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Release date: 1998
Style: Death metal


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01. Zeroed
02. Laid To Waste
03. Return From Chaos
04. Mercenary
05. To The Last...
06. Powder Burns
07. Behind Enemy Lines
08. No Guts, No Glory
09. Sixth Chapter
10. Infiltrator [limited edition digipack bonus]

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Karl Willetts - vocals
Barry "Baz" Thomson - guitars
Gavin Ward - guitars
Alex Thomas - drums
Jo-Anne "Jo" Bench - bass

Additional info
Label: Metal Blade Records

Recorded & Mixed at Chapel Studios, UK December 1997/January 1998. Engineered by Ewan Davies & Jim Anderson.
Produced by Bolt Thrower & Ewan Davies.
Sleeve by Peter Archer.

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Album number six finds British death metal stalwarts Bolt Thrower sounding tired and worn. They had perfected their sound with 1994's …For Victory but now, four years later, found themselves replicating the same formula without as much success.

All the elements that make a Bolt Thrower album are there: dense guitars playing groovy riffs and Karl Willets' deep guttural vocals spewing war obsessed lyrics. But there is a certain spark missing that relegates Mercenary to a mediocre affair.

published 16.01.2014 | Comments (2)

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Deadmeat - 11.04.2010 at 21:18  
Rating: 8 Nice album, at first i loved it but now i think its good but not perfect.
TrueMetalJope - 11.08.2015 at 22:28  
Rating: 7 Good, but somewhat boring. Songs could use more speed IMO.
Lord_Regnier - 14.08.2015 at 05:00  
  Boring album.

This one and "Honour-Valour-Pride" are the only Bolt Thrower albums I don't have because I find them sub-par and boring.
BlueMobius - 27.09.2015 at 06:48  
  The more I have listened to this album over the past few years, the better it gets. Mercenary may be one of my favorite Bolt Thrower albums. Sixth Chapter is soooo heavy.
NocturnalStalker - 30.08.2016 at 19:03  
Rating: 9 Mercenary was my first Bolt Thrower album so it definitely has an element of nostalgia. Still, even after listening to all the other records of this band, I find it to be the one I enjoy the most. Also No Guts, No Glory is my favourite Bolt Thrower song ever.
My picks: Zeroed, Laid To Waste, Mercenary, Powder Burns, Behind Enemy Lines, No Guts, No Glory.

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