Kings of Metal Import
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably one of the best power metal albums I have ever heard. Full of great songs there isn't one which you will not like. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Oliver Farrugia
Good solid album. Not as good as Battle Hymn but well worth the listen.Published 11 months ago by Customer
There are some albums that couldn't be done again. They are unique like Kings of Metal album. Manowar is Elvis Presley of Heavy Metal and I recommend all new generation metal fans... Read morePublished 20 months ago by ILTEBER
Now I ain't no bummer and I swear to god I don't drool over the pictures on the cover but I love this album man I bought fighting the world back int day so I had a heads up on... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2014 by moose
That album is one pure classic.It doesn't matter if you are rock or heavy metal fan you will love this!Published on 8 April 2013 by Miroslav Filipov