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Heavy Metal Served with Cheese On Top,
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This review is from: The Lord of Steel (Hammer Edition) (MP3 Download)
Well one thing you have to say about Manowar they have managed to stick to their guns over the years and resisted the temptation to water down their OTT chest beating. In some ways this is a pity because they are better than their profile suggests.
Firstly Erica Adams has possibly one of the best voices of any genre. He can sing metal to opera with equal ability and many singers are far better known and lauded with not half his voice.
The guitars, bass and drums have always been pure solid proper heavy metal. The thing is they are not actually that extreme. Manowar is proper old school heavy rock not really that fast, thrashy or thudding. They actually hold a tune well and have some great storming riffs to compete with the best.
However you can't take Manowar from the cheesy stuff and as ever they rotate around battles, Norse mythology and being true to metal. All great fun and as long as you understand that there must be a degree of tongue in cheek about their music you can suspend your cynic switch long enough to really enjoy it.
Like many I've dipped my toes into the Manowar thing since they first ran up the beach from one of their imaginative long boats. Generally the albums have been solid hard rocking affairs with the usual range of success. I'm happy to report that The Lord of Steel is one of Manowar's better records. In fact it deserves to be considered one of their best and a real return to form after a slightly weak couple that preceded it.
First off get the less than good song out of the way which is Manowarriors. Now it's not awful and there is the usual heavy riffolla, but it's just too cheesy and no matter how you suspend your sense of self, it's no good. You could never play this song in any form of company apart from maybe a bunch of faux elves at a roll play convention. And as a middle aged bloke that's a step too far.
All of the other songs are solid and head bangingly good. You can't help but tap your feet and bounce your head when a song like Hail, Kill and Die play. This can be a tad embarrassing on a crowded commuter train...
If I can say anything is that someone who likes proper heavy metal with a singer who can actually sing - despite lyrics that can make you cringe a bit - should try this out. It's really very good.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2012 16:26:21 BDT
I refer the Rt Hon Gent to the cover of Into Glory Ride and then ponder the notion of boarding the 0655 iThetan Express into your regional Metropolis so attired.
Great review that has persuaded me to punt, once more, in the general direction of Asgard and Valhalla.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2013 06:18:50 GMT
J. M. F. Hill says:
original reviewer : Slightly weak previous couple of efforts ! Gods of War was an awesome album, perhaps even their best and I ought to know I was there at the beginning ! nuff said . . . .
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