Manowar – Warriors of the World Remastered Review

manowar_cover Manowar - Warriors of the World Remastered Review

Released by:  Magic Circle Entertainment

Release Date: Out  Now!!!

Genre: Heavy Metal

Links: http://www.manowar.com/

 

Line Up:

Eric Adams: Vocals

Donnie Hamzik:Drums

Karl Logan: Guitars

Joey DeMaio: Bass

 

Tracklist:

1. Call to Arms

2. The Fight for Freedom

3. Nessun Dorma

4. Valhalla

5. Swords in the Wind

6. An American Trilogy

7. The March

8. Warriors of the World United

9. Hand of Doom

10.House of Death

11.Fight Until We Die

 

Manowar are one of those bands that people either love or hate. I happen to love them quite a bit. Yet another one of those bands I discovered through MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and the video for “Blow Your Speakers.” Bold, cocksure, loud, and heavy: everything heavy metal should be, yet their take on it was multiplied considerably. They’ve pummeled the world since 1980 with their unique brand of metal. A guy I knew in college called their sound Cock Metal, which works. It’s very manly, powerful, and in your face. Preaching death to false metal and laying to waste any poser that gets in their way, Manowar have crafted some of the heaviest and best metal. One of my favorites is Warriors of the World, which is being celebrated in a 10th anniversary edition remaster via bassist Joey DeMaio’s label Magic Circle Music he started in 2003.

Warriors of the World is exactly what one would expect from a Manowar album: thundering drums, blistering guitar solo’s, pulsating bass, and the controlled chaos that is Eric Adams vocal abilities. It blows me away that he can still pull off the stuff he does after all these years. With tracks like “The Fight For Freedom,” “Fight Until We Die,” and “Call To Arms” you get the usual full force heavy metal assault. However the band goes into territory not often heard from the guys like on the astonishing “Nessun Dorma,” a very recognizable classical/operatic piece from Puccini. Adams shows how much true ability and power he has in his voice. I also love how they “Manowar it up.” Then there is “An American Trilogy” that features “Dixie,” “All My Trials,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” made famous by Elvis. It is a brilliant addition to the album. For the remaster version they added a live version of “House of Death.”

Though I don’t recall any sound issues with the original release, the remastered version sounds fantastic. Everything is full and strong, little nuanced sounds are crystal clear, and just sound magnificent. Non-fans of Manowar will likely not change their minds about them, but this is definitely a nice addition for fans of true metal. Warriors of the World is an album I loved 10 years ago and still love now.

 

Written    by    Chris Martin

Ratings    Chris    8/10

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