Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Manowar - Hell on Stage

6/10

ANOTHER double live album, hot on the heels of the last one? I'm guessing that Joey DeMaio was having trouble in the songwriting department, because I can't think of any other reason to release two double-live albums in a row. Unlike Hell on Wheels, the songs on Hell on Stage are more or less in chronological order. Fortunately, there's no overlap with the previous release, but unfortunately, there are some pretty poor song choices, especially on the first disc, which features four 8 minute+ songs in a row. There's also a bass solo on both discs, which is just overkill, and some strong songs that weren't on Hell on Wheels are unrepresented here (All Men Play on 10, Gloves of Metal, Pleasure Slave, Each Dawn I Die, Defender). It also wasn't necessary to include the spoken word "The Warrior's Prayer," as amusing as it was to hear the audience chanting along with it. The good songs are still pretty good, but there's too much dross on here for me to give it anything more than a 6.

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