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Aproximately 65% of this is pure crap!!!! - 35%

skolnick, February 9th, 2003

So they finally did it. Manowar have finally begun to make a joke out of themselves… I mean, when I bought this record I couldn’t not possibly imagine that I would be laughing so much of their new material as I did… unfortunately, because I had hope that after “Louder than Hell” the guys could reinvent themselves and finally start entering into the new century …
“DEATH TO THE FALSE METAL, BLA BLA BLA, BLA BLA BLA, BLA BLA BLA (and other loads of verbal shit = Joey DeMaio’s boring crap…). Well, they must now be preaching death to themselves, as we cannot, in our perfect senses, really call this a true metal record. Fine…we cannot call it a complete fuck up, it has four good songs, but it would be a lot better in the form of an EP with only these ones.

Manowar just cannot evolve, I mean, it’s not by covering a classical song, a bulk of another American songs and adding some acoustic guitars that they’re going to make a really big breakthrough… For them the time machine has simply stopped somewhere…They just keep living in the 80’s, and the most hilarious is the fact that they just don’t seem to want to make anything about this. Of course that there are always those fans that are forever loyal to the usual crap (the usual songs, the usual beer, the usual girl, the usual bikes…) and the band keeps that tired image for those fanatics, but they have also been losing some fans (including me) for always being playing the same shit, years after years. They could start listening to a little bit more of the European Power Metal melodies and heaviness that were inspired by them, and really start evolving towards a new and fresh sound AND…ALSO DEVELOP A NEW IMAGE…because that thing with all those black leathers simply has to stop.

Well, I think that DeMaio probably had an accident with his house and half of it that had all of the metal records must’ve burned down and he got stuck only with his Elvis and Puccini records, I have no doubt about it!!! I never heard Manowar making anything like this…
It starts with “Call to Arms” that is a good song, well composed, well produced, with a catchy chorus and a good guitar sound but then comes the downhill of the album that begins with ”Fight for Freedom”, a song that although having the patriotic side, being dedicated to the victims of the WTC attack (and I kind of liked the fact that a metal band finally got the guts to do this, one of Manowar’s few positive points in this record!!), it’s not one of the best songs they’ve ever made…
The pain then starts with “Nessun Dorma” and what the fuck is this??? I mean, don’t get me wrong…”Nessun Dorma” is a good song, but by Manowar? You’ll have to hear it to believe that this is just what Manowar shouldn’t have done…
Next and continuing the parade of the useless crap comes the crapiest fuck up on this album. “Valhalla” his a throwaway synth forged song, we can definitively see something’s going wrong with Manowar to have to be forced to put a filler in the middle of the action…I mean, first comes a boring song, then a Puccini cover (!?!) and next a less than 40 seconds throwaway…man…these guys really need to take some more time of vacation, because those seven years weren’t enough…
“Swords in the Wind” is also very cheesy and boring, with all that stupid lyrical crap they always write about Vikings and that kind of shit…I think we are all a little bit tired of this now aren’t we?
“An American Trilogy” its just bad, a really bad bulk of combined songs… It’s hilarious that these guys that had written a song like “Metal Warriors” now play this kind of stuff…well anyway I think the guy was Elvis Presley, not “Eric” Presley…
Next comes…oh no… not again…please…not another fucking synth and piano instrumental…the difference between the boring “The March” and “Valhalla” is the fact that this load of auditive crap takes longer than “Valhalla” . My God… I really thought that I would have to sell this album the day after I had bought it but… the next four songs really changed my mind and made me believe that this was not a gigantic pile of shit but just another kind of an “abortion” album…
“Warriors of the World United” is not good or bad, just nothing worth mention…you might like it, but for me it’s repetitive and boring and a perfect example that Manowar’s lyrics and their music just can’t make that big jump…
Then finally we start to see the light of day on this record…”Hand of Doom” is a very good song. Karl Logan just rips everything apart with that fantastic solo at the beginning of it…Good song, good chorus and rhythms, a positive point for the Viking boys on this album.
“House of Death” has a good intro with a great solo, and the rest of the song actually manages to be pretty good…I’m proud of Scott Columbus on this one.
To end it all comes the really heavy “Fight Until We Die”. A good finisher and a good form of redemption after the complete parade of crap of the first songs. One of Manowar’s best.

Ok…this could be a LOT better!! Not a Manowar album that can honour completely the things made by them in the past. WARNING to your wallet…this is what I call a somewhat money waste…my advice on this one is for you to get the first and the last three songs from the net and form your “Warriors of Real Metal” E.P from Manowar…This is the age of the good and technical song writing, not the swords, shields and raw leather age…That one has died for centuries and Manowar at every new album just risk themselves to die with it.