interview with Joey DeMaio to the Greek Metal Hammer magazine by
CP: Hail Joey. I hope no one of your family is buried under the
ashes of the World Trade Center in New York.
Hopefully nobody brother. What happened to my country was really
tremendous but this is something that many countries have lived
and with this strike we came back to our places and we understood
things that it was unfamiliarly for us until then.
CP: Let's start our interview. Your label
told us that we would talk only for the DVD and the re-issues of
your first 3 albums. So, the DVD will be more 'liberal' than the
Yes, there will be a bonus material at the DVD.
CP: Most of the bands present scenes from
gigs and clips at their videos. Manowar in reversal also include
a lot of scenes from your activities backstage. Why is that?
Many fans, during all those years, told us that they have never
had the opportunity to see Manowar off stage. If the world wants
to know which is the real heavy metal way of life, then they can
watch it on this video. Still there are some fans in countries like
China that they have never seen the band performing live. With this
video they have the chance to be with Manowar in every stance of
CP: Would you say that the real identity of
Manowar reflects on this video?
I think that in this video reflects only a part of Manowar 's way
of life. Our real identity reflects when we are on stage and perform
live. Our parties and our affinities with our groupies comprises
part of our lives, but the heavy side of the band appears when we
preparing for a show and when we actualize it.
CP: Have you ever thought to include some
early days material in video? Wouldn't be a good idea at "Hell On
Earth Pt.II" also contains some early material?
Undoubtedly!! We are working on a book and a DVD which we will include
the full history of the band. Includes our history before the creation
of the band and comes until now. Of course, this is something that
needs time to realize and it's not something that will realized
CP: What's the title of the book? And who
is the writer?
It's too early to speak about titles. I will be the basic source
of the book and probably I will cooperate with a writer.
CP: Ok, let's move to the re-issues now. Metal
Blade released again your first3 albums. How came up this co action?
Brian Slagel, Metal Blade's boss, is a friend of mine and a true
heavy metal fan. Brian and I also cooperating in another level,
since Metal Blade has undertaken the albums allocation of my record
company, Magic Circle Music. Our contact had as result the re-releases
of our 3 first albums. From my label and through Metal Blade will
be released the album of a band called Bludgeon. Remember this name,
brother! It's about a band from Chicago, which plays incredibly,
real heavy metal. Their album will be released in March 2002 and
it will bang us.
CP: You have also attended the production?
Yes. This is the first time in my career that I am producing for
a band expect Manowar. They don't remind anyone, they have their
own style and it's metal.
CP: What kind of releases we have to expect
in future from Magic Circle Music?
We are looking for bands, which play music from their hearts. This
is only what matter.
CP: Usually the re-releases, apart from the
digital sound, increased with bonus tracks. Why didn't you include
some extra material?
We don't have any overages. Manowar are not like the bands that
write 30 shit-songs and then add to the albums the less piteous.
Manowar writes only good material and we add it all to our records.
CP: Ok. Let's travel to past now. How the
name Manowar came up?
The name Manowar came up from the people which, in their heart and
in their mind they are true warriors.
CP: I have the following question. Have you
ever play a cover song? Manowar are maybe the only big band that
has never record music of another band. Why is that? Have you played
cover songs in early days?
You will never see cover songs from Manowar. Sometimes we played
cover songs, like in Dynamo festival, which we performed a song
from Golden Earring. But in our early days we never played music
of other bands.
CP: So, who were your influences?
It's still the same, classic heavy metal. Led Zeppelin and Black
Sabbath. But listen brother, we have to talk about the DVD and the
re-releases that's what my record company told me.
CP: But we are talking about this. We are
talking about how Manowar were when they released album like these.
You are right, but we have to talk about the re-releases and the
CP: You are the boss. Do you think that those
re-releases could accost to the new age of the metal fans?
Sure! They give to today's fans the opportunity to hear the classic
heavy metal that Manowar played and still continue to play all these
years, contrarily with other bands that they have changed their
music style, fuck their fans and today play bullshits. Manowar will
always be true to their fans and we will never betray them.
CP: How came up the cooperation with Orson
Wells in your first two albums? ("Defender" was planed to released
in "Into Glory Ride")
For the songs "Dark Avenger" and "Defender" we need a narrator.
My opinion is that, never again will be a better voice for narration,
in the whole earth, than Orson Wells. Some people from the record
company gave him the narration scripts and he thought it were genius.
So, he came to the studio by him self and he record this words.
CP: So, since "Defender" belongs to "Into
Glory Rides" sessions, why didn't you add it to the re-release?
Because the copy that I had at my place was destroyed and I had
to find the original masters and re-mix them again from the beginning.
But the time was forcing us and we choose to leave it outside. In
the future you will see it someplace.
CP: Why did you dedicate "Hail To England"
to your British fans?
Because they were the first who believed in us back in 1983, when
we performed for the first time in England. We had to do something
about them, as we also did in "Triumph Of Steel" for our Greek fans.
I cannot wait the time to be back in your country and you can be
sure we will return.
CP: Thank you Joey.
DeMaio: Thank you brother,
Hail & Kill !