Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Manowar - Warriors of the World

5/10

This album's cover shows the typical muscle-bound Manowar cover subject holding an American flag while standing over a bunch of dead bodies. I'm not sure if there was some recent event in 2002 that made Manowar try to pander to a "patriotic" audience after ignoring their home country for so long on Warriors of the World, their NINTH studio album and ELEVENTH album overall. The awful redneck anthem "The Fight for Freedom" is the best example of this, with terrible "patriotic" musical and lyrical cliches (as opposed to the awesome Manowar cliches). There's also a pointless cover of Elvis' "An American Trilogy." Not all of the filler is pandering to rednecks, however; there's also "Valhalla," a 35-second synth instrumental, the godawful "symphonic" instrumental "The March," and a horrible rendition of "Nessun Dorma" (what the hell were they thinking?)
Fortunately, most of the more typical Manowar tracks are pretty good; "Call to Arms" gets things off to a great start, and the last four tracks are perfectly fine (although I have to question the wisdom of naming a song "Hand of Doom" when the Black Sabbath song of the same name is so iconic, and you just know DeMaio was aware of it, since he'd worked as a bass tech for Sabbath). It's a shame that what good material there is is nearly drowned out by crap.

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