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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 Post New Music Video Online

"Isolation (The Loneliness In December)", the new video from Danish metallers MERCENARY, can be viewed here. The track comes off the band's new album, "Architect of Lies", which will be released through Century Media Records on the following release dates:

Denmark: Monday, March 17
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, March 21
UK, France, Norway, Rest Of Europe: Monday, March 24
Spain, Portugal: Tuesday, March 25
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: March 26 More...

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Mercenary Vocalist Discusses New Album

Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of the Danish metal band MERCENARY has issued the following update:

"I am sitting with the new [MERCENARY] disc ['Architect of Lies'] in my hand (limited edition, of course ) and I have to say that getting your new CD in your hand never changes. It is one of those things that feels like Christmas when you were a kid ... It simply makes me feel proud."

"So many things have happened over the last couple of weeks that blow my mind completely. Standing alongside Dave Mustaine hearing crazy MEGADETH stories is not the least of them."

"I gotta say that the bonus disc is pretty damn cool... and quite funny as well." More...

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Mercenary Confirmed For Death Angel Tour

The Danish metal act will be direct support for legendary Bay Area thrashers Death Angel on their European tour in April 2008 and will use the opportunity to present you their new album “Architect Of Lies” live.

Tour dates with Death Angel, Demolition and Extrema are as follows:

Apr. 02 Utrecht, NL - Tivoli
Apr. 03 Osnabrück, D - N8
Apr. 04 Rotterdam, NL - Baroeg
Apr. 05 Eindhoven, NL - Dynamo Club
Apr. 06 Vosselaar, B- Biebob
Apr. 07 Lindau, D - Vaudeville
Apr. 09 Budapestm HUN - A38 Ship
Apr. 10 Wien, AT - Planet
Apr. 11 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Apr. 12 Piacenza, IT - Fillmore
Apr. 13 Rome, IT - Alpheus
Apr. 15 London, UK - The Underworld
Apr. 16 Nottingham, UK - Junction 7
Apr. 17 Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
Apr. 18 Wolverhampton, UK - Civic
Apr. 19 Essen, D - Turock
Apr. 20 Leipzig, D - Hellraiser
Apr. 23 Hamburg, D - Markthalle
Apr. 24 Berlin, D - K17
Apr. 25 Adelsheim, D - Livefactory More...

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Mercenary Comment On Wacken 2008

Danish metal act MERCENARY has been confirmed to play at the legendary metal festival Wacken Open Air, which will be held from July 31st – August 2nd, 2008 in the German town Wacken.

Guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg comments: “It's a privilege for Mercenary to be able to return to Wacken this year. Playing there in 2005 was a great experience and we're certain that the festival will be a blast again this year, especially because of the amazing bill so far! Of course we're also looking immensely forward to bringing the songs from our coming album out to the hordes of German metallers!”

Previous to the release of their new album Architect Of Lies, the band will also share the stage with the mighty MEGADETH in February/March 2008. See below for the exact dates. The follow up to 2006’s The Hours That Remain (which subsequently was awarded the Danish Metal Award in the category “Best Album”) will be available on the following release dates:

- Denmark: Monday, March 17th, 2008
- Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, March 21st, 2008
- UK, France, Norway, rest of Europe: Monday, March 24th, 2008
- Spain, Portugal: Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
- Sweden, Finland, Hungary: March 26th, 2008 More...

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Mercenary, Cynic, Machine Men Confirmed For Wacken

Mercenary, Cynic and Machine Men have recently been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, which takes place July 31 to August 2 in Wacken, Germany.

Other bands set to perform at the festival:

3 Inches lf Blood
As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Autumn
Avantasia
Axel Rudi Pell
Axxis
Before the Dawn
Carcass
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Crematory
Destructor
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Ensiferum
Excremetory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Girugamesh
Gorerotted
Gorgoroth
Grave
Hatebreed
Headhunter
Iron Maiden
Kamelot
Killswitch Engage
Kreator
Krypteria
Lord Belial
Lordi
Nifelheim
Nightwish
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Primordial
Psycho Punch
Sabaton
Saltatio Mortis
Soilwork
Sonata Arctica
The Bones
Van Canto
Warbringer
Watain

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Mercenary Post New Track Online and Reveal Artwork

Denmark metallers, Mercenary, issue the following press release:

Right on time with the release of their highly anticipated new album "Architect Of Lies", Danish metal outfit MERCENARY has been confirmed to share the stage with the mighty Megadeth in February/March 2008. See below for the exact dates.

