Manowar is a classic heavy metal band that features mythology, metal and attitude in their songs. Though each member is from USA, the band was founded in England. MANOWAR GENRES
Manowar was founded by bassist Joey DeMaio and guitarist Ross the Boss in 1980. Joey DeMaio was a bass/pyro technician for Black Sabbath, who were playing a show in England at the time, and Ross the Boss was the guitarist of a band called Shakin' Street. The whole thing started when the two locked themselves in a locker room to find out which one could play harder and faster.
After agreeing that they would found a band, the two took in Eric Adams, the "man with lungs of leather", as their vocalist, and Donny Hamzik as their drummer. They released their first album, "Battle Hymns", with this lineup in 1982. On their second release, "Into Glory Ride" (1983), Scott Columbus was introduced as their new drummer, along with his custom made stainless steel drums (regular ones would not endure his aggressive style). The contract for Into Glory Ride was also signed in the band's own blood.
Manowar's third album, Hail to England (1984), started a tour in Great Britain. However, the band were fed up with their current record company's dominant nature, and released yet another record during the same year; "Sign of the Hammer" was published by 10 Records - hence the song "All Men Play on 10" included on this album.
In the beginning of 1987, "Fighting the World" was released, featuring hit songs such as "Fighting the World", "Black Wind, Fire and Steel" and "Defender". Followed by a tour in Europe, "Fighting the World" was a success.
Their next album, "Kings of Metal" (1988), was widely dedicated to the fans of Manowar all around the world, as can be told by looking at the cover (plenty of different flags scattered around). This album also featured recordings with a large male choir, such as "Blood of the Kings" and "The Crown and the Ring (Lament of the Kings)". The title of this album is the reason that their fans (and also themselves) dub them "The Kings of Metal".
Not being pleased by his career with Manowar, Ross the Boss quit the band at this point, and was replaced by David Shankle. Also, the drummer known as "Rhino" took Scott Columbus's place on Manowar's next release, "The Triumph of Steel" published in 1992. After finishing their "Secrets of Steel" tour, they were voted as the band that fans would most like to see in Russia, beating out Beatles and Michael Jackson.
1996 saw the release of "Louder than Hell", with Scott Columbus back in the drums and a new talent, Karl Logan, in lead guitar. This album included hit tracks "Gods Made Heavy Metal", "The Power", "Brothers of Metal (Pt.1)" and "Return of the Warlord".
After some more touring and the change of millennium, "Warriors of the World" was released in 2002, featuring tracks "Warriors of the World (United)" and one dedicated to Italian fans, "Nessun Dorma", which was earlier performed by Eric Adams on their show in Italy.
Manowar has also released five live-DVD's, titled "Hell on Earth I-IV" and the last is titled "The Day the Earth Shook - The Absolute Power", with the unbelivable event of the Earthshake festival. A new EP called "Sons of Odin" also released in October 2006. Their lastest album was released at the end of February - beginning of March 2007, entitled "Gods Of War".
Their Official website is http://www.manowar.com
MANOWAR LYRICAL THEMES
War, Freedom, Glory, Honor, Heavy Metal
United States of America (Auburn, New York), formed in 1980
MANOWAR CURRENT RECORD LABEL
Magic Circle Music
MANOWAR CURRENT LINE-UP
Eric Adams - Vocals (1980-)(Kids)
Karl Logan - Guitars, Keyboards (1994-)
Joey DeMaio - Bass, Keyboards (1980-) (Dave Feinstein)
Scott Columbus - Drums (1983-1991, 1996-)
MANOWAR PREVIOUS LINE-UP
David Shankle (1989-1993) (David Shankle Group)
Ross 'the Boss' Friedman (1980-1988) (ex-Shakin' Street, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, Brain Surgeons, Dictators, Men of War)
Kenny Earl "Rhino" Edwards (1991-1993) (Shadow Symphony, HolyHell)
Donnie Hamzik (1981-1983)
Carl Canedy (1980-1981) (The Rods, Thrasher (US), Jack Starr, Dave Feinstein)