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Mercenary

Formed: 1991
From: Alborg, Denmark
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Mercenary News

Below is our complete Mercenary news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Mercenary To Play Headbanger's Ball Tour

Mercenary has checked in with the following announcement about performing on the upcoming Headbanger's Ball tour:

"It is official! Mercenary has been confirmed for the special 5-year edition of the Danish Headbanger's Ball Tour together with none other than thrash-masters Artillery & Hatesphere. What better way to celebrate Mercenary's 20th anniversary?"

Additional details on the tour are available here and the currently announced dates are as follows:

09-09-2011: POSTEN, ODENSE
10-09-2011: VOXHALL, AARHUS
16-09-2011: STUDENTERHUSET, AALBORG
17-09-2011: FERMATEN, HERNING
23-09-2011: BADEANSTALTEN, SLAGELSE
24-09-2011: THE ROCK, KØBENHAVN
30-09-2011: TOBAKKEN, ESBJERG
01-10-2011: GODSET, KOLDING More...

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Neckbreaker's Ball Tour Teaser Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Neckbreaker's Ball tour, which can be viewed below. The tour will feature Dark Tranquillity, Eluvietie, Varg, Mercenary, Death Angel, and Omnium Gatherum.

A listing of dates and an update from Dark Tranquillity about the tour can be found at this location.

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Dark Tranquillity Comments On Neckbreaker's Ball

Dark Tranquillity has issued the following update about the upcoming Neckbreaker's Ball tour:

"Greetings darklings, it's time again to bring our music to the road and to the ever hungry European audiences. Starting October 28, we'll be headlining the Neckbreaker's ball tour, which will treat the audience to a six-band metal overdose for three weeks. Needless to say, we're pleased and excited about being part of such a diverse and interesting line-up, and we'll do our utmost to ensure very special shows each and every night. See you there!"

The tour, which also features Eluveitie, Death Angel, Mercenary, Varg, and Omnium Gatherum, has the following tour dates:

Oct. 28 - München, Germany - Backstage
Oct. 29 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
Oct. 30 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Oct. 31 - Wien, Austria - Arena
Nov. 01 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
Nov. 02 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Cvetlicarna
Nov. 03 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
Nov. 04 - Klagenfurt, Austria - Messehalle
Nov. 05 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 06 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 07 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
Nov. 08 - Paris, France - Bataclan
Nov. 10 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
Nov. 11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 12 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall
Nov. 13 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropol
Nov. 14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Nov. 15 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Nov. 16 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
Nov. 17 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
Nov. 18 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
Nov. 19 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
Nov. 20 - Hannover, Germany - Faust

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Mercenary Posts "Incorporate Your Demons" Clip

Mercenary has posted a brief video clip online discussing the special bonus track "Incorporate Your Demons" on the U.S Edition of the new album "Metamorphosis." You can check out the clip below. The album is due out March 29th in the U.S.

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Mercenary Tour Report Available

A new tour report from Danish death metal act Mercenary has been posted online. You can check out the report, couresty of bassist René Pedersen, in the player below.

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Thaurorod Announces Nummirock Appearance

Thaurorod has been confirmed to play the mid-summer metal festival Nummirock, which is set to take place from June 23rd - 25th, 2011. Other confirmed artists at Nummirock include The Haunted, Legion of the Damned, Amorphis, Eluveitie, Before the Dawn, Teräsbetoni, Norther, and more. For more information on the festival, head over to this location.

In just a few days Thaurord also starts the Power of Metal tour with Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, and Mercenary. The currently announced dates are as follows:

25.02.2011 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
26.02.2011 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.02.2011 BE - Antwerpen, Hof Ter Loo
28.02.2011 FR - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
01.03.2011 FR - Toulouse, Phare
03.03.2011 ES - Barcelona, Apollo
04.03.2011 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
05.03.2011 IT - Florence, Viper
06.03.2011 CH - Pratteln, Z7
07.03.2011 IT - Milan, Alcatraz
08.03.2011 LU - Esch zur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
10.03.2011 SI - Ljubljana, Cvetlicarna
11.03.2011 DE - Munich, Backstage
12.03.2011 AT - Wien, Gasometer
13.03.2011 AT - Wörgl, Komma
14.03.2011 HU - Budapest, Petoefi Hall
16.03.2011 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
17.03.2011 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
18.03.2011 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
19.03.2011 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.03.2011 NL - Tilburg, 013

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Mercenary Posts Entire New Album Online

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about streaming the band's entire new "Metamorphosis" album online:

"Here it is ladies and gents! Exclusive streaming of the whole of our new 'Metamorphosis' album via our good friends Metal Hammer Germany! The stream will be available this week only. Spread the word! Listen to the whole album here!"

