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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 Set Release Date, Announce Bass Player

Denmark’s MERCENARY, having just wrapped up mixing their August 22 release, The Hours That Remain, with producer Jacob Hansen (Maroon, Hatesphere), who worked with the band on 11 Dreams, have finalized its tracklisting. Clocking in at just over one hour, vocalist Mikkel Sandager commented on the album, “We made what we feel is the most powerful album in the band’s history. Both the writing and the recording processes have really made us a stronger band as we faced quite a few challenges along the way. We can’t wait for people to check out the new stuff, and look forward to playing it all live.” The Hours That Remain will be packaged with beautiful artwork by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth).

Additionally MERCENARY have welcomed bass player René Pedersen, an active performer from Denmark’s Transparent, as their new bass player. Pedersen’s live debut will be this weekend at The Sägfestival in Greding, Germany. Speaking for the band Sandager said, “We are confident that René fits the bill perfectly, both as a musician and as a person. We have been rehearsing with him through the last month, and he is really kicking ass!” This will also be fan’s first opportunity to witness material from The Hours That Remain live. The band will then appear at Germany’s Rock Hard Festival, June 2, before joining King Diamond’s spring tour, complete dates here. MERCENARY have also been confirmed for September’s ProgPower USA VII and ProgPower Europe.

The Hours That Remain will contain the following tracks:

1. Redefine Me
2. Year Of The Plague
3. My World Is Ending
4. This Eternal Instant
5. Lost Reality
6. Soul Decision
7. Simplicity Demand
8. Obscure Indiscretion
9. My Secret Window
10. The Hours That Remain

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All-Star Performance, Bands For ProgPower USA VII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.

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Mercenary Wrapping Up Recording Of New Album

Mercenary are currently wrapping up recordings of their as yet untitled 2006 album. Vocalist Mikkel Sandagar commented, “During the past four months, we have been writing the follow-up to 11 Dreams. We put together an amazing and diverse banquet, and so far it sounds better than we had ever expected. We were very well prepared for the studio this time, and it paid off. Mike (Park drums) laid down the drum tracks (with a broken leg 4 weeks in the mending) and then we recorded the rhythm guitars. I recorded all the vocal parts (for those who don’t already know founding member ‘Kral’ Andersen [vocals and bass] left the band prior these recordings) in 11 days, during which the keyboards were recorded. So all in all the recording process has gone very smoothly, and next week guitar solos and additional keyboards/samples will be completed. The album will be mixed in early May at Jacob Hansen studios and will be ready for release later this year. We are hoping that the album will be released in the States just in time for the band’s second appearance at the highly-prestigious ProgPower USA. We will go the extra mile to get the master tapes done in time so that the U.S. release will be timed with the European release. Anyone interested can see additional pictures from the Hansen studios at his website.”

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Mercenary Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Danish metallers MERCENARY haqve parted ways with bassist Henrik "Kral" Andersen. "What might come as a big shock to everyone outside the band has however been apparent to the band for some time," the group write on their web site. "That said, we feel it’s important to state very clearly that we part ways as the best of friends and we all wish Kral the very best in his future life and pursuits. Kral will always be a part of the MERCENARY family and we thank him first of all for joining us all up in the band through the years, as well as for the lots and lots of cool, fun and unforgettable times. Kral is expected to give a statement shortly. The split has in no way affected the recording of the new album since the rest of the band have been working on the new material during the last couple of months in Kral's absence. All vocals (including shouts and screams) on the upcoming album will be done by Mikkel who is also responsible for lyrics this time. Furthermore the split will not affect the upcoming touring schedule in any way.

"As a consequence of Kral leaving the band we are searching for a new bass player/shouter/screamer. We have to state that we need a person that is able to do both and are not looking for two new members.

"The person we are looking for must fulfill these demands:

* Must have a deeply dedicated and serious mind.
* Must have 100 % devotion to the band
* Must be able to rehearse intensively in certain periods in MERCENARY's rehearsals near Aalborg, Denmark.
* Be a male between 20 - 35 years.
* Be able to growl, scream, do ‘melodic shouting’ and play the bass
* Be able to learn the old songs quickly
* Be able to restrict his drinking on tour/shows (No drinking before shows)
* Must have a personal image fitting a serious metal band
* be able and willing to tour extensively in periods

"Live and studio experience is an advantage but not a necessity.

"We would like to receive material from interested personas ASAP. Please send demos (CDs only) along with contact info and preferable also a recent picture to:

MERCENARY
C/o Hvorupgårdvej 12
9400 Nørresundby
Denmark

Alternatively, you can send mp3s to: mercenary.audition@gmail.com

"Serious applications only."

MERCENARY's as-yet-untitled fifth full-length album will be recorded in at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (HATESPHERE, INVOCATOR, RAUNCHY). A late summer release via Century Media Records is expected.

