Mercenary Vocalist/Bassist Henrik “Kral” Andersen

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Vocalist/Bassist Henrik “Kral” Andersen

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

**All images courtesy of Century Media and

The Internet and print magazines have been abuzz over one album recently?Mercenary?s 11 DREAMS.  The Danish band unleashed this sonic behemoth in Europe last summer but February 8th sees the release of 11 DREAMS in North America.  Following the lead of almost universal critical approval from the Europeans, 11 DREAMS appears to be headed down the same path as the rave reviews and accolades continue to pour in (don?t miss the reviews of 11 DREAMS here at Metal Rules) setting the album up with a surefire place among writers? year-end lists.

On the morning of 11 DREAMS North American release date (Febraury 8th), I chatted with vocalist/bassist Henrik ?Kral? Andersen about the new album, how the band is handling all the critical praise, the new lineup, the ready-to-explode Danish metal scene and just where exactly he got the nickname ?Kral??

The new album was released in August in Europe but it?s just now hitting the stores in North America.  In fact, 11 DREAMS hits North American stores today (February 8th)!

Yeah!  Break out the champagne for us (laughs)!

How has the reception been so far in North America versus the overwhelming praise 11 DREAMS got from the European press?

The response from the North American press has actually been a bit better so far!  Up until now, we?ve got about ten reviews and almost all of them have been top ratings?10 out of 10!  Brave Words Bloody Knuckles gave it a 10 out of 10?that was Martin Popoff?and it?s been really mind-blowing to read the reviews as they are coming in from the U.S..  Still, we got a lot of good response in Europe, too.  ?Album of the Month? and ?Album of the Year? and we even won some Danish metal awards.  We?ve just got so much positive feedback from this album.  The fans in Europe have also embraced the album very, very well.  After today, we will see about the North American fans if they embrace the album as well!

A lot of artists will try to pump themselves and their new records up by saying what you just said but in the case of 11 DREAMS, this isn?t a lie!  I don?t ever remember any CD getting such universal praise and I can honestly say I have read nothing but good things about this record.  I have to ask?are you getting tired of hearing how wonderful you are yet (laughs)?

(Laughs) I haven?t seen any bad reviews, either!  We have seen 70 or 80 reviews from Europe and they are all good and the 10 or 15 reviews from the U.S. are also good.  (Sighs) Whew!  It really is mind-blowing!  We never get tired of hearing about it but obviously we aren?t as surprised by it anymore as we were in the beginning, either.  Now we just look at it and go, ?Oh cool!  Another ten out of ten!? (laughs)  Of course we are happy with it and the surprise wears off but we are glad people like it.  If you are open-minded to different kinds of metal then the album will really hit it off with you.  After a few listens, it really grows, too, and people have discovered that.  I think it?s a very new twist to the metal genre.

Is there any concern within the band that, because 11 DREAMS is receiving as much praise as it is, it will just be too hard to follow it up with another album of equal or better quality?  In a sense, will people be expecting another 10 out of 10 and even if it is ?just? a 9 out 10, it runs the risk of being seen as a failure?

Yeah, it will be tough to go in and make an album just as good or better than 11 DREAMS but I think we can make something just as exciting.  We just do what we do.  Next time we go in and really focus on the new album, I think it will be in the back of our minds that we have to outdo 11 DREAMS.  It will be impossible to do an 11 out of 10 so we can?t go any higher but there will be some pressure.  All we can do is let the music do its own thing.  We can?t worry about whether or not the press is going to love it or think this or think that.  We will just do what we did with 11 DREAMS and that is jam along and whatever comes out naturally, that is what ends up on the album.  We are already working on three new songs and one of them could easily fit on 11 DREAMS, so I don?t think we?ve lost the touch just yet (laughs).

When do you hope to have the next record out? 

We want to leave some space to really let this sink in in North America but 11 DREAMS has been out for seven months in Europe already?since August 2004?so August 2006 will be two years already.  I think summer 2006 would be a good time to put another album out but we don?t want to compromise anything or rush 11 DREAMS, either.  Also, 11 DREAMS took a long time because we have all these different layers and two vocalists and we have to arrange everything perfectly.  We are perfectionists in everything we do and we don?t want to be stressed to have to complete the next album in a week or anything.  If we rush things, we will not be satisfied with it but we will have to work very hard to make another album as good as 11 DREAMS.

