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Mercenary - Bolt Thrower

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Bolt Thrower / Audio CD released 2007-01-01 at METALBLADE

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      01.04.2008 13:30
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      Bolt Thrower's sixth album (1998).

      'Mercenary' is the most difficult album in the Bolt Thrower discography, receiving belated release during a turbulent period of line-up changes, firings and walk-outs that unfortunately added no greater intensity to the battle-torn music itself. Although it's not a bad album by the standards of the death metal genre, it is significantly lacking the elements that made the earlier releases interesting, and the muddy production doesn't help in overcoming the feeling that these overlong songs are merely scraping along without incident.

      There are still a few nice touches to keep certain songs distinct, most evident in the melodic guitar lines of 'Powder Burns' that take the band in a temporary new direction, but for the most part this has the same problems of tedium as '...For Victory,' only magnified. Alex Thomas' drums provide a dull backdrop, and even Karl Willetts' growls are less passionate than usual, perhaps explainable by his decision to leave the band only to return some time after the recording to provide the dub. The title song itself perhaps represents the nadir of Bolt Thrower's career, almost infuriatingly slow and lacking in energy, and overall this is an album best avoided by all but the die-hard fans.

      1. Zeroed
      2. Laid to Waste
      3. Return From Chaos
      4. Mercenary
      5. To the Last
      6. Powder Burns
      7. Behind Enemy Lines
      8. No Guts, No Glory
      9. Sixth Chapter

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Zeroed
    2 Laid To Waste
    3 Return From Chaos
    4 Mercenary
    5 To The Last...
    6 Powder Burns
    7 Behind Enemy Lines
    8 No Guts No Glory
    9 Sixth Chapte