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This Crowd Was Lucky For Sure - 95%

Flamos, October 13th, 2009

Ah yes, another home video release from the "metal kings" Manowar. This is a recording of their performance at the Earthshaker Fest in Germany. If you've ever watched or been at a Manowar concert, you understand what it's about. It has to be loud, bright, and loud. Did I mention it has to be loud up to Manowar standards? You get the point. This band likes it loud and if you're in the crowd, you've got no choice but to hear it that way.

The camera work is beyond fantastic here. Over 25 camera's exist, so you'll get many angles of the band performing, which is great. It's also in HD, if your picky on video quality, this also fills a void.Now, Manowar has decided to do something, that quite frankly, no other band has ever done before. Gathering former members to play on signature songs the performed on. Very interesting if you asked me. This band does things for there fans, they listen to them, and they deliver things that they want to see. The set list itself is typical Manowar.

They start of "Manowar," a fan favorite and played well here. "Son of Death" is a guitar solo from Karl Logan, and a dam good one at that, entertaining the crowd while the rest prepare for "Kings of Metal," which is one of the cheesiest songs ever, but the play it off well. "Sign of the Hammer" is one of the coolest tracks on this list, I've always considered it one of the bands best and I'm glad the play it here, it seems to be missing from modern set-list. Eric sings to the crowd and gets them fired up, he shows off why he's been the bands singer thoughout there existence. Next they play the "Hail to England" duo they normally perform, "Blood of my Enemies" and "Kill with Power." Eric sings with all he's got on these songs and does a fantastic job. After these two tracks, Joey DeMayo introduces the "Triumph of Steel" line-up. Now Karl Logan and Scott Columbus take they're seats and let these two show what they've got. It's not everyday you see a band and they're former members actually get along, and play on stage together! That's a feat I suppose Manowar owns single handily. David Shankle is a very solid player with tons of energy (an understatement), and Rhino seems like he hasn't missed a beat whatsoever. "Metal Warriors" and "The Glory of Achilles" are the two tracks played with this line-up. Manowar almost plays nothing from there 30 minute epic, so it's cool to dust of that song and play something from it. The next little set are both songs from Battle Hymns, but before those tracks Joey preaches a bit then introduces Ross the Boss and Donny Hamzik, both the drummer and guitarist from that album. "Metal Daze" and "Dark Avenger" are played. "Dark Avenger" is kind of a blah track, it's not the best, but "Metal Daze" kicks ass, very catchy and rarely played. Actually both songs aren't played much, so it also cool to see them here. Once these blocks of songs are completed, the current line-up comes out and performs staples like "Outlaw" and "House of Death." Two of the best Manowar tracks really.

"Herz Aus Stahl" is performed for the German crowd, and is truly a cool thing to do. They also use the orchestra they hired to their full potential here and on the next few tracks. Then Joey begins to rant about Wagner, telling the Germans they own Heavy metal (which to be honest is true). Then, the rejection Manowar got from Wagner's grandson. Now, the orchestra that Joey hired performs "Prelude to Act 3." This is a cool thing, but not really anything that enjoyable. It eventually molds into Manowar's newest track at the time "King of Kings" (which was in fact really one of the few good songs from that album "Gods of War"), the crowd eats it up and it should please you for sure. The last three songs with the current members are all played in style, "Warriors of the World," "Hail and Kill," and of course "Black Wind, Fire, and Steel." This would normally end a Manowar concert. However, that isn't the case. Manowar has a surprise in store for the fans. Remember those short, quick little showings from former members, well, they all return to play the epic track, Battle Hymns." This is a feat beyond recognition really. All three guitarist and all three drummers playing the same notes at the same time without really missing a note or beat. Every guitarist gets his shot at a solo here, which is awesome considering all of them have an immense amount of talent. What a way to end an already legendary concert.

Yes, this is a fantastic show, but your also greeted with a ton of extras. How the entire concert was all set up, interviews, guitar and drum clinics, random competitions, even a stage show. Everything you could possibly imagine is here. This dvd is defiantly worth the money you pay for it. No band puts together such a great package. Amazing visuals, great performance, fantastic bonus material, get this if your a Manowar fan. If you are a Manowar skeptic like me, this will keep you quiet throughout. Pick it up, highly recommended.