»Metal« was Manilla Road's follow up album to their legendary debut »Invasion« (issued via their own Roadster Records in 1980).
In contrast to other bands starting out, »Invasion« and »Metal« (originally released on Roadster in 1982) are not too similar in style and substance. According to Mark Shelton, there is a reason for that: “There was a whole album and another three song demo that had been recorded between the time that we recorded »Invasion« and »Metal«. I am referring to what eventually turned out to be released as »Mark Of The Beast«. So there was a learning curve between those two projects. »Invasion« was recorded with analog guitar processors and »Metal« was more like it should really be, with Marshall Amps miked up and turned up. Huge difference in the sound of the guitars on »Metal«.”
In contrast to »Invasion«, for »Metal« there was only one single vinyl pressing of 2,000 copies with no re-pressing. Manilla Road went on to working on the »Crystal Logic« album almost immediately after »Metal« and never looked back.
»Metal« did show quite a vast variety of different styles. "Out of Control with Rock 'n' Roll" was a straight-forward rocker whereas there were a fair couple of more epic and spacey songs on there as well (like "Far Side of the Sun") … The Shark agrees: “Yeah, and the title cut 'Metal' is sort of a spacey thing at first. Even 'Cage of Mirrors' has its space-like passages. There was still the remnant of standard hard rock within some of the songs like you pointed out but we really were starting to breach out into a much more epic and heavier approach to the music This was the first time that I felt like we really were starting to find a true direction for the band. It was even further defined in out next project »Crystal Logic«.”