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“Mandrake” by Edguy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “Mandrake”
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: 6/1/2002
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 8/10

EdGuy’s popularity and dominance in the Metal world has led AFM Records to re-issue their stand-out release of “Mandrake”. This was one of the highlights in EdGuys catalog and even thought it was originally released in 2001 it still sounds very fresh when compared to new material or even songs from their Power Metal peers. Listening to EdGuy music is always something fun and it shows you that this is a must see band in the concert sense. There is always a sense of energy and theatrics that come through your speakers when you play an EdGuy album. Tobias Sammet is a very interesting songwriter and front man as well for the strong melodic hooks and powerful vocal harmonies give the songs a very sing-along sense. If you have seen them perform you will agree that this goes over well in concert and if you have not you will find yourself singing a lot of these songs very quickly. Most of EdGuys material is standard length which is odd for Power Metal but the group handles longer tracks with relative ease as well. These particular songs don’t get boring and instead keep your interest level in the band on the high side. Tracks that surpass the 7 minute mark are “Tears Of A Mandrake” and “Pharoah” (which actually passes 10 minutes in length). Instant favorites when you listen will most likely be the “Mandrake” track and songs like “Fallen Angels” & “Save Us Now”. They all have among the most infectious choruses and make for some definite repeat listens on your CD Changer. The band makes it easier by including lyrics in the booklet which spans some 16 pages and also offers Discography and photos.
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