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Hometown: Aalborg, Denmark Current Label: NoiseArt Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: René Pedersen - All Vocals, Bass
Jakob Mølbjerg - Guitars
Martin Buus - Lead Guitar, Keyboards
Morten Løwe - Drums

Mercenary Bio:

After laboursome months of song writing and rehearsing, nerved with countless live performances including a European club headliner tour in 2007, MERCENARY finally set out in autumn 2007 to record 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”). Right after completing that extensive period of touring and gigs the band entered the studio with master producer Jacob Hansen to the effect that MERCENARY couldn’t help but bring along a lot of the immediacy and and all-consuming vibe that makes their live shows such unforgettable experiences. The result, entitled “Architect Of Lies”, certainly turns out to be MERCENARY’s most spontaneous album to date. The band succeeded to balance the melodic and the dark elements, the catchy and the complex, and can't wait to get out on the live stages and prove it!

In summer 2007, the six-piece played some of the most renowned festivals, among which Bang Your Head and Graspop, to name but a few. For 2008 MERCENARY are summoned to raid the stages of Wacken Open Air and Metal Camp 2008, will headline the Danish 'Headbangers Ball' tour in September '08 and will have supported Megadeth at Frederiksberg (DK) @ K.B. Hallen on the 8th of February 2008, together with Volbeat. Their video track 'My World is Ending' (taken off “The Hours That Remain”) infiltrated the Danish mainstream video-charts where it successfully remained for three weeks during fall 2007.

Since vocalist Mikkel Sandager and his brother, keyboardist Morten, joined MERCENARY on the 2002 album Everblack, the band’s former death/thrash style evolved into a more sophisticated blend of ingenious guitar work, rounded off with hauntingly atmospheric keyboards, which new tracks like “Bloodsong” and “Death Connection” testify in an impressive way. Apart from that, songs like “Isolation” and “Embrace The Nothing”, a mid-tempo hymn par excellence, once again expose the band’s unique feel for a heavily melodic and melancholic songwriting. On “Architect Of Lies” MERCENARY’s line-up is once more completed with two vocalists in their ranks, which provides MERCENARY with the new and wider vocal range of Mikkel's soaring clean vocals and Rene's unbridled aggressive shouts. Altogether, the album reveals a more organic and 'open' production this time with lots of space for each instrument and layer to be discerned, while the whole set-up/arrangement is still heavy as hell!

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