The "Metamorphosis" track listing is as follows:

1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
2. The Follower
3. In A River Of Madness
4. Memoria
5. Velvet Lies
6. In Bloodred Shades
7. Shades Of Grey
8. On The Edge Of Sanity
9. Black Brigade
10. Incorporate Your Demons (bonus track)

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Mercenary Streaming New Song Online

Mercenary is set to release the new album "Metamorphosis" in North America on March 29th through Prosthetic Records. The band has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song from the album online:

"Check out the new track 'In a River of Madness,' exclusively available for streaming from our Facebook page. This is one dark, angry, fast & epic S.o.B.! Listen to In a River of Madness here!"

The "Metamorphosis" track listing is as follows:

1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
2. The Follower
3. In A River Of Madness
4. Memoria
5. Velvet Lies
6. In Bloodred Shades
7. Shades Of Grey
8. On The Edge Of Sanity
9. Black Brigade
10. Incorporate Your Demons (bonus track)

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Thaurorod Comments On Power Of Metal Tour

Thaurorod will be embarking on the "Power of Metal" tour alongside Symphony X, Nevermore, Pyschotic Waltz, and Mercenary. You can check out the trailer for the tour at this location Thaurorod also commented on the tour:

"We are absolutely excited to hit the road together with these amazing bands! As you might know our line up have changed after our last tour we did with Sabaton and Alestorm. Our previous vocalist have been replaced with Italian gentleman Michele Luppi(ex-Vision Divine). We are sure to rock all 21 stages of Power of Metal tour like never before with this amazing front man!"

Thaurorod will also play the following warm up show with Terasbetoni:

12.02.2011 FIN - Oulu, Club Teatria (W/TERÄSBETONI)

The "Power of Metal" dates are as follows:

25.02.2011 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
26.02.2011 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.02.2011 BE - Antwerpen, Hof Ter Loo
28.02.2011 FR - Paris, Elysee Montmartre
01.03.2011 FR - Toulouse, Phare
03.03.2011 ES - Barcelona, Apollo
04.03.2011 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
05.03.2011 IT - Florence, Viper
06.03.2011 CH - Pratteln, Z7
07.03.2011 IT - Milan, Alcatraz
08.03.2011 LU - Esch zur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
10.03.2011 SI - Ljubljana, Cvetlicarna
11.03.2011 DE - Munich, Backstage
12.03.2011 AT - Wien, Gasometer
13.03.2011 AT - Wörgl, Komma
14.03.2011 HU - Budapest, Petoefi Hall
16.03.2011 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
17.03.2011 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
18.03.2011 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
19.03.2011 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.03.2011 NL - Tilburg, 013

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Mercenary Posts "Metamorphosis" Teaser

Mercenary has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Metamorphosis," which is set for release in North America on March 29th through Prosthetic Records. The trailer can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"Want a taste of things to come? Check out this smokin' hot and brand new video teaser for our upcoming album, featuring snippets of several new songs! And please share it with all your friends (And family, colleagues, the ex's you're stalking, fiends & foes. Just spam everybody to death, really. Why? Because we ask kindly ask you to do so.)"

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Mercenary Album To Include Bonus Track

Danish melodic death metal act Mercenary has previously announced that it will release its sixth album, "Metamorphosis," in North America on March 29 through Prosthetic Records. It has now been revealed that the North American version of the CD will feature an exclusive bonus track, titled "Incorporate Your Demons". "Metamorphosis" is set for release in Europe on February 25 through NoiseArt Records. The album was produced by Jacob Hansen. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
2. The Follower
3. In A River Of Madness
4. Memoria
5. Velvet Lies
6. In Bloodred Shades
7. Shades Of Grey
8. On The Edge Of Sanity
9. Black Brigade
10. Incorporate Your Demons (bonus track)

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New Mercenary Album To See North American Release

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about releasing the "Metamorphosis" album in North America through Prosthetic Records:

"Hot damn! We're proud to announce that we have inked a deal with Prosthetic Records for the release of 'Metamorphosis' in the US & Canada!

"The album with be released in North America on the 29th of March (with a possible earlier digital release - info to follow). The US version will feature an alternative front cover & the kick ass bonus track 'Incorporate Your Demons.' Pre-orders incl. new shirts are up now!"

