Manowar
The Sons of Odin


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler EMERITUS
December 13th, 2006 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Manowar is as powerful as ever with this 2006 EP, a prelude to their upcoming 2007 release Gods of War. Death to false metal.

Is Manowar's reign on metal nearing an end"

The preceding question is one that many may ask after hearing Sons of Odin. It is a question posed for numerous reasons: they're aging, and their shtick may finally be wearing thin. And then there's Valhalla. If that last one sounds a little ambiguous to you, allow me to elaborate.

Though they have made mention of Valhalla on previous releases, it all seems a little different this time around. A little truer if you will, as Manowar, for lack of any other term, are old, though not quite dying. This EP contains 5 tracks, two of which are live, and the more playful side of Manowar is nowhere to be found. There are no tracks about pleasure slaves, hailing and killing, and there are no metal anthems, at least not from a lyrical sense.

Sons of Odin is as much a promotional tool for their recently released DVD, The Absolute Power as it is a teaser for their twelfth-coming release, Gods of War, and it shows both the Manowar we all love to listen to and make fun and a newer, more mature Manowar. They're still as epic, loud, and metal as ever, only with a slight twist.

The Sons of Odin starts the EP of the same name off in typical Manowar fashion; mid-paced and powerful as burrito induced trots. Soon, a choir enters and the band restrains itself to a galloping bassline being played atop a monologue care of Eric Adams. While he's no Christopher Lee, he gets the job done and with the clanking of swords the song picks up the pace, only to once again subdue itself with the familiar gallop.

The opener follows in typical Manowar fashion, consistently growing more powerful, though it seems to end a minute late; a useless narrative spoken atop an organ is more or less unnecessary, even by the standards of the genre. Odin, Berserker rage, we get it. The interesting part is the mention of Manowar gaining absolute power, and officially being hailed as gods of war, something their fans (and the band) were aware of all along. This is still the first track by the way.

The album carries on as expected; a mix of Old English, hammers, and true metal. What catches me by surprise is the symphonic elements seem to be much more prevalent on this album, and definitely add a new layer of depth to the band. Each song comes off as a prelude to an epic battle, the true calling of Manowar. And, while the Sons of Odin and Gods of War serve as slow to mid-paced anthems, the live King of Kings returns Manowar to speedier pacing, consistent double bass and the like, though it mixes it with their newfound love for symphonic elements (mostly choirs and bells and horns).

The Ascension, one of the live tracks on the EP, is a brief two minute interlude where Manowar ascends. It serves as a pre-amble of what's to come with the fifth and final track, King of Kings, a track that in typical Manowar fashion, leads them to profess their superiority.
Despite their age, Manowar still battles on with the perfect blend of cheese and power. And though they're not going anywhere yet, surely the gates of Valhalla will open with arms welcome.

If you were to ask me if Manowar was running out of steam, I'd simply point out that true metal never dies.

Death to false metal.

Pros
It's a little bit fresher than the last Manowar album, but nonetheless it's still Manowar

Cons
It's still Manowar

To conclude, if you like Manowar this is for you, if not, then not so much. The EP does what it intends, as it not only peaks my interest in the DVD but it makes me all the more excited for Gods of War. 2007 cannot come soon enough.

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And another thing, I'm prepared to die for metal. Are you" - Joey DeMaio



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Tyler
Emeritus
December 14th 2006


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was going to proof read it, but then I saw it was 666 words and decided it was fate.



And then I did proof read it, and realized I had to fix a lot of it, and so I cheated a little bit to keep it at 666.



DerpThis Message Edited On 12.14.06

TojesDolan
December 14th 2006


271 Comments


You cheater you

Thor
December 14th 2006


10266 Comments


Hahaha Manowar. As far as I'm concerned, you only need one album by them.

The Sludge
December 14th 2006


2169 Comments


You reviewed Manowar, ha to the ha.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 14th 2006


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

All jokes aside, Manowar is actually musically good. Any comments on the review itself? I'm trying to keep them shorter now, for the most.

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 14th 2006


3708 Comments


And then I did proof read it, and realized I had to fix a lot of it, and so I cheated a little bit to keep it at 666.

Pfft I've seen a Reign in Blood review that had 666 words. If that isn't destiny, then I don't know what is.

It was a pretty decent review. Nice and concise.

I didn't even know Manowar was still around.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 14th 2006


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True metal never dies.

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 14th 2006


3708 Comments


True metal never dies.
Can't argue with that.

Angmar
December 14th 2006


2688 Comments


did souths number of the beast review have 666 words?

Tyler
Emeritus
December 15th 2006


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bloodbath is a take on old school death metal. And the "dont know jack" was just a play on the fact you used it in your list, bro, no worries.



And how is he, anyways?This Message Edited On 12.15.06

Ratmond
December 24th 2006


16 Comments


One of the greatest metal bands to walk the earth.

Very excited for this.This Message Edited On 12.24.06

Neoteric
January 4th 2007


3243 Comments


I just checked and it's actually 667 words :eek:

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 4th 2007


3708 Comments


Tyler you con! :eek:

Tyler
Emeritus
January 4th 2007


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You guys are mean.



It counts the "-------------" as a word, I don't.

Neoteric
January 4th 2007


3243 Comments


But uhh... still.


>->
This Message Edited On 01.04.07

SylentEcho
December 26th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

great Ep!

Bfhurricane
March 24th 2009


6212 Comments


Sons of Odin... what an epicly cheesy song. The ending narration is awesome.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2012


11148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. As fan of Manowar, I don't want them to progress, I want them to remain as they are...Brothers of metal.

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