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Manowar is an American classic style heavy metal band from Auburn, New York that prominently features mythology and fantasy in their lyrics as well as songs about Heavy Metal and a theme of comradeship with rebellious attitude. They are also claimed to be pioneers of power metal alongside with Dio and Helloween.

Manowar was founded by bassist Joey DeMaio and guitarist Ross "Ross the Boss" Friedman in 1980. Joey DeMaio was a bass/pyro technician for Black Sabbath, who were playing a show in England at the time, and Ross the Boss was the guitarist of a band called Shakin' Street. The whole thing started when the two locked themselves in a locker room to find out which one could play the guitar harder and faster.

After agreeing that they would found a band, the two took in Eric Adams, the "man with lungs of leather", as their vocalist, and
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MANOWAR albums / top albums

MANOWAR Battle Hymns album cover 3.88 | 31 ratings
Battle Hymns
Heavy Metal 1982
MANOWAR Into Glory Ride album cover 3.30 | 32 ratings
Into Glory Ride
Heavy Metal 1983
MANOWAR Hail to England album cover 3.93 | 36 ratings
Hail to England
Heavy Metal 1984
MANOWAR Sign of the Hammer album cover 4.35 | 31 ratings
Sign of the Hammer
Heavy Metal 1984
MANOWAR Fighting the World album cover 3.72 | 30 ratings
Fighting the World
Heavy Metal 1987
MANOWAR Kings of Metal album cover 3.44 | 33 ratings
Kings of Metal
Heavy Metal 1988
MANOWAR The Triumph of Steel album cover 3.16 | 31 ratings
The Triumph of Steel
US Power Metal 1992
MANOWAR Louder Than Hell album cover 3.50 | 18 ratings
Louder Than Hell
US Power Metal 1996
MANOWAR Warriors of the World album cover 2.54 | 18 ratings
Warriors of the World
Heavy Metal 2002
MANOWAR Gods of War album cover 2.43 | 14 ratings
Gods of War
Heavy Metal 2007
MANOWAR Battle Hymns MMXI album cover 3.06 | 9 ratings
Battle Hymns MMXI
Heavy Metal 2010
MANOWAR The Lord Of Steel album cover 3.59 | 9 ratings
The Lord Of Steel
Heavy Metal 2012
MANOWAR Kings of Metal MMXIV album cover 2.00 | 3 ratings
Kings of Metal MMXIV
Heavy Metal 2014

MANOWAR EPs & splits

MANOWAR The Sons of Odin album cover 3.93 | 3 ratings
The Sons of Odin
Heavy Metal 2006
MANOWAR Thunder in the Sky album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Thunder in the Sky
Heavy Metal 2009
MANOWAR The Final Battle I album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Final Battle I
Heavy Metal 2019

MANOWAR live albums

MANOWAR Hell on Wheels: Live album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Hell on Wheels: Live
Heavy Metal 1997
MANOWAR Hell on Stage Live album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Hell on Stage Live
Heavy Metal 1999
MANOWAR Gods of War Live album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gods of War Live
Heavy Metal 2007

MANOWAR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MANOWAR Demo '81 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo '81
Heavy Metal 1981

MANOWAR re-issues & compilations

MANOWAR The Hell of Steel album cover 4.75 | 3 ratings
The Hell of Steel
Heavy Metal 1994
MANOWAR Anthology album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Heavy Metal 1997
MANOWAR The Kingdom of Steel: The Very Best of album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Kingdom of Steel: The Very Best of
Heavy Metal 1998
MANOWAR Battle Hymns / Sign of the Hammer album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Battle Hymns / Sign of the Hammer
Heavy Metal 2002

MANOWAR singles (9)

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Heavy Metal 1983
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Return of the Warlord
Heavy Metal 1996
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Heavy Metal 1996
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Number 1
Heavy Metal 1996
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An American Trilogy: The Fight for Freedom
Heavy Metal 2002
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Warriors of the World United
Heavy Metal 2002
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The Dawn of Battle
Heavy Metal 2002
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King of Kings
Heavy Metal 2005
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Die With Honor
Heavy Metal 2008

MANOWAR movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Hell On Earth Part I
Heavy Metal 2001
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Fire And Blood: Hell On Earth II + Blood In Brasil
Heavy Metal 2002
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Warriors Of The World United
Heavy Metal 2002
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Hell On Earth Part III
Heavy Metal 2003
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Hell On Earth Part IV
Heavy Metal 2005
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The Day The Earth Shook - The Absolute Power
Heavy Metal 2006
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Hell On Earth Part V
Heavy Metal 2009


MANOWAR Battle Hymns

Album · 1982 · Heavy Metal
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Break out the loincloths and battle axes, it's time to delve into the sword and sorcery world of "real metal", as Manowar's debut album, 1982's 'Battle Hymns' shamelessly ups the ante on pure cheesiness and forces us to ask ourselves what it means to truly be a metal fan.

