Released: 2013, NoiseArt Records (Europe/Russia) Prosthetic Records (US/Canada)
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Mercenary; from Denmark have completely passed me by over the years. That’s twenty two years without ever having crossed my radar. I’m not sure I even know anyone who listens to them, but presented here is a well polished album, clearly by a bunch of pros.
I think this album would be loved by a few, and possibly forgotten by the rest. There’s nothing exactly which sets it apart. I’m reminded of Killswitch Engage and newer In Flames and things like that. I realise this review isn’t exactly impartial, I am however very tired and not particularly in the mood to be overly kind or descriptive.
As I haven’t heard any of their previous material for whatever reason, I have nothing to compare it to. ‘Welcome to the Sickness’ has some heaviness about it, but as there are no tracks on this album I actually like, you shall have to make your own mind up.
Who listens to this stuff? Jesus, there’s some vacuous metal around. Not a single emotion was stirred whilst listening to this album. I’m gonna go back to living in complete ignorance of Denmark’s Mercenary and leave them to people who care more than I.
Review by Kevin Griffiths