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Mercenary Reveals New Album Artwork

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:

"We're very proud to be able to present our new cover for our upcoming album 'Metamorphosis', as well as a brand new Mercenary-logo! There's of course a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork. But apart from that we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a really fitting expression of many of René's lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the proces of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it's actually a message of hope and optimism - we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so.

"(Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire - how cool is that!?) On a serious note, though, we also felt that a simple, raw and iconic visual theme would support the musical direction of the new album. We feel that the songs are our strongest ever, they're no-bullshit, focused and straight to the point, and our good friend Don G really nailed these concepts with his artwork.

"Finally, we have also been searching for a new logo for many years (also before the recent changes in line-up) but we never felt that we found a good enough alternative until now. With the direction of the new line-up and the new album, we not only felt that we had as good an occasion as any, but we also really liked the idea of a less polished, more raw logo which could reflect the changes in musical expression.

"Hope y'all dig it. The cover artwork is created by Don G (be.net/goerlitz), while the logo is created by BastiBasti @ Blacksome Full Service Agency." More...

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Mercenary Reveals New Album Cover

Danish power metal band Mercenary has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Metamorphosis." You can check it out below. Speaking on the album the band issued the following statement:

"We're very proud to be able to present our new cover for our upcoming album, Metamorphosis, as well as a brand new Mercenary logo!

"There's of course a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork. But apart from that we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a really fitting expression of many of René's lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the proces of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it's actually a message of hope and optimism - we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so. (Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire - how cool is that!?) More...

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Power Of Metal Tour Trailer Posted Online

Rock The Nation has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Power of Metal" tour, which can be viewed below. Rock the Nation also commented:

"Under the promising banner 'Power of Metal,' Rock The Nation presents a double-headliner tour, which keeps the hearts of all metal-lovers pounding higher. Friends of pure, melodic, progressive and even traditional as well as modern metal-sounds can raise their fists up for triumph, finally they get their well-deserved load of metallic virtuosity. A view on the line-up breaks the camels back: Power of Metal brings you an exclusive package of the metal high-class-league. Following artists will show their musical power: Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, Mercenary, Thaurorod."

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Mercenary Streaming New Song Online

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"New Mercenary Song Online! It's Christmas time, people! As a small gift from us to all you great fans, we have made the song 'The Follower' available in high quality from both Myspace and the Music tab on our Facebook profile. Please support us by sharing the link with all your wonderful friends! Horns!"

You can check out "The Follower" via this location.

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Mercenary Comments On Upcoming Album

Mercenary has issued the following update about the band's upcoming sixth album:

"After a long period of significant transformations and hard work, we’re finally able to shed some light on circumstances regarding the release of our upcoming, sixth album. The album will be entitled ‘Metamorphosis,’ and it will be released on the 25th of February through NoiseArt Records. They are part of our new family which also includes our future booking company Rock The Nation.

"We are very excited about this future cooperation, as we believe that working closely together with a company that integrates both label and booking is a great way to confront the challenges of the modern music business.

"To prove this very point, the cooperation is off to flying start as we will join the Power of Metal tour with metal legends Symphony X, Nevermore and Psychotic Waltz in Europe in February / March. Needless to say, we’re incredibly eager to go on the road and present our new material for old and new fans alike, and show that Mercenary is once again a force to be reckoned with. The new album will blow your minds!"

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Mercenary Announces Shows With Finntroll

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about three upcoming live shows with Finntroll, Samael, and Rotting Christ:

"We're proud to announce that we will be playing three shows as special guests with Finntroll, Samael, Rotting Christ and more on the following dates. Show up for a a few oldies and a taste of the new album! Spread the news! Cheers."

The details are as follows:

12/9 Vienna - Szene (Austria)
12/10 Munich - Backstage (Germany)
12/11 Kufstein - Kufa (Austria)

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Mercenary Finishes Recording New Album

Danish power metal outfit Mercenary has announced that they have completed work on their brand new studio album. The album was recorded in Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen and is expected to be released by the end of the year. More information on the album, including it's title and tracklisting, is expected to be revealed shortly.

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Mercenary Posts New Album Update

Mercenary has checked in with the following update about the band recording a sixth studio album:

"So our dear friends! As you might have read, we are currently recording our 6th studio album. René has been blogging his fat ass off during the whole process, you can read the blogs at this location.

"We are really exited about this album, and we can't wait to get back on the road again. But until then, keep the faith and thank your for your support!! All the best."

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