Thanks to their riveting catalogue of alternative hard rock, Mandrake's Monster has already made a name for themselves across Europe. Now, with a self-titled debut album under their belt, their sights are firmly set on the limelight. Inspired by the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, the five-piece creates a raucous fusion of military beats, electric riffs and sturdy bass worthy of their Marvel-inspired name.
Comprised of guitarists Alex Freise and Peter Muller, bassist Sem Christoffel, drummer Mart Nijen Es and vocalist Martin Duve, Mandrake's Monster is based in Enschede, the Netherlands, having met and formed at university in early 2012. Their love affair with cutting hard rock and blistering alternative music started earlier on, however. Steeped in the kinds of metaphorical and galvanizing imagery that make the rock scene so fun, Mandrake's Monster wishes to trigger the emotions stirred by their heroes, invoking a "stunning and warm feeling, full of energy that, at the same time, makes you shiver to your bones." This fusion of dark fantasy meets audible clarity often results in layer upon layer of guitar battering an incredibly intricate melody. Mandrake's Monster aims to create a night their fans will never forget.