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Artist:

Mercenary

Album:

The Hours That Remain

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Century Media
Genre: [Extreme Melodic Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.0


Some changes have occurred in the Mercenary-camp... their longtime bassist/vocalist Kral left the band and got replaced by Ren Pedersen. However, the bass duties on this record are handled by Jacob Hansen (Invocator), who also handled the recording and mixing tasks of The Hours That Remain. Music on this fourth album of theirs, however, isn't too different compared to their previous effort 11 Dreams. While The Hours That Remain is definitely the most commercially appealing album by Mercenary, it is also their most adventurous one.

The main elements on the Hours That Remain are the melodic guitar leads, vocals ranging from soaring clean to brutal screams, as well as modern guitar rhythms, vivacious keyboards, all coupled with assertive drum and bass grooves. While Mercenary's trademark sound has a lot of familiar characteristics, they manage to craft a sound of their own - a very laudable achievement. Regardless, the quality of songs slightly varies and I find myself choosing some tracks over the others. Nonetheless, as a whole the material on this record is really good indeed.

The sounds on this album are rather good, and suit the music fairly well. Though the recordings are a bit cold, I'm not sure if warmer sound would have been any better choice. All in all, The Hours That Remain is a good metal record that should please most fans of the cross-genre metal acts.

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- MAGE (September 10th, 2006)



MERCENARY - My World Is Ending:



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LINE-UP:
Sandager, Mikkel Vocals
Buus, Martin Lead Guitars
Mlbjerg, Jakob Guitars
Sandager, Morten Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Jacob, Hansen Bass
Park, Mike Drums

with
Strid, Bjrn "Speed" Guest Vocals
Bischoff, Marcus Guest Vocals
Producer: Hansen, Jacob
Mixing by: Hansen, Jacob
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Mercenary - The Hours That Remain  CD  Cover Image
01. Redefine Me
02. Year of the Plague
03. My World Is Ending
04. This Eternal Instant
05. Lost Reality
06. Soul Decision
07. Simplicity Demand
08. Obscure Indiscretion
09. My Secret Window
10. The Hours That Remain

Length: 62:17
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