MERCENARY's fourth full-length album, "11 Dreams", which was released in the U.S. in February 2005 via Century Media, was produced by Jacob Hansen and includes a cover version of KENT's hit single "Music Non Stop". Artwork duties were handled by Niklas Sundin (DARK TRANQUILLITY, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY).

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Jorn Lande To Replace Nevermore At ProgPower USA

Jorn Lande has been tapped to replace Nevermore as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII. The singer, whose credits include Masterplan and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.

"I hated to lose Nevermore, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today," said Promoter Glenn Harveston. "After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won't see anywhere else in the world."

Added Lande: "It's an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival."

Nevermore was forced to pull out of ProgPower USA when the Disturbed/Nevermore European was postponed until September, conflicting with the festival date.

Evergrey - complete with a choir and string quartet - will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

The rest of the lineup is German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Finland's Thunderstone, Italy's Vision Divine, and Denmark's Mercenary.

The festival's annual pre-party will take place on Thursday, September 14 at The Vinyl Club inside of Earthlink Live and will feature performances by Theocracy, Circus Maximus, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle.

Tickets for ProgPower USA VII will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out. ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year's festival sold out in a record four days.

Tickets are for the pre-party are $20 and go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. EST. There will only be 600 tickets available in advance.

ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D'Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via progpowerusa.com.

Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.

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Nevermore Confirmed for ProgPower VII

Nevermore, along with Mercenary, and Savage Circus have been confirmed for next year's ProgPower which will take place September 15-16 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nevermore will be headlining Saturday night. Mercenary and Savage Circus will be performing the first night of ProgPower.

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New Mercenary Video Available For Streaming

Mercenary have a new video clip of the song “Firesoul” available for streaming here. Taken from the band’s latest release, “11 Dreams” (2004), the clip was directed by Maurice Swinkels of Lowlifemedia and shows the band’s highly energetic performance onstage.

Mercenary will be touring Europe with Nevermore and Dew-Scented this fall. Here are the dates: More...

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Dew-Scented & Mercenary To Support Nevermore

German thrashers Dew-Scented and Danish metallers Mercenary and have been confirmed as the support acts on Nevermore's upcoming European tour beginning on September 16 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Tour dates:

Sept 16 Tilburg (NL) - 013
Sept 17 Antwerpen (B) - Hof Ter Loo
Sept 18 Haarlem (NL) - Patronaat
Sept 20 Dudley (UK) - JB's
Sept 21 Glasgow (SCOT) - Cathouse
Sept 22 Dublin (IRE) - Whelans
Sept 23 Bradford (UK) - Rio
Sept 24 Nottingham (UK) - Rock City
Sept 25 London (UK) - Scala
Sept 27 Bochum (D) - Zeche
Sept 29 Milano (I) - Rolling Stone
Oct 01 Salzburg (A) - Rockhaus
Oct 02 Ljubljana (SLO) - VPK Mediapark
Oct 03 Budapest (HU) - Petofi Hall
Oct 05 Frankfurt (D) - Batschkapp
Oct 06 Hamburg (D) - Markthalle
Oct 08 Gothenburg (S) - Chalmers
Oct 09 Stockholm (S) - Klubben
Oct 11 Osnabrück (D) - Hyde Park

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Mercenary Confirmed For Earthshaker Festival

Mercenary are now ready to kick major ass on the upcoming shows in Iceland and the summer festivals. The band also just got confirmed for the Earthshaker festival taking place in Geiselwind, Germany. Here is an overview of the festivals:

May 26 (ICE) Reykjavik Hellirinn
May 28 (ICE) Reykjavik Grand Rokk
Jun. 03 (DK) Svendborg Harmonien
Jun. 03 - 04 (DK) Arhus Metal Fest
Jun. 18 (N) Kopervik Karmoygeddon Festival
Jun. 30 - Jul. 03 (DK) Roskilde Roskilde Festival
Jul. 22 (D) Geiselwind, Earthshaker Festival
Aug. 05 (D) Wacken Wacken Open Air

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Mnemic And Ex-Mercenary Members Join Forces

TRANSPARENT, the new Danish metal band featuring Signar Petersen (ex-MERCENARY; lead guitar, bass), Brian "Brylle" Rasmusen (MNEMIC, drums), Danny Hove Jensen (guitar, bass) and Rene Pedersen (vocals), have uploaded all five songs from their current demo, "Mutual Assured Destruction", at their official web site. The songs available for download are as follows:

01. Why
02. Defcon 5
03. Mutual Assured Destruction
04. Unparralelled
05. Nothingness

"Mutual Assured Destruction" was recorded between November 15, 2004 and December 7, 2004 at Apole Studios and was produced and mixed by Casper Skafte, Morten Sandager and TRANSPARENT.