Kind of like America's answer to Judas Priest, Manowar's early albums seems more akin to hard rock than metal. It's got a bluesy, swinging feeling to it, that doesn't quite match up to the imagery of the band. But that's not going to stop them from preaching the gospel of the metal Gods.

But the thing is, while this might have been heavy and cutting edge in 1982... by today's standard, it's tame, light, and... well, it'll always be cheesy no matter when you hear it. Vocalist Eric Adams sings his heart out, and certainly possesses an impressive range. And guitarist Ross the Boss... yeah, that's his "name"... certainly has incredible guitar skills... just not very good songwriting ones.

Still, not all's lost, as there is some stuff here which is, well... alright, to put it bluntly. 'Death Tone', 'Metal Daze' and 'Manowar' (born to live forevermore, and don't you forget it), are all okay, nothing fancy, but certainly a precursor to the cheese that is to follow. Much like the Priest... their earlier material is pretty tame when compared to metal today, but Manowar's sound will adapt with the times and they will certainly improve on later albums, but otherwise, 'Battle Hymns' is a bit of a naff one, to me anyway.

MANOWAR The Hell of Steel

Boxset / Compilation · 1994 · Heavy Metal
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Scene: The Citadel of Nu-Metal war room, some time around the year 2000. The War Cabinet is sitting. Things are looking grim. The assembly is in an uproar. Someone is crying.

Jonathon Davis [Korn]: (Bangs gavel) Order, order dudes! Chester, stop crying!

Chester Bennington [Linkin Park]: I can’t help it. *sob* We haven’t gone gold in outer Mongolia.

Davis: (Rolls eyes) Back to the matter at hand, gentle-dudes. Our plans for world domination are well at hand. We have brainwashed millions of teens worldwide into accepting our message and our musical mediocrity. We own the airwaves, the record stores, most of the festivals and a majority of the media. (Applause from the assembly.) However, we’ve discovered a few pockets of resistance. We’ve recently become aware of this, this… abomination! (Points at the Manowar album lying on the table. On the front cover is a muscle-bound warrior, bloodied sword in one hand, demon head in the other. Scantily clad maidens and imps surround the warrior. It is titled “The Hell Of Steel”.) This, this… THING goes against all we hold True… I mean Nu! If it gets out, it will upset the Nu-World Order! We must find a way to combat it! Does anyone have any ideas?

Joey Jordison [Slipknot]: I like his mask.

Max Cavalera [Soulfly]: Let’s fuck shit up motherfuckers!

Jon: Now, you say that all the time Max. What exactly do you mean by “fucking shit up”?

Max: Well, I fucked Sepultura up didn’t I?

David Draiman [Disturbed]: (From under the table) He’s right you know. Sepultura used to be True, but then they went Nu.

Jon: Dave, why are you under the table?

David: I have to keep my head down here because I got my chin piercings caught in my wallet chain.

Coby Dick [Papa Roach]: I feel your pain, dude.

Chester: (Inspecting lyric sheet): These lyrics are weird. There’s nothing about how the world is tough and girls can mess you around and how homework is bad for teenagers. It’s all icky stuff about demons and fighting. It’s enough to make your hair stand on end!

Wayne Static [Static-X]: Did someone call?

David: (Still under the table) Ha! And they call themselves Heavy Metal! Hey, someone’s been sticking bubblegum under here.

Jon: They even had Orson Welles do a monologue for them. How are we supposed to better this?

David: Mmm, strawberry flavour! Um, you could play the bagpipes again.

Chino Moreno [Deftones]: We could tell them to shove it, SHOVE IT, (screams) SHOVE IIIIT!!!

Jon: What would that achieve? And pull your fucking pants up!

Chino: I dunno, but it helped us sell a lot of records.

Joey: Ha! These idiots call their drumkit the Drums Of Doom. Can their drumkit fly? I think not!

Jon: But have you actually heard them? Their drummer actually knows how to keep a beat!

(A collective gasp is heard around the room)

Joey: (very quietly) We’re in trouble…

Coby: I feel your pain, dude.

