Follow The Metal Crypt on Twitter  The Metal Crypt on Facebook
Review: Manilla Road - Metal
Manilla Road
www.manillaroad.net
Metal

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2013
Originally released in: 1982
Duration: 35:43
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 22, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
for:
Metal

Rated 3.56/5 (71.11%) (18 Votes)
Review


Metal is Manilla Road's second album, though the album we know today as Mark of the Beast was originally created a year earlier but not officially released until 2002. If you are like me and think Crystal Logic is the best Manilla Road album, then Metal is going to be right up your alley. Like its successor, Metal features songwriting that is in that transition mode between the progressive style of the band's debut and the more straight-up epic stuff of later works like The Deluge and Mystification. Shadow Kingdom Records, Manilla Road's current label, is re-issuing Metal to the masses with some new artwork but otherwise essentially the same as the original. The sound is paper-thin and somewhat two-dimensional but, keep in mind, this is a 3-piece band and an analog recording. It is clear there are no over-dubs just by listening to the song "Metal" where Scott Park's bass takes up the rhythm guitar part when Mark "The Shark" Shelton rips into his solo. A lot of the music on Metal has an almost upbeat and accessible sound like a lot of the NWOBHM stuff that was around at the same time. Even songs with "epic" titles like "Queen of the Black Coast," based on a Robert E. Howard story, are not as dark as you might expect. Listening to Metal is not unlike listening to an early Rush album, but that hardly means it isn't Heavy Metal, because it most definitely is.

I'm a traditional and NWOBHM fan, so this stuff really appeals to me and I think Metal is fantastic, second only to Crystal Logic in the Manilla Road canon. Fans of the more epic stuff may not get as much out of it, but it is still an essential release for the unique Manilla Road sound.

Other related information on the site
Review: 40th Anniversary Tour (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Atlantis Rising (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Crystal Logic (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Crystal Logic (reviewed by Ulysses)
Review: Gates of Fire (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Gates of Fire (reviewed by Ulysses)
Review: Invasion (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Mark Of The Beast (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Metal (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Mysterium (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Mystification (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Open The Gates (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Out of the Abyss (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Playground of the Damned (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Playground of the Damned (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Spiral Castle (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Blessed Curse (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: The Blessed Curse (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Blessed Curse Tour (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Courts Of Chaos (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Deluge (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: To Kill a King (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: To Kill a King (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Voyager (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Shark" Shelton on June 22, 2013 (Interviewed by MetalMike)
Click below for more reviews
Latest 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Various Books/Zines ALL REVIEWS 

HOME
























Copyright  © 1999-2017, Michel Renaud / The Metal Crypt.  All Rights Reserved.