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HAIL TO MANOWAR!

20th March 2011

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On Sunday 27th March, Manowar, the 'Kings Of Metal', will Hail England for the the first time since 1994 when they played the Marquee in London. It's been way too long...

Manowar do not fuck about. Manowar are for real. They sing about the glory of Metal and a Holy War that rages between Metal and other forms of music.

They wish 'Death To False Metal' and quite right too. They have stuck to their guns and never wavered from their principles for many years now. Manowar have earned our respect, and then some.



Joey DeMaio is the truest stalwart of Heavy Metal. He embodies and encompasses every aspect of the true Metal way. He is everything that every true Metaller wishes to be.

"I believe in the fans, I believe in metal more than anybody you've ever met. And you've known me a long time. I've never pissed on you even though you constantly do it to me. And I don't stab the fan in the back. And another thing, I'm prepared to die for metal. Are you?"
Joey DeMaio: 2006, Rock Hard magazine.

Manowar have constantly been accused of being a parody of themselves, of being overblown, pompous, arrogant and lots more besides. The press have abused them over the years in a manner that is nothing short of disgraceful.

But when their ink has dried and their insignificant, meaningless careers are over, Manowar will still be standing true, will still be independent and will still be spreading the Glory Of Metal in Odin's name.

If you want to criticise this band, then you will have earned the right to do so only when you have achieved a portion of what they have achieved. That's a hard call.



Manowar are the 'loudest band in the world'. In 1984 the band was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for delivering the loudest performance after they achieved a SPL of 139dB during the sound check at the Magic Circle Fest in 2008, a record which they have since broken on two occasions.

On the opening night of Kaliakra Rock Festival 2008 in Bulgaria on July 5th 2008, Manowar played for five hours and one minute and in doing so, they broke the world record for the longest Heavy Metal concert in history, which they themselves set in 2007 at the same festival.

Joey DeMaio, Eric Adams, Karl Logan and Scott Columbus played to a crowd of over 20,000 people with a playlist of more than 40 songs, a selection reflecting the band's history and all their studio albums.



Joey DeMaio said a big "fuck off" to all record labels by taking the band independent and forming Magic Circle Music. Manowar run their own operation from top to bottom and being the truest of true Metal warriors, they stand alone, are answerable to nobody and are masters of their own destiny. Respect!

Manowar signed their first record contract in their own blood.



Manowar are the only band to have recorded with Orson Welles. The legendary actor and director narrated 'Dark Avenger' from the debut album 'Battle Hyms' in 1981.

Next Sunday is the first time that Manowar have played in England for sixteen long years but Joey is no stranger to these shores. Joey announced in October 2010 that the band had gone to the studio to re-record 'Battle Hymns' and the project moved remarkably fast.

The band issued constant updates on the progress of the recording and the most dramatic of these came when Joey announced that he was flying to London the next day as Christopher Lee was going to do the narration on 'Dark Avenger' and they were to record at Abbey Road Studios over that same weekend.

Here's what happened when the the Lord of the silver screen joined forces with The Kings Of Metal...



Manowar songs capture the essence of life's everyday battles and the band play them out amidst a Proto-Norse Nordic Sturluson-esque setting. Artistically, the 'glory of battle' has never been used to such astonishing effect.

Manowar mean it. And when they light up England next Sunday evening, have the roof nailed down.

"Every musician who ever played with Manowar took an oath to do our best to bring our music to as many Metal fans as possible. I'm not kidding. We took that holy oath many years ago and set the seal on it with blood. And we won't break the oath for any kind of asshole!"

Joey DeMaio. 2003.

Steve's recommended Manowar videos.

It's not possible to name my favourite Manowar track as they have far too many great songs to narrow it down to just one. You'll find all shades of light and colour in Manowar's songs and here's a selection of what I consider to be the very best...

Sons Of Odin

This classic piece of art contains possibly the best built up chorus ever. It climbs to a crescendo in the most magnificent of ways.



The Crown And The Ring

This is a pure epic. There are no other words that can do it true justice. With complete choir - a must see!

The embedding on the video has been disabled for some reason so you'll need to click here. You won't regret it.

Battle Hymn

Features every past member of the band, flown in to specially for this unbelievably huge track.



Swords In The Wind

This is not an official video but the song fits so well with the movie footage that it had to be included here. At 4.16, the Vikings speak the prayer. It brings a tear to the eye.



Master Of The Wind

Another epic, captivating, moving piece.



Heart Of Steel

"Stand and fight, live by your heart. Always one more try. I'm not afraid to die."



