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The Brutal Beauty of Mercenary - 97%

kimiwind, March 16th, 2010

The third studio album by mercenary is nothing new regarding the alluring quality they have produced in their first two full lengths. After some great feedback from the heavy metal music community, and achieving a mass number of fans, this album came up the way everyone was expecting it; very melodic, catchy and progressive. Though, it was the bend point where mercenary started to turn their style into more power melodic death. There is progressive elements here as well that enriched the release and made it stand out among the typical melodic death metal releases. The production here is very good. 11 Dreams has been recorded at Lund and Hansen studios, and managed by the mastermind Jacob Hansen, which did a remarkable job. The instruments are well heard and the sound is so clean, that leaves amply focus on the music.

Instrumentally, this is very unique for several reasons; one of those reasons is definitely the vocals. They could only be described as one of the best performances so far in band’s record. You might wonder why? Actually, because this is like you’re having the bands Pyramaze and Withering Surface at once. Mikkel and Kral can do this job perfectly. Mikkel’s powerful straightforward singing leaves you amazed, combined with Kral’s deep and aggressive growls will smash you off, creating great back to back job throughout the album. The songs Firesoul, Redestructdead and 11 Dreams are some unique examples. Also worth mentioning the additional sweet female vocals, particularly in the track Firesoul performed by Monica Pedersen the former vocalist of “Sirenia”.

The other instruments are fairly competent here. The guitars are very melodic and catchy, highlighted by great solos. I suppose everyone has a big hunger to enjoy powerful solos, right? Then this release is definitely the best place to feed you up. The guitar solos here are great and majestic and added significant touch in every track. The top best that come off my head are the ones on Loneliness, Supremecy v2.0, Redestructdead, and crowns them all the one on world hate center from 04.11 minutes to 04.43 minutes. The bass is a very good contender here as well; Kral is as his brutal voice as his brutal bass lines, makes this album very enjoyable for extreme music fans. Park Nielsen is one of my favorite drummers, and he is doing a significant role here, double bass drumming and an awesome percussion throughout the album. The keyboards are beautifully added without encroaching in the music, left in background supporting the other instruments. Morten provides us great piano melodies, to cite some examples: Firesoul, 11 Dreams and Times without changes.

These guys have really showed what they are capable of. They are skilled and have great lineup to reach the highest levels of professionalism. Unfortunately, 11 Dreams was the last effort of Kral with the mercenaries; indeed it’s very big lost to the band and to the fans that have enjoyed his unique vocals throughout his career. This release is essential for every metalhead. Give it a chance and buy this masterpiece as soon as possible, and if you don’t, then you are punished by nature, because this is more than just a melodic death metal band you hear every day.

Written for Encyclopaedia Metallum 16-03-2010
© Kimiwind