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Not only is this music not quite one's cuppa but it promotes a delusional idiom which speaks of matters 'real' and 'urban.'
This infuses a false heritage manifested by the curiously positioned baseball hat and many young people from the South of England effecting an astonishing, quasi-Caribbean patois. Oh, spiffing.
However, quite a few folk across Europe presumably still feel a certain connection to their broadly Norse genealogy and however tenuous such links may be, anyone old enough to recall Kirk Douglas in 'The Vikings' c.1958, might conceivably glow on the inside at the memory of his escapades: walking a longship's static oars, getting merry on horn filled mead in an equally long beer house, before sailing off to make battle with some distant enemy.
With such notions in mind, heavily spoken sagas concerning The Dark Ages assume a certain currency but when set to swelling Heavy Metal this creative, orchestral and powerful, well, the blend trickles out of the speakers and proceeds to impart a rapturous, thrilling experience that is nothing less than divine excitement.
It helps enormously that the audio production is truly phenomenal but the sheer weight of melodies and mania of spoken, sung and indeed, screamed vocals is compelling in the extreme and rousing enough to compel Moshers old and young alike to simply break like the wind and go suitably ape.
Magnificent, spellbinding and every other hyperbolic term imaginable.
So many that i really could not believe what i was reading!, fair enough this cd is TOTALLY over the top, but it IS a concept release, and it is something that joey demaio and the guys has wanted to do for a LONG time.
The classical composition on this cd has 'no place in metal' according to some reviewers... i dont agree here, if every last one of manowars cds were like this then i may agree... but they are not, this is a one off of sorts, and frankly its a total masterpiece. The compostitions remind me of the awesome conan the barbarian soundtrack, and are FAR above the level of writing mastery that most other bands posses.... Manowar were always innovators, always tried something new, always set the benchmark and were never afraid of trying something grand and over the top.
This CD is NOT a typical metal release, i think of it more as a symphonic metal concept-album masterpiece. If you expect to hear 'louder than hell' churned out again, then avoid this.... manowar were NEVER guilty of churning out releases for the hell of it, or just making the same old crap to make money... they DONT do that, and have never done that.... and their TRUE fans know this. This band is all about fresh ideas, changing things up, but NEVER loosing who they are,... they are the masters of it, and thats why in my view they are the kings of metal.
The actual METAL songs on this CD are;
King of Kings
Loki God of Fire
Sons of Odin
Gods of war
Hymn of the immortal warriors
Die for Metal
These songs could have EASILY been put on an album in this very order, and i would consider that album one of the best metal releases of the last decade. if you 'hate' these songs, then you are NOT a true manowar fan, and i dont care what you say, because these are manowar through and through, the songs themselves are simply great.... we got the fast one 'king of kings' (and WHAT a song it is), the up-tempo rocker 'loki god of fire' (awesome track) the mid tempo epic power metal song 'Sliepnir' (one of the best choruses the band has ever written) the chugging epic 'gods of war' (awesome, such atmosphere) the beautiful ballad 'blood brother' (one of my fave ballads from the band) the typical manowar anthem 'die for metal' (this is battle hymns material right here, classic) The epic ass kicker 'sons of Odin' (one of the best here, FANTASTIC) the power ballad epic 'hymn of the immortal warriors' and finally the innovative, unique and very awesome 'odin' (think crown and the ring mixed with secret of steel).... even like THIS the cd is amazing, and i would put it in my top 3 manowar cds in a blink of an eye!!!, what manowar fan wouldnt?!
NOW.... this is where the album seperates itself from the rest (in the opinion of some this is a very bad thing, in the opinion of others it makes the CD a classic).... The songs are laid out in a conceptual format with beautifully written classical overtures and interludes, with intros for nearly every song. Setting the tone and preparing you for battle.
The Cd really is a musical journey, and its a hell of a concept album. ANYONE who likes an over the top, engaging and thrilling concept album, check this out... especially if (like me) you are a fan of norse mythology.
The cd brings you through so many emotions, and it never lets go.... IF you are willing to be open minded and listen, this may well be one of the best cds you will EVER hear.... IF you are dissmissive, closed minded and expecting the same cd churned out over and over, you can go listen to iron maiden.... because manowar are not sitting and ripping off their fans.
Brilliant album, SUCH a refreshing release, and one of the best albums they have ever made
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