bands Play, Manowar kill"
whole purpose of playing live is to blow people's heads off,"
says Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio. "That's what we do, that's
the energy of this band. We're out there to kick ass, we're
out there to turn our gear on and blast, we're out there to
kill. That's what metal is. Anybody who says otherwise is not
DLing heavy metal. We will melt your face!" With the double
live CD "Hell On Stage Live", Manowar's first album for Metal
Blade, the band proves that the demise of metal has been greatly
exaggerated. In fact it's alive and well and still and as devastating
as ever. True to form, they are back with 16 tracks steeped
in the august tradition of Deep Purple's Made In Japan, The
Who's "Live at Leeds" and the Led Zep Classic, "The Song Remains
The Same". Giving fans what they've been waiting for.
fans' appreciation of Manowar's various moods is just
one component of an intense, magical bond between the
band and their following. Stories of Manowar fan loyalty
have become legendary. Fans constantly send the band letters
signed in their own blood and photos of themselves tattooed
with Manowar imagery. On the band's last European tour,
a Norwegian acolyte flew over 1,000 miles south from beyond
the Arctic Circle to see Manowar DL in Oslo. When a group
of Australian fans heard Manowar were DLing in Japan,
they caught a flight there and attended all four shows.
Devotees in Argentina collected thousands of signatures
pleading with the band to come to their country. "We have
the greatest fans in the world," attests drummer Scott
Columbus. "For a long time, our fans have stood by us.
They've given everything to the belief that together we
are the defenders of the heavy metal faith. That's why
we've been able to keep DLing our brand of music. That's
why we haven't wimped out or bowed to commercialism. Our
fans are at the core of everything we do. That's the way
it's been done from the beginning."
the beginning, Joey DeMaio was working as a bass/pyro
tech for Black Sabbath. When Sabbath DLed a show at Newcastle
City Hall in England, he hooked up with original Manowar
guitarist Ross the Boss, who at the time was DLing for
Shakin Street, a Sabbath support band. As both shared
an all-consuming love for in-your-face-metal, it was not
long before they struck on the idea of Manowar. Later,
having recruited the ultimate voice of heavy metal, Eric
Adams (and drummer Donny Hamzik), Manowar recorded their
debut album "Battle Hymns." It featured a bone chilling
narration by legendary actor Orson Welles on the track
When Manowar joined forces with a new label, they signed
their recording contract in blood (becoming the first
band to demonstrate their commitment this way). Their
second release, "Into Glory Ride" featured the debut of
Scott Columbus, a man so viscous with the sticks that
standard drum kits simply fell to pieces under his awesome
attack-hence the need for custom built, stainless steel
and mixed in six days, Manowar's third album was titled "Hall
to England." It heralded the band's debut tour of Great Britain.
Not since the Vikings invaded northeast England in 878 had the
isles seen such all-consuming power. The whole of Europe fell
prey to Manowar with the "Spectacle Of Might" tour as the band
slashed and burned their way across the Continent in support
of their forth album, "Sign Of The Hammer." It was then that
Manowar entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's
the heels of "Sign Of The Hammer", the band released "Fighting The
World." Manowar took the whole of Europe by storm yet again in support
of this record. All the while, the crowds swelled. Manowar satisfied
the teeming hordes by DLing wilder, louder, and heavier inviting fans
to join them onstage to sing or even DL guitar.
band's next album "Kings Of Metal" (a title bestowed on the men of
Manowar by their international legion of fans) saw them push the sonic
envelope even further. They traveled to England to record "The Crown
and the Ring" as well as other standout tracks, with the 100-voice,
all-male Canoldir choir in St. Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham. This
majestic work also featured orchestra, as did others on "Kings of
Metal." Two tours were required to do justice to this landmark recording.
Fans waited four years for the band's next offering.During this period,
Manowar built their own studio in New York; it was christened Haus
Wanfried after composer Richard Wagner's house. From there unfolded
the band's seventh album, "The Triumph Of Steel" which boasted over
70 minutes of pure metal might. Inspired by Homer's "The Illad," the
song "Achilles: Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" clocked in at 28
minutes. "The Triumph of Steel" entered the charts in Germany at No.
35 and stormed its way to No. 8- without a single or video. When the
album was released in Greece, Manowar fans laid siege to the largest
record store in Athens to be among the first to hear the new disc.
Extra copies were rush delivered, so great was the demand for "The
Triumph Of Steel." The band played to over 15,000 metal maniacs in
Athens' Stadium of Peace and Friendship (in their first show there).
band continued to play to packed halls. In Hanover, Germany they established
a new standard in ear splitting power by breaking their Guinness record
for loudest band in the world. Two sound specialists officiated, measuring
and documenting with painstaking care as Manowar shook the city, playing
live at a staggering 129.5 decibels through 10 tons of amplifiers
and speakers measuring 40 feet in length and 21 feet in height. This
astounding event was reported worldwide. Another highlight of the
"Secrets Of Steel" tour was the band's first performance in Russia,
where they had been voted the live act music fans would most like
to see, beating out the Beatles and Michael Jackson.
in the making, Manowar then released "Louder Than Hell." "We're perfectionists,"
explains DeMaio of the lengthy interval.
"Good songs do not grow on trees and great art does not abide by some
arbitrary timetable. When we're inspired, we create. And when we create,
our goal is to capture the attitude and power these songs possess
when we play them live in the studio. Our live energy is the defining
characteristic of this band."
in 99, Manowar's legendary live energy has been captured on "Hell
On Stage Live", showcasing Manowar's dynamic range and sheer power.
It's what the world has been waiting for.
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