2002 Monster. Also released as a 2LP set. Archival recordings from 1981-1982.
Other Manilla Road featues on the UMR
CD reissue: 2011 Rockadrome
Release details: Fantastic archival set from Monster, and the CD includes all the lyrics and a history of the album penned by one of the label owners. Rockadrome is Monster V 2.0, and the reprint demonstrates the album still has demand, especially as Manilla Road's popularity has skyrocketed in recent times.
Notes: So the story goes that this album was
originally intended to be the second Manilla Road release after
Invasion, but was scrapped, and Metal ended up being the final product.
The title was to be "Dreams of Eschaton". I'm not buying it for one
second. There's way too much variation of style and sound quality here
to be a coherent album. Not to mention the 66 minute length (double LP?
C'mon...). But this is the story Mark Shelton himself tells, but we know
how it goes with bands and their memories...
What I will
believe, though, is that these are demo recordings from the 1981/1982
time frame, and that would fit the label owner's story of him receiving
it at that time as a teenager. It's important to remember that Manilla
Road were a hard rock band at their beginning, with psychedelic guitar
and progressive lyrical themes. And mostly that's what you get here,
along with some of their early chugging metal style that was present on
It's mostly a solid psychedelic hard rock release, with a
couple of down moments like 'Court of Avalon' and
'Venusian Sea' both of which seem go nowhere beyond hearing Shelton sing
for way past the song's shelf life. So 13 minutes of just-OK music is
hardly a bad batting average. On the flip side....
to be heard to be believed. To me, this is the perfect 5 star / Gnosis
15 track. What a glorious mess of a song. It is all over the place.
It's psychedelic, it's hard rock, it's metal, and it's progressive. All
at the same time. I absolutely adore this time in music when there were
obvious influences - yes - but not properly placed at all. There were
no rules, just whatever they felt like doing, whenever they felt like
doing it. You could hear this track forever and not hear it the same
twice. I want a triple album of music like this! And then follows 'Dream
Sequence' which is an organ dirge with echoed voices, sounding right
off a 1970 German Ohr Krautrock album. And no keyboards are credited!
Guys, are you sure you did this?
Anyway, so much material here,
and plenty more inconsistencies that make it so weird and wonderful. In
other words: Must own album!
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