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MANDRAGORA SCREAM
Fairy Tales from the hell’s caves

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Formed in 1997 by singer and front-woman Morgan Lacroix. In 1999, Lacroix recorded a demo album, with four songs.

In 2000, Lacroix was introduced to singer, guitarist and composer Terry Horn. The result of this artistic union was the debut album Fairy Tales from Hell’s Caves, distributed in 2001 by German independent label Nuclear Blast/Capiranha records. A German critic delivered two positive reviews, calling the style melodic “gothic rock” in Sonic Seducer[1] and “gothic metal” in Metal Hammer,[2] respectively. According to the band, “Fairy Tales is definitely a concept album: a trip throughout the Dantean Hell, tormented by passion, anguish and insanity, where the character of Virgil is surprisingly replaced by an unusual bewitching vampire fairy.”[3]

In 2002, Mandragora Scream released their second album A Whisper of Dew, distributed by Nuclear Blast. Once again a concept album, centred on a vampire story specifically written for the band by Julio Angel Olivares Merino, horror-gothic literature writer and teacher of English Philosophy at the Spanish University of Jaén. Drawing inspiration from this tale, Lacroix composed the entire album lyrics.[4]

Madhouse and Volturna

“Madhouse” is the third album, published in the year 2006, by Lunatic Asylum Records.

In January 2007 they published a new CD/DVD called Dragonfly, which includes 2 videos from the album Madhouse (“Dark Lantern”, “Blight Thrills”) and 2 remasterized tracks plus 1 new song (”Dark Lantern Remix”, “Spiritual Leadin”, “Lunatic Asylum”) and in March 2007 a single track called “Jeanne D’Arc” by Lunatic Asylum Records. But They released it DVD on April 2008 with the album Madhouse and the single track “Jeanne D’Arc” with a bonus video, a new acoustic song.

Mandragora Scream’s fourth album, Volturna, was released in November 2009.[needs update] It comprised 15 tracks including two covers: “Bang Bang” and “Fade to Grey”. A European tour was announced that included support acts from Christian Death and The 69 Eyes.

 

Descrizione

Mandragora Scream is an Italian gothic metal band, Female fronted by the Singer Morgan Lacroix

Tracklist:

Fairy 3:12
The Tree Of Spells 5:58
Five Tear Drops 5:13
Brain Storm 4:51
Cryin’ Clouds 4:29
Angel Dust 6:01
Little Zombies 4:57
Child Of The Moon 3:34
Starquake 5:18
Fairytales From Hell’s Cave (Eva’s Stardust) 6:36

Label:  Caipiranha Records

Format : Cd  Jewel Box

Band website: www.mandragorascream.com

Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MandragorAScreaMOfficial/

2 recensioni per MANDRAGORA SCREAM
Fairy Tales from the hell’s caves

  1. From Metalstorm: Mandragora Scream is an Italian gothic band from Tuscany. Their story began with the singer Morgan Lacroix who was inspired by Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. So the band created their first album “Fairy Tales From Hell’s Caves”. One doesn’t have to have read Dante in order to understand that album, the music speaks for itself well enough. The album, as it has been stated, pictures a journey through a place that more or less resembles hell. When Dante was accompanied in hell by Virgil and met his muse Beatrice then here we only have one guide, Morgan Lacroix, who represents the character of a vampiric fairy. Imagine yourself being lured to take a step through a door – dare to do that and the door has already slammed shut behind your back. Now you hear the clanking of metal chains pulling the iron gates open and the screams from the flames somewhere down below will overwhelm you.

