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Shadow Kingdom Records will reissue "Out of the Abyss," the seventh full-length release from Manilla Road, on January 13th, 2015.
Originally released in 1988, guitarist/founder Mark “The Shark” Shelton describes the album in the reissue’s liner notes as having “some of the most brutal material that MR has ever done." Shelton goes on to say that “it was the last album in an epic quest by Randy, Scott and I to be as fast and furious as possible with some of the songs…and most of the topics were quite dark and based on Cthulhu mythos or other horror and mystery directions.”
Shadow Kingdom Records’ Tim McGrogan had this to say: “Most fans think the golden era is Crystal Logic through Mystification, but we encourage fans to spend more time with this album. The first thing that’s interesting about this album is that it originally contained one of Manilla Road's greatest epic songs ever, 'The Book of Skelos.'
"The song was dropped off of the album for some unknown reason (that would be a good interview question for Mark Shelton), and later appeared on a different pressing of The Courts of Chaos and we’re not entirely sure that song even made it to the first pressing of that album either.
"Strangely enough if you’re familiar with that song and can imagine that song being a part of this album, Out of the Abysswould arguably be one of the best Manilla Road albums and would have expanded and been part of what’s now considered their classic era. The album is dark, evil, thrash-y heavy metal with some killer King Diamond-esque vocal screams. Without a doubt Out of the Abysshas some of the fastest, most intense Thrash Metal not only on any Manilla Roadalbum, but of any 80’s thrash metal album.” More...
Shadow Kingdom Records has announced the latest in a string of Manilla Road reissues with the Wichita, KS band's sixth album, "Mystification." Manilla Road's official sixth full-length is the last of what many longtime fans consider as their most classic 'golden years' period. "Mystification" will be officially re-released via the label on April 29th.
"Mystification" marked Manilla Road's first foray into the realm of thrash metal. The band had played with faster tempos on previous albums, but this is a record that delivered an intensity comparable to early Slayer. Manilla Road mainman Mark Shelton proved himself to be one of heavy metal's most skilled songwriters with this flawless mix of classic and thrash metal.
This reissue is noteworthy for being the first edition of "Mystification" to be released on CD in the original song order along with the original mixing and mastering. This will be a huge treat for fans that have never heard the album this way because the re-issue done in the year 2000, was mixed and mastered differently along with the track order switched around. You'll finally be able to hear the way it was originally was back in 1987.
Manilla Road has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a 30th anniversary edition of "Crystal Logic" with extra tracks:
"We still celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LP 'Crystal Logic,' the Roadster Records original pressing (the blue Black Dragon LP was released later). Soon on Golden Core/ZYX: The 30th Anniversary deluxe edition with bonus tracks you've never heard before, a big booklet with unseen photos/flyers/other memorablia, liner-notes etc."
Footage of the band performing at the Hellfest 2013 can also be found below, or you can read our retrospective of the many distinctive album covers from Manilla Road at this location.
Manilla Road has roots as old as most of the NWOBHM bands that helped define heavy metal as we know it. Somewhat under the radar, the group didn’t popularize metal to the extent of Mercyful Fate, Venom, Iron Maiden and Manowar. However, as noted by the die-hard fans, knowledge fans who attended the group’ rare performance on the last night of Chaos in Tejas 2013, Manilla Road surely put its stamp on heavy metal. One fan pointed out how the group influenced Candlemass and even held the door open for Candlemass to enter this world.
Manilla Road’s reluctance to tour surely kept them out of the above bands’ spotlight. They are a cult act. It was for this very reason many showed up for tonight’s show. Red 7’s dual stages offered a tremendous package with Texas’ own USBM instigators Absu playing on the indoor stage. The night was spent walking back and forth between the two stages. The indoor stage’s overcrowding mixed with humid temperatures resulted in, what felt like, a twenty-degree temperature difference. More...
Shadow Kingdom Records has reissued the sophomore album "Metal" from legendary Wichita, KS heavy metal behemoth Manilla Road. "Metal" is a transition period for the band, one that saw them getting away from their progressive rock roots and moving more towards heavy metal - hence the title "Metal." There are some pivotal songs here and the production is very similar to their debut, "Invasion."
The artwork for the reissue is what the originally had in mind for the album, but due to some issues they released a more plain cover instead - which is now included on the back of the booklet. The choice of preferred cover is then left to the fan. Below is the tracklisting and cover art of the 1982 opus.
1. Enter the Warrior
3. Queen of the Black Coast
5. Out of Control With Rock n Roll
6. Cage of Mirrors
7. Far Side of the Sun
Manilla Road will be releasing new album "Mysterium" this coming February 1st, 2013. The cover art and track listing can be found below.
We also recently explored the artwork across Manilla Road's career in the "Cover to Cover" op/ed, which can be read right here.
1. The Grey God Passes
2. Stand Your Ground
3. The Battle of Bonchester Bridge
5. Do What Thou Will
6. Only The Brave
7. Hallowed Be Thy Grave
8. The Fountain
9. The Calling
10. Mysterium More...
The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:
We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.
