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Manowar - Louder Than Hell (10/10) - USA - 1996

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 50:10
Band homepage: Manowar

Tracklist:

  1. Return Of The Warlord
  2. Brothers Of Metal Part 1
  3. The Gods Of Heavy Metal
  4. Courage
  5. Number 1
  6. Outlaw
  7. King
  8. Today Is A Good Day To Die
  9. My Spirit Lives On
  10. The Power
Manowar - Louder Than Hell
It seems like an age since the Kings Of Metal last offered us a studio outing. In fact you'll have to go back to 1996 to find it and looking back all those years it is obvious that the Metal Kings haven't given up their crown just yet!

"Louder Than Hell" just kicks major Metal-ass! Every song is a triumph for Metal-music from the out and out speed metal fury of "The Power" to the glorious nine-minute plus "Today Is A Good Day To Die", MANOWAR run through every Metal-trick in the book. You want anthems will check out "Number 1" and the awesome "King". You want a melodic ballad, then "Courage" fits the bill rather nicely. You want power house riffing with driving bass and thundering drums the first three tracks are gonna deliver a triple dose of powerful Metal straight into the old grey matter. Adams is in fine voice and shows just why he is the only man that can front this band. DeMaio is a touch quieter on this album than in past releases, but it is his trademark bass galloping that drives the group along. The mighty Scott Columbus sits proudly behind the drums of doom and Karl Logan's guitar playing is skillful and riff perfect.

Yes, MANOWAR are firmly stuck in their own world. Yes, they play music that is derided in the fashion-conscious UK and USA, but still there is a passion and emotion and an honesty that generates through every song that MANOWAR play. Steadfastly refusing to accept the word of those that stand against them. All the MANOWAR-detractors must be eating a huge chunk of humble pie these days as the band head into their third decade still proclaiming Death To False Metal!

Chris Doran



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