How long did you actually spend recording and getting 11 DREAMS together?  To my ears, it must have taken a very long time and a lot of patience to get this massive wall of sound completed.

Actual time in the studio was 45 days, which is really fast considering what a big-sounding album this is.  After we recorded the basic tracks and got back home again, we started writing and coming up with new ideas about what we had just recorded and thinking some things should be changed.  We took about another six months at home just figuring stuff out, writing lyrics, arranging vocals?we spent a lot of time on the album.  I think it?s obvious when you listen to it that it?s not an album you can do in two weeks (laughs).

Definitely!  What really stood out for me was the production job of Jacob Hansen (Hatesphere).  Every vocal line, every riff and every crash of the cymbal is just clear as a bell!

Crystal-clear production, yeah.  I think Jacob Hansen is one of the best European producers there is and he doesn?t get the credit he deserves because he is not that well-known yet.  With this production and some others he?s done, like Raunchy, he is becoming known in the European scene.  You can hear all the instruments on 11 DREAMS which is a difficult task because we have fifty layers of music for him to manage.

Did the album come out sounding better than you had hoped or expected it to?

(Laughs) Oh yeah!  When we did the last album, EVERBLACK, which was also with Jacob Hansen, we thought that the sound on that record was optimal and the best we could ever get.  We were actually worried that 11 DREAMS wouldn?t sound as good as EVERBLACK, but, damn, he took it way further!  He really had something up his sleeve this time!  He has really developed as a sound producer and he also spent more money on better gear making sure that every amplifier was top-tuned and every guitar was perfect.

Would you say then that 11 DREAMS is the sound that you have been searching for in Mercenary?s music?

This is the sound that we have been striving for over ten years.  Everything was perfect this time.  We had the time we needed in the studio to make every detail perfect and also the songwriting is just the way we want to do it, so everything has really fallen into place on this album.  I started the band back in 1991 so it?s been a long time coming but with the perfect constellation of musicians, I think this is what I always wanted Mercenary to sound like.  The next album will probably sound very similar to 11 DREAMS, too.  We?re probably going to go with Jacob Hansen again and have the same prescription for the sound and just progress a little more musically and as songwriters.  I don?t think we?ll go more commercial or anything.  We?ll go more aggressive and heavier but also more melodic.  It will just be 11 DREAMS taken one step further.

Mnemic tried this out on their latest CD, as well, but you experimented with ?3D Sound? on the title track, which is a bonus track on the North American release of 11 DREAMS.  Can you explain this technology and how you used it?

Did you hear the 3D mix in headphones?


And did you get the effect?

Oh yeah!

(Laughs) Alright!  Well it was back in 1998, our old guitarist, Nikolaj Brinkman, introduced me to a demo CD of binaural sound?it is called binaural sound, as well as 3D sound.  It was of an interrogation by a policeman and when I put on the headphones, I immediately felt like I was sitting in the interrogation room and the policeman was walking around me and whispering in my ear.  It was very vivid and I got goosebumps from listening to this because I felt like I was present in the room if I closed my eyes!  I told Nikolaj that this was really amazing and wondered how this would sound if we applied it to metal.  I know it?s been a long time since we first discussed it but the technology at the time wasn?t developed yet and the computers were too slow to really handle a full-blown heavy metal track and do 3D rendering of it.  I?d been speaking to some guys at the university where they invented this technology because I thought 11 DREAMS was the perfect production for this and the title track was also perfect to try it out.  In post-production, after we finished the album, we went to ?lborg in Denmark to a studio where we spent five days rendering it all and making the solos go around your head?just fooling around with the tracks.  It?s really amazing and the better quality the headphones are that you hear the song on, the better the effect.  It sounds very different and if you listen to the 3D mix three or four times, your ears get used to the music sounding like this and when you go back to the other tracks on the album, it almost feels claustrophobic because the stereo perspective kicks in again.  I think people will really be blown away by it! 

Why did you only do the one song and not the entire CD in the 3D sound?

Because one song takes at least five days and if we did the same treatment to each song, it would be almost sixty days spent in another studio on top of the time we spent in the other studio already.  It would be very costly, too, and when we recorded the album, we were without a label!  We were borrowing money from the bank and keeping our fingers crossed that we would be signed to a good label.  We thought that if we could do one track like this, maybe we could do two or three tracks on the next album. 

In regards to some of the other tracks on 11 DREAMS, is ?World Hate Center? tied in at all with the 9/11 tragedy?