In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.
The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.
We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.
The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...
Chaos in Tejas Festival, Austin, Texas' annual gathering of extreme bands, announced on its Facebook page the initial lineup for the 2013 installment. British death metal legends Bolt Thrower, reunited hardcore act Integrity, Japanese black thrashers Abigail, epic metallers Manilla Road and several other grind, punk and power violence bands are schedulded to play the festival on May 30-June 2, 2013. More...
Originally released over three decades ago, "Invasion" marked the beginning of one hell of a career for Wichita, Kansas legends Manilla Road. In its continuing quest to ensure that the band's brilliance remains a secret to no one, Shadow Kingdom Records has announced the reissue of "Invasion" on November 6th. Label owner Tim McGrogan comments:
Manilla Road's 'Invasion' album dates all the way back to 1980, which means this entire album was written in the late 70s. 'Invasion' is the album that birthed the grandfathers of epic heavy metal. As metal as Manilla Road is today, this album shows us all where their roots came from. Imagine if Rush was more metallic and sprinkle in some Judas Priest, Hawkwind, and Sabbath and that's what Invasion is mostly about.
Manilla Road's sound is unique like no other and they had the right idea of what heavy metal should sound like, but they didn't quite make it 100% metal yet. This is borderline metal, but it's a great crossover album for old rock 'n' roll fans. The sad thing is, most of these old rock fans won't even be exposed to this masterpiece and will never experience it. If you're into the old 70's metal that's borderline rock, this is an essential piece to your collection.
For more information, visit the Shadow Kingdom Bandcamp page.
Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:
!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.
Manilla Road is an amazing band. Few 80s metal acts successfully ran the gauntlet of time to still be with us producing great material, and even less manage to keep anywhere near the level of consistency Manilla Road has in terms of producing bona-fide classics. But I'm not here to regale you about psychedelic solos, masterful riffs, or Mark "The Shark" Shelton's soaring vocals. No, I'm just briefly going to make fun of the album covers, covers which span from epically terrible to over-the-top awesome. More...
Toronto's Blood Ceremony has issued the following announcement about playing the upcoming Noctis V Metalfest:
"We're confirmed to play this year's Noctis V Metalfest in Calgary, AB on Thursday, September 27. The weekend line-up of bands and speakers is devastating (VENOM, MANILLA ROAD, MIDNIGHT, etc.) so you don't want to miss this!
The occult rock act's latest full-length album was the 2011 release "Living With the Ancients" (reviewed here).
The Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air, which will take place on Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, OH (located about 20 minutes east of Columbus), has officially announced the band order and set times for this weekend's event. Additionally, there will be a pre-fest showcase on Thursday the 28th The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Doors for the showcase are at 7:00 and the first band takes the stage at 8:00. The lineup for the pre-fest showcase is as follows, with a promo streaming below:
Thursday, June 28th
08:00 - 08:35 - METEORFALL
08:50 - 09:25 - KLNZR
09:40 - 10:15 - A.O.D.
10:30 - 11:10 - SKULL HAMMER
11:25 - 12:20 - RAVAGE
12:35 - 01:15 - ZUUL
01:30 - 02:10 - SEAX
Band order and set times for the Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air:
Friday, June 29, 2012
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm - BORROWED TIME
12:55 pm - 01:35 pm - FIERCE ATMOSPHERES
01:50 pm - 02:30 pm - THORHAMMER
02:45 pm - 03:25 pm - POSSESSOR
03:40 pm -04:20 pm - DEGRADATION
04:35 pm -05:15 pm - MACHINAGE
05:30 pm - 06:20 pm - POWER THEORY (CD Release Performance)
06:35 pm -07:35 pm - TWISTED TOWER DIRE
07:50 pm -08:50 pm - EXXPLORER
09:05 pm -10:05 pm - MYSTIC-FORCE
10:20 pm - Midnight - MANILLA ROAD More...
Amelia, OH. June 6th, 2012. The Warriors of Metal, Inc. is thrilled to announce that Manilla Road's Mark "The Shark" Shelton will be making an appearance at the Pre-Fest Showcase of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air. The Pre-Fest Metal party will be held at The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, OH on the evening of June 28th. Doors open at 7:00 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm and will continue till closing time. The cover charge is $10 at the door and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing at the conclusion of the show. More...
Warriors of Metal, Inc. has revealed its 2012 Promo Video for Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air produced by the vocalist and guitarist of the Brazilian thrash metal band Machinage. Furthermore, the organization has issued the following statement regarding its charitable effort for this year's festivities:
"Since Warriors of Metal, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Ohio and we are dedicated to education and proliferation of metal music as well as charitable service to our greater metal family and community, we would like to announce that for this year's charity project we will be collecting money at the festival to donate to our metal brother Brian Bond, who plays in the Thursday, June 28th Pre-Fest Showcase band KLNZR."
