For our European fans, we are extremely happy to present the first new song from us in eons, entitled “From the Ashes of the Fallen”. The song is out today on Spotify and most other digital music peddling platforms. Enjoy this perfect soundtrack for the end times as the world reshapes itself around us!
The song will be available word-wide in April alongside a music video, featuring professional footage from Mercenary’s recent liveshow in Aalborg, the first hometown show in five years. (Yes, we wanted to release the song and video worldwide today, but no, it didn’t work out for various contractual reasons concerning licensing in different territories and I’m boring myself to tears just typing this).
Enjoy the super fabulous single artwork by Timur Khabirov below and share this f*cker with everyone in need of catharsis and a flicker of hope in these trying times!
Take care of each other, stay safe and more importantly, stay metal!
World premiere on new single! Everyone who buys ***a ticket in presale*** for Mercenary’s upcoming “return to the stage” show this Saturday the 25th of January at Vintermetal in Aalborg (Dk) will get exclusive streaming access to the new single “From the Ashes of the Fallen” ahead of the show. Info on public release to follow at a later date!
Get your ticket and single access by following this link!
We are very happy to finally be able to share some news with you after a hiatus that ended up feeling like a small eternity. Mercenary will play the first show of 2020 as headliner of the Vintermetal Festival in Aalborg on January 25th. Let the new era begin!
3We are proud to given the chance to kick some hometown ass at this year’s Aalborg Metal Festival alongside metal legends such as Carcass, Sepultura and Obituary! More info to follow on date and exact time.
We’re immensely proud finally to be able to present our new video for ‘Welcome The Sickness’, which Metal Hammer Germany has been so kind to host! Follow the link below, check out the video and share the hell out of this f*cker!
It’s been a great and fun experience making this possible through a crowdfunding campaign and interacting with the fans in a whole new way. We are very grateful for the support, as we would never have been able to finance a visit to Denmark’s biggest greenscreen studio with professional lights and makeup followed by two months of post production on our own. Moreover, we are really really happy with the striking, atmospheric and visually dramatic way in which director Mircea Eftemie made our musical universe come to life. Without an incredible amount of hard work on his behalf this video wouldn’t have been possible either, so please send a lot of kudos his way.
Hell yeah! We are proud to announce that we are confirmed for COPENHELL 2014 on June 12th! See you in the pit!
More info on: www.copenhell.dk/
Moreover, for those of you that haven’t seen it yet, we are happy to announce that we reached a total of 4801 Euro in our crowdfunding campaign for a new music video, which was 120 % of our goal of 4000 Euro.
To all who contributed – Thanks for showing us that we have some of the most killer fans in the world, your support makes all the difference for us. We will soon begin to look into all the perks that were sold and send out information about expected delivery of the different items that were included. We hope you can be patient here as there’s a lot of work do be done.
We are psyched to announce that we have launched an Indiegogo campaign today to fund a killer video for the track “Welcome the Sickness”!
We need the help of our loyal fans to fund a kick ass music video that captures and reflects the dark, vivid atmospheric soundscapes of our music, so click on the link below, read all about it and check out all the many ways you can participate in the project and the many other perks – such as guitar, drum and vocal lessons, a dinner with the guys and much more!
We are happy to announce what we consider to be two great opportunities for our fans.
First, VIP-packages are now available for all shows on our upcoming headliner tours in Europe and in Denmark. The VIP-packages include early access to soundcheck on the day of the show, meet and greet, a strictly limited tour T-shirt and more. Read more and buy your pass under ‘VIP’ in the Shop on this site. Only 5 VIP-passes are available for each show (and they are only available through our official webshop). The VIP-packages also include membership of our new fan community, The Black brigade (read below).
Second, we consider ourselves lucky to have some great and dedicated fans, which is why we now launch The Black Brigade in order to offer special deals, a stronger sense of community and have closer interaction with our core fans. Members get an exclusive Black Brigade Dog Tag, access to future exclusive merchandise, a permanent discount in our webshop, access to a closed Black Brigade Facebook group together with all four band members and more. Read more under ‘The Black Brigade’ in the shop menu above.
We are happy to let you all know that “Through Our Darkest Days” entered the US Heatseekers Chart at number 111. Seems a few people are still buying albums out there. A great weekend to all the metalheads out there!
