"With Manowar there's no such thing as 'middle
ground'. Once exposed to the quartet's sheer uncompromising musical bombast and having
witnessed their unique presentation, the listener is faced with two simple alternatives.
Join their hordes of admirers around the globe, or take a hike. Those with an open mind
and a love of sheer white-knuckle power invariably take the former option and never look
back, while the trend-conscious majority join the sheep in the next pen, doomed to spend
the rest of their days chasing a never-ending procession of styles, looks and sounds.
Naturally, Manowar fans frown on such futility."
Dave Ling, from the
liner notes on "Anthology"
Manowar...pretty much the
most heavy metal band you're likely to hear. Great songwriting
and a unique sound.
Best stuff? Last release "Louder Than
Hell" is excellent (although the singer, Eric Adams, doesn't put in one of his
best performances, he's
still better than anyone else out there). My other favourites
include the first, "Battle Hymns" and "Sign Of The Hammer".
"Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England" are also also
excellent, with lengthier and more epic songs than later releases. Try
any of these for a taste of real metal, or pick up "Anthology", a recently
released compilation which should be easy to find.
Use the links at the top to see the real Manowar
content here. I ripped that off too, but never mind! :)
If your thing is Foreigner and Journey...don't bother. If
you want to try just one, look for this album, it's their best and a classic:
You may have trouble finding this in the UK.
But hey, you're online,
try CD Zone, Amazon,
CDNow or Nuclear
A True Brother Of Metal, Steph, used to run a Manowar Email List called Revelations.
The emails were put together manually, so no spam and no crap,
just genuine fans of True Metal discussing Manowar. However, due to years of
alcohol and substance abuse, Steph has been rendered incapable, so Revelations
is now a Onelist...
Manowar Page is good, lots of links also. Try Dawn's page, that's about the best.
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