Max: We need to fuck shit up!

Everyone else: Shut up, Max!

Chester: One of these songs is all funny. I can’t read it.

Jon: You should have tried harder in remedial English. Let me see. (Looks at lyrics sheet) This is in German. This is worse than I thought! Germans love True Metal. These guys have multi-lingual appeal!

Dez Fafara [Coal Chamber]: I know Gibberish. Do you think it would help if we released a song written in Gibberish?

Jon: It doesn’t seem to have helped so far. Um, is that Rammstein dude still here?

Till Lindemann [Rammstein]: Ja.

Jon: Can you read this for us?

Till: Nein. Scheissen, achtung Volkswagen!

Fred Durst [Limp Bizkit]: Let’s call Ozzy and ask him if we can do Ozzfest all year round then. He’s Metal, so if we play with him, we’re Metal by association.

Dez: (Raps tunelessly) “Drop the money, you gotta drop the money!” I did a song with Ozzy once.

Jon: It was “Drop the MONKEY” you idiot. I don’t think Ozzy would go for it. He has to take the dogs to the vet.

Chino: Kelly and Sharon aren’t THAT ugly.

Fred: Then let’s call Marilyn Manson and ask him if we can do Ozzfest all year round.

(Everyone stares at Fred)

Jon: Fred, we’ve been through this before. Ozzfest is Ozzy’s festival, not Marilyn’s. That’s why it’s not called Manifest.

Chester: Why are there only four of them? They haven’t got anyone to do their samples or scratching or rapping.

Jon: I don’t know.

Max: I know why! They do these things called solos! I did one once, back in 1989! It hurt my fingers.

Wayne: Fingers? You mean you used more than one finger to play a chord?

Max: Yeah, and we used to use more than three chords in a song too, but I used to leave most of them up to Andreas.

Wayne: More than three chords? What a waste!

Fred: What about the rapping? Can they bust a rhyme, sublime, in time, like mine?

Jon: I don’t know. Perhaps we should listen to it.

Chester: I don’t know about that, it might be scary…

Coby: I feel your pain, dude.

Max: Let’s fuck shit up!

(Various objects are thrown at Max)

Everyone else: SHUT UP MAX!

Jon places the disc in the stereo and turns it on. Suddenly, the earsplitting boom of “Fighting The World” bursts forth from the speakers. Dust and plaster starts to fall from the ceiling. The cabinet members all dive for cover under the table, except David, who is already there. Chester starts crying again, while Fred starts whining. The walls tremble. Larger pieces of debris fall from the ceiling. Four mighty horsemen crash through the wall, armed with a sword of steel, a battleaxe, a spiked club and a mighty hammer of war. The Nu-Metallers are momentarily struck dumb by the sight of the Metal Kings, before begging for their lives. The Metal Kings show no mercy, and slay all without hesitation, while the Citadel collapses into a pile of rubble.

The dust clears as the finals strains of “Master Of The Wind” trail off. A lone figure struggles from the wreckage. It is Max. His dreadlocks have fallen off, replaced by a mullet, and his piercings have disappeared. He pulls a phone from his pocket.

Max: Hello, Igor? This is Max. Wanna get the band back together and do a ‘Beneath The Remains’ anniversary tour? Yeah, I think I’m cured.

MANOWAR The Lord Of Steel

Album · 2012 · Heavy Metal
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2012’s The Lord Of Steel was the American Heavy Metal band Manowar’s 11th full-length original studio album proper. It doesn’t experiment too much with the formula, it is the sort of default Manowar sound for anything since Kings Of Metal, but with less orchestration and fewer ballads than a lot of Manowar records. Perhaps it was a reaction against the direction of 2007’s Gods Of War album or something, but the majority of this album is just meaty, substantial, catchy Heavy Metal songs, in a mixture of tempos and even things which start off threatening to be ballads have big distorted riffs and doomy hanging chords by the end. It revels in the meat-and-potatoes stuff. And it does it well.

Now, I know that Manowar might be a joke to some in the music community because of the sweaty loin cloth imagery and death-to-false-metal warcries associated with the band… but musically, if you like bands like Judas Priest, Saxon or Iron Maiden at all, it is worth giving them a try. It doesn’t ever really matter about anything non-musical as much as the music itself and this band knows how to make Heavy Metal sound good – plain and simple. If you like steady, pounding drums with double-kicks, melodic guitar solos, vocals with charm and character, fantasy lyrics and NWOBHM meets Power Metal flavoured riffing, then this is an album that will suit you. Opener and title track ‘The Lord Of Steel’ pretty much sums it all up, if you wonder whether the record is for you, give that a quick listen first and it will tell you everything you need to know.