TRANSPARENT are currently seeking a record deal.

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Mercenary To Interact With Fans On Metaleater

Mercenary mastermind/vocalist/bassist Kral is now available to interact with fans and answer questions, and offer his opinions on all things metal on our official forum.

Editor In Chief Tony Antunovich says, "On behalf of everyone here at Metalaater, I would like to welcome Kral as our guest and thank him for offering his time to this. Mercenary's music needs to be experienced by everyone. We hope that this will give all metal fans the opportunity to learn more about the band, and we encourage you to feel free to ask Kral your questions. He will be more than happy to answer them."

To speak with Kral, you will need to become a member of the forum. Sign up for free here (click on "Register" in the top right hand corner).

For more information on Mercenary, visit the band's official website.

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Brainstorm Update and Tour Dates

Brainstorm have issued a quick update between tour rehearsals and interview sessions. Their single, 'All Those Words,' is out and entered the single charts in Hungary at #5.

They have released new tour dates as well including a new festival date in the beginning of June in Italy and the re-sceduled UK dates in October supporting Saxon.

"Inside The Monster - World Tour 2005 / 2006"
BRAINSTORM, AT VANCE, MERCENARY More...

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Orphaned Land to Make First US Apperance

Century Media is proud to announce that Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land will be appearing this September at Atlanta’s ProgPower USA VI. This will be the band’s first-ever appearance in the United States. Vocalist Kobi Farhi is thrilled to be a part of this year’s festival and sent this message to fans, “We are happy and excited to announce that we have confirmed our debut show in the U.S.A., and we are coming to bring you a storm from the ORPHANED LAND. Hurricane Ivan was nothing here comes the Flood!! See you all at ProgPower.”

"Orphaned Land was the first band I approached about playing this year’s festival,” says ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. “I have been listening to the band since their early releases starting with 1994’s Sahara, and 1996’s El Norra Allil. I can say that 2004’s Mabool was one of the year’s most original and exotic albums. I’m honored to be able to bring them to the U.S. to be part of ProgPower USA VI." The prestigious festival has previously hosted labelmates Tad Morose, Into Eternity, Mercenary, Jag Panzer and Blind Guardian.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Mercenary Posts Song And Tour Footage Online

In 2004 Denmark’s Mercenary unleashed their Century Media debut "11 Dreams" to electric fanfare across Europe. Just in time for the Feb. 8 American release date Century Media has posted a second MP3 from the album, this time it’s the viciously aggressive “Firesoul” (Real Media).

The band has also put together 2004 tour footage recorded on their personal cellphones and put together as a video for the song “World Hate Center,” click here to view. The video includes surprise appearances from the bands they toured with last year including Michael Hakansson from Sweden’s Evergrey. More...

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Danish Metal Awards 2004 Winners Announced

DanishMetal.dk has posted a list of the winners of the winners of Danish Metal Awards 2004. They are as follows:

Album of the Year: Mercenary - "11 Dreams"
Demo of the Year: Submission - "Submission"
Live-band of the Year: Hatesphere
Music video of the Year: Mnemic - "Deathbox"
Vocalist of the Year: Mikkel Sandager and Kral of Mercenary
Guitarist of the Year: Martin Buus of Mercenary
Drummer of the Year: Anders Gyldenøhr of Hatesphere
Bass Player of the Year: Obersten of Mnemic

For more information, click here.

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At Vance Announce Studio Drummer

At Vance is just about to finish the new album. The studio drummer will be Franco Zuccaroli. The band is still searching for a drummer.

In other news, At Vance has posted a pre-production sample of the song "Chained" here.

At Vance will be touring with Brainstorm and Mercenary in 2005. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mercenary Nominated For Danish Metal Awards

Danish Progressive melodic metal shooting stars Mercenary are nominated for the Danish Metal Award 2004 in four categories: Best album, best live act, best vocalist and best guitarist. Just get on http://www.danishmetal.dk/Awards2004.htm and vote via e-mail until December 31st 2004.

After their strong performance at German Summer Breeze Festival 2004 and several shows with Evergrey a lot of new tourdates already got in. The Rock Station Festival in Ankara, Turkey taking place in March 2005, the lengthy European Tour with Brainstorm & At Vance in April/May and Wacken Open Air 2005 are surely some highlights.

Upcoming Mercenary gigs: More...

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Mnemic Nominated For Danish Metal Awards

Mnemic have been nominated for the Danish Metal Awards in the following categories, in which they're going up against bands like Hatesphere, lldisposed, Mercenary and many more.

- Album Of The Year - Mnemic 'The Audio Injected Soul'
- Live Band Of The Year - Mnemic
- Music Video of The Year - Mnemic 'Deathbox'
- Guitarplayer of The Year - Mircea
- Bassplayer of The Year - Oberst

Vote for Mnemic and send your votes here.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.

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