Manilla Road
Crystal Logic


5.0
classic

Review

by Atari CONTRIBUTOR (111 Reviews)
February 25th, 2013 | 171 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Crystal Logic” is Manilla Road’s magnum opus. An absolute metal classic from start to finish.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve been so transfixed with a metal album. Released in 1983, Manilla Road’s Crystal Logic is, quite simply, one of the most addicting and captivating metal albums I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Backed by the distinct vocals of Mark Shelton, the album is an epic and even mesmerizing listen from start to finish. Although the band has released a handful of great albums since their inception in the late 70‘s, none of them have been able to match the originality or consistency of Crystal Logic. It’s the band’s true masterpiece and an essential album for anybody who calls themselves a fan of metal.

The obvious star of the group is vocalist and founding member Mark Shelton. Not only is he the singer, but he’s also responsible for all the band’s impressive lead guitar work. Thankfully, his original yet nasally vocals sound better than ever on this release as he injects each song with attitude and energy. Songs like the title track or the addicting ‘Necropolis’ are perfect examples of his ability as a vocalist and he completely steals the show with some of his most distinct vocals on the entire album. At times they sound slightly reminiscent of Iron Maiden, but they are highly original in their own right and never grow dull throughout the beast that is Crystal Logic.

Thankfully the band wasn't afraid to experiment on this release and the album manages to show off many different sounds without ever truly losing its focus. The band embraces their fun side with the rock ‘n roll feel of ‘Feeling Free Again’, while other songs are much more eerie such as ‘The Veils of Negative Existence’ which starts with some demented laughs by Shelton alongside some ridiculously heavy guitar riffs. However, one of the most dynamic songs on the album is the epic 10 minute ‘Dreams of Eschaton’ which is packed with insane solos and shows off some of Shelton’s gruffer vocals. Although the song is followed by a piano-laden epilogue, it’s the last full track on the album and it ends it with one hell of a bang.

With original sounding guitar work that has influences ranging from Black Sabbath to Iron Maiden and a vocal performance that can only be matched by a select few, Crystal Logic is an album that shouldn’t be overlooked. It's like pure candy for the ears and as pleasing as the album is to the senses, it’s also not overproduced so it’s able to retain a highly original sound making it an undeniable classic that’s sure to please fans of all things metal. A true classic.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't usually have 2 reviews on the homepage at once..but this band needs more attention and I thought this would make a nice addition to my other manilla road review. : )

gotta get some sleep please give me any necessary criticism or feedback! the album is nothing short of amazing...

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demigod!
February 25th 2013


45255 Comments


nice review atari. i've heard some good things about this album

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks demi it's amazing. My review doesn't really do it justice but what the hell

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol just because I hear some black sabbath/priest influences doesn't mean it's not original. This is classic stuff.

demigod!
February 25th 2013


45255 Comments


that is influences? lol c'mon bro

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Should I change it demi?

demigod!
February 25th 2013


45255 Comments


I'd just change it to say "that has influences ranging from", it would sound a bit better imo

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh the damn apostrophe I didn't see it it's 3 am lol thanks man

demigod!
February 25th 2013


45255 Comments


hey darth whats going on in your av

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


7127 Comments


you doing discog? At this point it would be pretty awesome : ]

demigod!
February 25th 2013


45255 Comments


holy shit moaropeth i forgot about that

will do

DirtBagDan
February 25th 2013


582 Comments


Great review man, will check.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

last paragraph should look better thanks for the sarcastic but necessary feedback darth. : P

@Ipod, i doubt it lol i just really had to review this one it's sooo good.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


7127 Comments


Yeah big discog though. : /

MaidenFan24
February 25th 2013


54 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review mate. Highly recommend the next two releases after this one (Open The Gates & The Deluge) if you haven't already heard them ; )

tempest--
February 25th 2013


14620 Comments


Auto-pos

This sounds sweet, gonna check it out!

TheNotrap
February 25th 2013


8132 Comments


Jammed a couple of songs back in the days but honestly I don't remember much.

Nice work, have a pos.


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70sPriestIsBetter
February 25th 2013


1934 Comments


sweet review, awesome fucking album

havapos

manosg
February 25th 2013


6700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good album and a great review. pos.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks guys. yeah you can't go wrong with this album.



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