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Mercenary

After laboursome months of song writing and rehearsing, nerved with countless live performances including a European clubheadliner tour in 2007, MERCENARY finally set out in autumn 2007 to record their highly anticipated successor to 2006’s “TheHours That Remain” (which was subsequently awarded the Danish Metal award in the category “Album Of The Year”). Right aftercompleting that extensive period of touring and gigs the band entered the studio with master producer Jacob Hansen to theeffect that MERCENARY couldn’t help but bring along a lot of the immediacy and and all-consuming vi ...read more

After laboursome months of song writing and rehearsing, nerved with countless live performances including a European clubheadliner tour in 2007, MERCENARY finally set out in autumn 2007 to record their highly anticipated successor to 2006’s “TheHours That Remain” (which was subsequently awarded the Danish Metal award in the category “Album Of The Year”). Right aftercompleting that extensive period of touring and gigs the band entered the studio with master producer Jacob Hansen to theeffect that MERCENARY couldn’t help but bring along a lot of the immediacy and and all-consuming vibe that makes their liveshows such unforgettable experiences. The result, entitled “Architect Of Lies”, certainly turns out to be MERCENARY’s mostspontaneous album to date. The band succeeded to balance the melodic and the dark elements, the catchy and the complex, andcan't wait to get out on the live stages and prove it!In summer 2007, the six-piece played some of the most renowned festivals, among which Bang Your Head and Graspop, to namebut a few. For 2008 MERCENARY are summoned to raid the stages of Wacken Open Air and Metal Camp 2008, will headline theDanish 'Headbangers Ball' tour in September '08 and will have supported Megadeth at Frederiksberg (DK) @ K.B. Hallen on the8th of February 2008, together with Volbeat. Their video track 'My World is Ending' (taken off “The Hours That Remain”)infiltrated the Danish mainstream video-charts where it successfully remained for three weeks during fall 2007.Since vocalist Mikkel Sandager and his brother, keyboardist Morten, joined MERCENARY on the 2002 album Everblack, the band’sformer death/thrash style evolved into a more sophisticated blend of ingenious guitar work, rounded off with hauntinglyatmospheric keyboards, which new tracks like “Bloodsong” and “Death Connection” testify in an impressive way. Apart from that,songs like “Isolation” and “Embrace The Nothing”, a mid-tempo hymn par excellence, once again expose the band’s unique feelfor a heavily melodic and melancholic songwriting. On “Architect Of Lies” MERCENARY’s line-up is once more completed with twovocalists in their ranks, which provides MERCENARY with the new and wider vocal range of Mikkel's soaring clean vocals andRene's unbridled aggressive shouts. Altogether, the album reveals a more organic and 'open' production this time with lots ofspace for each instrument and layer to be discerned, while the whole set-up/arrangement is still heavy as hell!http://www.mercenary.dk/bandarea.php « hide

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Soundtrack for the End Times
2023

3.7
34 Votes
Through Our Darkest Days
07/25/2013

3.7
64 Votes
Metamorphosis
2011

3.2
94 Votes
Architect of Lies
2008

3.8
151 Votes
The Hours That Remain
2006

3.9
163 Votes
11 Dreams
2004

4
149 Votes
Everblack
2002

3.5
58 Votes
First Breath
1998

3.1
30 Votes
EPs
Supremacy
1996

3.8
2 Votes

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