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Hellwell's "Beyond the Boundaries of Sin," the highly anticipated album from the project led by Manilla Road's Mark "The Shark" Shelton, will be released on September 23rd on Shadow Kingdom Records. Stream all seven tracks from the album below in the player. Label owner Tim McGrogran had this to say about the release:
"Manilla Road is the most consistent band of all time. They have proven year after year and album after album that they are even more consistent than Iron Maiden. Mark Shelton has so much music inside of himself he started a new band called Hellwell. Hellwell is basically a Manilla Road sounding album with Deep Purple-esque keyboards and dark and horror lyrical themes. This is album is heavy as hell."
Manilla Road guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Shark" Shelton will release the debut from his side project Hellwell, named after keyboardist/bassist E.C. Hellwell, who played bass and provided vocals on the latest Manilla Road LP "Playground of the Damned" (2011). The album entitled "Beyond the Boundaries of Sin" is scheduled for release on August 17, 2012 through High Roller Records, a division of Pure Steel.
Shelton commented on the band: "We started the project as more of a one off album but then decided to go ahead and make a band of it. We are even now still adding new members to the group. So the next project that Hellwell will put out will have even more names on it. But on this album the line up is Jonny Thumper Benson on drums and he also plays some guitar and bass and did a little writing on this project. E.C. Hellwell (who the band is obviously named after) plays keyboards, synthesizers and bass. I play guitars and sing lead vocals on most everything but we had some special appearances by Bryan Hellroadie Patrick and Josh Castillo from Manilla Road.”
"Beyond the Boundaries of Sin" is a concept album based on a short story written by Hellwell. The mainman goes on to describe the concept of the release: "Side one of the album is just a collection of songs but side two is a complete concept based on the short story 'Acheronomicon' which was written by E.C. Hellwell. He has not been published until now but he has a few other stories that Manilla Road has based songs on before like 'The Riddle Master' and 'Cage of Mirrors'. E.C. came into my life when I was in school way back when and has been a fairly big influence on my philosophical approach to horror. Side two of the album is a trilogy concept that is based on this apocalyptic tale that Ernie came up with not long ago. After reading it I knew that I must put it to music.” More...