Our new album “Through Our Darkest Days” is now out in Europe and Denmark and it hits the US tomorrow
While you are waiting for you copy to arrive in the mailbox, you can either let let your curiosity get the better of you and stream the album on the link below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, or you can read what the press and some of our friends in the music business have had to say about the album:
Matt Heafy (Trivium):
“The Kings of Danish Metal have returned with another incredible record, Through Our Darkest Days. Their seventh effort is still very much of what new and old fans have always loved in Mercenary – only this time the band can be seen traversing new realms of melody in an almost old school Metal approach (in their very own modern way of course). The song writing is as air-tight as the riffs, the vocals are staggering in their range and versatility. Whether into the old, the new, or the middle-ground… any who call Metal a genre they love must be into this band.”
Ward Slojkowski (Psychotic Waltz):
“Through Our Darkest Days” is the best thing I have heard from my friends from Denmark, Mercenary. Strong tracks from beginning to end. Very solid effort here. Tight rhythms , killer vocals , excellent guitar solos, memorable songs…what more could you want? Fucking buy it now! \m/”
“I’ve long been a sucker for epic guitar solos and displays of outstanding musicianship. Mercenary get all this just right, while delivering massive punch along with it and always staying musical!”
Press reviews and quotes on ‘Through Our Darkest Days’:
– Metal Hammer Germany: #3 on soundcheck
– Aardschock: #5 on soundcheck
– Rock Hard Germany: 9/10, Soundcheck #13
– Up Magazine NL: 97/100
– MyGlobalMind: 9/10
– metalunderground (Austria) 5/5
– Ashladan.be 90/100
– The Blog of Much Metal/Powerplay UK 9/10
– rockdospuntocero.com 8,5/10
– Gaffa.dk: 4/6
“an incredible power metal album with some death metal elements”
“Mercenary are an incredibly underrated band, one of metal’s best kept secrets”
– metal-temple.com: 9/10
“MERCENARY, since emerging as a foursome crew, has been assimilating the meaning of true greatness, their attention to details is exemplary with great ideas to keep up the foundation going.”
– METAL.de 8/10:
“Ein rundum starkes und höchstgradig unterhaltsames Album, das die Stärken von MERCENARY hervorragend auf den Punkt bringt.”
“Power, melody, musicianship of highest rate with an excellent blend of melancholy and a progressive touch makes this their best album to date!”
Today´s Music Bulgaria 9/10:
“The best years of the Modern Melo-death might be behind us but MERCENARY are still here to bring us yet another MMDM masterpiece! “Through Our Darkest Days” is one of the best albums this genre has seen in the last 10 years! Great songwriting, great vocals, great guitars, and choruses so great, you’ll start singing them along right after you hear them.”
Please go to our official webstore at *www.mercenary.dk/shop* to find different awesome packages and special deals, including an extremely limited handmade wooden box + digipack combo!
And a message to our fans – Your support means a lot to us. If you want to support the band and what we do, you will be doing a real and significant difference by actually buying a physical copy of the album here or elsewhere, rather than downloading it or streaming it. It keeps the wheels turning and enables us to continue to do what we do.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be tearing up Denmark in September & October with our good friends and label buddies Essence! We will be making sure that no heads are left unshaken! We look forward to share the stage with Essence once again and delivering ONE HELL of a show every night! So get your asses down to the shows and bring the action!
We are proud to let you all hear the title track of our new album, ‘Through Our Darkest Days’. We put a lot of effort, heart and soul into this and can’t wait to unleash it on the world! For us, the song is very iconic and it embodies the melancholic and grand sound that has always been a trademark for Mercenary.
Furthermore, we have a contest for those of you who will come out to see us live at the awesome BEASTIVAL next week! 5 fans will get the chance of attending an exclusive press listening event and hear the whole album as some of the first people in the world! To enter the contest, simply share our post about the new song and this contest from our Facebook-profile and in addition make a post on your Facebook-wall where you explain why you should be among the 5 fans to attend – and tag the Mercenary-Facebook-profile. The 5 most interesting / unique / funny entries will be handpicked by the band. Winners will be notified directly.
In addition we will pick a person at random from all those who share this song and post, and that lucky guy or gal will get a signed copy of the new CD!