Where does this fit in with the rest of their catalogue? Well, I wouldn’t argue that it is the single greatest effort in their entire career. It is unarguably in the top 50% of their discography though. I can think of other records I like better, but I wouldn’t write this one off as a forgotten late career release “for-diehards-only” until you’ve listened to great songs like ‘Born In A Grave,’ ‘Expendable’ and ‘Hail Kill And Die’ first! …If you want to get yourself in a good mood, stick on ‘Touch The Sky’ let go on inhibitions, and just give in to it. You’ll feel like a glorious hero for a brief moment when that absolutely delicious guitar solo kicks in.

Overall; DiMaio, Adams, Logan and the now-returned early drummer Donnie Hamzik have released a steady, solid, smooth and almost-perfect gem. If there could be any criticism made, it might be that it is so slick that the performance perhaps lacks a bit of urgency or fire, but otherwise, this is such a finely crafted and easily enjoyable album. If you like the band, don’t miss out on it!

MANOWAR Fighting the World

Album · 1987 · Heavy Metal
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Where to begin, where to start? This one...well...

Okay so I have one of those nostalgic stories that relate to this album in a way that very few things I listen to resonate, and I must admit this is my favorite of all Manowar albums though in many ways it is (as so many have pointed out, said, written about) the absolute worst thing they had made to this point. Overproduced as hell. Filled with the most idiotic lyrics ever, piece of mega metal shit, just listen to Manilla Road and that's not nearly as bad (oh! Road of Manilla, we shall come to you shortly, visiting like lecherous incubi upon your falling breast!) as this stupid shit, but okay, yes they did write a letter to the MTV! And they did ask why their videos were ignored even though they were on a major label, had a quality vid, and FUCKING ORSON WELLES WAS ON THEIR GODDAMNED RECORD! (sorry if this offends anyone, but I'm thinking this is a metal forum and we are trash mouthed often!)

Seriously, Orson Welles is on this album, and really I don't think one has to be a super film buff expert on anything at all to understand and know to the depths of their souls that Welles being involved with an album makes it have WAY MUCH MORE IN COMMON with Citizen Kane than most metal albums.

But the real of it all is that when I was thirteen I found a copy of "Power Chords" which was an Atlantic/Megaforce sampler from 1987 with a bevy of awesome tracks on it, and the very end of the second side, thereby being the end of the whole mind-blowing experience, was Manowar's "Black Wind Fire and Steel" which is really still probably my favorite song of all time. My conservative Christian sister heard it as I played it in my boombox for the first time on the back driver's side floorboard whilst I huddled on the seat, my head touching the speaker, and Eric Adams going WAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHAHAAAAAA" for however many minutes while I experienced true love for the first time, saying "Is that a cop? Was there a siren" and I replied "No, it's this song," and she says "Why would anyone want to listen to that?" I said naught, but thought easily "That you don't know is your greatest tragedy" and thought about Conan. It's okay if you don't get it. I do.

MANOWAR Sign of the Hammer

Album · 1984 · Heavy Metal
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With their fourth album, Manowar prove once and for all that there is no falseness in their metal. They also prove that they are the most excellent lyric writers (as far as it goes, sometimes one just has to look at something for doing what it does as opposed to what it doesn't do, and I believe this is the most important key to accessing the madness that is a great Manowar album!)in the fantasy, sword and sorcery field since C.L. Moore.

Thing is, I dig this fantasy thing, always have, and I believe it's completely awesome that Manowar decided to put all this silly mess into songs. Why not write a song about Guyana and the infamous Kool-Aid King? Why not write a song like "All Men Play on Ten" that's basically saying "We are too smart to have amps that go up to eleven?"

I really love the song "Mountain" and "Animals" is sort of a neat pop song in a Manowar-ish way. I love it when metal bands let themselves be a little poppy and kinda goofy. Manowar excel at just that.

PS. Sometimes I write these things without listening to the record in a little while. So I decided to play this record while I'm writing this and yea, there's no real problem with that. My memories were adept, I guess I've heard this silly thing enough to have it all the way to my soul, stuck in there, a tree growing around, engulfing a rusty tricycle, other poetic images. Anyway, Play this one really loud. I mean it, really loud.

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