"Architect Of Lies", the follow up to 2006's "The Hours That Remain" (which subsequently was awarded the Danish Metal Award in the category "Best Album") will be available on the following release dates:

DENMARK: Monday, March 17th, 2008
GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, BENELUX, ITALY: Friday, March 21st, 2008
UK, FRANCE, NORWAY, REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 24th, 2008
SPAIN, PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
SWEDEN, FINLAND, HUNGARY: March 26th, 2008 More...

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Mercenary Confirm European Shows With Megadeth

To coincide with the release of their highly anticipated new album "Architect of Lies", Danish metallers MERCENARY have been confirmed as the opening band for MEGADETH on select European dates in February/March.

The follow up to 2006's "The Hours That Remain" (which was honored in "best Album" category at the Danish Metal Awards), "Architect of Lies" will be released through Century Media Records on the following release dates:

Denmark: Monday, March 17
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, March 21
UK, France, Norway, Rest Of Europe: Monday, March 24
Spain, Portugal: Tuesday, March 25
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: March 26

Featuring artwork by Niklas Sundin (ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY), "Architect of Lies" will be made available as a regular CD and a special limited-edition version featuring the bonus track "Death Connection" and a bonus DVD containing live footage filmed at Bang Your Head!!! festival 2007 and Summer Nights festival 2007, a detailed studio report and the promo video for "My World Is Ending".

"Architect of Lies" track listing:

01. New Desire
02. Bloodsong
03. Embrace The Nothing
04. This Black And Endless Never
05. Isolation (The Loneliness in December)
06. The Endless Fall
07. Black and Hollow
08. Execution Style
09. I Am Lies
10. Public Failure Number One More...

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Mercenary Complete New Album

Danish progressive metallers MERCENARY, have wrapped up the recordings for their highly anticipated successor to 2006’s The Hours That Remain (which was subsequently awarded the Danish Metal award in the category Album Of The Year). Guitarist Jakob Molberg states:

"So, the new Mercenary album has finally been completed, mixed and mastered! It was a really laborious birth after several intense months of constant writing and rehearsing while playing sweaty gigs nearly every weekend in between (Note to self: Let's never do that again.). As we went straight into the studio with our masterly producer Jacob Hansen right after the last gig, we couldn't help but to bring along a lot of the immediacy and groove that we love when playing live. The result is in many ways our most spontaneous album ever, but I also believe it's our strongest yet - it's very melodic, catchy, dark and complex (just like any decent metalhead would - or should - want his metal to be.). With bass player / shouter Rene Pedersen recording his first album with us, this album marks the return of some really aggressive vocals - mixed of course with Mikkel's soaring clean singing. It's an album that's straight to the point I think, and I can't help but feel we're at the top of our game here. I never had a stronger belief in the potential of this band before.

The album title will be Architect Of Lies and it will be released in late March. Several killer tours and some great festivals are in the works. The year of 2008 will belong to Mercenary!"

Mercenary has also announced the following new live dates

January
26 - Nordhausen, Germany - Bloody Sunset Festival

February
7 - Aalborg, Denmark - Eskildsen musik


March
21 - Aalborg, Denmark - Studenterhuset
22 - Århus, Denmark - Voxhall
23 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock

July
3-9 - Tolmin, Slovakia - Metalcamp Festval

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Mercenary Frontman Discusses New Album

Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of the Danish metal band MERCENARY has issued the following update:

"So now we have the finished the new album and it is fucking killer!! The best one we did yet, in my honest oppinion. It is much more raw and to the point and still it has the best melodies we have ever written."

"We changed the title of the album recently so any hint I made before referring to the title was architectual lies. Sorry, but it wasn't intended."

"The album will contain over 60 minutes of kick-ass tracks."

"Damn, I am so much looking forward to getting out there and play all of this live." More...

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Mercenary Start Merchandise Clearance Sale

Denmark's MERCENARY are currently clearing out their online webshop. Buy any three items, pay for two. The offer is good for the entire month of December. Go to this location for details.

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Mercenary Sign With 3rd Tsunami Agency

Danish bashers MERCENARY have issued the following update:

"It's a pleasure to announce that from now on 3rd Tsunami Agency, who also represents such great artists as VOLBEAT, RAUNCHY and MNEMIC, will be handling all future booking for Mercenary in Denmark."

"In other news, Mercenary features the front cover of the November edition of the Danish music magazine, Musikeren, in connection with an article about the current state of the Danish metal scene written by Mercenary's very own guitarist Jakob."

"Check out the November edition of Musikeren here (Danish only)."

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Mercenary Vocalist Issues Recording Update

Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of the Danish metallers MERCENARY has issued the following update:

"Right now I have finished my third day of recording the vocals for the next MERCENARY album.