You could say that.  Because of the title, there are a lot of parallels to it.  It was Jacob [Molbjerg], our guitarist, who came up with the title and I thought it was very powerful.  We had the riff already which was really aggressive and it ended up as the first song on the album after the intro.  It just fit the song because it is aggressive but it is not totally about the incident of 9/11 but it has been inspired by that.  I pictured some guy hanging on a cross and some people just being really pissed at him (laughs) and yelling and shouting at him.  That was my initial thought when I wrote the lyrics but the song just wrote itself.  When I write, I picture a mini-movie in my head and I just brainstorm on paper and then whatever comes out?I just thought the title was fitting for the song.

Who is doing the female vocals on ?Firesoul??

That?s a Danish girl called Monika Pedersen.  She also sings in another Danish band called Sinphonia (  Sinphonia had split up and she e-mailed us asking if she could join us if we ever needed some female vocals.  I thought we would try out some stuff in the studio and see how it sounded, so she came into the studio with Jacob and I and we tried out some different songs and different parts.  In the end, we thought she was fitting with ?Firesoul? so we kept it.  Now Sinphonia is back together again but she is a great singer and a great person, so I hope they do well.

There is a line in ?Supremacy v2.0? that goes ?Nine six six six the year of supremacy.?  What does this refer to?

It?s band history.  SUPREMACY was an E.P. we released back in 1996 and the song ?Supremacy??if you want to call it version 1.0?was on that record.  That was the first song that we ever did where we felt like ?this is Mercenary? and that was the type of music we wanted to play.  Prior to that, we played a kind of slow death metal that reminded me of a lot of other bands but ?Supremacy? was really a standout track that actually brought us a lot of attention here in Denmark.  That song actually got us our first record deal so we thought we would give the song some credit and remake it as ?Supremacy v2.0.?  So the answer to your question is that ?nine six??1996?was when we made the first track.  It?s kind of an inside joke but the old fans of Mercenary here in Denmark will get it, which is cool.

Now I understand that ?Music Non Stop? is a cover of a song originally done by a band called Kent.  Are they a really obscure European band?  I?ve never heard of them before.

Kent is very popular here in Scandinavia and get played on the radio almost every day, so they are not obscure in Europe anyway.  They are a really popular pop-rock band who have been successful for the last seven years or so but I know many Americans do not know Kent and if you go south of Germany, many people have never heard of them either.  We just loved the track ?Music Non Stop? when it was out in 1998 and we thought it would be a challenge to make it sound like a metal song.  We also wanted people to know that there is band called Kent from Sweden that is really talented!  They have made three very, very good albums.  We didn?t want to do the obvious thing by making a cover of a Judas Priest or Iron Maiden song or something like that because everybody else does.  We wanted to take something more personal and this song is very personal to some of us in the band so we made it sound like Mercenary.

?Times Without Changes? is interesting because it is the lone ballad on 11 DREAMS.  Did you want to include a slow song to change up the tempo of the record and give people a chance to rest?

It happened really strangely.  We had finished the album and Mikkel [Sandager, clean vocals], Morten [Sandager, keyboards] and I were in the studio when Morten had his headphones on and his keyboard in front of him and he looked over at me and said he had this really cool thing, so I told him to play it.  We had already done recording all the vocals and everything but I thought we could squeeze another track on the album.  It was in the final stages but I thought we could add something a bit different, then Morten came up with that.  We also wanted to show that Mikkel has a big, brilliant voice and it really shows on this track.  We wrote some lyrics really fast for Mikkel to sing and he just went in there and did it on the first take!  We were sitting there with goosebumps because we had heard all the other songs 300-400 times in the recording process and this was totally fresh and cool. 

Are there any plans to do a music video for any tracks on 11 DREAMS?

We are talking about doing something in March.  We asked Century Media if they would give us a budget for a music video but they want to see how the record does in the U.S. and how people embrace it.  We?ve actually taken it into our own hands now and gone to a friend of ours who has come up with an offer that we can?t turn down because it?s a really good price for making a video.  It?s not going to be a $50,000 video but it will still be okay because the most important thing is the music.

Mercenary is hitting the road opening for Brainstorm and At Vance in April and May.  How many songs from 11 DREAMS will you have in the setlist?

The title track, of course, the intro along with ?World Hate Center,? ?Sharpen The Edges,? ?ReDestrucDead? and ?Firesoul,? which is our absolute favorite to play live.  ?Loneliness? could be a very good live song, as well.  We?re also working on ?Falling? but that?s about it for the new tracks that we?ll do live. 

