Origin: Wichita, Kansas, USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Manilla Road

Led by Mark Shelton, Manilla Road is one of the great underground American metal bands, one of those groups who never rose to superstar status but is eminently well known to metal fans the world over. The band formed in the late seventies, saw their rise to prominence in the early 80's (the trio of albums consisting of Crystal Logic, Open The Gates, and The Deluge, released from 1983 to 1986, remains the band's finest stretch and a solid representation of their style), and then continued to exist with varying lineups surrounding Shelton, recording quite regularly over the year, culminating with 2017's To Kill A King. Their style really didn't waver much over the years (with the possible exception of 1992's The Circus Maximus, which was intended as a Shelton solo project), but that style was really quite distinctive, with low-tuned guitars, gruff yet clear vocals, and a dark, epic, mystical feel that was rarely duplicated. Shelton's passing in July 2018 (while touring, perhaps a fitting way to go for such a dedicated metaller) likely spells the end of a lasting career.

Last Lineup

Bryan Patrick

vocals

Mark Shelton

vocals/guitars (ex-Hellwell) RIP: July 27, 2018, heart attack, age 60

Phil Ross

bass

Andreas Neuderth

drums (ex-Masters Of Disguise)

Former Members/Guests

Scott Park

bass

Andrew Coss

bass/keyboards/vocals

Mark Anderson

bass (Sanctus Infernum)

Harvey Patrick

bass

Josh Castillo

bass

Rick Fisher

drums

Randy Foxe

drums/keyboards/backing vocals (ex-Hellwell)

Aaron Brown

drums/vocals

Scott Peters

drums (Sanctus Infernum)

Cory Christner

drums



Discography



Invasion  
1981 independent
  1. The Dream Goes On
  2. Cat And Mouse
  3. Far Side Of The Sun
  4. Street Jammer
  5. The Empire
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Rick Fisher



Metal  
1982 independent
  1. Enter The Warrior
  2. Defender
  3. Queen Of The Black Coast
  4. Metal
  5. Out Of Control With Rock & Roll
  6. Cage Of Mirrors
  7. Far Side Of The Sun
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Rick Fisher



Crystal Logic  
1983 Black Dragon
  1. Prologue
  2. Necropolis
  3. Crystal Logic
  4. Feeling Free Again
  5. The Riddle Master
  6. The Ram
  7. The Veils Of Negative Existance
  8. Dreams Of Eschaton
  9. Epilogue
  10. Flaming Metal System (CD bonus track)
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Rick Fisher



Open The Gates  
1985 Black Dragon
  1. Metalström
  2. Open The Gates
  3. Astronomica
  4. Weavers Of The Web
  5. The Ninth Wave
  6. Heavy Metal To The World
  7. The Fires Of Mars
  8. Raod Of Kings
  9. Hour Of The Dragon
  10. Witches Brew
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Randy Foxe




The Deluge  
1986 Black Dragon
  1. Dementia
  2. Shadow In The Black
  3. Divine Victim
  4. Hammer Of The Witches
  5. Morbid Tabernacle
  6. Isle Of The Dead
  7. Taken By Storm
  8. The Deluge (Trilogy)
  9. Friction In Mass
  10. Rest In Pieces
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Randy Foxe




Live Roadkill  LIVE
1987 Black Dragon
  1. Dementia
  2. Open The Gates
  3. Mystification
  4. The Deluge
  5. Masque Of The Red Death
  6. Witches Brew
  7. Spirits Of The Dead
  8. Far Side Of The Sun
  9. Death By The Hammer (CD bonus track)
  10. Shadow In The Black (CD bonus track)
  11. Hammer Of The Witches (CD bonus track)
  12. Taken By Storm (CD bonus track)
  13. Friction In Mass (CD bonus track)
  14. Rest In Pieces (CD bonus track)
  15. Isle Of The Dead (CD bonus track)
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Randy Foxe



Mystification  
1987 Black Dragon
  1. Haunted Palace
  2. Spirits Of The Dead
  3. Valley Of Unrest
  4. Mystification
  5. Masque Of The Red Death
  6. Up From The Crypt
  7. Children Of The Night
  8. Dragon Star
  9. Death By The Hammer
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Randy Foxe



Out Of The Abyss  
1988 Black Dragon
  1. Whitechapel
  2. Rites Of Blood
  3. Out Of The Abyss
  4. Return Of The Old Ones
  5. Black Cauldron
  6. Midnight Meat Train
  7. War In Heaven
  8. Slaughterhouse
  9. Helicon
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Randy Foxe



The Courts Of Chaos  
1990 Black Dragon
  1. Road To Chaos
  2. Dig Me No Grave
  3. D.O.A.
  4. Into The Courts Of Chaos
  5. From Beyond
  6. A Touch Of Madness
  7. (VLAD) The Impaler
  8. The Prophecy
  9. The Books Of Skelos (trilogy)
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Randy Foxe



The Circus Maximus  
1992 Black Dragon
  1. Throne Of Blood
  2. Lux Aeterna
  3. Spider
  4. Murder By Degrees
  5. No Sign From Above
  6. In Gein We Trust
  7. Flesh And Fury
  8. No Touch
  9. Hack It Off
  10. Forbidden Zone
  11. She´s Fading
  • Mark Shelton
  • Andrew Coss
  • Aaron Brown



Live By The Sword - The Very Best Of Manilla Road  COMPILATION
1998 Black Dragon
  1. Riddle Master
  2. The Veils of Negative Existence
  3. Dreams of Eschaton
  4. Metalstorm
  5. Weavers of the Web
  6. Hour of the Dragon
  7. Witches' Brew
  8. Divine Victim
  9. Shadow in the Black
  10. Friction in Mass
  11. The Deluge
  12. Masque of the Red Death
  13. Valley of Unrest
  14. Up from the Crypt