Tickets are available here or at the festival´s box office. MERCENARY are going to hit the stage on Friday, May 31. Tickets here:
It’s time to shed some more light on our new album “Through Our Darkest Days” out 26th of July through NoiseArt Records. The album will be available as a limited digipack including one bonus track.
“Through Our Darkest Days” Tracklist:
1. A New Dawn
2. Welcome The Sickness
3. Through Our Darkest Days
4. Dreamstate Machine
5. A Moment Of Clarity
6. Beyond This Night
7. Starving Eyes
8. Generation Hate
9. Forever The Unknown
10. Holding On To Serenity (Bonustrack)
Rock the Nation presents: MERCENARY – embarking on a European headliner tour
Following the release of our new album “Through Our Darkest Days”, we are thrilled to announce that we will be embarking on a European Headliner tour late August 2013 together with our Finnish friends in OMNIUM GATHERUM!
Official Press release from Rock The Nation below:
“Rock the Nation presents: MERCENARY – embarking on a European headliner tour!
Danish band MERCENARY turned out to be a highly popular metal powerhouse in the past decade! So far, they have released six ultra-heavy yet sophisticated albums, and soon they are ready to unleash “Through Our Darkest Days” (release date: July 26) an opus magnum bursting with modern melodic death metal and power metal structures. MERCENARY will embark on a European headliner tour at the end of this year`s summer.
Travelling with them will be Finns OMNIUM GATHERUM who recently released a beautifully dark slab of melodic death metal with “Beyond” (2013).
Here are the dates:
MERCENARY & OMNIUM GATHERUM live
Presented by LEGACY, PIRANHA, NOIZELETTER, METALNEWS and POWERMETAL.DE
30.08.2013 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
31.08.2013 DE – München – Backstage Club
01.09.2013 CH – Pratteln – Gallery
04.09.2013 RO – Bucharest – The Silver Church Club
05.09.2013 HUN – Budapest – tba
06.09.2013 AT – Wien – Escape
07.09.2013 CZ – Brno – Melodka
08.09.2013 DE – Berlin – Magnet
11.09.2013 BE – Vooselaar – Biebob
12.09.2013 UK – London – The Underworld
14.09.2013 DE – Stuttgart – Club Zentral
15.09.2013 NL – Eindhoven – Dynamo
Mercenary completes mixing 7th album, reveals album title, cover and release date!
Mercenary completed mixing their 7th album ”Through Our Darkest Days” on April 23rd at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, with long time collaborator Jacob Hansen once again in charge of production and mix.
The cover was created by Mircea Eftemie (guitarist of Mnemic) who have recently made covers for Soilwork, Illdisposed and others.
Mercenary comments on the cover:
“Last year when we were busy with preproductions, we considered reaching out to Mircea to ask if he’d like to give our new cover a shot, because we liked his recent stuff and wanted to try someone with a fresh approach. Against all odds, however, he actually beat us to it and contacted us first with the exact same offer, so it very much seemed as a collaboration that was meant to be.
After a few sketches, we quickly locked on to the main motive of the cover below, which we felt was both iconic, mysterious and not least, oddly disturbing. Most importantly perhaps, we also felt that Mircea’s artwork had managed in a natural way to combine something fresh with the style of our older album covers and their dark and atmospheric vibes.
As our new album is very much a combination our latest material with a lot of the more traditional melodic and melancholic elements of previous Mercenary albums, we felt that this was a perfect visual expression of Mercenary’s sound and identity in 2013.
The cover symbolizes a darkness that we have gone through as a band, which we feel that we have finally been able to put behind us. The title of the album is meant very positively and thematizes both the journey through existential darkness as a general theme and the ability to break through it. The lyrical universe is very much about making the most of life and not getting caught up in negativity.”
Cover artist Mircea Eftemie adds:
“I wanted to make something that had a direct visual relation to the album title, but also follow the design patterns of the older Mercenary album covers, to keep their identity and brand intact. After swapping ideas back and forth, we ended with a piece not too abstract, but dark and disturbing enough to portray the concept of the new album. It was absolutely a pleasure working on this piece!”
The album will be released through NoiseArt Records on July 27th in Europe and a week later in the US through Prosthetic Records.
