Mangog Awakens

1. Time Is a Prison
2. Meld
3. Ab Intra
4. Of Your Deceit
5. Into Infamy
6. Modern Day Concubine
7. A Tongue Full of Lies
8. Daydreams Within Nightmares
9. Eyes Wide Shut

Darby Cox - Bass
Bert Hall, Jr. - Guitars, Vocals
Myke Wells - Vocals
Mike Rix - Drums



Artondra Hall - Photography
Jason Blevins - Mixing (tracks 1, 5), Recording (tracks 1, 2, 5)
Mike Franklin - Mixing (tracks 1, 5), Recording (tracks 1, 2, 5)
Mike Engel - Mixing (tracks 2, 6, 7, 9), Recording (tracks 6, 7, 9)
Drew Mazurek - Mixing, Recording (tracks 3, 4, 8), Mastering
Clyde Rix - Graphics
Bert Hall, Jr. - Layout
Mike Rix - Layout

Released 2017-01-09
Reviewed 2017-01-14


argonauta records

Mangog Awakens, that sounds a bit menacing and if the Mangog is the guy on the cover art it would probably cause some nightmares for some – to me the guys in front of the big strange dark figure is more nightmarish but I am just different. Then again, I am not the one having daydreams within nightmares. So, what about the album then? It is the debut of this American quartet made up of guys having a strong experience from past associations.

So what is it that is awakening then? A doomy album with powerful, dark, doomy music and things like that is what we are getting when we awaken to the sound of Mangog – which I sort of did today. They offer lots of power and heaviness in their music; the songs are relatively varied and have a nice powerful feel to them. I really like the sound of this album and think that is a recipe for a strong album.

And it is good, no question about that – an album with a sound like that can’t really be bad. But it isn’t great either, it has one great song while the rest of them are somewhere around ordinary and I find myself thinking this is a good but ultimately rather indifferent album with one exception. The track Daydreams Within Nightmares is a great track and the highlight of this album, I like that one and had the rest of the album been up to that level it would have been a great album – just like their sound could have indicated.

But in the end I think that they are just awakening and they are still somewhat asleep and if they do it this well when they are half-asleep, how great will it be if they actually are awake the next time? It is with that final question I place this one in the archive.





Label: Argonauta Records
Three similar bands: Iron Man/Revelation/Against Nature

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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