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Through Our Darkest Days - ( CD )

In 2013, Danish "melo-death" titans MERCENARY celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of their debut full-length with "Through Their Darkest Days." The title of the group's seventh album -- again produced with longtime collaborator Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Heaven Shall Burn) -- alludes to the trials and tribulations that the veteran group has endured, but as the old expression goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

According to the band, the album's cover art by Mircea Eftemie (Soilwork, Mnemic) "symbolizes a darkness that we have gone through as a band, which we feel that we have finally been able to put behind us." The title, meanwhile, "is meant very positively and thematizes both the journey through existential darkness as a general theme and the ability to break through it. The lyrical universe is very much about making the most of life and not getting caught up in negativity.”

Over the course of its career, MERCENARY has earned extensive acclaim for its juxtaposition of melody and melancholy, as well as its unique musical mixture of the progressive, power, death and thrash metal subgenres. The group -- which has twice performed at the annual ProgPower USA festival -- has toured their native continent extensively with the likes of Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, King Diamond, Death Angel and Symphony X, in addition to playing such prominent festivals as Wacken, Graspop and Dynamo.

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