You?re also confirmed for this year?s Wacken Open Air Festival.  Is this going to be your first time playing there?

Whoa!  Yeah, we?re playing Wacken and it is really mind-blowing to think of playing in front of 45,000 people.  It?s a big opportunity to finally be able to play there.  We?ve been there as part of the audience and watched lots of good live bands while dreaming of one day being on that stage, so it?s a dream come true!  We?re also playing the Dynamo Festival which will be the biggest crowd we have played before and then two months later comes Wacken, which will be even bigger.  It?s really exciting for us because we are all about playing live and we want to go out there and show people that we can make a good album but we can also follow that up live on stage.

Mercenary played in the U.S. at ProgPower in 2003 but are you planning a North American tour at all to go along with 11 DREAMS?

It?s like the video, where the U.S. department of Century Media wants to see how the album does.  If it takes off like we think it will based on the good reviews and good press it has been receiving, then they will invest some money in us and have us come over there and do a one- or two-week tour for starters.  We really hope we can come to the U.S. and play because the audience at ProgPower was amazing!  We were treated by the fans over there like we have never been treated before which was really weird for us because here in Europe, people tend to think, ?Oh these are just the guys from Denmark? but when we come to the U.S., people are a lot more open-minded. 

I think metal fans in North America get excited about seeing European metal bands because it?s kind of a treat.  The European fans have these big festivals they can go to every year and see the same bands but we aren?t so lucky.

The problem is with the visas.  There are six people in the band and the cost for just the plane ticket back and forth for one person is, like, $800.  That?s $5,000 just to get the band over there and then add another $4,000 for the visas!  That?s $9,000 so we really start off with a minus, which is a problem financially.  It?s the same thing for a lot of European bands.  If it?s only a one-off gig like ProgPower, you don?t need a visa so it?s a bit cheaper, but if we come for a week or two weeks, the venues really have to come up with some money to make it happen.  

Well, Century Media seems to be promoting the hell out of 11 DREAMS over here.  Since this is the band?s first release with the label, are you happy with things so far?

(Laughs) The promotion has been phenomenal!  We were on Hammerheart Records, a Dutch label, before and now we are on a label that we have been dreaming of being on for the last seven years.  They are very professional and treat us very good.  Each time we play in Holland or Belgium or Germany, there is always people from Century Media in the audience.  We cannot complain about one single thing.  For the U.S. department, Heather Smith is just doing a fantastic job!  She really loves the album and Clay Marshall loves the band, so the promotion and treatment from them has been 110%.  There are a lot of great bands on the label that we are excited to maybe get the chance to tour with like Nevermore and Arch Enemy, too.

Since the recording of EVERBLACK was completed, Mercenary has gotten a new drummer?Mike Park?and a new guitar player?Martin Buus Pedersen.  What happened to Signar Petersen and Rasmus Jacobsen?

Rasmus had a lot of side projects and was into playing blues and rock and roll.  He was just getting sloppy.  The drumming on EVERBLACK is okay but it?s really just rock and roll and not metal.  We had been pushing Rasmus to play more double bass drum for years and just be more aggressive, but I think he lacked interest and was involved in three other bands.  We thought he should give Mercenary 100% where he thought he should give us 25%, so we had been looking for another drummer for a long time.  We were playing in Copenhagen when Mike Park showed up and he was the perfect match.  He?s an amazing drummer and an amazing person and the chemistry is just perfect with him.  He?s a dedicated Mercenary fan and will probably be with us for the next 15 years, at least.  As for Signar, it was really a lot of personal troubles.  He had a tough time coming to rehearsals.  He was always late and every other day he was sick.  He was not too serious about things, like calling in sick when you aren?t sick like you?re still in school or something?I don?t know what you call it in English?

A ?slacker??

