Manowar: The Lord of Steel
(2012, Magic Circle)
Hail Metal Warriors! The Kibitzer is back again and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a brand new Manowar CD (and I’ve been a big fan for a very long time too!)
Manowar’s latest release, The Lord of Steel is a different breed of animal compared to the rest of the other releases within their catalog. Truthfully, I haven’t been this excited since Louder Than Hell! This new CD proves that Manowar can still bring it and have also proven that their sound has evolved without straying away from the Manowar brand!
The production is impeccable and robust, as the material on the CD is also light years away from Warriors of The World and Gods Of War. No slow starts here, folks, no sir! It’s full throttle with tracks like “Expendable”, “The Lord Of Steel”, “Manowarriors”, “Annihilation”, “Hail, Kill and Die”, and “El Gringo” (which is also the first track that Manowar has ever written specifically for a major motion picture).
The Lord of Steel also marks the debut of new drummer, Donnie Hamzik. With no disrespect intended to previous drummer, Scott Columbus (R.I.P.), Hamzik is a breath of fresh air to Manowar and is definitely what the band needed to progress to the next phase of their existence. Eric Adams’ voice is amazing as it hasn’t changed over the years and has been consistent with delivery and quality. Karl Logan and Joey DeMaio’s guitar and bass sound is thicker and fuller this time around with more distortion and mid range added to DeMaio’s bass that just makes all of the new songs roar with thunder (no pun intended!).
I can go on and on, but this is their best work to date! I give The Lord of Steel 5 out of 5 stars! All of the haters can say what they want about Manowar, but they’ve outlasted a lot of trends and a lot of other bands that have since been long gone and in the history books. Get this CD when you can! Until next time my Metal brothers and sisters……. RAGE!!!
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