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Sign Of The Hammer Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spm Germany
  • ASIN: B000008I39
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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MANOWAR Sign Of The Hammer (1990 US 8-track CD picture sleeve SLAMCD14)

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This is another fine Manowar CD. When I first heard "All men play on ten" I was hooked forever. Here was a band who were not afraid to crank it up and this album should be played loud. There are lots of great metal songs on here. From the mythical escapism of "Thor (The powerhead)" to more reflective moments like "Mountains", there is plenty to enjoy. The real highlights are "All men play on ten", "Sign of the hammer" and "Guyana (cult of the damned)", the latter being an eight minute tour-de-force with excellent lyrics and playing. This is a highly recommended album.
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In 1984, just two years after their debut, the legendary US Heavy Metal band Manowar released their fourth full-length studio album, Sign Of The Hammer. This was no rushed affair, just the shining output of a prolific and incendiary band hungry for success.

The album opens with the absolutely brilliant “All Men Play On Ten” which is like some kind of Heavy Metal mixture between Kiss’ “I Love It Loud” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Working For MCA” with its storytelling approach and behind-the-scenes setting, coupled with the love of high amplifier volumes. Musically, a bit of a slow groover, with lots of neat guitar work and a chorus designed for singing along to.

The rest of the album, with the exception of the brief guitar solo “Thunderpick,” is all pounding, exciting, varied and interestingly structured classic Heavy Metal.

Tracks like the catchy “Animals” and the thunderous Title Track, alongside the Speed Metal of “The Oath” and the absolutely superb album-highlight “Thor (The Powerhead)” are some of the most consistent and enjoyable tracks you could hope for. The band sound so right, but so unique. There’s no messing about, no filler, not even any ballads this time either. Instead the diversity comes from within the tracks themselves, with tunes like “Mountains” containing enough exploration and deviation from the norm to stop it all feeling samey.

If you look at the back of the record and see the title “Guyana – Cult Of The Damned” you’d be forgiven for thinking this was also a track about Greek Mythology… “Who is Guyana? She must be the goddess of cults or something” but it turns out that the track is about the Jonestown mass suicide where over 900 people died – “Thanks for the Cool Aid, Reverend Jim” – and then you remember where Guyana is.
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This is a good album but not their great, i do prefer the previous ones than that but there are some great songs like the title track, 'The Oath' and 'All Man Play on 10'.
If you like heavy power and Manowar, you should own it, if you want greater stuff try the previous ones, they are awsome.
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Bought this on the strength of a previous review as it`s the first Manowar album i own. Haven`t listened to it a lot yet but it`s growing on me, it seems to be good basic rock music which can seem dated depending on your preference. My era was the 70`s UK rock (Sabbath, Nazareth, Purple etc) so to me this was quite a pleasant surprise. Glad i bought it and will collect more of their albums in the future.
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This has to be one of my favourite manowar album alongside Hail To England and Gods Of War. The only thing that lets this album down is the bass solo Thunderpick it's good but gets boring sometimes so it's a small minor. This album is all classic, and it has one of my favourite songs ever Guyana (Cult Of The Damned) why metalhammer called this song a joke is beyong (still an awesome magazine by the way). Even manowars ballad (manowar style) Mountains is brilliant. If you are getting into manowar buy this and Hail To England. HAIL MANOWAR AND TRUE METAL!!!!!!!!!!
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Not bad for a Years work, two metal classics. Manowar's fourth album is somewhat of an end of an era as after `Sign of the Hammer' they went a bit commercial on `Fighting the World' or `Crazy Crazy Nights' or whatever it was called, and subsequently released albums that did not match the quality of the first four albums... `Four sworn to vengeance!'. Anyway, these early Manowar albums are all essential pieces of epic, steely, infidel crushing metal called by the gods and sworn to play Germany and only Germany! Hail to Deutschland! Ok, I digress but `Sign of the Hammer' is another great fun and excellent release with that "heavy metal Cimmerian" vibe that only Manowar has. Sadly in the year Manowar concluded all men indeed do play on ten, guitar genius and inspiration to the likes of Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, Nigel Tufnel revealed that these indeed do go to eleven...once again Spinal Tap was a step ahead of their contemporaries.

First of all I would like to get one think off my chest...How much does Ross The Boss rule?! In my estimation he's one of the finest and most overlooked guitar players in metal and `Sign of the Hammer' catches Ross on top form. His solos are ripping and racy but with a classic rock vibe that ensures they don't descend into "betcha can't play this" exercises, his solos are fast but always exciting. I suffer from a misfortunate condition of getting very drunk and assuming my guitar playing sounds like Ross The Boss circa 1984 when infact its closer to Kirk Hammett. The rest of the band is on good form here too, Scott Columbus' drums are actually something to write home about here solid and catchy especially on `Thor (the Powerhead)'.
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