CHRIS MANNING - Reach The Sky (2023) 
Chris Manning
Reach The Sky

Released : July 14, 2023
Produced by : Alex Gerst
Time : 00:00

01  Nothing But Time (5:19) 
02  Reach The Sky (4:49) 
03  Fly Over The Walls (5:44) (featuring Bruce Kulick)
04  Freedom (5:07) 
05  Back To The Beginning (4:46) 
06  Page Street (4:27) 
07  Let It Go (4:44) 
08  Fight (4:31) 
09  Someday (3:16) 
10  Texas Smoke (5:15) (featuring Tommy Katona)

(NLTM-V0035) released 2023 by NoLifeTilMetal Records / Roxx Records

USA : NoLifeTilMetal Records / Roxx Records - compact disc (500 copies) NLTM-C0035
USA : NoLifeTilMetal Records / Roxx Records - vinyl LP (100 copies) NLTM-V0035

musicians :
Chris Manning (guitars)
Chris Hodges (vocals)
Chapman Stick (bass on 8 tracks)
Dan Hawkins (bass on 2 tracks)
Max Salidi (drums)
Rick Read (keyboards)

Guest musicians :
Bruce Kulick (guitar on track 03)
Tommy Katona (guitar on track 10)

Tracks 1 - 9 Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Alex Gerst at Empire Sound Recording Studios.
Track 10 Engineered Sterling Winfield (Boot Hill Studios) and mastered by Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound).

Press release / promo letter :
NoLifeTilMetal Records is proud to announce the CD and vinyl release of Texas guitarist Chris Manning’s "Reach The Sky." The new album is a worthy follow-up to “Destination” (2020) and once again features vocalist extraordinaire and co-writer, Cris Hodges (Grey Daze, In The End). “Reach The Sky” also features a stellar lineup of guest artists including legendary guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk) on "Fly Over The Walls" as well as the Hungarian-born, fiery blues guitarist Tommy Katona on the instrumental “Texas Smoke”. In addition to his contributions to one track, Bruce Kulick served as the album’s creative consultant.

“Reach The Sky” features a great collection of genre-blurring songs combining melodic rock and metal riffs with cinematic soundscapes showcasing Manning’s unique approach to songwriting along with his thematic guitar solos. Vocalist Cris Hodges once again delivers catchy hooks showcasing his amazing range and depth as well as his ability to provide the perfect vocal performance for each song.

Fans of Alice in Chains, Lynch Mob, KISS, and King’s X will love this album and its perfect blend of Manning’s influences. Rounding out the album’s lineup are bassist, Chapman Stick, and keyboardist studio ace Rick Read (Herd Of Instinct, The Zeppelin Project) on 8 tracks and Singapore bassist Dan Hawkins on 2 tracks. Drummer and UK session pro Max Saidi completes the line up.

Nine of the album’s tracks were mixed and mastered by Alex Gerst (Empire Sound Recording Studios), a nationally recognized studio producer/engineer, while “Texas Smoke” was mixed by legendary Pantera mix engineer Sterling Winfield (Boot Hill Studios) and mastered by Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound).

As an artist with a wide-variety of musical tastes, Chris Manning’s music remains difficult to categorize. Manning was featured in Guitar Player magazine (Dec 2008) and is also a founding member of The Zeppelin Project, one of the top Zeppelin tributes in Texas.

Over the past 10+ years he has traveled throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, and Missouri playing shows with his original band C4 as well as The Zeppelin Project sharing stages with Drowning Pool, George Lynch/Lynch Mob, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken, Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), and Dangerous Toys.

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Video promo clip

Chris Manning - Fly Over The Walls (Featuring Bruce Kulick) (2023)
CHRIS MANNING : Fly Over The Walls
(feat. Bruce Kulick)


other releases

CHRIS MANNING : Destination (2020)

CHRIS MANNING : Destination (2020)


Chris Manning (official)

Bruce Kulick (official)

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