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  MANOWAR AND BRIAN BLESSED JOIN FORCES FOR 'THE WARRIOR'S PRAYER'
6th August 2013

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As reported last week, Manowar have joined forces with celebrated British actor, author and adventurer Brian Blessed for the spoken narration on 'The Warrior's Prayer' from their upcoming album 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV'.

MetalTalk were personally invited to the recording session by Joey DeMaio himself and we will have more on the hallowed session further down the line.

As every Manowarrior is well aware, 'The Warrior's Prayer' features a spoken narration that depicts a grandfather telling his grandson an epic fantasy story from his childhood and you can hear a clip of Brian's recording at the bottom of this page.

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"Brian is the perfect fit! Not only because he is a gifted screen and theater actor and has a majestic, thunderous voice. But also because he truly embodies the values of Manowar and Heavy Metal: He has an adventurous spirit and dares to do what he has set his mind on, no matter what. He has climbed the Mount Everest and has taken a trek to the North Pole! What else do I have to say? He may not have known it until he met us, but he is a true brother of Metal!" said Joey DeMaio.

Brian Blessed has left lasting impressions in the cult movie 'Flash Gordon', in Kenneth Branagh's 'Henry V' and in Kevin Costner's 'Robin Hood – Prince Of Thieves', among many others.

"For me, the whole experience was completely miraculous and life changing. What a privilege to be part of such a divine, great team," said Brian Blessed after the recordings.

"Brian was spectacular! He didn't just narrate the story. He performed it. He lived it! It was a magnificent spectacle that will bring the story of 'The Warrior's Prayer' to life in the listener's mind," added Joey.

For the recordings with Brian Blessed Manowar returned to Birmingham, England, where 25 years ago the band recorded a 100 voice male choir for 'The Crown And The Ring', another epic track featured on the 'Kings Of Metal' album, and to this day the signature ending of every Manowar show.

Manowar had recently announced that in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their bestselling album 'Kings Of Metal', the band are going to record a brand new special version of the album along with bonus tracks and bonus content: 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV'. The band will also open their vaults and reveal never-before-seen video footage, photos, behind-the-scene interviews and insight into the history of Manowar and the 'Kings Of Metal' era.

The new recordings will also feature guitarist Karl Logan's and drummer Donnie Hamzik's contributions, who, after having played these classic hymns many times live, will now have the opportunity to add to their legacy by including their own signature sound and performance.

The release of 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' is scheduled for the end of this year and will be followed by an anniversary tour that will see Manowar performing the full 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' album along with their other classic Metal hymns in a completely new stage production.





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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