"As always, it is very very exciting to be allowed to make the vocals for such talented made music. They have done it again, I truly believe. But as always, it is seriously hard work.

"After the first three days I have completed the clean parts for four songs... so only seven to go!

"I am really looking forward to hearing the finished result as I am doing all my tracking to drums and guitar tracks only.

"Gotta go, boys and girls... 10 hours of recording takes its toll."

"The Hours That Remain" entered the national album chart in Denmark at position No. 67. The follow-up to 2004's "11 Dreams" was produced by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, COMMUNIC, MAROON, HATESPHERE) and features artwork by Travis Smith (DEATH, KATATONIA, OPETH). Guest musicians on the CD include SOILWORK's Björn "Speed" Strid and HEAVEN SHALL BURN's Marcus Bischoff.

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Mercenary Begin Work On New Album

Danish metallers MERCENARY have issued the following update:

"This weekend MERCENARY entered Jacob Hansen's studio in Ribe to record the follow-up to 'The Hours That Remain'. The following week drums and guitars will be recorded, after which keyboards, vocals and bass will be tracked. The album is set for a late March 2008 release."

"The Hours That Remain" entered the national album chart in Denmark at position No. 67. The follow-up to 2004's "11 Dreams" was produced by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, COMMUNIC, MAROON, HATESPHERE) and features artwork by Travis Smith (DEATH, KATATONIA, OPETH). Guest musicians on the CD include SOILWORK's Björn "Speed" Strid and HEAVEN SHALL BURN's Marcus Bischoff.

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Mercenary To Enter Studio In October

Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of the Danish metallers MERCENARY has issued the following update:

"Well, first of all, the new album is really progressing rapidly. We are in writing mode and it feels really good to be creative again. I guess I didn't realize how much I had piled up inside because I find myself writing and writing.

"Can't comment on any titles or songs yet but I am really exited about everything I have heard so far. It is going to be very nice to have René [Pedersen; bass/vocals] in the process as well as he is able to give us the harsh vocals that I couldn't do on 'The Hours That Remain'.

"On another note, I am starting to look very much forward to playing the next show. I guess I have become quite addicted to doing shows and I feel pretty strange to not play any for two or three months.

"We will start recording the new album in late October and hope for a spring 2008 release but no date has been set yet." More...

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Darkane Confirmed For ProgPower Scandinavia

DARKANE and MACHINE MEN have been confirmed for the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, set to take place November 9-10, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
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Mercenary Post ‘My World is Ending’ Video Online

MERCENARY’s new video for the track ‘My World is Ending’ is now online and can be viewed here. For the TV debut, check out the MERCENARY hosted special edition of Headbangers Ball on Danish MTV on April 19, with a full interview and more. More...

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Bang Your Head Festival Line Up Announced

The Bang Your Head festival has confirmed the following bands:

Edguy
Nazareth
Finntroll
Thunder
Brainstorm
Mercenary
Mystic Prophecy

The Bang Your Head festival is a 2 day music festival that takes place in Balingen, Germany. The festival has been in exisistance since 1996.

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Mercenary Nominated for 4 Danish Metal Awards

Mercenary have been nominated for 4 awards at this years Danish Metal Awards in the following catagories:

Best Album
Best Song
Best Artwork
Best Production

Mercenary will also be performing a short set at the awards show which will take place November 18 at Amager Bio in Copenhagen with In Flames headlining. Mercenary have also been confirmed to take part in 2007’s Bang Your Head Festival.

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Info Released On New Mercenary Album

A new MERCENARY album, "The Hours that Remain", has been in the works for the last 6 months, and will be released on August 21.

Click here to download an MP3 version of the new track 'Soul Decision' featuring Marcus from HEAVEN SHALL BURN, or click here to launch a new ECARD featuring 4 new songs, DVD-preview and more.

Album details:

- Produced by Jacob Hansen
- Artwork by Travis Smith
- Features guest vocals by Björn from SOILWORK and Marcus from HEAVEN SHALL BURN

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New Mercenary Song Streaming, More Album Details

Mercenary are gearing up for their August 22, 2006 release of "The Hours That Remain" through Century Media Records. You can check out a new song “Soul Decision” streamed online here.

Like its predecessor, The Hours That Remain was recorded and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Communic, Hatesphere) and is visually refined by brilliant artwork created by Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth). The new album features guest vocals by Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid and Heaven Shall Burn’s Marcus Bischoff and is the first

"The Hours That Remain" will be available in two different formats: Standard jewel case CD and limited edition CD+DVD containing an exclusive bonus DVD filled with 120 minutes “Making of” documentary and live footage.

The Hours That Remain will contain the following tracks: More...

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