Through Our Darkest Days

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Through Our Darkest Days
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Studio album by
ReleasedEurope July 26, 2013
U.S. July 30, 2013
StudioHansen Studios, Denmark [1]
Label Europe NoiseArt Records
U.S. Prosthetic Records
Producer Jacob Hansen
Mercenary chronology
Through Our Darkest Days

Through Our Darkest Days is the seventh studio album by the Danish melodic death metal band Mercenary. The album features the band's newest drummer Peter Mathiesen who joined the band as a regular member in 2012 after performing more than 50 shows with them. [2] For the first time the cover artwork was done by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie the guitarist of the Danish metal band Mnemic. René comments: “The cover artwork portraits a dark atmosphere, symbolizing the darkness that surrounds us everyday. But in darkness there is always a light, which in this case is symbolized by a burning candle, and the figure that holds its eyes in its hands, showing a piece of the world as seen through our eyes." [3]

Denmark Constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

Melodic death metal is a subgenre of death metal that employs highly melodic guitar riffs, often borrowing from traditional heavy metal. The style originated and developed in Sweden and the United Kingdom around 1993. The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularise the style, soon centering in the "Gothenburg metal” scene.

Mercenary (band) metal band from Denmark

Mercenary are an extreme metal band from Denmark, that was formed in 1991. The band incorporates a lot of power and progressive elements in their songwriting.


Many of the fans say that it's a solid album which reminds them of The Hours that Remain album after being disappointed with the band because of Metamorphosis . One of the reviews on Sputnikmusic comments that "Mercenary successfully steered back in the right path, away from the vicious Metamorphosis they have gone through." [4]

<i>The Hours that Remain</i> album by Mercenary

The Hours That Remain is the fourth album released by the band Mercenary, but the second through Century Media Records. This is the first album to not include founding member Henrik "Kral" Andersen. The album blends heavy, progressive, and melodic death metal, with almost all the vocals being clean ones. This was due to the absence of a dedicated growling vocalist, which Mercenary has otherwise employed. Growled vocals would return with Architect of Lies.

<i>Metamorphosis</i> (Mercenary album) 2011 studio album by Mercenary

Metamorphosis is the sixth studio album by the Danish melodic death metal band Mercenary. This is the first album, except for their debut, First Breath, not to include the Sandager brothers, Mikkel on clean vocals and Morten on keyboards and Mike Park on drums since 11 Dreams. This is also the first album to feature Morten Løwe on drums. It was released on February 25, 2011, under the label Napalm Records. The US version was released on March 29 under the label Prosthetic Records, and will include one bonus track. The song "The Follower" was released on the band's YouTube channel on December 23, 2010, and the song "In a River of Madness" was released for streaming on the band's Facebook page on February 8, 2011. On February 14, the whole album was released for streaming on the Metal Hammer Germany website.

Sputnikmusic is a music community website offering music criticism and music news alongside features commonly associated with wiki-style websites. The format of the website is unusual in that it includes both professional and amateur content, distinguishing it from professionally written music websites such as Pitchfork Media and Tiny Mix Tapes, as well as collecting and presenting a wiki-style metadata database in a manner comparable to Rate Your Music and Discogs.

Track list

All composed by Mercenary.

  1. "A New Dawn" – 5:15
  2. "Welcome The Sickness" – 5:18
  3. "Through Our Darkest Days" – 4:39
  4. "Dreamstate Machine" – 5:34
  5. "A Moment Of Clarity" – 5:02
  6. "Beyond This Night" – 5:45
  7. "Starving Eyes" – 5:14
  8. "Generation Hate" – 4:50
  9. "Forever The Unknown" – 6:31 [5]
  10. "Holding On To Serenity" (bonus track) – 5:06


Band members

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.

Lead guitar is a musical part for a guitar in which the guitarist plays melody lines, instrumental fill passages, guitar solos, and occasionally, some riffs within a song structure. The lead is the featured guitar, which usually plays single-note-based lines or double-stops. In rock, heavy metal, blues, jazz, punk, fusion, some pop, and other music styles, lead guitar lines are usually supported by a second guitarist who plays rhythm guitar, which consists of accompaniment chords and riffs.


Additional credits

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