Label: Iron Glory Records - IG 1009 • Format: CD Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered Digipak • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Beginning inthe early years of Manilla Road were spent playing mostly progressive rock and space rock but eventually became noticeably heavier with time, the band's later heavy metal sound becoming more and more apparent with the release of Metal in Achieving moderate success in the mids with several well-received releases such as Crystal LogicOpen the Gates and The Delugethe band became known for both the nasal voice of vocalist Mark Shelton and his eclectic style of songwriting, with many of his compositions taking place in fantastical universes combining elements of ancient mythologies and of popular culture mythos such as Robert E.
Howard's Conan and H. Lovecraft's Cthulhu. After a major breakup inthe band was reformed by Shelton in the mids, although without co-founder Scott Park and a record label. The following years for Manilla Road were spent mostly by taking gigs in underground mid-western shows without the release of any new material.
Seemingly forgotten, Manilla Road was re-discovered by the metal scene after performing at the Bang Your Head festival in which resulted in the band signing a new record deal and the eventual releases of Atlantis Rising in  and Spiral Castle in Manilla Road was created by guitarist and vocalist Mark Shelton in  along with fellow room mates Scott Park at the bass and Benny Munkirs at the drums.
After playing in local bars around Wichitathe group first gained attention with their song "Herman Hill", inspired by the Herman Hill riot. Following an accident that took the life of the Manilla Road - Crystal Logic head sound and light engineer, drummer Benny Munkirs decided to abandon his music career and was replaced by Myles Sype.
The band then proceeded to record a three-songs demo in titled Manilla Road Underground Balen - Youp van t Hek Met Cabaret Nar - Romantiek Met Mayonaise, which around a hundred copies on cassette were distributed to local radio stations and simply anyone who would listen.
Unhappy with Sype's drumming, the rest of the band found a replacement in Rick Fisher, a high school friend of Shelton. It was with this early line-up that Manilla Manilla Road - Crystal Logic released their first studio album Invasion in on the band's own label, Roadster Records.
Between this time and their Manilla Road - Crystal Logic release the band recorded material in for an album to be tentatively titled Dreams Of Eschatonhowever this was not released Two Of Us - Supertramp - MP3 by Monster Records under the name Mark of the Beast as Shelton was not happy with the sound.
Shelton has since been quoted as saying the music was "not metal enough" and "sounded like shit". Despite this, Mark of the Beast was Manilla Road - Crystal Logic well-received when it was eventually released. Together with Invasionthese early albums have more in common with progressive rock Manilla Road - Crystal Logic space rock than the band's later heavy metal sound.
The next studio album was Metal inwhich began to Behind The Planets - Anonymous Dream - Brilliant & Dangerous the future musical direction of Manilla Road.
Their "classic" sound was truly solidified with the release of Crystal Logic in Despite the success of Crystal Logicdrummer Rick Fisher didn't felt at ease with the way the band was evolving musically. With Fisher agreeing Manilla Road - Crystal Logic step down, a more thrash metal-oriented drummer in Randy Foxe was brought in. This second line-up would stay together for the next five Manilla Road studio albums along with a live release, Roadkillin Along with Crystal Logicthe new line-up's first two albums, Open the Gates and The Deluge are generally considered to be classics in the field of early epic heavy metal.
Lyrics began to feature more and more of Shelton's recurrent allusions to fantastic elements from Norse mythology, Arthurian legend and other literary sources. The Open the Gates studio album in was the Manilla Road - Crystal Logic one to receive significant promotion from the start due to the efforts of their new label Black Dragon.
According to an interview done by Mark Shelton intens of thousand of copies were sold in the first months following the release. Their next studio album, The Deluge infollowed up on that success.
While commercial success never was a main goal for Shelton, the band's popularity in Europe at the time reached a career peak. The release of Mystification in coincided with the beginning of long-term financial troubles for Black Dragon Records in Europe, who soon after lost their distribution partners in both North America and Europe. Marketing malpractices Manilla Road - Crystal Logic Black Dragon also resulted in several bands signed under them getting blacklisted by distributors in North America.
Problems also began to surface for Manilla Road as Mystification suffered from exceptionally poor production quality, a result from the substandard equipment used at a new studio the band hoped would improve their sound. Modern re-issues of the album have since fixed this problem to a large extent.
After Mystification came Out of the Abyss in The album was initially released by American label Leviathan Records David Chastain's instead of Black Dragon due to their distribution issues. Selling significantly better than Mystificationthe album nevertheless was criticized at the time for its overt- thrash metal influences but has since become more appreciated by the band's present day audience.
The next studio album, The Courts of Chaoswas released in The release of Manilla Road - Crystal Logic album was unusual in that it was done by both Black Dragon Wat Doet Er Dan Zo Zeer - Van Dik Hout - Alles Wat Naar Boven Drijft, for the European market, and Leviathan Records, for the North American market.
The album featured a more "classical" Manilla Road sound and was therefore better received by critics at the time. One point of contention was the use of programmed drum samples by drummer Randy Foxe during production. Inpersonal tensions in the band while touring were beginning to surface, particularly between Foxe and Park.
