Friday, March 13, 2009

Manowar - Hail to England

8/10

Okay, this is where things really started to get good. Like the last album, there are just seven songs, but most of them are fairly compact, with just one epic at the very end. This leads to a short album (less than 35 minutes long), but it leaves you wanting more. The best parts are "Kill With Power," with an even more obvious squeaky bass pedal than "Gates of Valhalla," and "Black Arrows," a DeMaio bass solo with a gut-busting pitch-shifted introduction in which the band first denounces "false metal". DeMaio also starts his habit of name-dropping the names of previous songs and albums in "Army of the Immortals," a tribute to the band's fans. The only long song on the album, "Bridge of Death," veers a little too far into Satanic silliness than macho silliness for my tastes and is a bit overlong. Otherwise, the album's Manowar's best to date.
A lot of people seem to think that Manowar's only good albums were the first four; I disagree, but this is my personal favorite out of them. Recommended.

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