Twenty years on and this album is still amongst the best that MANOWAR have recorded. Just listen to the opening riff of "Metal Daze", then the vocals and the bass and drums dropping in. Played at full volume this is Heavy Metal heaven. Unbelievably catchy and hook laden much like each and every MANOWAR track recorded since.
If you don't like them then your not a Metal fan as they encompass all that is glorious, ironic, clichéd and worthwhile in Metal music. Name another Metal band that has done more to support Metal across the globe? They look stupid? Well didn't Lars and Co look like a bunch of wankers in their nail varnish "Load" era; what the fuck are SLIPKNOT all about and Nu-Metal in general? I suppose the looks are all relevant but I will tell you there are few bands in any genre that stand out as MANOWAR do and even less that truly believe in what they are doing.
Uniqueness and individuality that's what MANOWAR stand for. So if you wanna be different then be a MANOWAR fan. You will be in good company.
Or look at it this way: If you don't find "Shell Shock", "Manowar", the Orson Welles narrated epic "Dark Avenger" and the awesome title track, "Battle Hymns" inspirational and up lifting then just why are you a Metal fan? Have a think about it and then listen to this album. Then email me your thoughts.
I will be waiting. (Online May 13, 2003)