Manilla Road are a band from Kansas that has been featured before in this zine that plays a mixtur e of epic power, thrash and doom metal and this is a review of their 1987 album "Mystification" which was re-issued by Shadow Kingdom Records in the year of 2014.
The album starts out with a very heavy power/thrash orientated sound and a few seconds later melodic vocals are added into the music along wit h some guitar solos and leads and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
As the album progresses clean guitars are added into certain sections of the recording while the music also brings in more doom metal elements as well as mixing thrash and traditional metal together and the band also bring in power ballads at time s before making a return to a heavier direction and you can also hear t races of speed metal in the recording at times which also leads up to a small amount of more aggressive sounding vocals.
With this album Manilla Road continues their mixture of epic power metal and doom while this was also the first record that added in thrash metal influences and this is a very underrated sounding gem from the 80's.
Song lyrics cover darkness, fantasy and gothic horror themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Manilla Road and if you are a fan of power, speed, thrash and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Spirits Of the Dead" "Masque Of the Red Death" "Children Of The Night" and "Death by The Hammer". 8/5 out of 10.