Combined with the recent distribution issues in North America, the band members decided to take a hiatus and go their separate ways.
Despite never having been intended to be a Manilla Road project due to the lack of musical coherence with the previous releases, the album was nevertheless released in under the name "Manilla Road" in Europe at Black Dragon's insistence, a move that created great upset to Mark Shelton and the other two members Manilla Road - Crystal Logic Manilla Road, Randy Foxe and Scott Park. Together with the bad reception of the album by critics and fans alike, the incident convinced Shelton to go on a recording hiatus that would last for nearly a decade.
Shelton continued to do live gigs with the other two members of Circus Maximus until the group disbanded in He soon after decided to reform Manilla Road along with Randy Foxe at the drums and Harvey Patrick at the bass, who was the brother of the band's road manager Bryan Patrick. Unable to attract any attention for a record deal and refusing to do anymore business with Black Dragon Records, the band was reduced to perform at local shows for several years in relative obscurity.
This reformation period for Manilla Road also had its first line-up change with Harvey Patrick leaving the band and Mark Anderson taking his place at the bass. Manilla Road - Crystal Logic period of uncertainty continued up until to the year when the band was invited to perform at the Bang Your Head!!! Sensing an opportunity they couldn't afford to pass up, Shelton agreed and booked the festival but was forced to replace Randy Foxe at the drums with Troy Olson when the former notified Shelton that he wouldn't Manilla Road - Crystal Logic able to attend.
The show in Germany was a huge morale booster for the band, with many European fans coming to show their support for Manilla Road despite years Manilla Road - Crystal Logic seeming inactivity.
It was also while the band was playing in Europe that a new, long-awaited record deal was signed, this time with German label Iron Glory Records. Once back to the United States, the band parted ways with Troy Olson and invited in Scott Peters to be the band's new permanent drummer along with Bryan Patrick, who acted as a second vocalist onstage in order to complement Shelton. It was with this line-up that the Atlantis Rising studio album was released inending nine years of recording drought.
The next studio Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Various - Guitar Rock: Awesome 80s, Spiral Castlewas released in and received a similar positive reaction.
From this album going forward with the exception of Voyagerco-singer Bryan Patrick began to be much more implicated in the singing of the songs, eventually more or less splitting the workload with Shelton. The success the re-emerging band was enjoying however was not enough to prevent yet another round of line-up changes, with drummer Scott Peters and bassist Mark Anderson both leaving and getting replaced by Cory Christner at the drums and Harvey Patrick returning to the fold at the bass.
Under this new line-up, the epic-themed Gates of Fire studio album was released in and the subsequent viking-themed Voyager studio album inalthough co-singer Bryan Patrick had to sit out of Voyager due to personal issues. With both Gates of Fire and Voyager receiving again praise in the metal community, the band put out their fifteenth studio album in titled Playground Of The Damned. More changes were made to the band's line-up, with Bryan Patrick returning but his brother Harvey leaving.
Josh Castillo handled the rest of the recording sessions at the bass. After the festival, Andreas "Neudi" Neuderth started his Manilla Road - Crystal Logic as the band's new drummer as Christner became unable to tour anymore with the band. A long-time fan of Manilla Road, Neuderth was also the webmaster of Manilla Road's first official website and would later take charge of remastering several of the band's previous releases Gone - Digitonal - Save Your Light For Darker Days better fit modern sound quality standards.
Soon after, Mysteriumthe band's sixteenth studio album, was released on February 1 The minute song serving as the album's title track is a retelling of the last days of Shelton's great-great-great uncle, Ludwig Leichhardta 19th century German explorer who vanished in the Australian interior during an expedition.
The next and penultimate studio album for Manilla Road, The Im The One (Tek Mix) - Jigen Boyz - Im The One Cursewas released on February 13 and is a Sumerian -themed double album.
With a length surpassing 98 minutes, The Blessed Curse would become Manilla Road's longest studio album. On May 26the band released their first ever single, In The Wake. On July 27a week before the band was booked to perform at Wackenband founder Mark Various - The 100th died in a German hospital the day after the band played in the Headbangers Open Air festival the previous night.
The cause of death was attributed to a heart attack having been precipitated by severe heat exhaustion. A memorial service in his honor was held on September 22 at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American heavy metal band. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Manilla Road live at Bang Your Head Retrieved 15 April July 27, Retrieved July 24, Retrieved Metal Hammer in German. Retrieved July 27, Shelton ist tot". Manilla Road. Roadkill Dreams of Eschaton The Circus Maximus Categories : Musical groups disestablished in Heavy metal musical groups from Kansas Musical groups established in American power metal musical groups Musical groups reestablished in Namespaces Article Talk.
Por Una Cabeza (Scent Of A Woman) - Nicola Benedetti - The Silver Violin, Louder Than Words - Craig David - Following My Intuition, Barcelona (Video Clip) - Various - The Freddie Mercury Tribute - BBC Radio 1 FM Broadcast, Fat Bottomed Girls (Intro) - Various - The Freddie Mercury Tribute - BBC Radio 1 FM Broadcast