Mercenary
BOLT THROWER

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Album · 1998

Filed under Death Metal

Tracklist

1. Zeroed (5:46)
2. Laid to Waste (4:40)
3. Return From Chaos (5:04)
4. Mercenary (5:54)
5. To the Last... (5:24)
6. Powder Burns (4:46)
7. Behind Enemy Lines (5:18)
8. No Guts, No Glory (4:07)
9. Sixth Chapter (5:40)

Total Time: 46:43

Line-up/Musicians

- Karl Willetts / Vocals
- Gavin Ward / Guitars (rhythm)
- Baz Thomson / Guitars (lead), Guitars (rhythm)
- Jo Bench / Bass
- Alex Thomas / Drums

About this release

Metal Blade Records, November 10th, 1998

3984-14147-2

Recorded and Mixed at Chapel Studios, Lincoln, England, Dec. '97-Jan. '98.
Produced, Lyrics and Music by Bolt Thrower.

Limited edition digipak has 25 tracks, 10-24 are about 10 seconds of silence each. Track 25 Infiltrator 04:47.

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UMUR
"Mercenary" is the 6th full-length studio album by UK death metal act Bolt Thrower. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in November 1998. After releasing "...For Victory (1994)", lead vocalist Karl Willetts left Bolt Thrower, and the band recruited former Pestilence/Asphyx frontman Martin van Drunen as a replacement on the subsequent tour. Martin van Drunen did two European tours with Bolt Thrower before leaving the band in 1997. Willetts temporarily returned to record the vocals for "Mercenary", but left again after the recording sessions. For the subsequent tour he was replaced by former Benediction frontman Dave Ingram. The drummer position also saw changes before the recording of "Mercenary", as original drummer Andrew Whale decided to quit the band. He was first replaced by Martin Kearns who played with the band in the period between 1994 and 1997. Kearns was then replaced by Alex Thomas who plays the drums on "Mercenary".

Bearing in mind all those lineup changes and general unrest in the band, it´s amazing how consistent Bolt Thrower sound. From the first notes of "Mercenary" they sound unmistakably like themselves. Downtuned heavy riffing, war/battle themed lyrics/imagery and in front the brutal yet intelligible growling vocals by Karl Willetts. I sense a slightly more melodic approach than earlier, but this is by no means a melodic death metal album. This is old school and gritty to the core. The stoic/epic atmosphere of the last couple of albums is also intact and you can almost smell the gunpowder, the fires, and the blood of the battle field, and hear the screams of the wounded while listening to the album. I guess song titles like "Powder Burns", "Behind Enemy Lines" and "No Guts, No Glory" speak lourder than words. It´s at the same time stories of the horrors of war and the glory of battles won.

"Mercenary" is yet another great album in a long line of excellent releases by Bolt Thrower. The only issue I have with the album is that the sound production is weaker than the sound on "...For Victory (1994)", but it´s not a major issue. A 4 star (80%) is fully deserved.
Warthur
After the excellent For Victory, Bolt Thrower seemed to slow down the pace of their studio album releases, aiming for quality over quantity. (That is, in fact, why they haven't released an album since Those Once Loyal - they don't want to put out material they're not confident is their best yet.)

It's an approach I can respect - provided, of course, the quality is there in the first place, and as always Bolt Thrower can be counted on to deliver. Mercenary is an excellent death metal album in the style Bolt Thrower established on The IVth Crusade and For Victory; here and there the science fiction elements and nods to Warhammer 40,000 which were by and large absent from those two albums begin to creep back in, and indeed on the whole this one has a less sombre and funereal tone than For Victory, suggesting that this time around Bolt Thrower are out to have fun and rock out and sing about war - and few in death metal do it better.

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