"Brian recently lost his home to a fire and although everybody in the family is fine, they did lose some pets in the process of trying to escape the blaze. Brian and his family are in temporary housing now and we will be making a collection during the Fest to help them out. Additionally, our friend Fabio Delibo of the Brazilian thrash metal band Machinage has stated: 'We from Machinage are very saddened to hear about Brian Bond's home having been destroyed in a fire, and since we can't help just by our hands, we are willing to try to collect as much money as we can in all the gigs."
"We are going to play in our month long US Tour this summer in order to help Brian and his family.' The 2012 Machinage US Tour starts at Worcester, Massachusetts, goes as far north as Burlington, Vermont, as far south as New Orleans, Louisiana, and as far west as Kansas City, Missouri. We at Warriors of Metal, Inc. applaud Machinage's pledge and shall do our best to help them raise even more money for the Bond family and this worthy cause during our fifth year anniversary show this summer."
For more information on the Warriors Of Metal Fest V, go to its website.
The Warriors of Metal Fest V has announced that all the fans who will attend the festival this year on June 29th and 30th at Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio will receive a special 2012 Double CD Fest Compilation album which is in pressing right now. Additionally, thanks to the efforts of the WOM Fest European Street Team, 2000 of the Keep It True XV Festival attendees this year will also receive this compilation for free.
This 158 minute metal monster was funded by all 36 participating bands from five different continents, mixed by the WOM Fest promoter Datis Alaee and mastered by Thord Klarstrom at the 7th Gate Studio in Arvika, Sweden. The layout and arrangement of the accompanying 16 page full color booklet was done by the WOM Fest organizer Lea Alaee. All the artwork for this official Fest release was done by Dragonfyre Studios' Wayne Smith and Frank Parr in Defiance, Ohio - who also designed the soon to be revealed Fest poster and Fest T-shirt designs.
The 17 tracks on Disc 1 contain bands from USA, Australia (Taberah), Greece (Power Crue), Sweden (Gallows End) and Brazil (Machinage) and includes exclusive pre-release tracks from: Power Crue (Lighten The Underground from Greece), Gallows End (Independent from Sweden) and American bands; Mystic-Force (Siegen Records), Power Theory and Fiakra (Pure Steel Records).
The 19 tracks on Disc 2 contain bands from USA, Brazil (Woslom) and Jordan (Dragonrider); and includes exclusive pre-release tracks from Seax and Iron Will from Massachusetts, Lady Beast from Pennsylvania, The Last Alliance from New York and Banshee from Kansas. For the full track listing, please see the back panel of the album below. For all event related information visit the Warriors Of Metal Fest's website here. More...
Epic metal masters Manilla Road will headline Friday night of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air on June 29th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. Mark "The Shark" Shelton states: "We have not played in Ohio since 1988 or '89 and we're really looking forward to playing at this American True Metal festival in Ohio!" On Saturday night, June 30th, Helstar will return to performing in Ohio after 26 years. Last time Helstar performed in Ohio was after the release of their "Remnants Of War" album in 1986. Head over the Warriors Of Metal Fest V website for more information.
Metal Blade Records artists, Ravage, from Boston, MA, has announced an extensive North American Tour in support of their forthcoming full-length CD, "The End Of Tomorrow," which due out on August 18th.
The tour will be in essence, a collection of mini-tours featuring the best regional and local support acts appearing on short strings of dates. In the North East, Ravage will be joined by Las Vegas power metallers, SEVENTH CALLING, for a series of shows. Some tour dates will also include Heaven and Hell Record's East Coasters HELLRAZOR. Southern dates will include appearances by A LOWER DEEP, and in the Northwest, Ravage will be joined by SKELATOR for some dates. In addition, Ravage will make a special guest appearance at the Seattle tour date of STRATOVARIUS and will kick off the tour at the Mexico Metalfest in Mexico, Maine with PSYCHOSTICK. Further festival appearances will include The KC Power Fest in Kansas City with MANILLA ROAD, The Binghampton NY Metalfest with THE RODS and CAGE, The Iron and Steel Festival in New Jersey with ROSS THE BOSS (ex-MANOWAR) and FAITH FACTOR (ex-DEADLY BLESSING) and The Pathfinder Metalfest in Atlanta with HALLOW'S EVE. More...
The Exalted Piledriver has issued the following statement about playing at the 2009 Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany:
"It gives us great pleasure in our pants to announce that we will be returning to Europe next summer with our "UNSUCK THE CONTINENT TOUR" in support of our new album "METAL MANIFESTO". We have our first confirmed festival date: HEADBANGER'S OPEN AIR!!!
"There are many awesome bands on this bill including our metal-bro's RAZOR, the ever- powerful ENFORCER, the stunning JACOBS DREAM horde, the freakin' RODS!, the influential Tankard, the pounding Manilla Road, and classics Helstar and Angel Witch amongst other incredible bands. . . and it is our esteemed honour to share the stage with all of 'em!
"We'll keep you posted when we discover which day and time we'll be on at HOA, and continuing updates as we receive more date confirmations to post for our 'UnSuck The Continent' EuroTour '09."