Sounds of Marshabaloosh Episode 1 – Manilla Road: A Metal Invasion


First of all, Marshabaloosh is the evil deity that makes you stub your toe, step on a nail, makes your wife divorce you, starts world wars and makes it snow heavily on the day of your important job interview.  Indeed he’s quit the nogoodnik, yet we worship him.

Sounds of Marshabaloosh is the music and entertainment spin off of the Savage Hippie retardo propaganda machine, and for the first installment, I was granted the privilege of interviewing Mark “the Shark” Shelton and Bryan “Hellroadie” Patrick, guitarist/singer/songwriter and singer/roadie for legendary cult metal band Manilla Road.  If you don’t know ’em, you better wise up, sucker!  They’ve been together in some way, shape or form since 1977 and have released a large and diverse body of work that ranges from heavy, progressive space rock, melodic epic metal, thrash, doom and even 12-string acoustic folky music, whose one uniting factor is Shelton and his penchant for fantasy, science fiction, horror and the occasional philosophical lyrics.

Shelton, Patrick and I spend an hour talking about everything from Manilla Road’s music (whoda thunk we’d talk about that?!), their various albums, encounters with other bands, potential label deals, the literature of Robert E. Howard, Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft and the time Manilla Road incited a brawl between Stryper’s Christian fan base and their biker one… guess who won…

I wish I had asked Shelton to elaborate on the Riddle Master project and about the legendary Herman Hill riots, but oh well… maybe next time?

Here’s a list of all of their albums if you want to check out their stuff, which you should, asshole.

Invasion (1980)
Metal (1982)
Crystal Logic (1983)
Open the Gates (1985)
The Deluge (1986)
Mystification (1987)
Live Roadkill (1988)
Out of the Abyss (1988)
The Courts of Chaos (1990)
The Circus Maximus (1992)
Atlantis Rising (2001)
Mark of the Beast (2002) (recorded 1981)
Spiral Castle (2002)
Gates of Fire (2005)
Voyager (2008)
After Midnight Live (2010) (recorded 1979)
Playground of the Damned (2011)
Mysterium (2013)
The Blessed Curse (2015)
Dreams of Eschaton (2016) (recorded 1981, remaster of Mark of the Beast)

And Mark, if you’re reading this, I downloaded all three Heavy Load albums!  Thanks for the recommendation!

Playlist 8/15/2016

AC/DC – Let There Be Rock (Australian version)
The Dictators – D. F. F. D.
Negative FX & Last Rights split CD
Suicidal Tendencies – Join the Army
Danzig – Danzig III: How the Gods Kill
The Thrown Ups – Seven Years Golden
Chrome – Half Machine Lip Moves
Hellhammer – Demon Entrails
Corrosion of Conformity – Blind
Manilla Road – Mysterium
King Crimson – In the Wake of Poseidon
Crowbar – Symmetry in Black

Playlist 8/3/2016

Suicidal Tendencies – Lights… Camera… Revolution!
Corrosion of Conformity – Eye for an Eye + Six Songs with Mike Singing CD
Big Business – Here Come the Waterworks
The Kinks – Something Else by the Kinks (deluxe expanded edition)
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
New York Dolls – One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
Darker My Love – 2
Manowar – Sign of the Hammer
Kreator – Endless Pain
Brian Eno – Another Green World
Manilla Road – Spiral Castle
Gryphon – Red Queen to Gryphon Three

Playlist 8/1/2016

Manowar – Kings of Metal
Turbonegro – Ass Cobra
Turbonegro – Apocalypse Dudes
Rocket from the Crypt – Circa: Now!
Rocket from the Crypt – Hot Charity/Cut Carefully and Play Loud
Manilla Road – Mysterium
Manilla Road – Spiral Castle
Manilla Road – Voyager
Neurosis – Given to the Rising
Genesis – Nursery Cryme
Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy)
Kreator – Extreme Aggression
LAE – Break the Clasp
Black Randy and the Metrosquad – Pass the Dust, I Think I’m Bowie.
Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero – Mondo Cane Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album

Playlist 6/29/2016

Dwarves – Blood, Guts & Pussy
Buster Brown – Something to Say (deluxe expanded edition)
Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – Kingdom Come
Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – Journey
Coloured Balls – Ball Power (deluxe expanded edition)
Inner City Unit – Passout (deluxe expanded edition)
Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff EP
Mudhoney – Mudhoney
Mudhoney – Piece of Cake
Mudhoney – Five Dollar Bob’s Mock Cooter Stew EP
Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap
Love – Forever Changes
Manilla Road – Mark of the Beast

Playlist 5/11/2016

Cirith Ungol – King of the Dead
Cirith Ungol – One Foot in Hell
Slayer – Hell Awaits
Mayhem – Chimera
Thin Lizzy – Chinatown
Blue Öyster Cult – Cultösaurus Erectus
Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere
Hawkwind – Take Me to Your Leader
Wire – Chairs Missing
T. Rex – The Slider
Motörhead – Orgasmatron
Yes – Going for the One
Manilla Road – The Courts of Chaos