there is one thing that the past has taught the metal world it would be that Manilla Road does not just fade away or give up. Manilla Road will be alive and kicking as long as I am alive and there are fans out there that want to hear and see the band. “Crystal Logic”, “The Deluge” and even “Spiral Castle” are what I personally consider some of your greatest works. Where is “Mystification” among these works? And how are its songs placed live? That’s a good question because to me “Mystification” was a great album song wise and but not necessarily performance or production wise. We recorded and mixed the whole album in about a week. This was due to traveling to Memphis and only having so much money for a recording budget. I felt that our performances could have been better on that album. And the production was not nearly as good as what I had thought we would get by going to a big studio in a music hub city like Memphis and working with renowned engineers. It just did not add up to the total package for me even though I thought the songs were great and I was really pleased with the vocals. It did not sell very well for
us when it first came out but since it was remixed and re-released on Sentinel Steel Records some years back it soared with the sales. As a matter of fact the owner of Sentinel Steel Records informed me that it was the best selling album that he ever had on his label and it was a re-issue and not a brand new release. As for tracks from that album being in our live sets, they always have been. “Mystification” has become one of the fan favorite albums over the last several years and we usually do several songs from that project in our live shows. Songs like “Masque of the Red Death”, “Haunted Palace”, “Up From The Crypt”, “Death by the Hammer” and “Mystification” always pop up in our shows and will continue too. What does the future hold for Manilla Road? “Mystification” has been out for quite some time; how have the fans and media reacted to it? Like I said at first the album was not that well received but now days it appears to be a classic in the minds and hearts of our fans. And it seems that the media is much more positive about it now than it used to be when it first came out. As for what the fu-
ture holds for Manilla Road, we just finished mixing the next MR album which will be out this year. We will be touring the world again and going to many places we have never been before and you can keep up on that at our website www.manillaroad.net. So it is still onward and upward for Manilla Road. Before I go though I would like to add a special thanks to you for doing this interview and a really big thanks to all our fans for their undying support and faith in the band. It has been my honor to keep playing music with Manilla Road and it is all possible because of you. Thank you and blessed be to all.
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