EXTREMELY SOUGHT-AFTER PIC DISC LP! THIS IS MINT UNPLAYED!
MANILLA ROAD - Considered to be the pioneer masters of epic Power & Doom Metal, Kansas' MANILLA ROAD has maintained a rabid cult-status thanks in part to their special lyrics. Inspired by literature (such as by Edgar Allen Poe on this album), mythology, & history (especially both Viking & Pagan past; these guys were one of the first to truly concentrate in this area for musical subject-matter!), to name a few sources, MANILLA ROAD was formed to tell tales of courage, of horror, & of the fantastic.
Musically, 1987's ''Mystification'' (originally released by Black Dragon Records, France) found the Power/Thrash Metal trio upping the intensity factor (which would peak with their 1988 album on Leviathan Records ''Out of the Abyss'', Manilla Road's most Thrash-y/Speediest!), as the group got progressively heavier & FASTER with age! Thankfully ''Mystification'' was a return to Manilla Road's catchier songwriting style, last seen on 1985's ''Open the Gates''.
Part of the appeal of MANILLA ROAD was that they always felt 'underground', possessing unique vocals, a lively guitar-sound (check out the twisted leads & blistering guitar-fireworks!), a tireless drummer (the king of the overheads!), those intelligent lyrics (pre-dating bands such as SUMMONING, ENSLAVED, SATYRICON, ABIGOR, etc. by 10 years!), a raw production, & much more! Previously unreleased on CD until the Sentinal Steel re-issue CD was released during Y2K! Now on an incredible VINYL PICTURE DISC!!