MANOWAR are easy to take the piss out of. Aren't they? It has been written numerous times before and will be written time and time again just what a bunch of wankers these guys are. Their image is a constant source of amusement. Their lyrics are prejudiced. Basically just outdated. They don't look anymore stupid than the likes of KORN or LIMP BIZKIT or the Death/Black Metallers in their corpse paint, but most reviewers would rather comment on the MANOWAR-image rather that the quality of music on offer.
And that is what's wrong with MANOWAR - their output is amongst the finest that has graced the Metal-genre. Opening track, "All Men Play On 10", is a killer. An ode to their newly found record-label, 10 Records, Eric Adams belts out the opening line "I made a rock n roll sin when I tried giving in." and you better believe that MANOWAR aren't gonna do that.
Simple this is top class Metal. "Animals", "Thor (The Powerhead)" and the awesome "Mountains" only keep up the quality constant. Joey DeMaio's bass work is already legendary as is Eric Adams' vocal prowess, equally as good as MAIDEN's Bruce. The guitar work of the much-missed Ross the Boss added uniqueness to the MANOWAR-sound and Scott Columbus's pounding skin work is on par with John Bonham's.
But wait that's only the first half over! The title track just blows the speakers! As does "The Oath", then up steps Joey to deliver his traditional bass solo, "Thunderpick", and very expertly done to boot. However it is the album-closer than attracts the most attention. "Guyana (Cult Of The Damned)". A sweeping 7-minute epic, which MANOWAR excels at. Heaviness, catchy, inspirational, just showcasing what these guys are capable of doing.
Fuck the critics. Listen to MANOWAR. And make up your own mind!