In the line of the re-releases actually only the seventh record of the Epic Metal godfathers MANILLA ROAD, titled as "Out Of the Abyss", is missing. I want to warn everybody, who bought some or even all re-releases of this band. Although, warning is maybe the wrong word, because this record is great, too.
But, everybody who likes the epic songs of the previous records, will be disappointed. Except for one song, "War In Heaven", the material goes more into the Thrash direction. But Mark Shelton did it well, too.
Take the fast breaker "Whitechapel" or "Rites Of Blood" as examples, last one acts like hardly contained wrath. Or take "Return Of The Old Ones", which is worn by some calm elements and dreamy guitar working. Or take "Slaughterhouse", which reminds you of DREAM DEATH in the beginning and then gets faster and faster. Not to forget is the dark, "Helicon", with simple but ingenious riffs "Helicon". Every single song has much breaks, but it never leads into chaos.
MANILLA ROAD had the chaos under control, they always concentrated themselves on the main (the song). Everybody, who likes the Swiss triumvirate MESSIAH, CORONER, CELTIC FROST should buy this CD, it's worth the buy. (Online October 12, 2002)