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Review: Mercenary - 11 Dreams
11 Dreams

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2004
Duration: 61:44
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Review online: February 2, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
11 Dreams

Rated 4.05/5 (81%) (20 Votes)

Denmark's Mercenary are a new addition to the Century Media roster as part of their wave of genre transcending bands. In truth, the music here cannot exactly be classified as melodic death metal. This is as much melodeath as bands like Into Eternity or Disarmonia Mundi are. There is a lot of crossover and use of clean vocals mixed with death growls and rasps. In Mercenary's case, the choruses immediately shift into slower, more melodic and clean passages as opposed to the aggressive and harsh vocals of the verses; much like the aforementioned bands.

The song titles might sound a little silly ("ReDestructDead", "Supremacy V 2.0" and "Music Non-Stop" for example) but the quality of music on "11 Dreams" is exceptionally high. The tempo changes and vocal shifts sound amazing, even though the shifts to the really melodic passages might be little difficult to digest for some, but it should come as no surprise to any if the above mentioned bands have interested you in the past. This flows from the same school, only more mid-tempo. The use of keyboards is done very nicely as well and the band does not feel the need to shove as much keyboards as possible in there. They accent the music perfectly and behave precisely the way they should.

The US version I have also features two bonus tracks – both slightly different versions of the title cut. Something like an added incentive I guess. Cover art looks good, and I think I shouldn't even have to point out who the artist behind it is. Niklas Sundin's (Dark Tranquillity) patented style is presented on the cover which is actually quite reminding of the cover he did for Enforsaken's new album. Very similar.

"11 Dreams" is an instant hit for fans of melodeath and its experimental variants and have set a good standard of comparison for future releases this year. Not quite as good as the new Dark Tranquillity, but damn close indeed. This one hits the shelves in February…start lining up boys!

Additional Information

The version reviewed here is the US version (released in 2005) with two bonus tracks:

  1. 11 Dreams (3-D Mix)
  2. 11 Dreams (Radio Edit)

Total album duration: 72:22

Other related information on the site
Review: 11 Dreams (reviewed by Christopher Foley)
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