HANK SHERMANN, born July 1959, started playing guitar at age 17 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 in Spring 1978, but later found his alley in Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, UFO and Black Sabbath. His first band named Brats, was formed in Spring 1978 and Hank’s first ever show with Brats was on September 15th that same year. Brats was featured with 3 songs on the Pærepunk Album from April 1979. Last line-up of Brats released a full album in 1980 via CBS records, but six month later the band broke up.
MERCYFUL FATE was formed in early 1981 in Copenhagen, by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Starting a new breed in heavy metal music. Mercyful Fate disbanded in 1985, only to reform again in 1992. After the long break the Band played 35 show shows in Europe, USA and Mexico during 2022. Work on new music has begun and a Single is planned for early 2023 “The Jackal Of Salzburg”.
Hank is also working on his first Solo Album slated for a 2023/2024 release..
Extended Biography Below…
Judas Priest – 70s Albums
Sweet – ’73-’76
Michael Schenker & UFO
Uli Roth & Scorpions
Judas Priest/Stained Class
Judas Priest/Sin After Sin
Judas Priest/Sad Wings of Destiny
Black Sabbath/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Warning/2 (The Red Album)
*1960s Aesthetics in cars, design, fashion & urban architecture in Europe.
*Opera, Soprano, Puchini & Maria Callas
*SAAB 9-3 & 9-5
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 in Spring 1978, but later found his alley in Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, UFO and Black Sabbath. His first band named Brats, was formed in 1978 and first ever show was September 15th that same year. Brats had some change of members in 1979, and Michael Denner later joined the band in Autumn 1979 (3.0 version). They released an album in 1980 via CBS records, six month later the band broke up. MERCYFUL FATE was formed in early 1981 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by vocalist King Diamond and guitar player Hank Shermann. 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 reformed in 2019 and are now preparing for concerts and a new Album…
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 a new project” 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..
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. “We recorded the EP called “Satan’s Tomb” released on October 2nd 2015!. First full length Album “Masters Of Evil” was released June 24th 2016. Denner / Shermann disbanded in 2018, due to different priorities within the band.
Shermann released his first Single as a Solo Artist “The Bloody Theme” February 2019, and is currently working on an Album slated for a 2022 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. Mercyful Fate will perform a number of concerts in the Summer of 2020 in Europe, but due to the covid-19, this has now been moved into 2022….