"Open the Gates" was originally released via Black Dragon Records in 1985. It was the first label deal Manilla Road had struck outside their own Roadster Records label. The atmosphere within the Manilla Road camp at the time of the album's original release was electric. Throughout the years, Manilla Road have become quite well-known for their concept albums but "Open the Gates" was only partly a concept album. It was mostly geared to the King Arthur legend. Along with "Crystal Logic" and "The Deluge" Manilla Road's "Open the Gates" is clearly one of the band's most well-regarded albums (to this very day it's cherished by fans and press alike).