of all I want to thank you for accepting to answer my questions for
That was really kind of you.
there! First of all I would like to salute this great zine for
taking the time and interest in Mercenary. My name is Mikkel Sandager, I
the second vocalist of Mercenary. On a further note I would like to add
today is March 11th and we are pretty exited about the release of
1.Congratulations for your new album “Everblack”. Introduce
band. Tell us the latest news from the band.
Mercenary is one of the top acts to emerge from Denmark ever. We are
a kind of metal hybrid with roots in different genres. Both Death Metal
the more melodic genres. Intertwined it creates a perfect symmetry of
brutality and softness. The latest news from the band would be that we
recently hired a new drummer who will be touring with us this summer. He
a real powerhouse and he has added a fresh breath to the band I think.
name is Mike by the way!
us about the musical background of each of the members of Mercenary.
As I said in question 1 we all come from different musical
environments where Kral, Jacob, Mike and Signar are the ones with the
brutality in their veins and me and my brother (Morten Sandager) are the
soft bodied ones. We have all been playing music for many many many
and have all had a fair amount of experience in different fields.
title of your new album is “Everblack”. I think that’s a little
title. Who’s idea was to give such a title to the album. Do you
that all the things around us are black and there’s no need to try
Well the title for the album is actually not a reference to everyday
life (or death ha! Ha!). It is a reference to the tracks on the album.
they were done we thought that they where all really cool and had a sort
evergreen feel to them. But you cannot call a Brutal album
you! He he. Hence the title “Everblack”. And to answer the last part
question; No! we don’t think that things in life are black and
There are a lot of good things in life and there are things that suck!
would you characterize your music style? Do you prefer only the clean
or the brutal ones, or both of them?
I feel that they interact with each other in a very nice way and I feel
the contrast between the two types of vocals is what sets Mercenary
apart from a lot of other bands. So I wouldn’t prefer just one from
you think that having two singers in the band makes you different from
bands? Maybe in the future will be only one singer or you will always
brutal vocals in your songs?
I don’t think we will ever be a one singer band. In regards to which
type of vocals will be the dominant one is more or less up to the songs
write. We are not locked in a certain direction and are therefore not
in a certain vocal-style. And yes! I think that this is what sets
apart from other bands in the genre!
do the lyrics talk about? Can you give me some more informations
the song that you like most from this album?
All of the lyrics are pieces of everyday life, a certain mood or
feeling. I am not in a position to discuss the lyrics or to tell
what they are about. Partly because I didn’t write them (Kral did) and
partly because it should be up to the people that listen to our music to
discover what they mean to them. There is not a singular point behind
specific lyric so this question is a little hard to answer. Hope you
understand my point.
personal favourite varies from time to time but at this exact time I
have to say “Rescue Me”.
now we go on with the “Weird Questions”!!!…..If you were dating
beautiful woman and you knew that she hates extreme music and you were
a loft at evening with a beautiful view …which 5 songs would you
play to make her feel comfortable, to break the ice…and why?
Ha ha … nice one! Well I like a lot of different music, but in this
particular case I think I would choose something like “Sting” or
some classical music like Mozart or Tschaikowsky…I like those two a
it would never work out because my life is so full of more or less
music and she would go mental if she was dating me!
you remember an album that you have bought and when you heard it you
you never had bought it and you wanted to play Frisbee with it?
I recently bought the new Dream Theater album and as the long time
hardcore fan that I was I bought the thing without listening to it. I
sell the album very cheaply if any one wanted to buy it from me now!
you had to go in a place far beyond civilization and you are allowed to
with you only 5 albums, which ones would you choose and why?
1.Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – I'm a huge Maiden fan.
2.Iron Maiden – Life after Death – I'm a huge Maiden fan.
3.Bruce Dickinson – Scream for me Brazil – The coolest live album around.
4.Fates Warning – Disconnected – These guys rock for real!
5.Mercenary – Everblack – ha ha ha! I'm on it!
very much for the interview I wish the best for Mercenary. Add
anything you want for the end.
Thanks very much for your time and I hope to see you sometime soon on