    Thus begins the musical experience that the album is. This work has many qualities and is a fine introduction to the band’s discography. The album balances the softness and the aggressiveness of the music very well both in the tracklist order as well as inside the songs themselves. The style pays homage both to earlier gothic groups such as Christian Death and also has some allusions to Italian power metal. The real heart of this band is the voice of Morgan Lacroix. It is dark and passionate, very low, sometimes even resembling a male voice, so that it becomes quite a task to decide whether it’s Morgan or the male vocalist Terry Horn singing. Morgan’s voice gives the music it’s quality. Her vocal technique could also teach a lesson to some people who think that gothic metal is only centered around a light and/or operatic lyrical voice. Out of all the songs on this album, “The Time Of Spells”, “Five Tear Drops” and “Little Zombies” would be worth extra mentioning. All of them have both aggression and mild attitude in them. “Starquake” and the title track are fine songs with a dreamy atmosphere and “Child Of The Moon” is a passionate duet of Morgan and Terry. Many songs of the band use voiceovers and film-like sound effects. These can generally either add atmosphere to the music or become annoying. In Mandragora Scream’s case they are essential to make the music even more thrilling. The band even dares to take sound clips from different films and add them to the appropriate songs as voiceovers.

    If you stay with Morgan’s voice til the end of this album you’ll finally leave the caves of hell, fly through the skies, between the stars and then you’re left in silence to contemplate on thoughts this album might have provoked. In the very end you’ll hear the sound of a small waterfall, the farewell chant of the fairy who lead you and the cries of a small child probably forebode the start of something new and better. The journey ends in a garden of paradise.

  2. From Metalitalia: Ascoltando Fairy Tales From Hell’s Caves potrà capitarvi di sentirvi catapultati in un limbo magico, fatto di nebbie ancestrali e melodie ammalianti, sensuali come la voce di una sirena, sospesi in un vuoto cosmico in cui la sensazione di non essere affatto soli si tramuterà presto in certezza man mano che le note del disco si faranno strada nella vostra mente e nel vostro cuore, devo dire che non mi capitava di sentirmi così dai tempi dei Goblin. Il rischio di restare affascinati, o meglio ancora, letteralmente stregati, dalla voce di Morgan Lacroix, anima e front woman della band, è uno dei motivi che mi spinge ad invitarvi a gettarvi a capofitto nei dieci gironi infernali che compongono il disco di debutto di questi Mandragora Scream, una voce calda, ma al tempo stesso ipnotica, che saprà condurvi nel viaggio mistico dello spirito di un vampiro, attraverso la follia, le sofferenze e i martiri dell’inferno dantesco, principale fonte di ispirazione di quest’opera. L’architettura ritmica, su cui nasce e si sviluppa il sound del sestetto in questione, è un’efficace alchimia di rock progressivo, a tratti moderno, e atmosfere dense, oscure, cariche di pathos, spesso angoscianti e malinconiche come il canto disperato di una banshee. Fondata nel 1997 da un’idea della stessa Morgan, la band ha precedentemente all’attivo un solo demo cd intitolato “Promo Track 99”, risalente appunto al 1999. Per la realizzazione di Fairy Tales From Hell’s Caves sono stati reclutati altri cinque elementi, tra i quali il chitarrista Terry Horn, che è anche il principale compositore e arrangiatore della musica dei Mandragora Scream, il batterista Jeff Brian Palmitteri e il tastierista Jack Lowell Halleyn entrato nella band nel Marzo scorso per completare la formazione con le sue atmosfere magiche quasi cinematografiche. Brani come “The Time of Spells”, una song romantica ma allo stesso tempo aggressiva con uno sguardo all’hard rock di matrice Zeppeliniana, oppure “Little Zombies” che potrebbe tranquillamente far parte della colonna sonora di un horror dei primi anni 80, vi faranno vivere sensazioni inaspettate, come la bellissima “Child Of The Moon” o “Brain Storm” dove la voce di Morgan assume toni più cupi e misteriosi per poi deliziarci con un chorus melodico che mi ha fatto venire in mente la grandissima Cher (forse anche per merito dell’effetto utilizzato). Se ne avete il coraggio, fatevi trascinare negli oscuri meandri degli inferi da questi signori delle tenebre, ma soprattutto lasciatevi incantare dalla musica dei Mandragora Scream.

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