Manilla Road is an American heavy metal band from Wichita, Kansas, USA, forming around its master of lead guitar Mark ‘The Shark’ Shelton (vocals and guitar). They are considered the creators and masters of the the so-called “epic metal” subgenre.
HIGH SPIRITS began in Chicago in early 2009 with a series of fun songwriting sessions and demo recordings. Soon, there were 10 songs recorded, enough for an album. It was released as a plain white-label LP at the first HIGH SPIRITS live show, which was in August of 2009. (Only a handful copies sold that night, but the rest sold quickly through the mail to fans all over the world.)
Record companies began to notice HIGH SPIRITS, and the demos compilation album was soon released on digipack CD by Cruz del Sur Music and on gatefold vinyl by High Roller Records. Despite the rough recording, songs like “Never Going Back”, “Torture”, and the signature “High Spirits” shined through; both versions are sold out. During 2010 the band did a lot of shows around the Midwest USA and self-released a 7” single titled “Let’s Rock”.
Interest was building for a proper full-length album, and studio sessions began in early 2011. Because the demos collection had been so successful, it was decided that all new songs would go on the album. In May, recordings took a break for the band to do a two-week tour in the USA.
Titled ‘Another Night’, High Roller Records released the album on CD and LP in August of 2011, and the response was sensational! The audiences loved it, and the response from the press was fantastic, especially that the band was named Best Newcomer of 2011 by Rock Hard Magazine.
By 2012, demand was “high” in Europe to see the band live. Keep It True Festival soon was in touch to offer a spot on their 2013 bill, and the band happily accepted! But the Rock Hard crew just could not wait that long, so they asked the band to play the Rock Hard Festival in May of 2012. On the same trip, HIGH SPIRITS played two hot club gigs in Germany and also Muskelrock festival in Sweden. It was all a lot of fun and a big success!
In 2013 the band is preparing to return to Europe and will do a short run of gigs (including Germany, Holland, Belgium, and the UK) leading up to the Keep It True Festival on April 19-20. To celebrate, High Roller Records is releasing a special new demos collection featuring five new songs, entitled simply ‘2013’.
Following the European trip, the band hopes to play some summer gigs in the USA and then it will be time to prepare the next studio album.
BIBLE OF THE DEVIL
With their twin guitar harmony attack and vocal hooks, Bible of the Devil have always kept themselves firmly grounded in their classic rock and metal influences. Their style reminds us that rock music can be catchy and brutal at the same time.
“Michigan Metal never sounded truer. These boys have been at it since ‘05, through thick and thin and other such clichés. But really; the completion of this album proved to be nearly impossible, with numerous failed attempts: a broken hard drive, a torn band, fevered egos venting their frustration and a little helping of Powertime ingredient number 1, 2 and X. Ah yes, Powertime. The vanguard of the alienated, Powertime developed from its conceptual roots into a fraternization culminating upon the viewing of kitschy schlop films and jamming molten old Metal. Many a night were filled with adventure and sometimes static sedation under heavy drug use (or sonic mayhem under similar circumstances). The point of such hedonistic reveling of course reflects the nature of an exclusive society, just as any other. However, this was our society, and still is. Unimportant as it may seem to onlookers, such fraternization was both Harbinger’s doing and undoing. A passion for the primitive sound of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal thundered throughout numerous Powertime gatherings, echoing unabashedly through each track that you, the listener, are about to enjoy. United by hatred of clinical power metal and the current state of Metal in general, this new Michigan standard prides itself in powerful speed and melody, punctuated by punk rock unprofessionalism. Even though internal fights, brotherly bickering and failed recording sessions threatened to leave the band unrealized, the passion for the music itself brought these five gentlemen back together, out to make Metal truly powerful again. Harbinger at this point represents four years of broken dreams, crumbling Michigan infrastructure and youthful escapism in the most volatile sense: They’re back because you need them. The riffs hurt, the vocals soar, and the battery never lets up. If you know the true sound of Metal, you will understand this release. If not, DOOM ON YOU!”
– JP Power and Associates
Traditional Heavy Metal from Chicago