs from this show was added to the “Outlaw Gentlemen & shady ladies” Album as special bonus tracks!

Hank formed the new band SHERMANN TANK – “After the VOLBEAT tours completed in 2012, I decided to start working on my Solo Album” says Hank. Things developed and I joined forces with Marc Grabowski, Vocalist & bass player.  *No plans at this point!

Shermann also works as a music producer, songwriter and videographer, 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..

Denner / Shermann

Hank Shermann

Hank teamed up with Michael Denner in May 2014, to form DENNER / SHERMANN. They video-taped “Melissa” & “Dont Break The Oath” to celebrate the Albums 30 years Anniversary, in that process the idea to form a new band was born. 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 and 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!!

Shermann is currently working on his first Solo Album set for a 2017 / 2018 release! “Im jumping into it, I feel now is the time for me to do my own Album as a guitarist and composer 40 years after I picked up my first guitar in 1977, I’m excited to see where it will go” says Hank. More info as they occur..

 

 

 

Official Sites:
Website: www.hankshermann.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hankshermannofficial
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hankshermann
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/hankshermanntv
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hankshermann

DISCOGRAPHY / ACTIVITY
YEARBANDTITLEREMARKS
2019T.B.D.T.B.D.
1979BRATSPære PunkFirst release
1980BRATS1980CBS Records
1982MERCYFUL FATE1st (EP)Rave On Records
1983MERCYFUL FATEMelissaRoadrunner Records
1984MERCYFUL FATEDon't Break The OathRoadrunner Records
1985FATE1stEMI
1986FATEA Matter of AttitudeEMI
1987MERCYFUL FATEThe BeginningRoadrunner Records
1991ZOSER MEZVizier of Wasteland
1992MERCYFUL FATEReturn of the VampireRoadrunner Records
1993MERCYFUL FATEIn the ShadowsMetal Blade Records
1994MERCYFUL FATEThe Bellwitch (EP)Metal Blade Records
1994MERCYFUL FATETimeMetal Blade Records
1996MERCYFUL FATEInto the UnknownMetal Blade Records
1996GUTRIXMushroom Songs
1998MERCYFUL FATEDead AgainMetal Blade Records
1999MERCYFUL FATE9Metal Blade Records
2001VIRUS 7Sick in the HeadMetal Blade Records
2003FORCE OF EVIL1stEscapi Records
2005FORCE OF EVILBlack EmpireEscapi Records
2006WITCHERYThe Waits of The PyramidsGuest Solo
2008BRATSThe Lost Tapes
2009GUITAR HEROMetallica (PC Game)
2009MERCYFUL FATEEvil (EP)Metal Blade Records
2010DEMONICADemonstrousMassacre and various
2012WITCHERYGod Who Fell From EarthGuest Solo
2012VOLBEAT74 shows (Live Guitarist)Live Shows
2013VOLBEATOutlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Universal
2014KATE SVANHOLMAngel (Single)Swan Attractions
2015DENNER / SHERMANNSatan's Tomb (EP)Metal Blade Records
2016DENNER / SHERMANNMasters of Evil (LP)Metal Blade Records
2016WITCHERYEscape From Dunwich ValleyGuest Solo
2017T.B.A.T.B.D.
2018T.B.D.T.B.D.
INFO & FAVES

BORN:
July 1959

EARLY INSPIRATIONS:
Michael Schenker – UFO
Uli Roth – Scorpions
Judas Priest – 70s Albums
Uriah Heep – 70s Albums

FAVOURITE ALBUMS:
Judas Priest/Stained Class
Judas Priest/Sin After Sin
Judas Priest/Killing Machine
Black Sabbath/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath/Sabotage
Scorpions/Virgin Killer
Warning/2 (The Red Album)
Van Halen/1st
Captain Beyond/1st
Aerosmith/Rocks

FAVOURITE DISH:
Italian

FAVOURITE CAR:
Volvo Amazon 123 GT 1967

FAVOURITE GUITAR:
Fender Stratocaster 1972

 

(Hank Shermann Bio)

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