Sign Of The Hammer Import
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MANOWAR Sign Of The Hammer (1990 US 8-track CD picture sleeve SLAMCD14)
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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.Read more ›
If you like heavy power and Manowar, you should own it, if you want greater stuff try the previous ones, they are awsome.
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)'.Read more ›
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WHAT DO YOU SAY TO HONESTLY REVIEW THIS ALBUM? ITS MANOWAR, TRUE HEAVY + LOUD WILL TELL YOU ALL YOU NEED! MANOWAR KICK ASS EVERYBODY KNOWS + THIS OUTING REALY TAKES SOME BEATING! Read morePublished on 17 July 2013 by Bindrune
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