Atlantis Rising  
2001 Iron Glory
  1. Megalodon
  2. Lemuria
  3. Atlantis Rising
  4. Sea Witch
  5. Resurrection
  6. Decimation
  7. Flight Of The Ravens
  8. March Of The Gods
  9. Siege Of Atland
  10. War Of The Gods
  • Mark Shelton
  • Mark Anderson
  • Scott Peters



Spiral Castle  
2002 Black Widow
  1. Gateway to the Sphere
  2. Spiral Castle
  3. Shadow
  4. Seven Trumpets
  5. Merchants of Death
  6. Born Upon the Soul
  7. Sands of Time
  • Bryan Patrick
  • Mark Shelton
  • Mark Anderson
  • Scott Peters



Mark Of The Beast  
2002 Monster
  1. Mark of the Beast
  2. Court of Avalon
  3. Avatar
  4. Dream Sequence
  5. Time Trap
  6. Black Lotus
  7. Teacher
  8. Aftershock
  9. Venusian Sea
  10. Triumvirate
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Rick Fisher



Gates Of Fire  
2005 Battle Cry
  1. Riddle Of Steel
  2. Behind The Veil
  3. When Giants Fall
  4. The Fall Of Iliam
  5. Imperious Rise
  6. Rome
  7. Stand Of The Spartans
  8. Betrayal
  9. Epitaph To The King
  • Bryan Patrick
  • Mark Shelton
  • Harvey Patrick
  • Cory Christner



Voyager  
2008 My Graveyard
  1. Tomb Of The Serpent King / Butchers Of The Sea
  2. Frost And Fire
  3. Tree Of Life
  4. Blood Eagle
  5. Voyager
  6. Eye Of The Storm
  7. Return Of The Serpent King
  8. Conquest
  9. Totentanz (The Dance Of Death)
  • Bryan Patrick
  • Mark Shelton
  • Harvey Patrick
  • Cory Christner
2008 Readers' Album #75




After Midnight Live  LIVE
2009 High Roller
  1. Chromaphobia
  2. Life's So Hard
  3. Pentacle of Truth
  4. Dream of Peace
  5. Herman Hill
  • Mark Shelton
  • Scott Park
  • Rick Fisher



Playground Of The Damned  
2011 Shadow Kingdom
  1. Jackhammer
  2. Into The Into The Maelstrom
  3. Playground Of The Damned
  4. Grindhouse
  5. Abattoir De La Mort
  6. Fire Of Asshurbanipal
  7. Brethren Of The Hammer
  8. Art Of War
  • Bryan Patrick
  • Mark Shelton
  • Cory Christner



Mysterium  
2013 Shadow Kingdom
  1. The Grey God Passes
  2. Stand Your Ground
  3. The Battle of Bonchester Bridge
  4. Hermitage
  5. Do What Thou Will
  6. Only The Brave
  7. Hallowed Be Thy Grave
  8. The Fountain
  9. The Calling
  10. Mysterium
  • Bryan Patrick
  • Mark Shelton
  • Josh Castillo
  • Andreas Neuderth



Metal / Invasion  COMPILATION
2014 Golden Core
  1. Enter the Warrior
  2. Defender
  3. Queen of the Black Coast
  4. Metal
  5. Out of Control with Rock 'n' Roll
  6. Cage of Mirrors
  7. Far Side of the Sun
  8. The Dream Goes On
  9. Cat and Mouse
  10. Far Side of the Sun
  11. Street Jammer
  12. Centurian War Games
  13. The Empire
  14. Street Jammer (Live 2012)
  15. Queen of the Black Coast (Live 2011)
  16. Over and Over Again the End (Unreleased song)
  17. The Dream Goes On (Live, back in the day)
  18. The Empire (Live, back in the day)
  19. Peter Gunn incl. drum solo Rick Fisher (Live, back in the day)
  20. Hey Joe (Early rehearsal)
  21. Far Side of the Sun (Early rehearsal)



The Blessed Curse  
2015 Golden Core
  1. The Blessed Curse
  2. Truth in the Ash
  3. Tomes of Clay
  4. The Dead Still Speak
  5. Falling
  6. Kings of Invention
  7. Reign of Dreams
  8. Luxiferia's Light
  9. Sword of Hate
  10. The Muses Kiss
  11. After the Muse
  12. Life Goes On
  13. All Hallows Eve 1981 rehearsal
  14. In Search of the Lost Chord
  15. Reach
  16. All Hallows Eve 2014
  • Bryan Patrick
  • Mark Shelton
  • Josh Castillo
  • Andreas Neuderth
2015 Readers' Album #36




Dreams Of Eschaton  COMPILATION
2016 High Roller
  1. Venusian Sea
  2. After Shock
  3. Time Trap
  4. Black Lotus
  5. The Dream
  6. The Teacher
  7. Avatar
  8. The Court of Avalon
  9. Mark of the Beast
  10. Triumvirate
  11. Far Side of the Sun
  12. Manilla Road
  13. Herman Hill
  14. Chromaphobia
  15. Life's So Hard
  16. Pentacle of Truth
  17. Dream of Peace
  18. Herman Hill
  19. Flakes of Time



To Kill A King  
2017 Golden Core
  1. To Kill a King
  2. Conqueror
  3. Never Again
  4. The Arena
  5. In the Wake
  6. The Talisman
  7. The Other Side
  8. Castle of the Devil
  9. Ghost Warriors
  10. Blood Island
  • Mark Shelton
  • Phil Ross




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