We are very excited to announce that we have entered Hansen Studios and have begun the recordings of our new album. Peter Mathiesen has already recorded all his drum parts, and he has done an absolutely amazing job! We will be posting some video diaries in the time to come from the studio; here is the first clip. ENJOY!
Video released for “Through the Eyes of the Devil”
After a great album cycle the last two years with lots of great shows and festivals, we decided to invite you all to witness some of the metal mayhem and take a look “Through the Eyes of the Devil” with us! Enjoy this great video filmed in the summer of 2012 and edited by Carlos Toro, who previously made our video for “The Endless Fall”.
Stay tuned for some really exciting news on our upcoming album soon!
We’re happy to announce our first show in 2013 at the new ‘Beastival’ on May 30th – 1st of June 2013 in Geiselwind (Germany) with among others Kreator, Wintersun & Satyricon. More info at www.beastival.com
Moreover, we’re happy to present a small special something for you in the form of a ‘fan-made’ roadvideo for the track “The Black Brigade” filmed in the summer of 2012. It was made by our friend, Don G, whom we’ve previously coorporated with for the cover of “Metamorphosis”. He kindly filmed the raw material for this vid and put it together for his own sake but we thought it was way too great not to share with you. More footage from the Basinfire Festival (Cz) performance will be used for another video coming in early 2013 – and who knows, maybe we’ll also have some cool info on a new album by then …
Until then, enjoy a roadtrip with The Black Brigade here:
Press release – Summer festivals confirmed, tour video and more!
Things are busy at Camp Mercenary these days!
We are currently recording the pre-production of our 7th album, which is a very exiting process, and since the release of “Metamorphosis” in February 2011 we have been touring
massively and we have had a lot of great experiences with this line-up already.
In March we went to Russia for the first time ever and played a headlining show for a venue filled with exited and anticipating Russian fans. (See short video documentary below) All in all, we are truly grateful for the warm welcome we have received, and we
look forward to many more great experiences with all our amazing fans!
The plan for the summer tour is ready, and it is with great pleasure that we can announce that MERCENARY has been confirmed for the following festivals in 2012:
18/5 Day of Decay (DK), Aalborg
30/6 Basinfire (CZ)
04/7 Nibe Festival (DK), Nibe
02/8 Danmarks Grimmeste Festival (DK), Aarhus
IT MIGHT NOT BE QUITE IN TIME FOR THAT SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR GRANDPA, BUT BETTER LATER THAN NEVER! OUR WEBSHOP AT WWW.MERCENARY.DK/SHOP NOW BOASTS A NEW AND DAZZLING COLLECTION OF MERCHANDISE INCLUDING A PHOENIX WORKER SHIRT, BLOOD SPATTERED M-LOGO SHIRTS, GIRLIES, PINK PANTIES FOR THE LADIES, PATCHES AND BEANIES! FREE PATCHES FOR EVERY ORDER OF 30 EURO AND A FREE CD OF YOUR CHOICE INCLUDED IN EVERY ORDER OF 50 EURO OR MORE! (LAST AND ONLY SHIPMENT OF ORDERS BEFORE CHRISTMAS WILL BE ON THURSDAY THE 22ND.) SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP AND SUPPORT THE BLACK BRIGADE!
RUSSIAN HEADLINER SHOWS!
WE’RE HAPPY AND PROUD TO KICK OFF 2012 IN A GREAT WAY BY ANNOUNCING OUR FIRST EVER SHOWS IN RUSSIA THIS MARCH! WE ARE PSYCHED ABOUT PERFORMING IN BOTH MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG – AND TO SAMPLE LARGE QUANTITIES OF THE EXCELLENT AND CHEAP VODKA!
