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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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  • Lost_Souls_UK

    As redundant as it is; Hail and Kill MMXIV still fucking kills. Eric's voice is in top (studio) form and the production is so much better than Battle Hymns MMX. Still, it sounded great anyway...

    3 hours ago Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    "this band sucks, this band is gay..." blablablabla fuck you man.... MANOWAR KILLS!!!

    14 Apr 6:21pm Reply
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  • Steambull

    "Hail to England" is a giant album in the heavy metal genre.

    9 Apr 3:06pm Reply
  • ccorpion666

    Anyone who doesn't like ManOwaR is afraid of himhimself! You motherfuckers! You are AFRAID... of yourself... of MANOWAR!

    8 Apr 4:49pm Reply
  • i_woke_up_dead

    That's the gayest band i've seen. Maybe it's the gayest band ever... Who knows...

    7 Apr 8:25pm Reply
  • Tempustress

    С П А С И Б О !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [2]

    7 Apr 12:28pm Reply
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  • El_Grml

    I love this band, but I am more and more disappointed by them.

    19 Mar 10:31pm Reply
  • PsychoBenius

    Hail from Krakow \m/

    17 Mar 10:19pm Reply
  • Overload001


    12 Mar 5:43pm Reply
  • Kembrix

    teraz odliczać dni do 17maja :D

    11 Mar 11:54pm Reply
  • tanssimaanSusi

    dlaczego zawsze najlepsze zespoły grają albo na południu, albo gdzieś w centrum.. nigdy na północnym wchodzie xD

    10 Mar 8:15pm Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    Anyone who doesn't like ManOwaR is afraid of himhimself! You motherfuckers! You are AFRAID... of yourself... of MANOWAR!

    10 Mar 7:39pm Reply
  • Odinochka999

    Мы боги хэви-метал! Мы группа Мановар! Когда стоим на сцене, из задниц валит пар!

    7 Mar 7:47am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Manowar

    6 Mar 11:42am Reply
  • Todesh

    They just disappeared!

    5 Mar 5:24pm Reply
  • Steambull

    Some people have mentioned Eric's voice. Yes, it is an issue, and I'm sure that it's on Joey's mind a lot, too, even though it's never talked about. Joey says that they will go as long as they can play, til' the last single fan. We'll see.

    4 Mar 7:14pm Reply
  • Man-0F-waR

    Боги хэви метала!!!! просто боги!!!

    2 Mar 4:13pm Reply
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