Mark Shelton’s mighty metal heart finally gave out which comes as a huge shock. He wasn’t even on the radar, there were plenty of guys set to go before him this came outta nowhere. Metal has suffered a huge blow. Man, I am bummed the fuck out, maybe moreso than when Lemmy died.
Manilla Road were a band that rarely disappointed. Two, maybe three albums out of something like eighteen; one was patchy, one was simply not as good as the rest and one wasn’t even supposed to be a Manilla Road album. I can’t think of any other band who’ve managed to be that consistent let alone one that stared in the seventies. Even Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden eventually started sucking and they’re probably the only two other bands that even come close. There’s a hole left now which is a chasm to those who are into epic metal.