Vocalist Mikkel Sandager of the Danish metallers MERCENARY has issued the following update:
"Today is quite a big day for me as I finished the final clean parts and did all of my screaming parts for the next MERCENARY album. The album has a title but that's not official yet.
"I think it is safe to say that this album will be somewhat harder and heavier than 'The Hours That Remain'. [Not just] because the music is more heavy but also because we have a powerhouse shouter/growler in René. I am telling you he's one mean guy!
"Now I am left with a somewhat strange feeling of the album beeing incomplete because it still needs all keyboards, bass and leads.
"Usually the vocals are the final thing to be recorded but we have done it a bit different this time.
"Oh, and I have not been tracking my vocals with Jacob Hansen this time. I have been doing it a bit closer to home with a very good old friend of ours. Casper Skafte is making a living as an independant sound engineer and you should sheck out his website at: www.skafterecordings.dk.
"Although it has been somewhat strange to me not to be in the usual surroundings, we have had a great time and Skafte is truely gifted in making vocal arrangements (I swear some even sound classical on this album).
"This album will be dark my friends so brace yourselves! But even though it will be black, it will have endless melodies that you will never forget (if you could only figure out the hints in this last sentence...)"
MERCENARY's "My World Is Ending" clip can be viewed below. The track comes off the group's latest CD, "The Hours That Remain", which came out last year via Century Media.
"The Hours That Remain" entered the national album chart in Denmark at position No. 67. The follow-up to 2004's "11 Dreams" was produced by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, COMMUNIC, MAROON, HATESPHERE) and features artwork by Travis Smith (DEATH, KATATONIA, OPETH). Guest musicians on the CD include SOILWORK's Björn "Speed" Strid and HEAVEN SHALL BURN's Marcus Bischoff.