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Auburn, New York, United States (1980 – present)

Manowar is a metal band from Auburn, New York, United States that prominently features mythology and fantasy in their lyrics as well as songs about Heavy Metal and a theme of camaraderie with rebellious attitude.

Manowar was founded by bassist Joey DeMaio and guitarist Ross “Ross the Boss” Friedman in 1980. Joey DeMaio was a bass/pyro technician for Black Sabbath, who were playing a show in England at the time, and Ross the Boss was the guitarist of a band called Shakin’ Street. The whole thing started when the two locked themselves in a locker room to find out which one could play the guitar harder and faster.

After agreeing that they would found a band, the two took in Eric Adams, the “man with lungs of leather”, as their vocalist, and Donny Hamzik as their drummer. They released their first album, “Battle Hymns”, with this lineup in 1982. On their second release, “Into Glory Ride” (1983), Scott Columbus was introduced as their new drummer, along with his custom made stainless steel drums (regular ones would not endure his aggressive style). The contract for Into Glory Ride was also signed in the band’s own blood.

Manowar’s third album, Hail to England (1984), started a tour in Great Britain. However, the band were fed up with their current record company’s dominant nature, and released yet another record during the same year; “Sign of the Hammer” was published by 10 Records - hence the song “All Men Play on 10” included on this album.

In the beginning of 1987, “Fighting the World” was released, featuring hit songs such as “Fighting the World”, “Black Wind, Fire and Steel” and “Defender”. Followed by a tour in Europe, “Fighting the World” was a success.


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    Listening to this after at least 15 years. It sound great as did back then.

    29 May 1:23am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist I nominate this as the official image!

    15 May 6:16pm Reply
  • Steambull

    I aim to see Manowar in Stockholm next year. Now that the Kings Of Metal MMXIV tour is wrapping up, I hope they will refreshen their setlist. Note that nowadays Manowar only plays 14-15 songs in a concert as opposed to the 20+ setlists they used to have even on The Lord of Steel Tour (which had an awesome set). I think that they should drop Kings of Metal, Hail And Kill and Heart of Steel completely. Same with Manowar and Black Wind, Fire And Steel - those songs have been played in every concert for decades, and since the setlist is getting smaller, they should make room for more interesting songs!

    9 May 9:23am Reply
  • wholelottay

    Amazing concert in Monsters of Rock, Brazil! \\m/

    3 May 7:01pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Yes, in Brazil: MANOWAR KILL!

    1 May 11:23pm Reply
  • Steambull

    So they played Metal Daze and Battle Hymn in Brazil... awesome!

    30 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • marimurray

    FUCKING AWESOME! I still can't believe I was at that AMAZING concert in Monster of Rock. Kings of Metal, MANOWAR KILL!! <3

    29 Apr 8:20pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    It looks like they aren't...(2)

    29 Apr 5:18pm Reply
  • anaadc

    It looks like they aren't... :P

    28 Apr 11:39pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Brazil? but how? aren´t they Nazis who refuse to play in non-white countries?

    28 Apr 3:41am Reply
  • anaadc

    "Wonderful concert in Monsters of Rock, BRAZIL!" [2], and they played FUCKIN BATTLE HYMN!!!! One of the best concerts of my life! HAIL MANOWAR!

    28 Apr 1:38am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Wonderful concert in Monsters of Rock, BRAZIL!

    27 Apr 4:53pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Midlife homoerotic elitist rock

    27 Apr 12:58am Reply
  • Kitten-of-love

    naked photos for the main please. [2]

    27 Apr 12:01am Reply
  • roots_reggae

    ⇓ omg please dont!! DO NOT WANT THAT!!

    23 Apr 7:35pm Reply
  • D00M4CHINE

    naked photos for the main please.

    21 Apr 8:49pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    BRAZIL o/

    19 Apr 12:11pm Reply
  • Steambull

    Scandinavian tour announced, but they won't appear in Finland :(

    11 Apr 6:10pm Reply
  • Bloody-Lunar

    Please come to TORONTO!

    5 Apr 5:32pm Reply
  • Emannikcufesin

    Spirit Horse of the Cherokee!

    26 Mar 6:25am Reply
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