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info opinion


"Full Bloom" CDR EP


Genres: psychedelic hard rock, hard rock, psychedelia

227 Pine Tree Ln.
Norman, OK 73072

Nov 17 - 23 2003

I got a lot more from Mandragora's Full Bloom EP than I thought I would.  Looking at the cover and the comically ridiculous band photo, I was expecting some sort of terrible industrial / metal knock-off.  What I got, instead, was a unique brand of vintage psychedelic hard rock.

The disappointingly short five-song EP starts off with the Iron Maiden-meets-Pebbles rocker "Fixed Up High."  Its dark metal melody is complemented nicely by some acid rock-esque effects and performance.  The EP's best song, "Seeds In My Skin," meanwhile, is a remarkably infectious number.  Its sixties, acid-drenched melody is only enhanced by the band's Strawberry Alarm Clock-esque organ; Mandragora's hard rock leanings only perfect the tune's terrific sound.

Mandragora's music is catchy and lots of fun.  While the recording quality isn't great on the Full Bloom EP, they seem to have the musical talent necessary to really rock out.  Those interested should definitely check them out live, although mp3s are available on their website and their debut album is coming out later this year.  Overall, this EP is the first release from an exciting new band.  Be aware.


Fun Fact: "Mandragora" is actually another name for mandrake, a Mediterranean herb with a root that can be used as an aphrodisiac.  It is also common in occult circles and is used in many black magic practices.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]