With "Hail To England" MANOWAR delivered their third and maybe best album in 1984. The album has only seven songs, but each and every one of them is a killer.
All is kicked off with the hymn "Blood Of My Enemies", a mighty mid-tempo-track. The song mainly lives off Eric Adams' powerful vocals and the sing-along-chorus. With "Each Dawn I Die" and the fast "Kill With Power" we have two real crackers, especially the latter one is a real shred-fest. Catchy chorus, brilliant vocals and a superb guitar-solo are what make this song stand out. Generally you have to point out the excellent guitar-work by Ross the Boss. Today MANOWAR don't have such a talented guitarist in their ranks anymore, a pity. As next we have the title-track "Hail To England" coming through the already bleeding speakers. Another gripping hymn, which convinces through its simple chorus and nice melody.
Number five off the tracklist is "Army Of The Immortals". This song is dedicated to the MANOWAR-fans and still is a regular at almost each live-gig. What follows next, well, you either love it or hate it. "Black Arrows", a bass-solo by bassist and band-leader Joey DeMaio. You can hate DeMaio and his cliché-ridden speeches, but he is a true master of his instrument.
The last song of the album then is nothing but a true highlight. I am talking about "Bridge Of Death", which is absolute cult today. Here the band most probably pulls off its greatest achievement. For a long time this song had disappeared from their live-set, but today they have revived it. Maybe they have realised the potential of this song.v In my ears "Hail To England" is the best and most varied album by MANOWAR ever. The band celebrates finest Power Metal. If you don't take the clichéd lyrics into consideration (which the band already is (in)famous for) this is an all-time classic. Musically there is nothing to be criticised, the guys really master their instruments and if need be play your head off your neck.
Each song has huge hit-character and that is what counts. The sound also is alright, if you see that the album had been recorded in 1984. The only negative points are the few songs and the rather short playing time.
So everybody, who hasn't heard the band before should try out this one first, because it's their best!
Check-out-tips: "Kill With Power", "Bridge Of Death"