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Eric Adams

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Eric Adams has been the singer of the heavy metal band Manowar since 1980.

He is known for holding high note screams for over 40 seconds at Manowar shows. About his own artistic influences, Adams declared that as a young man he used to go to every show of Deep Purple’s, because he loved Ian Gillan’s voice. Afterwards, he worked to create his own, personal style.

A considerable part of Manowar’s production implies the intent to optimize and underscore Adams’s vocal skills (for instance, the whole album Into Glory Ride (1983), where the singer “makes the difference”).
As a singer and showman, he has gained respect and appreciation even from critics who do not express particular esteem for the band. Recently, Adrien Begrand has written about him: “They (Manowar) have one of the most likeable, charismatic frontmen in the genre”.

Although he essentially devoted his artistic life to metal, Adams can sing other genres too. One of his most interesting and unusual exploits was singing the aria “Nessun Dorma” (from G. Puccini’s opera Turandot) live in Milan (1999) as a tribute to the Italian Manowar fans, and later recording the event for the “Warriors of the World” album (2002). The same album also contains “An American Trilogy”, which Adams first performed at the popcom.

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