Into Glory Ride
Into Glory Ride is Manowar's second studio album and the first to feature drummer Scott Columbus. The album's title is a reference to the title track from the band's previous album Battle Hymns. In 2005, Into Glory Ride was ranked number 444 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. All songs written except where noted. Side oneSide two UK metal band Solstice covered "Gloves of Metal" on a 2001 split with Slough Feg. Eric Adams - vocals Ross the Boss - guitar, keyboards Joey DeMaio - bass guitars, bass pedals Scott Columbus - drums Jon Mathias - producer, engineer John Petre - assistant engineer Joe Brescio - mastering
Fighting the World
Fighting the World is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Manowar, released in 1987. This was the first Manowar album to feature artwork by long-time collaborator Ken Kelly, one of the first heavy metal albums to be recorded and mixed on digital equipment. Since Fighting The World, all Manowar album covers have been painted by Ken Kelly; the song "Defender" features a speech by famous American actor Orson Welles. The album was released; the recording of Welles' speech was re-used from the original 1982 demo of the song. All songs written by Joey DeMaio. "Fighting the World" was covered by German power metal band Mystic Prophecy as a bonus track on their album Regressus. "Black Wind and Steel" has been covered by Brazilian heavy metal band Immortal Choir, by Swedish punk band Venerea and by Spanish rock/punk band Reserva Dos, this last under the name "Viento negro, fuego y acero". The cover is parodied in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethfashion". In the episode, Dethklok is visited by a sadistic fashion designer, upset that their measurements for their fashion line were not reflective of their actual physiques.
The designer used a cover of the band's previous album as a reference for his designs, like the cover of Fighting the World, the band is standing shirtless on a pile of stones. The cover had been airbrushed to make the band members look much thinner and more physically fit than they were. Eric Adams - vocals Ross the Boss - guitar, keyboards Joey DeMaio - 4, 8 strings bass guitars Scott Columbus - drums Richard Breen – engineer, Synclavier programming Vince Gutman – digital programming and mixing supervision Howie Weinberg – mastering at Masterdisk, New York Jason Flom – executive producer Lyrics at Rawrix.net Official artist website
Louder Than Hell (Manowar album)
Louder Than Hell is the eighth album by heavy metal band Manowar, released in 1996. It is the first album to feature guitarist Karl Logan, as well as the return of drummer Scott Columbus. Cover art was done by Ken Kelly; the songs "Brothers of Metal", "Courage" and "Number One" were demoed and played live by the band in 1986, 10 years before their official album release. All songs written except where noted. Eric Adams – vocals Karl Logan – guitar Joey DeMaio – bass guitars, keyboards Scott Columbus – drums David Campbell – orchestral arrangements, conductor Rich Breen – engineer Ehab Haddad – assistant engineer George Marino – mastering John Pettigrass – recording supervisor
Manowar is an American heavy metal band from Auburn, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on mythology; the band is known for a loud and bombastic sound. In an interview for MTV in February 2007, bassist Joey DeMaio lamented that "these days, there's a real lack of big, epic metal, drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras... so it's nice to be one of the few bands that's doing that". In 1984 the band was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for delivering the loudest performance, a record which they have since broken on two occasions, they hold the world record for the longest heavy metal concert after playing for five hours and 1 minute in Bulgaria in 2008. They have been known for their slogan "Death to false metal". Although the band has never been a mainstream commercial success in the United States, they maintain a strong cult following. Dedicated fans are known and referred to by the band as "Metal Warriors", "Manowarriors", "Immortals" or "Brothers of Metal".
Manowar's history began in 1980 when Joey DeMaio, the future bassist of the band met guitarist Ross the Boss while working as a bass tech and fireworks manager for Black Sabbath on the Heaven and Hell tour. Ross the Boss, a former member of the punk rock band The Dictators, was the guitar player in Black Sabbath's support band, Shakin' Street; the two bonded over their shared musical interests, became friends and decided to form a band with the suggestion and advice of Ronnie James Dio during the tour. At the end of the tour with Black Sabbath, the duo got together to form Manowar. To complete the roster, they hired a former classmate and friend of DeMaio. On the strength of their debut demo, Manowar secured a recording contract with label Liberty Records in 1981; the label pressured the band to produce a good number of songs in a short time towards a debut album. The resultant album, Battle Hymns, was released the following year; the legendary actor and director Orson Welles served in the role of narrator on "Dark Avenger".
Soon after the album's release, Manowar engaged in their first tour. The band played support for hard rocker Ted Nugent, but their collaboration lasted only a few months. Manowar decided to put together a short tour by themselves and all the arrangements were made in a few weeks by their manager. Despite these setbacks, the band gained domestic fame on this short tour and began to get their first European fans in the United Kingdom and in Germany. Stressed from the strain of the continuing performances, drummer Donnie Hamzik decided to leave the band at the end of this tour and was replaced with Scott Columbus. By 1983, the band left Liberty Records and struck a deal with Megaforce Records in the US and Music for Nations in Europe—signing the contract in their own blood; the signing was a cover story in the 1983 July–August issue No. 47 of Kerrang!. When Manowar returned home, they went into a recording studio to produce what, in the intentions of the group, would have been a simple EP, but came out instead, due to the quantity and quality of the tracks made in that period, as the band's second album, Into Glory Ride.
