(Shadow Kindom)
I remember Manilla Road from the 80s and the Black Dragon record label. Not that I bothered checking up on them back then but they’ve been in my conscious ever since. And although it hasn’t been by choice I have managed to miss out/stay away from them up until now. But with 2012 coming to an end I’m going to hear my very first Manilla Road album. And what better way to start than with an album that dates back more than 30 years. This is like being there from the beginning. If I had heard this in a time when I only listened to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep and stuff like that I would have thought this was some of the heaviest stuff I’d ever heard. Hearing it now with the reference frames I have this is still some heavy stuff. This is timeless music. If you like you hardrock/heavy metal on the bluesier side Manilla Road is the way to go. But that you already knew, didn’t you? It’s just me that is late in catching on. Anders Ekdahl

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