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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.
Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, and Overkill are the latest names to be added to next year's Wacken Open Air Festival, slated to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival are Accept, Nightwish, Sinner, Marduk, Ensiferum, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Endstille, and Turisas. More bands will be announced soon.
Danish band Mercenary’s Century Media debut and fourth full-length release "11 Dreams" has been scheduled for U.S. release on February 8th, 2005. Recorded by Jacob Hanson (HateSphere, Raunchy) with cover art by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy), the album’s crystal clear production ushers in an essential pure form of intense expression. Combining multi-layered vocals, intricate songwriting, and simple-catchy song structure, while remaining aggressive, the band weaves into their music a dark symphonic Scandinavian melancholy. "11 Dreams" can be described as a mixture of Soilwork’s "Natural Born Chaos," and fellow Dane’s Raunchy.
Released in Europe earlier this year to celebratory reviews, "11 Dreams" received Metal Hammer Germany’s album of the month and the esteemed magazine awarded it 6 out of 7 points. Rock Hard Germany awarded the album 8 out of 10 points and called it “an exquisitely powerful opus.” The domestic U.S. version of the album will contain 2-bonus tracks.
Guitar player Jakob Mølberg commented on the bands Century Media multi-album worldwide record deal, “signing with the label (Century Media) has always been a dream for us – not as a label but as a statement that Mercenary has entered a new rank in the world of metal music.” The band performed in 2003 at Atlanta’s sold-out ProgPower USA IV. Look for more information on the band at the Mercenary website
Danish metallers Mercernary are the latest act confirmed for the Aalborg Metal Festival 2004, a two-day event set to take place November 5-6 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are Mnemic, 1349, Withering Surface, The Defaced, Illdisposed, Scarve, Heaven Shall Burn, Zyklon, Darkane and Downset, among others.
Mercenary's third full-length album, "11 Dreams," was released in August through Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Jacob Hansen (Hatesphere, Invocator, Raunchy) and features 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).
The Haunted, Mercenary, Mnemic, Hatesphere, Raunchy, Melted, Blindfault and Stomped will be teaming up for a special "Nordic Threat" show during the Popkomm 2004 music convetion. The gig, which will take place on September 29 at Silver Wings in Berlin, Germany, will be presented by Music Export Denmark, Rock Hard and 3rd Tsunami Agency. Tickets will be priced 10 euros at the door.