BRUCE DICKINSON

(UNITED KINGDOM)

THE MANDRAKE PROJECT

(2024)
LABEL:

BMG

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Concept-album, Epic, Guitar-Hero, High-pitched vocals, Melancholic, Theatrical
"A top-class heavy/hard rock record, 'The Mandrake Project' allows Bruce Dickinson to move a little further away from the Iron Maiden sound."
NOISE (16.02.2024)  
5/5
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As time passed, the idea of Bruce Dickinson going solo again became a pipe dream. Even if he did mention releasing an album, his busy schedule with Iron Maiden left little hope of a follow-up to 'Tyranny Of Souls'. But the Englishman was tenacious and the miracle came with 'The Mandrake Project'. Revolving around magic and resurrection, the album was written in collaboration with Roy Z, Bruce Dickinson's faithful accomplice.

The melancholy atmosphere is immediately gripping, rediscovering the spirit that made 'The Chemical Wedding' so strong. 'Shadow Of The Gods' and 'Sonata (Immortal Beloved)' are two superb, convoluted pieces, full of emotion. Bruce Dickinson takes on the role of storyteller, singing in the poised manner of an actor. There's an ethereal quality to the music, underpinned by melodic, rousing solos that are full of feeling.

Beyond the dark aspects, there's a theatrical edge. 'Afterglow Of Ragnarok', 'Many Doors To Hell', 'Rain Of The Graves' and 'Eternity Has Failed' are direct and catchy. Bruce Dickinson doesn't force his voice and this hard rock register, not far removed from Alice Cooper, suits him perfectly. The keyboards take pride of place, the choruses are simple and effective and the epic side is very much present, while Roy Z delights with his touch on some pleasing virtuoso solos.

The melodic side is even stronger on 'Fingers In The Wounds' and 'Face In The Mirror', where acoustic and piano work wonders. Bruce Dickinson excels in this melancholy ballad register. The choruses are splendid, as are the chilling melodies.

With 'The Mandrake Project', Bruce Dickinson has produced a fine work worthy of the greatest moments of his solo career. Backed up by Roy Z, he cleverly moves away from the Iron Maiden sound to produce a cinematic Heavy/Hard Rock that's colourful and deliciously catchy.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Afterglow Of Ragnarok
02. Many Doors To Hell
03. Rain On The Graves
04. Resurrection Men
05. Fingers In The Wounds
06. Eternity Has Failed
07. Mistress Of Mercy
08. Face In The Mirror
09. Shadow Of The Gods
10. Sonata (Immortal Beloved)

LINEUP:
Bruce Dickinson: Chant
Dave Moreno: Batterie
Mistheria: Claviers
Roy Z: Guitares / Basse
   
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KINGEDDIE
03/03/2024
 
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Bel opus de Bruce ( ça rime !) Si on accepte le concept du "conteur" et son aspect cinématographique, c'est assez prenant...le morceau acoustique nous change un peu mais pour le final mieux vaut être familier avec le hard prog...donc belle réussite mais je pense que même si on est loin de Maiden, Bruce a conservé ses intonations et ses envolées lyriques qui ont fait son succès dans la Vierge de Fer...
LYNOTT
01/03/2024
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Quelle belle réussite que cet album blindé de mélodies tenaces, épiques et théâtrales. Quel divin conteur que ce Bruce, capable en solo de damer le pion à bien des productions de La Vierge de Fer !
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