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Kings of Metal [Import]

Manowar Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002INJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Wheels Of Fire 4:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kings Of Metal 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Heart Of Steel 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sting Of The Bumblebee 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings) 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kingdom Come 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pleasure Slave 5:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hail And Kill 5:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Warriors Prayer 4:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blood Of The Kings 7:290.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

MANOWAR Kings Of Metal (1988 UK 9-track CD the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band and the last to feature guitarist & founding member Ross Friedman including the bonus song Pleasure Slave; lyric booklet picture sleeve)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manowar`s steel crowns them "Kings of metal"! 10 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This CD is truely breathtaking and showcases everything that makes Manowar great. Joey DeMaio`s songwriting skills arguably reach their peak. From the out-and-out heaviness of tracks like "Wheels of fire" and "Hail and kill" to brilliantly orchestrated numbers such as "Heart of steel" and "The crown and the ring", this album has got it all. There is even a narrated mythical bedtime story ("The warrior`s prayer") and one of the most ridiculously fast metal instrumentals ever in their bass led take of Beethoven`s "Sting of the bumblebee". Eric Adams shows on "Kingdom come" that he is up there with the best rock vocalists ever. The whole thing winds up with "Blood of the kings" and one of the biggest and loudest finishes in recorded history. This showcase proves that Manowar should be considered one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High and mighty, alone THEY are Kings 8 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Easily the best album Manowar have made to date. Easily in the top five of the greatest metal CDs ever made as well.
Track by track analysis? Why thank you.
1 - Wheels Of Fire:
Simply one of the best introduction tracks ever made. Starts off with a sample of a vehicle roaring into action then it's straight into one of the fastest songs you'll ever hear. Hold onto your seat.
2 - Kings Of Metal:
Follows straight from the intro track with a monsterous groove to it. The music and the lyrics are spot on (if a bit self-indulgent) but generally high above the norm.
3 - Heart Of Steel
The first of the ballads on this album. This song in undescribable in the uplifting feeling it bestoys apon the listener. Like their other ballads such as Master Of The Wind and Courage, this song is truely awesome.
4 - Sting Of The Bumblebee
One of Joey DeMaio's well known bass solos. Lightning fast and it sets up the next track quite well.
5- The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)
Not one of the normal Manowar tracks. Indeed, no guitar, bass or drums in sight. Just an orchestra, Eric Adams, an all-male choir and St. Paul's Cathederal. What do you get from this frankly scary mix? A great song. Uplifting like most Manowar tracks, also it'll have you chanting along with the choir in no time.
06 - Kingdom Come
My personal favourite on the album. Totally and utterly fantastic. It showcases Eric Adams superb vocals to the finest. At the tail end of the song, where Mr. Adams is doing those "howls" the power metal "undescribable feeling" just takes over. It's such a grand song, fills you with a sense of pride and spirit that no-one can diminish.
07 - Pleasure Slave
Originally included as a bonus track.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent good bits, dreadful bad bits 11 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
An album which you will either love or hate. You don't get True Metal any Truer than Manowar. To love this, you have to either the ignore the thick layer of HM cliche cheese, or take it with a pinch of salt. I don't believe that anyone really does take Manowar as seriously as they seem to take themselves.

At its best, this album is Heavy Metal as you imagine it in your head - galloping rhythms, heavy guitars and phenomenal screaming vocals. Whether or not you enjoy the music, you have to doff your hat to Eric Adam's vocals. He is simply extraordinary.

However, as with all Manowar albums, a large percentage of it is filler. Warrior's Prayer is spoken-word drivel, the lumbering Pleasure Slave would make even the most ardent sexist gasp in disbelief, and the best part of the dull, orchestral, pseudo-epic Crown and Ring, is the end.

Additionally, for me, one Ballad on an album is more than enough, and this has two. Both great songs if you like that sort of thing, but it's not for me, personally.

That said, the 5 songs that rock, really do ROCK. Kings of Metal, and Hail and Kill in particular are superb. If they could have sustained that quality all through the album, this would be 5 stars, no question. Unfortunately, though, they would only fill one side of an old LP, which isn't quite enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MANOWAR'S MOST CONSISTENT... 30 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Love 'em or hate 'em, this is a quality Power Metal album, with a clarity of sound, almost unrivalled back in 1988! State of the art production & mixing! A PROPER Heavy Metal artwork on the cover, and a band unashamed of the label.
Yeah, it's corny at times (but no more than Dragonforce) but the songs are strong (unlike Dragonforce!) with equally strong musicianship - a
FANTASTIC drum sound, a bass on equal footing with the red hot guitar and one of THE best Metal vocalists in Eric Adams.
You've got the speed of the furious Wheels Of Fire, the singalong bombast of the title track, Hail And Kill & Heart Of Steel take no prisoners - the latter a decent Power (capital P!) ballad style track.
Standout track though has to be The Crown And The Ring, with it's battle themed lyrics, powerful vocal and a FULL ON MALE VOICE CHOIR that would give a teracotta warrior goosebumps! Seriously ahead of it's time before the likes of Therion and Nightwish pushed things further.

This is an album, that I've seen exalted by many stars of the Metal world over the years, and it's not hard to see why.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle Metal's finest hour 3 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Manowar since the release of Into Glory Ride in 1983. They followed this with what some consider to be there best, Hail To England and then Sign Of The Hammer. I have reservations about both of those CD's and feel that the band were filling the time with some poor songs having written some classics. Fighting The World was a return to form but all have been surpassed by Kings Of Metal. It truly is incredible, and I'll even excuse them the rather lame spoken word Warriors Prayer which only fails because of the two characters they had perform the piece - Orson Welles it isn't. In Heart Of Steel and Kingdom Come they have two of the finest songs in my entire 2000 CD collection. If you're new to Manowar, you've picked up on the latest wave of Battle Metal bands then you'd do well to start here. Releases have been few and far between in the last 10 years and one suspects the creativity that lies within them has gone. Doesn't hide the fact that at least 4 of their CD's are true bona fide HM classics. Enjoy.
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That album is one pure classic.It doesn't matter if you are rock or heavy metal fan you will love this!
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok
Not my cup of tea. I like some aspects of their unique sound but most of this CD is to "harsh" for me and it doesn't really work as an album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I can't say that is the best stuff i've ever heard, but this album is fine.
the top half of the tracks are good, but the lyrics is so arrogant. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Yaniv Riahi
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit upset
I purchased this cd and i must say it is brilliant but the bloody thing will not play on my in car stereo but will play indoors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kings of Kings
Manowars Kings of metal is one of the best they did in the 80s along with fighting the world,sign of the hammer & hail to england. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars TRUE METAL PEOPLE WANNA ROCK NOT POSE!!!
This is a strange but awesome metal album by Manowar. People have so many different opinions on Manowar I personally love this band every album they made is metal and is totally... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album and Theres a big suprise too!!!
This album is very good and is filled with plenty of Manowar fun and antics and the songs but there is 1 big suprise which make the album worthwile. Read more
Published on 25 July 2007 by Reviewer D
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST METAL ALBUM EVER
THis album is a metal classic, with epics and ballads and of course songs that need to be played at 10. It is awesome ManOwaRs and metals finest buy!
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