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The dawn of excellence - 90%

Black_Star, July 3rd, 2005

The year was 2002, the love it or hate it "Warriors of the World" album had just been released. When the kings of metal announced "The Dawn of Battle" single, there were many skeptics. The line was drawn between the lovers and the haters of "Warriors of the World". With this in mind, this new single would have a great impact on Manowar's fan base.

The major problem with "Warriors of the World" was the fact that it contained two awful tracks compared to Manowar's standards. "An American Trilogy" and "Nessun Dorma" were filler on a brilliant album. This said, the two new songs present on the "The Dawn of Battle" single had to be very ass kicking to redeem "Warriors of the World". But this review is not about that album so let's focus on the task at hand.

The first track off this single is a new one called "The Dawn of Battle". This tune starts off superbly with a heavy riff and drum beat. Once Eric Adams enters the picture, the song can only get better...and it does. "The Dawn of Battle" is an instant classic and fan favourite. The chorus is simple but beautiful. The line "My sword will drink blood" is sure to make every wimp and poser run for the nearest exits. This is what the song is all about and the atmosphere that it creates. The drumming on this song is masterful. Scott Columbus really owns the drum kit and uses the double kick perfectly. The song slows down a little before the four minute mark, which gives Eric Adams a chance to showcase his Godly voice. He utilises this opportunity to his advantage. When the song picks up again at the five minute mark, Manowar delivers a swift ass kicking upon the listener.

Up next is the new song, "I Believe". Like "The Dawn of Battle" this tune is a winner. "I Believe" starts off with a classic epic Manowar intro. The organ kicks into pure heavy metal. Eric Adams starts off with very dark vocals but then enters the extremely catchy chorus. This song is definitely going to become a fan favourite at live performances. Karl Logan provides a killer solo increasing the lovability of this track.

Next on deck is "Call to Arms". This masterpiece can be found on "Warriors of the World". This song is one Manowar's best ever and ranks very high up with other anthems like "Kill with Power" and "Hail and Kill". A brilliant song.
In conclusion, this single is a must for all the casual fans and the legions of followers that the modern day warriors have gained over the years. This single is essential because it replaces the void that was left by "Warriors of the World" for the haters but also adds to the awesomeness of the experience for all the lovers of the album. Scott Columbus and Eric Adams provide outstanding performances but we can't forget the amazing talent that Karl Logan and the master, Joey DeMaio display. "The Dawn of Battle" is highly recommended for its glorious title track but also for the other incredible songs.