An EP was published in 1983 with the title Defender containing, as its main track, the eponymous song, which included more work by Orson Welles. The atmosphere of the album evoked classical heroic fantasy and mythology, served as a predecessor to Viking metal, it contained several innovative features, both in style and sound, led to a huge increase in the number of fans of the group in the United Kingdom, where the band planned a long tour, canceled. The song "Defender" was re-recorded and included in the Fighting the World album of 1987. To apologize for the failure of their UK tour, Manowar decided to dedicate their next album to the United Kingdom; the album, Hail to England, was recorded and mixed in just six days and was released in early 1984. Its promotional tour, "Spectacle of Might", had a large number of dates in England; the tour saw Manowar as support band for Mercyful Fate, but soon the group led by DeMaio was put in the headline slot. Manowar soon returned to work in the recording studio.
After leaving Music for Nations, the quartet released Sign of the Hammer ten months after their previous album. The new record presented stark changes in rhythm, with technical tracks characterized by a slow pace, like the epic "Mountains", quick ones, as the eponymous "Sign of the Hammer", its success enabled band to embark on a two-year world tour. Following further disagreements with their new label, the group changed record label to Atlantic Records in 1987. Via Atlantic, they released Fighting the World, which enjoyed more extensive distribution and increased the band's prominence in the international heavy metal scene. Album art was designed by Ken Kelly. In 1988, Manowar released the album Kings of Metal, the band's best known work. Songs like "Heart of Steel", "Kings of Metal" and "Hail and Kill" are performed in concerts. Kings of Metal is Manowar's highest-selling album worldwide. Manowar embarked on a world tour, for a period of three years, with stops in all European nations. During that tour, Joey DeMaio "fired" Ross the Boss.
According to a 2008 interview with the guitarist, "Joey felt that Manowar would be better without me". He was replaced by David Shankle, chosen by members of the band after a search among about 150 candidates. Scott Columbus also decided to leave the band during the Kings of Metal tour. Columbus himself picked his replacement Kenny Earl Edwards
Gods of War (Manowar album)
Gods of War is the tenth album by heavy metal band Manowar, released in 2007. It is a concept album centered on primary god of war in the Norse Mythology. Gods of War was supposed to be the first of a series of concept albums dedicated to different war gods from various mythologies, but its sequels were not released. All the text on the booklet was written in the Runic alphabet; the booklet is available for download in the official Manowar site. Cover art is painted by Ken Kelly, it is the last studio album to feature Manowar drummer Scott Columbus, who died in 2011. Music of the album features symphonic metal influence, such as use of keyboard and symphonic orchestra, its close relationship with the four-opera cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner is intended by wagnerian DeMaio, as shown by the booklet and recent interviews with Michael Custodis. All songs written except where noted. "Die for Metal" is a metal anthem present on all copies of the album, but is listed as a bonus track because it is not part of the concept of the album.
"Die for Metal" is featured in the video game Brütal Legend. Besides the normal Jewel Case version, Gods of War was released as a limited edition in an embossed metal slipcase containing a high grade media book bound in leather. Furthermore, this limited edition features a bonus DVD with unreleased material about the making of the album and some special behind-the-scenes footage. A double-vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve was available. Eric Adams – vocals Karl Logan – guitar, keyboards Joey DeMaio – four-string and eight-string bass guitar, piccolo bass, engineer, producer Scott Columbus – drums, percussion Joe Rozler – orchestra and choir arrangement The Gods of War booklet available in pdf format
Hell on Wheels (album)
Hell on Wheels is the ninth album by heavy metal band Manowar and is the band's first live album. "Manowar" "Kings of Metal" "Kill With Power" "Sign of the Hammer" "My Spirit Lives On" "Piano Interlude" "Courage" "Spirit Horse of the Cherokee" "Blood of My Enemies" "Hail and Kill" "Warriors of the World" "Wheels of Fire" "Metal Warriors" "Army of the Immortals" "Black Arrows" "Fighting the World" "Thor" "King" "The Gods Made Heavy Metal" "Black Wind and Steel" "Return of the Warlord" "Carry On" "Battle Hymn"
Thunder in the Sky
Thunder in the Sky is an EP released in 2009 by the heavy metal band Manowar, promoting the upcoming full-length album The Lord of Steel. However none of the songs are included on that album, with the exception of the original version of "Crown and the Ring" on any Manowar album; the EP was sold during the Death to Infidels Tour in all concert locations. It was available for purchase as a digital album on the Kingdom Of Steel Online Store, the official Manowar online store; the EP contains all sung in different languages. In addition to the English version, it was sung in: Bulgarian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian and Turkish. Eric Adams was guided through the singing process by fans who volunteered to translate from each country; this is one of few times when a Manowar song was performed by the band. This album includes a re-recorded metal version of Manowar's epic-ballad "The Crown & the Ring", popular among Manowar fans. "Thunder in the Sky" - 4:24 "Let the Gods Decide" - 3:37 "Father" - 3:52 "Die with Honor" - 4:19 "The Crown and the Ring" - 4:57 "God or Man" - 4:52 "Татко" - 4:16 "Otac" - 4:16 "Isä" - 4:16 "Mon Père" - 4:16 "Vater" - 4:16 "Πατέρα" - 4:16 "Apa" - 4:16 "Padre" - 4:16 "父" - 4:16 "Far" - 4:16 "Ojciec" - 4:16 "Pai" - 4:16 "Tată" - 4:16 "Padre" - 4:16 "Baba" - 4:16