MOREOVER, WE HAVE BEGUN TO MEET UP THIS MONTH TO WRITE NEW MATERIAL FOR THE FOLLOW-UP TO ”METAMORPHOSIS” FROM 2011. WE FEEL THAT THIS NEW INCARNATION OF MERCENARY GOT OFF TO A PERFECT START LAST YEAR WITH GREAT RESPONSE FROM FANS AND THE PRESS AND A LOT OF GREAT SHOWS, NOT LEAST TWO AMAZING TOURS WITH (AMONG OTHERS) SYMPHONY X, NEVERMORE AND DARK TRANQUILLITY. WE CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE AND RELEASE THE NEXT ALBUM AND GET OUT ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
THE MOST PERCEPTIVE OF OUR FANS MIGHT HAVE NOTICED THAT WE HAVE ONLY BEEN JOINED BY DRUMMER MORTEN LØWE FOR A FEW SHOWS IN 2011. MORTEN WAS UNABLE TO COMMIT TO OUR TOURING SCHEDULE, SO WE HAD THE EXCELLENT DRUMMER PETER MATHIESEN FILL IN. AS WE HAVE A GREAT CHEMISTRY WITH HIM MUSICALLY AND PERSONALLY, WE HAVE ASKED HIM TO JOIN THE BAND AS A REGULAR MEMBER. HE HAS ALREADY PLAYED MORE THAN 50 SHOWS WITH US AND IS WELL INTEGRATED IN THE BAND, SO PLEASE GIVE HIM A WARM WELCOME AND BUY HIM A BEER THE NEXT TIME WE PLAY IN YOUR HOMETOWN!
Skt. Petersburg cancelled – new festival confirmed
Sadly, the promoters of our show in Skt. Petersburg later this month chose to cancel the event. We’re truly sorry about this, but it was beyond our control and we were not involved in the decision in any way.
On the bright side though, we are STILL playing in Moscow on the 24th of March, where we will even be joined by our mates in Hatesphere! Hell, yeah!
Finally, we have been confirmed for the Day of Decay festival in Aalborg (Dk) in May with Obscura, Krisiun and others. Now, who will be there to break some necks?
“Recollections – The Century Media Years” Released
Our old partners and friends at Century Media Records have just re-released the three albums Mercenary released through the label from 2004 to 2008 under the title “Recollections – The Century Media Years”. The album is available worldwide now and features:
– Three classic albums (11 Dreams, The Hours That Remain, Architects Of Lies)
– 5 bonus tracks and one previously unreleased track
– New artwork by Niclas Sundin
– Liner notes by the band
Check the full track list in the discography and get the album from our webshop!
To celebrate the release we have some CRAZY offers on cool “Retro” Mercenary packages which include a signed “11 Dreams”-poster and some cool vintage Mercenary shirt designs ALL from the “Century Media” era of the band. Read all about it under Shop / Special offers.
WE HAVE LAUNCHED A CONTEST WHERE YOU CAN WIN FREE CONCERT TICKETS FOR A SHOW OF YOUR CHOICE ON THE UPCOMING “NECKBREAKER’S BALL TOUR”!
WE WILL DRAW THREE LUCKY WINNERS AMONG THOSE WHO PURCHASE ANY ITEM FROM OUR WEBSHOP FROM NOW ON AND UP UNTIL (AND INCLUDING) SATURDAY THE 22ND OF OCTOBER. EACH WINNER WILL RECEIVE A GUEST PASS FOR HIMSELF AND A GUEST FOR A SHOW OF HIS OWN CHOICE ON THE TOUR. (WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY AND POSTED HERE AS WELL.)
SUMMER IS HERE AND THIS TIME OF THE YEAR MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF MERCENARY! GIVE A BIG SHOUT OUT TO KRAL AND THE GUYS WHO FORMED THE BAND BACK IN THE DAYS! WE’RE HAPPY TO MARK THE OCCASION WITH BOTH THE RELEASE OUR HEAVIEST ALBUM TO DATE AND ALSO OUR BEST YEAR OF TOURING EVER! TO CELEBRATE, WE HAVE THE ‘METAMORPHOSIS’ CD ON SALE FOR THE REST OF JUNE FOR JUST 10 €! THE BLACK BRIGADE MARCHES FOREVER!
Metamorphosis US release 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 alternative frontcover & the kickass bonustrack ‘Incorporate Your Demons.’ Pre-orders incl. new shirts are up now!
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?
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
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.)
To celebrate the release of our new album, we invite all of our friends, familiy, fans to join us at VIVA LA REVOLUTION in Aalborg Friday the 18th of February.Attendees will be able to buy “Metamorphosis” prior to the official release date which is the 21st in Denmark!
Cheap drinks, rocking metal and lots and lots of good times!So come join the fun, and bring your friends!