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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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Kings Of Metal was the self-produced classic sixth full-length album by the legendary US Heavy Metal veterans Manowar, released on Atlantic in late 1988. It is one of the fan favourite Manowar albums that contains some of their most beloved and best known tracks that still endure in the setlist to this day.

If you aren't familiar with Manowar, this album would make a fine first step on the journey towards fandom. It is a powerful, grand and impressive sounding `80s Heavy Metal album that contains elements of Thrash and Power Metal at different times, but more or less serves as the distillation and perfection of the original Heavy Metal ideals.

Its got a mix of fun and serious lyrics. Sometimes boastful and silly, sometimes story-telling and evocative. Its got a mixture of all sorts of speeds. Its got aggression and restraint. Its also got a fair deal of variety on here, its not just the same type of thing over and over again.

"Sting Of The Bumblebee" is on there for example; which as you've probably heard is Joey DiMaio's frantic bass solo/instrumental track (even though its essentially a bass solo there are drums in there too at times) based on the famous Classical Music piece "Flight Of The Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

There are also three different ballads/slow tracks/orchestral tracks in the form of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)," "Heart Of Steel" and "Kingdom Come." They are all very different versions of the whole Metal band being quiet theme. Normally three such tracks on one album would be overkill, but somehow the variety and difference in style between them lets it work.

Then there's also "The Warrior's Prayer," which is essentially a four-minute intro. It's a spoken word story, with some sound effects.
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