(Laughs) Yeah, he was a slacker!  I worked at a music store here in ?lborg for nine years and one day, this little 17-year old whiz kid came in, grabbed a guitar and started playing all this Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and John Petrucci and he was just amazing!  I got his phone number and said I would call him someday and it was three years later that I called him (laughs)!  He was 20 years old when he joined the band and what he does on 11 DREAMS is really nothing compared with what he can do now because he had only been in the band for a couple of weeks and had three weeks to come up with the solos.  Half of it was just jammed in the studio and he wasn?t prepared for it at all but it is really spontaneous.  He told me that the solos on the next album are going to be ten times better than the ones on 11 DREAMS, so I?m looking forward to really hearing what Martin can do.  Mike and Martin are very similar guys.  The same humor, same chemistry?they are just hilarious to have on board.  I think this lineup is stronger than we have ever had because now we are going out bowling together and drinking and partying and we never used to do that because there were always people in the band that we didn?t connect with outside of music and that is important when you?re out on the road.  It can be a real drag if that chemistry isn?t there and that always played into our decision to let Rasmus and Signar go because we really had nothing in common with them on a personal level.  It?s always sad to have to fire people or have them quit the band but for this, I think it was for the better because 11 DREAMS wouldn?t have been what it was if we hadn?t made those changes.

As for the Danish metal scene, there seems to be a lot of bands who are coming to prominence in the last year or so with signing to bigger labels?Raunchy, Mnemic, Hatesphere, Mercenary.  Is the Danish scene a big one or are we just seeing the cream of the crop over her in North America?

The Danish scene has evolved tremendously over the last three years.  If you had asked me the same question in 2001, I would have said that there is nothing going on (laughs).  The population of Denmark is about five million people so that?s one-quarter of Los Angeles (laughs)!  When you think of it like that, it is very original.  Raunchy have their very own sound; Hatesphere is thrashy, powerful metal and Mercenary is?well, I think we also have a sound of our own, mixing together many different things.  The Danish scene is really thriving right now and the bigger labels abroad are realizing that it is taking a big leap forward.  We also have some really great producers here in Denmark, too, and I think they are part of the reason that the Danish scene is being taken seriously.  We have got two guys?Tue Madsen and Jacob Hansen?that are the biggest producers in Denmark right now.

I?ve seen Tue Madsen?s name attached to a lot of bands recently, like The Haunted?s new CD.

Yeah, he?s produced Mnemic as well, and he is doing a very good job for the Danish bands.  Without Tue and Jacob Hansen, we wouldn?t have come this far because they also make the studios very affordable so that?s why we can spend many days in the studio and not be broke afterwards (laughs).  The Danish press?the newspapers?are really starting to open their eyes because they don?t really focus a lot of attention on the Danish metal bands but I think, this year, it?s going to change.  There are less than five radio stations that play metal in Denmark, too.  It?s really just small, college radio stations.  You said that you are just hearing the cream of the crop in North America but that are another 10 or 15 bands coming out in the next two years that you have never heard of, so prepare yourself for the Danish metal invasion (laughs)!

Can you name a few bands we should watch for?

Yeah, you should watch out for a band called Volbeat (  They have a new CD coming out in the spring and I really love them.  They sound like a mix between Metallica and Elvis Presley (laughs).

Metallica and Elvis (laughs)?!?!?!? 

(Laughs) Yes, it?s every original!  Metallica in the old days and Elvis vocals mixed with a bit of old Life of Agony.  You also have to watch out for a band called Scamp (, which is a bit like Meshuggah, and then another band called Anubis Gate (, who are from the same town that we are from.  They did an album about a year ago and they have another coming out in May and it is just awesome.  It?s really good progressive heavy metal and was also produced by Jacob Hansen.  There are a lot of bands, though.  I could keep on doing this for another half hour (laughs)!  There are a lot of bands, though, and the labels are starting to sign them up, so we are going to take over the Swedish scene.  The Swedish scene has always been big but the Danish scene has always been underrated and now it?s going to turn.  We hope so anyway (laughs).  It?s time for Denmark to take over the golden throne in Scandinavia again!

Well I guess the producers are to thank but the bands that I named earlier?Mercenary included?all have a really similar, but also very different and unique sound that I really like.

Yeah, I think so, too.  The last one or two years in Sweden, all the bands are beginning to sound the same!  They are copying each other and it?s not as exciting as it was five years ago.  Now we?ve all heard it?and heard it again (laughs).  The Danish scene has a fresh style and sound to it that will be evolving a lot in the next two years.

As you mentioned earlier, Mercenary recently cleaned house at the Danish Metal Awards winning three out of the four awards you were nominated for, so congratulations!

Thank you!

Are these awards important or are you more interested in the recognition given to the band by the fans on the street and at the shows?

