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Open the Gates

Manilla Road

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
April 28th, 1985
Catalog ID:
BD 002 / BD 12-002
Label:
Black Dragon Records
Format:
2 12" vinyls
Reviews:
6 reviews (avg. 93%)
Disc 1 (33⅓ RPM)
Side A
1. Metalström 05:17   Show lyrics
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2. Open the Gates 02:20   Show lyrics
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3. Astronomica 05:00   Show lyrics
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4. Weavers of the Web 04:18   Show lyrics
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Side B
5. Heavy Metal to the World 03:19   Show lyrics
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6. The Fires of Mars 06:13   Show lyrics
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7. Road of Kings 05:46   Show lyrics
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8. Hour of the Dragon 04:45   Show lyrics
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  36:58  
Disc 2 (45 RPM)
Side A
1. The Ninth Wave 09:31   Show lyrics
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Side B
2. Witches' Brew 06:21   Show lyrics
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  15:52  
Band members
Mark W. Shelton Guitars, Vocals (lead)
Randy "Thrasher" Foxe Drums
Scott Park Bass
Miscellaneous staff
Randy "Thrasher" Foxe Producer
Scott "Scooter" Park Producer
Mark "The Shark" Shelton Producer
Jon Miller Recording, mixing
Rick Fisher Producer (assistant)
Max Merhoff Producer (assistant)
Larry Funk Engineering
Eric Larnoy (R.I.P. 1996) Cover art
Patrick W. Engel Remastering
Mark W. Shelton Guitars, Vocals (lead)
Randy "Thrasher" Foxe Drums
Scott Park Bass
Randy "Thrasher" Foxe Producer
Scott "Scooter" Park Producer
Mark "The Shark" Shelton Producer
Jon Miller Recording, mixing
Rick Fisher Producer (assistant)
Max Merhoff Producer (assistant)
Larry Funk Engineering
Eric Larnoy (R.I.P. 1996) Cover art
Patrick W. Engel Remastering
Read For What Glory It Brings Us 96% Nightmare_Reality September 13th, 2012
Read Less consistent, more... 87% Jophelerx June 21st, 2011
Read Enchanting. 91% Empyreal December 27th, 2009
Read A slight dip in quality,... 92% failsafeman February 14th, 2008
Read Unreal...Just Unreal 95% brocashelm April 18th, 2006
Read Classic US epic metal 95% Axecrusher March 8th, 2004

All lyrics by Mark Shelton.
Music by Scott Parker and Mark Shelton.
All music arranged by Manilla Road.

Inspiring literature by Marcus Manilius "Astronomica", Alfred Lord Tennyson "Idylls of the King", R.B. Anderson "Norse Mythology", Robert Graves "The White Goddess", "The Welsh Mabinogion", "The Hanes Taliesin" and the "Norse Elder Eddas".

"Open the Gates" is dedicated to Al Arnold (Till We Meet Again).
Cover painting by Eric Larnoy.
Inner sleeve Manilla Road drawing concept by Nick Newbill.

Originally released by Black Dragon Records on vinyl. Due to its length, it was released as a LP and an additional 12"-single (featuring The Ninth Wave and Witches Brew), which were placed in the same single record sleeve.

Reissued in 2001 by Dragonheart Records containing two bonus tracks:
11. Open the Gates (live) (2:22)
12. Witches Brew (live) (5:28)
Both bonus tracks are originally from the Roadkill live album.
Remastered by Steve Falke at Cornerstone Studios.

Reissued on LP by High Roller Records in 2012.
Reissued on CD by Shadow Kingdom Records on June 19th, 2012.
Remastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony in December 2011.

Recording information:

Recorded at Miller Studio, North Newton, Kansas.
Produced by Manilla Road for Roadster Records, Inc.
Assisted by Max Merhoff and Rick Fisher.
Engineered by Larry Funk.

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