Origin:
Wichita, KS, USA
Decades:
1977-1990, 2001-present

Manilla Road is an American heavy metal band from Wichita, Kansas, founded by lead guitarist Mark 'the Shark' Shelton (vocals and guitar) (born December 3, 1957 in Wichita, Kansas, USA).

Original rhythm guitarists Robert Park's son started an alternative rock band in 2002, The Canadian Lawyers. The Canadian Lawyers rhythm guitarist is also Scott Park's nephew.

Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone mentioned the band in the song "Raised on Rock" on the 2007 album, F.O.A.D. Manilla Road was created by Shelton in 1977 with high school friends Benny Munkirs, Rick Fisher and brothers Robert and Scott Park. After playing in local bars, the group first gained attention with their song "Herman Hill," inspired by the Herman Hill riot. Their first album Invasion was released in 1980 on the band's own label, Roadster Records. Between this time and their next release the band recorded material for an album to be titled The Dreams Of Eschaton, however this was not released until 2002 (under the name Mark of the Beast) as they were not happy with the sound. Shelton has been quoted as saying the music was "not metal enough" and "sounded like shit." Despite this Mark of the Beast was critically well received when it was eventually released. These early albums have more in common with progressive rock and proto-heavy metal than the band's later epic metal sound.