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MANDRAGORA SCREAM
Madhouse

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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:

Vlad 1:58
Dark Lantern 4:17
Redeemer 4:35
Frail Midnight 4:33
Blight Thrills 3:47
Frozen Space 4:42
Haunted Heart 4:21
Silences 4:43
Omen Reveries 4:00
Ghost Of Swan 5:41
Lifeless Haze 5:04
Nightfall 6:10

Label: Lunatic Asylum Records

Format : Cd  Jewel Box

Band website: www.mandragorascream.com

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

2 recensioni per MANDRAGORA SCREAM
Madhouse

  1. From Truemetal: Presenti ormai da un decennio, i Mandragora Scream sono una band attiva in territori gothic dark di assoluta qualità e spessore, espressione atipica di una realtà musicale italiana che si rivela in grado di primeggiare anche in ambienti non del tutto consueti ed abitualmente frequentati dai musicisti di casa nostra.

    Essenzialmente orbitante attorno alla figura della carismatica singer Morgan Lacroix, responsabile di tutte le parti vocali (eseguite peraltro con un largo uso di differenti tonalità) e dei testi, il gruppo toscano è giunto con ‘Madhouse’ (edito ormai da qualche mese) al terzo capitolo di una carriera in ascesa continua, confermandosi tra le migliori rivelazioni del settore per capacità compositive e profondità, unite al servizio di una proposta davvero intrisa di umori goticheggianti raramente banali e del tutto genuini.
    Chiari riferimenti ai Cradle Of Filth sono lo spunto da cui la narrazione suole prendere vita, senza tuttavia ripercorrere in alcun modo le strade affini al black metal, preferendo piuttosto uno stile maggiormente personale e non derivativo che, sebbene non immune da qualche pecca e calo di tensione, ha il grande pregio di rendere riconoscibile ed immediato il trademark del combo tricolore.

    Le parti assestate sui canonici tempi medi sono senza dubbio i punti di maggiore forza, come evidente e conclamato in episodi quali ‘Dark Lantern’ , ‘Redeemer’ e ‘Haunted Heart’, pezzi di buona fattura che non lesinano in effetti “speciali” grazie al largo uso di effettistica orrorifica, cori gotico-gregoriani e suoni di contorno atti a ricreare la tipica atmosfera oscura e vampiresca di cui un rispettabile album del genere non può fare a meno.
    Sempre dello stesso tenore ma con qualche maggiore concessione all’appeal commerciale sono inoltre ‘Omen Reveries’, ‘Lifeless Haze’ e la bellissima ‘Nightfall’, mentre appare davvero difficile non richiamare alla mente i Dream Theater di ‘Space Dye Vest’ ascoltando ‘Frozen Space’, brano dove una atmosfera rarefatta e statica funge da contorno a spezzoni di dialogo e ad attimi parlati.

    Meno convincenti invece le situazioni maggiormente lente e cadenzate. Difficile in questi casi mantenere viva l’attenzione per l’intera durata delle tracce, che spesso si rivelano piuttosto appesantite e del tutto canoniche, pur risultando eseguite in modo encomiabile ed inappuntabile.

    Molto ben curata infine la produzione, profonda e definita in modo ottimale ed in grado di rendere brillante, calda e più che accettabile la qualità dei suoni delle varie canzoni presenti in scaletta.

    Riassumendo, competenza, idee interessanti, musica credibile e di buonissimo livello sono le qualità tutt’altro che trascurabili in dote a ‘Madhouse’, terza uscita di una band dal sicuro avvenire che non può lasciare indifferenti i tanti appassionati del gothic dark.

    Se il genere è di vostro gradimento e se già non avete provveduto a tempo debito, fateci tranquillamente un pensierino.

  2. From Metalstorm: The Italian gothic ensemble Mandragora Scream appeared with their third full-length try in 2006, both with a refreshed lineup and a refreshed style. Compared to the previous poetic albums Madhouse is more straightforward, this emerges already from the title of the release.

    The core elements of this band’s music, poetry, mysticism, vampires and fairies actually are still around on Madhouse but this time the music has developed new characteristics. The aggressiveness and power breaks in immediately after the introduction (shorter and simpler compared to the slow, ambient ones of the earlier albums). The style of the group on Madhouse has retained the atmospheric elements, the faint choirs from afar, the screams, groans and whispers but this time the overall approach is faster, catchier and more rock-power-oriented. The melodies are well composed and the instrumental side of the album has no weak points.

    The strong and expressive voices of Morgan Lacroix and Terry Horn lead the chariots to the battle with a considerable force. As already mentioned, the faster and aggressive attitude of the album also brings out the strength of the vocalists very well as they use harsher technique than before, having almost extreme metal vocals in the song “Dark Lantern”. However, their usual melodic clean singing continues to be more dominant. Morgan Lacroix is a lady with a distinguished voice and singing abilities which is one of the key factors of the band’s music and makes it special. Her and Terry Horn’s voices sound perfectly together. Out of all bands with female and male duets Mandragora Scream is surely one of the outstanding ones. As a side-note, the band retains their habit of using lines and clips from films in their songs. The last album featured Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen in their “LOTR” roles, this time Julia Roberts can be heard saying her lines in a scene taken from the film “Flatliners” that appears on the track “Ghost Of Swan”.

    The album is rather solid, one cannot find any really pointless fillers here because every song has something to say. In my opinion the best moments of the album occur in the songs “Frail Midnight”, where Terry shines as the lead vocalist accompanied by the haunting voice of Morgan, “Blight Thrills”, the main catchy hit of the release and “Lifeless Haze”, another powerful and catchy song. The emotionally most profound songs are “Frozen Space”, a passionate solo of Morgan made even more beautiful by a conversation between her and a child’s voice which may be understood as a dialogue between a mother and daughter about the secrets of the starry sky. The aforementioned “Ghost Of Swan” and the final track “Nightfall” are the other thoughtful and slower songs which bring forth the special feeling of the music.
    No other suggestions but, have crystal clear water turn into clouds of dreams in a cup of pastis or absinthe, sit back, relax and enjoy the music.

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