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Album Review

Manowar were guilty of committing more heavy metal clichés in the first half of their 1982 debut, Battle Hymns, than most bands commit in their whole careers, but that's part and parcel of their often frustrating, sometimes endearing "death to false metal" credo. And yet, macho-man lyrics aside, the quality musicianship of guitarist Ross the Boss and bassist Joey DeMaio is undeniable, as are the powerful pipes of singer Eric Adams. Appropriately introduced by the roar of motorcycle engines, opener "Death Tone" sets the, errr, death tone, for ensuing highlights like "Heavy Metal Daze," "Manowar," and "Fast Taker" (reminiscent of Rainbow's "Long Live Rock & Roll") — which are still surprisingly rock-based in structure and hampered by a rather thin production that would quickly be remedied on subsequent LPs. The band proceeds to use a suitably dramatic Orson Welles narration (for the first, but not last time) during the quasi-epic "Dark Avenger," and DeMaio shows off his deft fingering on a bass solo version of "The William Tell Overture," retitled "William's Tale." A very promising start, Battle Hymns remains one of Manowar's more consistent albums.

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These guys kill it I've been listen to old school 80s metal my whole life I recently just discovered these guys and all I can say is they sound insane I love this album one of my new favorites listening to it now blasting it throughout my room!! DO NOT LET MUSIC LIKE THIS EVER BE FORGOTTEN


Formed: 1980 in Auburn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most internationally successful bands in all of heavy metaldom, Auburn, New York-born power metal outfit Manowar -- Eric Adams (vocals), Karl Logan (guitars), Joey DeMaio (bass), and Donnie Hamzik (drums) -- have sold over nine million records since their inception in 1980. Steeped in the pageantry of heavy metal, the group's approach was designed to be the raw, primal, Viking antithesis of classic rock, and their music followed suit, based on raw, aggressive riffs, with lyrics that were...
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Battle Hymns, Manowar
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jun 07, 1982

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