Manowar
Battle Hymns


4.0
excellent

Review

by sunsinger USER (16 Reviews)
September 14th, 2005 | 38 replies | 12,675 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Anyone who knows Manowar will know the band that named Twisted Sister and Ted Nugent - among many others - 'False Metal bands'. They will know a quartet that signed their independent record contract with their own blood. Time and time again they have been labelled a group of both over-zealous clichés and The Kings of Metal and are proud to see their band in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's loudest band. The lyrics they write are cheesy, yet calling them passionate would be the true definition of an understatement.

Manowar debuted with an assortment of hard-hitting riffs, most notably Metal Daze with the reminiscent vibe of Two Minutes to Midnight and vocals that show not only a divine uniqueness in Eric Adams, but subtle influences from Rob Halford and Black Sabbath.
Notable features from Battle Hymns include the two minute bass solo William's Tale and the 7 minute epic title-track that begins with a soft guitar part soon accompanied by a drum solo, that leads into the elevated 3 minutes before turning into a heavy, rhythmic movement. The lyrics "Raping the daughters and wives/in blood I take my payment in full with their lives" characterise Manowar's attitude to song-writing, but outside of the pillaging and invasion-based penmanship, there's some very forceful and energetic guitar-work with a profusion of impressive drumming.

Another interesting track on Battle Hymns is Dark Avenger, a song narrated by Orson Wells featuring the aforementioned lyrics. The vocals are almost operatic at times with strong and slightly blues orientated riffs.
In terms of sheer power, Fast Taker dominates the album with a great blend of attraction and strength in the vocals, while others such as Death Zone posses the most memorable singing, yet with the trademark ever so slightly tacky lyrics. Shell Shock however, stands out as a particularly mellow piece that only really picks up at around the second minute when the solo fires up with the bass and drum-lines carrying on. The verses play a simple melody and almost fail to keep the song alive.

Before you go sticking your head into a potential wasp-nest, you should at least get to know this talented and pretentious group before deciding where you stand. Battle Hymns is where it all began, and it's a pretty good place to start.

Best Tracks: Fast Taker, Dark Avenger, Battle Hymn.



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Rudd13
September 14th 2005



952 Comments


Was this after or before the Suicide Machines album.

Just wondering, but nice review. You get a thumb on my part. :thumb:

Sabbath490
September 14th 2005



16 Comments


damn! how long does it take to make a review of these guys??? lol. been a while. anyway nice review! i might pick this one up, if i can find it....

sunsinger
September 14th 2005



16 Comments


I actually worte this review a few hours ago. I haven't been writing for a while (I really want to write more if I can). This was before the Suicide Machines album by the way.
Thanks for the comments.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 14th 2005



826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review. Your rating was too low, though.

Priestmetal
September 15th 2005



542 Comments


Ive never heard these guys but my friends tell me they are a tip off of many good metal bands.

ReturnToRock
September 16th 2005



3448 Comments


kings of metal is good, fighting the world is awesome, all their other albums suck...and they're a joke. they're just about the «real» Spinal Tap.

good review though, although a bit confusing.

any14doomsday
April 16th 2006



679 Comments


I havnt heard the whole thing but I find "williams Tale" to be the worte bass solo I have ever heard. The other tracks I heard wernt too bad, but nothing spectacular.

Good review.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 6th 2006



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Legendary.

Classic.

Manowar.

Thor
May 6th 2006



10178 Comments


Yeah, I can't decide whether to bang my head or just flat out laugh whenever Manowar is mentioned. I usually end up doing both.

Jondur
May 8th 2006



92 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're all gay. Manowar are legends and this album is a classic.

goneshootin22
September 23rd 2007



142 Comments


This band is hilariouse. I am not too familiar with them, but my friend has showed me some of there stuff and they seem alright. But there lyrics are so cheezy its painfull.

Ironpriest
December 16th 2008



403 Comments


lol this is the sort of ridiculous band i would always want to form.

TNY
January 2nd 2009



571 Comments


Battle Hymn is the greatest song ever made.

End of story.

BallsToTheWall
January 2nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Closely follwed by Die For Metal.

TNY
January 3rd 2009



571 Comments


balls speaks the truth

Poet
January 3rd 2009



5920 Comments


THEY CANT STOP US LET THEM TRY. FOR HEAVY METAL WE WILL DIE!

TNY
January 12th 2009



571 Comments


This album is really disappointing.

None of the tracks are nearly as amazing or epic as Battle Hymns.

BigSimo
September 10th 2010



159 Comments


Sick review. The first paragraph made me love this band even more.

illmitch
August 8th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

battle hymn is the best song ever made

qwe3
August 8th 2011



21353 Comments


nice dig bwo



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