woensdag 3 juni 2015

Mandrake’s Monster – Regrets

Mandrake’s Monster – Regrets
Face to Face Records/Self released – 2015
Rock, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

They hail from Enschede, Netherlands. You know, that city that was partially destroyed by an explosion in the fireworks factory back in 2000. But on their first full-sized album Regrets by Dutch quintet Mandrake’s Monster there is little destruction but a lot of rocking. Ten fine songs that meander between alternative rock, stonerpop and something hard and heavy. With impressive tours through Germany and Poland the Dutch formation finally thinks it’s time to conquer their home country. And with their debut record in hand they sure have something to show for. Cause their sound evokes memories of Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age and classic hardrock bands. That might be due to the fact that the rhythm section also rocks out with Adje Vandenberg in his Vandenberg’s Moonkings. They opt for the big gestures on many occasion and seem to prepare themselves for huge stadiums and massive arenas. I’m sure they have no regrets by now, cause with a highly American sound, Mandrake’s Monster will not only turn on their home country, but the rest of the world as well…

(Written by JK)

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