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“Unleashing the Sorcery: A Journey through Bruce Dickinson’s Mandrake Project”

Written By Sebastian Melmoth

In the vast landscape of heavy metal, there have been bands that have left an indelible mark such as as Iron Maiden. Emerging in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden quickly rose to prominence with their electrifying blend of galloping riffs, operatic vocals, and intricate storytelling. Led by the iconic Bruce Dickinson, the band became synonymous with the New Wave of the British Heavy Metal movement, captivating audiences around the world with their unparalleled energy and stage presence.

As Iron Maiden conquered arenas and cemented their status as metal legends, Bruce Dickinson’s soaring vocals and charismatic persona became the heart and soul of the band. Yet, amidst the thunderous applause and adoration of millions, Bruce embarked on a personal journey—one that would ultimately lead him to explore new musical horizons beyond the confines of Iron Maiden.

Driven by an insatiable hunger for creative expression, Bruce ventured into the realm of solo projects, each a testament to his boundless talent and artistic vision. And thus, the Mandrake Project was born—a bold exploration of sound and storytelling that pushes the boundaries of what metal can be.

Rooted in the legacy of Iron Maiden yet unafraid to chart its own course, the Mandrake Project represents the culmination of Bruce Dickinson’s musical evolution—a testament to his unwavering dedication to the craft and his relentless pursuit of musical innovation. So join us as we embark on this epic journey, where the spirit of Iron Maiden lives on, and Bruce Dickinson continues to push the boundaries of metal and beyond.

Step into the electrifying world of Bruce’s latest musical expedition, “The Mandrake Project,” where each track is a journey through the depths of metal mastery and experimentation.

Dive headfirst into the abyss with the haunting opener, “Afterglow of Ragnarok,” a metal symphony that will send shivers down your spine. From there, buckle up for the wild ride through “Many Doors to Hell,” a hard-rock anthem that channels the spirit of legends like Deep Purple and Iron Maiden.

But hold on tight as the tempo shifts with “Rain on the Graves,” a theatrical masterpiece inspired by the immortal words of William Blake. Witness Bruce’s vocal acrobatics as he effortlessly transitions from rap to operatic delivery, leaving you spellbound.

As the album unfolds, each track unveils a new layer of Bruce’s musical evolution. From the haunting melodies of “Resurrection Men” to the Middle Eastern-infused “Fingers in the Wounds,” prepare to be captivated at every turn.

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, Bruce delivers the gut-wrenching “Eternity HAS Failed,” a poignant reminder of his indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.

But it’s not all darkness and despair. Get ready to headbang with “Mistress of Mercy,” a high-octane anthem that will leave you craving more. And as the final notes of “Sonata (Immortal Beloved)” fade into the night, you’ll be left breathless, yearning for just one more ride on this aural rollercoaster.

The beauty of Bruce’s bold experimentation in a world saturated with imitation, “The Mandrake Project” stands as a beacon of creativity and innovation.

Strap on your protective head gear because Bruce isn’t just here to show us how it’s done—he’s here to redefine the very essence of metal itself. And at 65 years young, there’s no stopping him now.

Dickinson offered: “So, everybody, everybody on the planet who’s been going, ‘Oh my god. What’s this solo thing gonna be all about when it finally happens?’ Well, it’s finally happening. It’s called The Mandrake Project, and’ of course, it’s music. But, it’s also much, much, more. More than that, I’m not gonna reveal for now, ’cause it will become self-explanatory and self-evident as we go through and reveal more layers of the onion for you all.”

He continued: “We’ve been working on this since 2014, when it wasn’t called The Mandrake Project. And it’s had time to grow and mature. And, oh my God, has it ever. I think you will be really, really excited. And, I hope you love everything that we’ve created for you.”

“The Mandrake Project” track listing:

01. Afterglow Of Ragnarok (05:45)
02. Many Doors To Hell (04:48)
03. Rain On The Graves (05:05)
04. Resurrection Men (06:24)
05. Fingers In The Wounds (03:39)
06. Eternity Has Failed (06:59)
07. Mistress Of Mercy (05:08)
08. Face In The Mirror (04:08)
09. Shadow Of The Gods (07:02)
10. Sonata (Immortal Beloved) (09:51)

The Mandrake Project will be Dickinson‘s seventh solo album and his first since Tyranny Of Souls in 2005.

The Mandrake Project 2024 Tour Dates

15 April – The Observatory, Santa Ana, USA
18 April – Diana Theater, Guadalajara, MEXICO
20 April – Pepsi Theatre, Mexico City, MEXICO
24 April – Live Curitiba, Curitiba, BRAZIL
25 April – Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
27 April – Opera Hall, Brasilia, BRAZIL
28 April – Arena Hall, Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL
30 April – Qualistage, Rio De Janeiro, BRAZIL

2 May – Quinta Linda, Ribeirao Preto, BRAZIL
4 May – Vibra, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
16 May – The Halls, Wolverhampton, UK
18 May – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK
19 May – O2 Academy, Manchester, UK
21 May – Arena, Swansea, UK
23 May – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
24 May – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, UK
26 May – L’Olympia, Paris, FRANCE
28 May – 013, Tilburg, HOLLAND
29 May – De Oosterport, Groningen, HOLLAND

1 June – Barba Negra, Budapest, HUNGARY
3 June – Arenale Romane, Bucharest, ROMANIA
6 June – Mystic Festival, Gdansk, POLAND *
5-8 June – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN *
9 June – Rockefeller, Oslo, NORWAY
11 June – Grona Lund, Stockholm, SWEDEN
13 June – House Of Culture, Helsinki, FINLAND
14 June – Noblessner Foundry, Tallinn, ESTONIA
16 June – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, GERMANY
17 June – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, GERMANY
19 – 22 June – Copenhell, Copenhagen, DENMARK *
21 June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BELGIUM *
22 June – Summerside Festival, Grenchen, SWITZERLAND *
24 June – Zeltfestival Rhein-Neckar, Mannheim, GERMANY *
25 June – Circus Krone, Munich, GERMANY
26 – 29 June – Resurrection Festival, Galicia, SPAIN *
27 – 30 June – Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE *
30 June – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG

3-6 July – Rockharz Open Air, Ballenstedt, GERMANY *
5 July – Ippodrome Delle Capannelle, Rock In Roma, Rome, ITALY *
6 July – Bassano Del Grappa, Metal Park, Vincenza, ITALY *
9 July – Palladium, Koln, GERMANY
11 – 14 July – Masters Of Rock Festival, Vizovice, Czech Republic *+
13 July – Hala, Zagreb, CROATIA
16 July – Kolodrum Arena, Sofia, BULGARIA
19 July – Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul, TURKEY
21 July – Release, Athens, GREECE *

* – festival performance

Get links for tickets at TheMandrakeProject.com

Released By: BGM
Release Date: March 1st, 2024
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Band Members:
Bruce Dickinson / Vocals
Roy Z / Guitars
Dave Moreno / Drums
Mistheria / Keyboards

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