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Review: Mandrake - Mary Celeste
Mary Celeste

Label: Grau Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 59:09
Tracks: 13
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Mary Celeste

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

This quintet is a female fronted Gothic Metal ensemble that has on board two guitar players. Those are very prominent throughout the album and the heavy/crunchy guitar work associated with this genre is well represented. Harmonious female vocals, although not operatic or "princess"- like, suit the musical direction very well while being able to show a certain dramatic/intense side when the mood calls for it. Some vocal samplings and laughers give the composition a nice theatrical/narrative aspect but, with a title like "Mary Celeste", one would have expected something more epic. These good moments can be found in the first two songs ("Mary Celeste" and "Crystals of Forgiveness") and in a couple of other spots. Most of this album is aiming towards the generic Gothic style which includes keyboard passages (played by the drummer), male and female duet, sad/intense parts, and mid-fast paces. Tracks like "Masquerade", "Sweet Desolution" and "Paralyzed" are even catchy/radio friendly. On the other hand, "Breathe" ventures into much darker corners by using distorted arpeggios and those doom/crushing type of riffs.

Overall, a nice Gothic album but lacking a bit of an epic spice.

Track Listing:
  1. Mary Celeste
  2. Chrystals of Forgiveness
  3. Fragile
  4. Forgiven
  5. Adore
  6. Masquerade
  7. Sweet Desolution
  8. Moments (Touched By Time)
  9. Breathe
  10. Solace
  11. Life's Last Shore
  12. Borrowed Life
  13. Paralysed
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