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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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  • Keola_the_Orca

    I came here for the homoerotic. [3]

    3 hours ago Reply
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  • Woltcher

    @i_woke_up_dead - most likely steel panther. Now go away, wimp.

    Yesterday 4:04pm Reply
  • Filemena_Jurica

    I love this group!

    Yesterday 7:31am Reply
  • i_woke_up_dead

    @venusian_sea, you came in a right place! What can be more homoerotic than Manowar.

    21 Apr 4:37pm Reply
  • venusian_sea

    I came here for the homoerotic. [2]

    21 Apr 2:57pm Reply
  • Stormehange

    gay metal

    21 Apr 12:48pm Reply
  • i_woke_up_dead

    bonjovyborges, no, fuck you. Just admit the fact, that this band is so gay, village people looks brutal as fuck, compared to them. If you do not believe me, than take a look at their photos.

    17 Apr 5:15pm Reply
  • KBD39

    I came here for the homoerotic.

    16 Apr 2:46pm Reply
  • 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...

    16 Apr 9:51am 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
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