26 Songs, 2 Hours 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although 1980’s Invasion and 1982’s Metal found Manilla Road exploring hard rock, heavy prog, and Hawkwind-esque space rock, it wasn’t until 1983’s Crystal Logic that the Wichita, Kan., trio fully came into the heavy metal sound that made them one of the most championed cult bands of their ilk. Produced by Mark Mazur, the pitched-down vocal narrative of the opening “Prologue” suggests that this is a concept album about a lost city of the dead that lays just beyond the River Styx. That notion is pursued in the following “Necropolis,” a throttled approximation of New Wave of British Heavy Metal loaded with barbed chorus melodies. The title track displays more complex songwriting, with sinewy guitar work and clever arrangements. Frontman Mark Shelton’s dexterous leads are incredible throughout, most noticeably in the opening of the short and catchy “Feeling Free Again” and especially in the amazing 12-minute epic “Dreams of Eschaton/Epilogue.” Some of the band’s sludgy proto-metal roots surface in the Sabbathesque standout “The Riddle Master.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although 1980’s Invasion and 1982’s Metal found Manilla Road exploring hard rock, heavy prog, and Hawkwind-esque space rock, it wasn’t until 1983’s Crystal Logic that the Wichita, Kan., trio fully came into the heavy metal sound that made them one of the most championed cult bands of their ilk. Produced by Mark Mazur, the pitched-down vocal narrative of the opening “Prologue” suggests that this is a concept album about a lost city of the dead that lays just beyond the River Styx. That notion is pursued in the following “Necropolis,” a throttled approximation of New Wave of British Heavy Metal loaded with barbed chorus melodies. The title track displays more complex songwriting, with sinewy guitar work and clever arrangements. Frontman Mark Shelton’s dexterous leads are incredible throughout, most noticeably in the opening of the short and catchy “Feeling Free Again” and especially in the amazing 12-minute epic “Dreams of Eschaton/Epilogue.” Some of the band’s sludgy proto-metal roots surface in the Sabbathesque standout “The Riddle Master.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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70's dude ,

One of the best Heavy Metal albums of all time

Seriously...no joke. Crystal Logic is a must-have album in any heavy metal fans music library. From the classic opening number of Necropolis through the major riffage of The Ram and The Riddle Master, you will not be disappointed in this album. Check it out and get introduced to the great Mark Shelton and his musical genius.

Paulie6588 ,

Where is Courts of Chaos? Invasion? Metal?

Manilla Road is a band to not miss. Always changing every album because Mark Shelton wants to keep writing new material even after an album is complete. Follow Manilla Road on their journey of True Metal and Enjoy.

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