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6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of 80’s American Heavy Metal (Part 1)

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Manilla Road – Open The Gates (1985)

With Open The Gates, cult favourites Manilla Road recorded their heaviest, most focused album to date. Taking their cues predominantly from thrash and the NWOBHM, their epic brand of heavy metal marched on from 1983’s Crystal Logic into ever more muscular territory.

The fantastical and the epic were embraced with no sign of cliche and it was this commitment to pure heavy metal that propelled Open The Gates along at breakneck speed.

Highly underrated, Manilla Road and this classic album deserve to be household names and why they fail to receive the mainstream respect they fully deserve is beyond comprehension!

About Chris Jennings (1428 Articles)
I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of 80’s American Heavy Metal (Part 1)

  1. Héctor Hurtado // May 31, 2018 at 4:22 pm // Reply

    What a list, fantastic! I would only change Open the Gates for Crystal Logic and that’s it!

  2. Culprit, Helstar, Medieval Steel

    • Chris Jennings // June 4, 2018 at 4:34 pm // Reply

      Good call! Helstar are already pencilled in for a future entry but Culprit and Medieval Steel definitely need some attention….we’ll get on it!!! \m/

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