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Remarkable melodic hard rock,

When I first received a copy of Mangoo’s ‘Neverland’, I had a look at the press release. Last sentence was telling me that this band’s sound is like ‘weird, proggy stoner rock, but with keyboards and gigantic pop hooks’. ‘Oh, no!’ I thought, because I tend to dislike keyboards in my rock, and gigantic pop hooks may end up too poppy for my taste. But then I listened to the album…

Mangoo is a Finnish band coming from Turku. Their first full-length album ‘Neolithic’ was released in 2009 with 7:45 Records. The newly released album was recorded and produced by the band itself, now signed to Small Stone. It’s five guys who don’t push their music into you violently. They let it flow with ease, giving you the feeling that they really enjoy what they’re doing. ‘Neverland’ is an interesting version of melodic rock with psychedelia and space metal. It’s a bit hard to define the sound… It’s a very unique combination of fuzzy guitars, weird noises, keyboards and hard drums. All this is generously mixed into an hour-long album that sounds truly amazing. You don’t even have to be a big fan of Foo Fighters, Rush, or Yes to appreciate this!

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It’s the heavy, the mellow, the jams and the hooks that make this original release a pleasure for ears. However, there are a few slightly disturbing songs like ‘Diamond In The Rough’, ‘You’, ‘Robot’ and Home. Still, these tracks are just one drop of distraction in an amazing sea of seriously good hard rock.

My favourite track on ‘Neverland’ is ‘Deathmint’ – the song that even got its own music video (a low-production cliché but funny). Heavy drums & basses, distorted guitars and strong vocals first give you the sweet psychedelic feeling, move you to the rhythm, make you swing slowly, and half-way through the song fill you up with power to scream, just to make you lay down again later, low, deep, motionless… “Shady lady, don’t wanna live without you; You play me, baby, play me in my sleep. Other notable euphonies are ‘Neverland’, ‘Lose Yourself’ and ‘Hooks’, but you may find your own favourites – there’s plenty to choose from.

Yes, there are synths on ‘Neverland’; and so are the poppy hooks. But they are served with elegance, measured precisely and carefully. Mangoo gives a taste of remarkable melodic hard rock. It’s nothing you’ve heard before. Don’t miss it!

Nage Drake

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