Mercenary (album)

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Mercenary (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 November 1998
RecordedDecember 1997 - January 1998
StudioChapel Studios, Lincoln, England
GenreDeath metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerEwan Davis, Bolt Thrower
Bolt Thrower chronology
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Mercenary is the sixth album by the British death metal band Bolt Thrower. It was recorded at Chapel Studios, Lincoln, England, December 1997 to January 1998. The album was produced by Bolt Thrower and Ewan Davis. It was released on Metal Blade Records in 1998.

The cover painting is titled "Contact – Wait Out", which is also the first track on the next album, Honour – Valour – Pride.

"Powder Burns" is a continuation of the song "Embers" from The IVth Crusade, and leads into "The Killchain" on Those Once Loyal.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Bolt Thrower
2."Laid to Waste"4:40
3."Return from Chaos"5:04
5."To the Last ..."5:24
6."Powder Burns"4:46
7."Behind Enemy Lines"5:18
8."No Guts, No Glory"4:07
9."Sixth Chapter"5:40
10."Infiltrator ¹"4:47
Total length:46:40
¹ Bonus track on digipak and Japanese version. The digipak edition contains 25 tracks of which tracks 10 to 24 are short tracks of silence.


Bolt Thrower
Production & Miscellaneous Credits
  • Arranged by Bolt Thrower
  • Produced by Ewan Davies & Bolt Thrower
  • Recorded & Engineered by Ewan Davies, except "Powder Burns" (recorded & engineered by James Anderson)
  • Peter Archer – Front cover: sketch for "Contact – Wait Out"
  • Jan Meininghaus – Eye motif
  • Paul McHale – Chaos skull


  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. Mercenary review Retrieved on May 16, 2012.