Mercenary - New Album Cover Art Revealed

Danish metallers Mercenary will release their sixth album, Metamorphosis, on February 25 via NoiseArt Records. The CD was produced by Jacob Hansen (Raunchy, Volbeat, Nightrage, Hatesphere, Pyramaze).

Regarding the CD's cover artwork (see below), the band states: "There's, of course, a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork. But apart from that we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a really fitting expression of many of René's [Pedersen] lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the process of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it's actually a message of hope and optimism we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so. (Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire how cool is that!?

On a serious note, though, we also felt that a simple, raw and iconic visual theme would support the musical direction of the new album. We feel that the songs are our strongest ever, they're no-bullshit, focused and straight to the point, and our good friend Don G really nailed these concepts with his artwork.

Finally, we have also been searching for a new logo for many years (also before the recent changes in line-up) but we never felt that we found a good enough alternative until now. With the direction of the new line-up and the new album, we not only felt that we had as good an occasion as any, but we also really liked the idea of a less polished, more raw logo which could reflect the changes in musical expression."

Metamorphosis tracklist:

01. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
02. The Follower
03. In A River Of Madness
04. Memoria
05. Velvet Lies
06. In Bloodred Shades
07. Shades Of Grey
08. On The Edge Of Sanity
09. The Black Brigade

Band profile: Mercenary
Posted: 19.01.2011 by White Winter Sun


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19.01.2011 - 22:06
I really like that cover and if it is connected to their music it's promising

Dreams are made so we don't get bored when we sleep
20.01.2011 - 00:43
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Same here, I quite like it.
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20.01.2011 - 05:09
I must say. I prefer the old Mercenary logo alot better, but still cool
"The bands called Demon Hunter! They hunt demons!"
20.01.2011 - 05:12
Also. I'm getting the feeling that the Mercs just want to be likr Hatesphere O.O
"The bands called Demon Hunter! They hunt demons!"
20.01.2011 - 09:56
With a lowercase c
Seems they want to stick with the white theme then. I also liked the old logo more. But I'm all in for a more raw sound.
It seems though, that with all the changes, they could just have changed the band name as well and start over completely. Sometimes that is the smart move for a band. Not only not to piss off old fans but to lay an old project to rest and be able to focus on new directions. I'm really curious how they'll perform the old songs on stage now. My first (new) Mercenary concert will be in may. I can't wait.

21.01.2011 - 01:19
I hate the new logo. the band had an established logo and now they just went and changed it as some sort of 'symbolic' gesture, trying to say, 'hey we're a new band now'. yeah geniuses, we know you fired half the band. we get it. whoopty do. thats no reason to abandon everything that you have already created.
i love the band and i'll give this new album a fair shot, but nobody can replace mikkel and his voice. the new singer isn't even close.
the artwork is pretty cool though. not the best but it's better than the new artillery.
who wants to start a pool and bet that by the next album, mikkel is back singing for this band?

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