Lo, there do I see my father
Lo, there do I see my mother
And my sisters and my brothers
Lo, there do I see the line of my people
Back to the beginning
Lo, they do call to me
They bid me take my place among them
In the halls of Valhalla
Where Manowar may live
Forever...

Hail!


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black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND DO ONE FINAL TOUR
Just as we told you back in May, Black Sabbath's Hyde Park performance on 4th July was not the last ever Sabbath gig...

def leppard DEF LEPPARD ROCK THE NFL AT WEMBLEY
A stage was set up on the pitch with the band performing in front of beautiful cheerleaders...

slipknot SLIPKNOT RELEASE 'THE DEVIL IN I' OFFICIAL VIDEO
Find out more about the new masks as the build up to the release of '.5:The Gray Chapter' continues...

sy keeler ONSLAUGHT'S SY KEELER TO SIT OUT FORTHCOMING US/CANADA/SOUTH AMERICA TOUR
Ex Anthrax legend Neil Turbin steps into the breach as the health issues of Sy Keeler's son mean he is needed at home...

vivian cambell VIV CAMPBELL TO UNDERGO STEM CELL TREATMENT
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown will fill in for Def Leppard's autumn dates...

haken HAKEN LAUNCH 'DARKEST LIGHT' VIDEO
"We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show..."

the dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE 'THE FACE I LOVE' VIDEO
Get a look at the title track of the new EP here. A new album will follow in 2015...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN FEBRUARY 2015
There will also be an album launch in Dublin in November for 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen'...

protokult SING ALONG TO 'GET ME A BEER!' LYRIC VIDEO BY PROG FOLK METALLERS PROTOKUL
"For those of you who can't understand what the hell Martin is spewing, now is your chance to sing along! Get yourself a cold one and enjoy!"...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DVD/CD WITH CLASSIC AND RARE PERFORMANCES
"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale...

metal church VOCALIST RONNY MUNROE QUITS METAL CHURCH
The band posted a statement on their official Facebook page assuring fans that the band is alive and well and that "big announcements" are expected soon...

bloodbath BLOODBATH STREAM FIRST NEW TRACK FEATURING NICK HOLMES AND REVEAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Sweden's masters of horror Bloodbath are set to release their fourth album of supreme death Metal, 'Grand Morbid Funeral', on 17th November 2014...

ac/dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ROCK OR BUST', AND CONFIRM DEPARTURE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album, their first for six years and their first ever not to feature Malcolm...

lordi LORDI RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'SCARE FORCE ONE'
Tour dates to follow for the Finnish sensations. "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there..."

bloodstock CANNIBAL CORPSE WILL PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK 2015
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Ihsahn join the line-up that also includes Within Temptation and Opeth...

helix HELIX ANNOUNCE TOUR OF EUROPE
This will be the first Euro tour for Helix since heading out with Kiss and Ian Gillan in the 1980s...

threshold THRESHOLD DISCUSS HOW THEY FOUND THE NEW ALBUM ARTWORK ON THE INTERNET
Damian Wilson and Richard West discuss Threshold's new album 'For The Journey', out today...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE 'THIS IS ROCK N ROLL II' IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER TOUR
Re-packaged, re-styled and with 4 bonus tracks, the rare 2001 classic from The Quireboys will be available on 23rd October...

gwar GWAR REVEAL TWO NEW MEMBERS - BLÓTHAR AND VULVATRON
Meet the latest warriors to don the latex and styrofoam and join the intergalactic crew for Gwar's "Eternal" tour...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT
The journey continues for one of the groundbreaking Metal bands of our time, with new material to be released in 2015...

tank TANK BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM; BAND CONFIRMED FOR BANG YOUR HEAD
The band are scheduled to enter the studio in November with a release planned for early February...

blitzallica DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE COUNTY DURHAM'S BLITZALLICA IN OCTOBER
Plus legendary Metal party band Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and old favorites Holosade who are reforming especially for this headbanging estravaganza...

saille SAILLE COMMENT ON FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM
"'Eldritch' differs quite a bit from our two previous albums," keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says...

winger WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BETTER DAYS COMIN'
Winger have released a new music video - the title track from their Billboard chart breaking album...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX ANNOUNCE SIX HEADLINE SHOWS IN EUROPE
This Autumn, Voodoo Six will play six headline shows in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER UK TOUR
Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' plus all the classics...

johnny thunders LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery...

metallica METALLICA TO RELEASE 27 LIVE ALBUMS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND APPEAR IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
To commemorate the anniversary of the LiveMetallica.com site, the band are offering CDs and LPs of every gig they played in 2014...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS AND THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOURS
Kobra And The Lotus will be kicking off their Headline Tour on 24th September in support of their latest record 'High Priestess'...

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