Manilla Road are a band from Kansas that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of epic power metal, doom and thrash and this a review of their 1988 album "Out Of The Abyss" which will be re-issued in January by Shadow Kingdom Records.
a very heavy and melodic guitar sound starts off the album before going into a thrash metal direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound and a few seconds later vocals are added into the music that are very aggressive and melodic as well as adding power metal elements into the bands musical style.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout the recording along with a few tracks that are very long and epic in length and when solos are added into the music they are in the 80's power/thrash direction as well as being both dark and melodic at the same time and at time s clean playing and spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Some of the tracks bring in a progressive feeling while one of the tracks also adds in a ritualistic atmosphere and the songs all b ring in a very powerful thrash metal influence that is more present on this recording than some of their other albums and they also bring in a power ballad before closing the album with 2 heavier tracks.
With this album Manilla Road focused on more of a thrash and speed metal direction and added more darkness to those genres while the doom and epic power metal element s where still a huge part of the albums sound, the production sound s very professional for the time it was released while the lyrics cover Cthulhun Mythos.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Manilla Road and if you are a fan of power, thrash and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rites Of Blood" "Return Of the Old Ones" "War In heaven" and "Helicon". 8 out of 10.