Manilla Road
The Deluge


5.0
classic

Review

by Gigglesdemon USER (31 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Manilla Road proves that they are in fact witches and masters of black magic.

I refuse to accept this. There is no way it is possible. How can a band release a poor debut (not too strange), a much improved follow up (still not too odd), but then release THREE fantastic albums in a row and not be well known? Or at least moderately so? All my close metalhead friends, whenever I bring these guys up go “Who?” I present the only explanation. Mark Shelton is in fact, a black wizard and master of the dark arts, and he has performed some sort of sorcery to create albums that are this good but still remain unknown. Many of you will probably say, “That’s ridiculous! Lots of good bands go unnoticed!” And I retort, “Shut up. You’re ruining my theory.”

Something that is definitely magical on this album is the ability of all the members. Shelton still walks proudly among the masters of riffing, consistently providing enjoyable, headbangable riffs and solos. The fret board fireworks are continued here, just like every Manilla Road album, there are some songs that really show off Shelton’s ability to shred. From the completely scientifically incorrect song Friction in Mass, the title track, The Deluge, and almost every other song, has at least one really awesome guitar part. And while I have showered praise on every Manilla Road for Shelton's great guitar work, here they really out do themselves. This album probably has the best tracks (guitar wise) that Manilla Road have ever done, just listen to the supremely epic The Deluge, the frenetic solos of Friction in Mass, or the insane chaos of the closer, Rest in Pieces.

And Shelton’s vocals are improving as well. He experimented with some harsher vocals on the previous album, Open the Gates, and it was hit or miss. But here, Shelton’s harsh vocals are fantastic, proving that yes, he can sound gruff and angry without coming off as slightly ridiculous. Hammer of the Witches (SEE, WITCHERY!!!!) and Isle of the Dead show off Shelton’s harsh vocals at their best.

Manilla Road’s rhythm section is continuing to improve, and here, the bass shows major improvement. Instead of just galloping along, it is clearly audible, playing some very technical and demanding bass parts. Just listen to Scott Park's bass playing on the track Divine Victim, and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Randy Foxe is still as good as he usually is, playing extraordinarily fast. I challenge you to find me a drummer of the same era (1985~1986) who plays as well as this guy does. I know the most immediate response is Dave Lombardo of Slayer fame, but Randy is almost as fast and much more technical.

Manilla Road manages to outdo themselves here, topping even their fantastic third album, Crystal Logic. Every little element of this album is great. In order to even seem a little more critical, I listened to this album at least ten times trying to find the tiniest fault. Yet every time I only came away with more good things to say. The production? Is it even a little off? Nope, the production is fantastic, letting you hear everything. How about lyrics? Are they even a tad bit silly? Well, a little, but not much. Is their a single overlong song? Nope, there is not a single dull moment. Is there even a little filler? Not really, no. I eventually grew so frustrated by my budding fanboyism I swore I would never listen to this album again. But it still drew me in. And that is a hallmark of a great album. No matter how many times I listen to this album i still manage to enjoy everything. And I'm going to finish up now so I can go listen to this little slab of sorcery again....

Pros:
-Strong guitar work
-Great harsh vocals
-Robust Rhythm section

Mehs:
-The title "Friction in Mass." Seriously guys? Did you ever take physics?

Cons:
-None

Recommended Tracks:
-The Deluge
-Hammer of the Witches
-Friction in Mass
-Divine Victim



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Gigglesdemon
April 22nd 2011


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Next entry in my discog review of Manilla Road. I used to prefer Crystal Logic, but over time I grew to appreciate this album more and more. As always, CC welcome!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


6287 Comments


I refuse to accept this. There is no way it is possible. How can a band release a poor debut (not too strange), a much improved follow up (still not too odd), but then release THREE fantastic albums in a row and not be well known?

This isn't so peculiar. Voivod fits your description spot on.

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Gigglesdemon
April 22nd 2011


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, as I say later in that paragraph, none of my close metalhead friends don't even know who Manilla Road are. Most of them do know Voivod.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2011


6287 Comments


Well, as I say later in that paragraph, none of my close metalhead friends don't even know who Manilla Road are. Most of them do know Voivod.

Well in Greece, it's completely the other way around, at least for metalheads of my age (I'm 32).

Greek metalheads are suckers for classic metal, not-too-few times at the expense of the other metal sub-genres.


It's cool that you are reviewing the whole Manilla Road discog, keep it up.

Passname
April 22nd 2011


301 Comments


Manilla Road is actually starting to become pretty well known over the past years. This happens to be
my favorite album by them. A classic.

alachlahol
April 23rd 2011


7509 Comments


MANILLA FUCKIN ROAD

aguzman
June 5th 2011


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rest In Pieces is a great solo song!

Zaqq
February 12th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So damn underrated band... Great heavy metal.
"The title "Friction in Mass." Seriously guys? Did you ever take physics?"
LOL

CaptainDooRight
September 28th 2012


30251 Comments


tits



FadeToBlack
September 28th 2012


11034 Comments


this album/band is

CaptainDooRight
November 15th 2012


30251 Comments


faith


Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this fucking rules too

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Eunuch
September 27th 2013


1282 Comments


IN THE NAME OF GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD BURN THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!

CaptainDooRight
September 27th 2013


30251 Comments


unikue atmosfears

manosg
October 8th 2013


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a fine album and only a few comments. This is so damn epic!

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band rules but I still need to give this one a proper listen

ViperAces
October 8th 2013


12485 Comments


a manilla road album that isnt crystal logic? intriguing...

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if manosg likes it then it's good

manosg
October 8th 2013


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, thanks Atari. The album is as good as the cover art. I might bump it to 4.5 in due time.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2013


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so you actually like it more than crystal logic then? From what I remember Mystification is pretty sweet too



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