Let me start by letting you know that Manilla Road is definitely on my top 5 bands list, -if not number one.
My opinions are biased because I love them to death and I always will.
They have been working on a new album called ‘To Kill a King”, and today, the last day of June is the official release of the full album. As you’d expect it foretells of many things heroic and grand. Swords, kings and queens, death, ghost warriors and bloody castles of the Devil.
In a world where everything from our food to fashion is fast and changing, my steady state is, and has always been, music, so if you’re anything like me, you will very much appreciate the consistency of Manilla Road’s sound and essence.
2017 is the 40th anniversary of Manilla Road as a band.
A band that enjoys a great acceptance for being tried and true and adopts nostalgic elements from the past while injecting something new and vibrant to the musical smörgåsbord, with each and every one of their 18 albums.
To Kill A King is a piece of art that still puts epic metal on the map, battles and all..
Very close to their roots with an unmistakable tune and a new bassist, ( Phil Ross, who took over after Joshua Castillo hang up his Manilla Road spurs) the new album is wonderfully strong, with clear vocals and oldschool metal riffs,mid-tempo, a bit dark and melodic with the perfect dose of energy bursts, and lyrics dealing with creatures from the other side and visions of doom.
As always, they sense this world’s darkest hour and they up their hammers to stay. Get the album, play it loud.
To quote Μark, “Up The Hammers & Down The Nails”