Well, first of all, it was the fans on the street who voted for us!  These awards are very important especially when the audience has voted for us because it?s not like five judges with glasses on and a tie or a panel of people who voted for us.  It is the fans from Denmark and people across Europe and abroad who voted for us, so it really is nice to get a pat on the back from them.  11 DREAMS won ?Best Album,? ?Best Vocal Performance? and ?Best Guitarist? and we were second runner-up for ?Best Live Band? also.  It is way easier to get gigs in Denmark now because when you get this stamp of approval on the application papers, the bookers realize they have to get us on and we can also raise the prices a little bit and earn some more money and then maybe go over to the U.S..  That?s the plan.

Is Mercenary a full-time job now?   

Two of the people in the band are still working regular jobs.  I quit my job in February of last year so it?s been 12 months that I have only focused on the band and my family.  I have a little three year old kid who I really wanted to spend some more time with so it?s really just the family and the music for me right now.

It?s nice that you can do something you love and make a living at it while still having time with your family, too!

Absolutely!  That?s perfect for me and it?s what I have been striving for over the last five years, as well.  Now I get some money from the state and I got on some courses about web design and Photoshop, as well.

Are you doing the band?s website?

No, not yet.  I am not taking the courses until June, but maybe one day, I will do a new web page.  The one we have right now is really good and is very user-friendly but it?s another guy not in the band who does it for us.  We get about 11,000 different visitors each month and that?s about ten times what it was a year ago, so about 400-500 people a day are visiting and downloading stuff, or writing in the guestbook or the forum.

I listened to some of the mp3s you have on the site, including the new songs all the way back to songs on the FIRST BREATH record, which I had never heard before.  It really shows the evolution of the band over the years.

From 1991 until 2000, it was only me singing and it was more shouting, growling and screaming (laughs) but when Mikkel and Morten joined the band, it really was a new era for Mercenary and things started to happen.  It?s cool to have these mp3s on our homepage because then people can hear where we came from.

There is a BIG difference in sound (laughs)!

(Laughs) Oh yeah!  What is strange is that Jacob Hansen has been producing our stuff ever since 1996 and you can also hear the evolution of Jacob as well as us.

Do you miss singing full-time?

Sometimes I do.  When I feel like I have good lungs, I want to just take over the vocals but I think it?s very cool to sing alongside Mikkel because he is really inspiring.  He makes my voice sound more melodic and I make his voice sound more aggressive.

It is an interesting dynamic the way the two voices play off each other.

It was really lucky, too, because I heard Mikkel singing in his old band, Lowdown, and I knew that he was the guy I had been searching for for so long.  At one point, I really hated being the only one who was singing because it was really tough.  If you ever get the FIRST BREATH album, you can hear why.  There aren?t two seconds of silence in there.  It?s vocals almost all the way through and I was always out of breath when we played this album live and I was just beat after 45 minutes of playing.  I couldn?t take it anymore so I thought I would get another singer and we evolved from there.  I heard Mikkel and the match was perfect between mine and Mikkel?s voice.  We only wanted Mikkel to sing some guest vocals on the EVERBLACK record and when he did the vocals for the song we wanted, Jacob Hansen and I looked at each other and thought we would get him to jam over ?Screaming From The Heavens? and he was far better than we had ever hoped.  When I went in and did my vocals, it just sounded so natural together and the rest is history.

I just have one last thing to ask?where did you get your nickname ?Kral? from?

I know that in Czech, it means ?the king? because I did an interview with a Czech magazine and he told me that (laughs).  Actually, when I was six years old, I was on vacation on this little island here in Denmark called Livo (??) and all the kids were supposed to have mackerel to eat but I?ve never been keen on fish, so I didn?t want to eat the mackerel.  All the other kids were forced to eat it but I wouldn?t so one of the other kids started calling me ?mackerel? (laughs).  Two years later, people just got tired of calling me ?mackerel? so they cut it down to ?Kral? and that is what I have been called ever since.

So you hate fish but you have been cursed for most of your life to be named after one (laughs)?

(Laughs) Yeah, that?s really?awesome (laughs).  It?s a weird story.

Alright, Kral, that?s all I have for you today.  Thanks very much for going over our allotted time and talking to me today for?WOW!…just over an hour!

(Laughs) Has it been that long?!  Well, it was great talking to you, too, and I appreciate the promotion you are giving us with the CD review and this interview.

My pleasure.  Congratulations on 11 DREAMS and hopefully if things go as planned, we?ll see Mercenary in North America very soon!

Thank you.  That would be a dream come true.

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**Thanks to Heather at Century Media for getting the interview set up for us.