Friday, March 20, 2009

Manowar - Louder than Hell

10/10

Drummer Scott Columbus is back in the band, and there's a new guitarist named Karl Logan, whose playing is a bit noisy, but in a good way. The songwriting is strong all of the way through; even the lesser songs, like "Number 1" and "Outlaw" only pale in comparison to the other songs and would stand out on most other Manowar albums. The best songs include "The Gods Made Heavy Metal," with its biblical lyrics and hilarious outro; "King," which has a surprisingly subdued piano intro before turning into an archetypal Manowar ass-kicker; and "Return of the Warlords," which has some of Manowar's funniest lyrics ever. There's also a ten-minute instrumental ("Today is a Good Day to Die") which is mostly orchestral; it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it's actually good, and nothing like anything else Manowar ever did.
This is definitely my favorite Manowar album, and encompasses everything I love about them. Highly recommended.

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