Dark, scary, a short speech, pumping bass, drum-fills, dark riffs, an imploring voice, this is how the godz of Epic Metal start their masterpiece "Open The Gates".
You simply must listen to the disc to say afterwards "I've kissed the sun and didn't notice"! Every single song is a masterpiece itself. 90% of all heavy rockers would give a lot just to make something that's just about that great.
For a hymn like "The Ninth Wave" a band like SEASONS OF THE WOLF would kiss the dust. (But if they carry on like they did so far they will soon be welcomed in the rows of MANILLA ROAD...). Or let's talk about "Heavy Metal To The World", an up-tempo smasher with a super catchy chorus that should be considered a highlight on every SLOUGH FEG-album. Songs like the immortal "Road Of Kings" or the great "Witches Brew" are just as magnificent. And about the class of "Hour Of The Dragon" I could chat for hours.
Summed up, you could say: HAIL TO THE MIGHTY KINGS OF EPIC POWER METAL - MANILLA ROAD!!!
Actually EVERY album should be in your collection but at least this one. It is the best one! Or so it seems to me, although I know that other fans might prefer other CDs. No matter if "Mystification" or "The Courts Of Chaos", "The Deluge" or "Atlantis Rising", they're all timeless monuments of Hard Rock! Epic, dramatic, I need it!