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Latest Manowar News

Below is our complete Manowar news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Manowar Tap E.V. Martel For Upcoming Tour

Guitarist E.V. Martel has been tapped for Manowar's forthcoming "Final Battle" 2019 world tour. Martel will fill in for longtime guitarist Karl Logan, who will not be touring with the band after being arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.

E.V. Martel has performed for years in the only official Manowar tribute band in the world.

Tells bassist Joey DeMaio: "I can think of no one more deserving to play with Manowar than a fan themselves; one who has dedicated their entire life to our fans and our music and who he has proven to be a true Manowarrior!"

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Manowar Guitarist Child Porn Charges: New Details

Disgusting details concerning the child pornography related charges brought against Manowar guitarist Karl Logan have surfaced. WCCB Charlotte have received the arrest warrants for Logan, which found the musician charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to the warrants, Karl Logan was found to be in possession of videos depicting girls between the ages of 4 and 12-years-old in several sexual acts with unidentified men. The warrants also describe signs of physical abuse in the clipsl.

Logan was arrested in Charlotte, NC on August 09th, 2018 is out on a $35,000 bond. Manowar meanwhile issued an official statement last Friday on that matter stating: More...

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Manowar Guitarist To Miss Upcoming Tour

Following the news reported yesterday that Manowar guitarist Karl Logan was arrested and charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor, Manowar's management has posted a statement online confirming that the guitarist will not be taking part in the band's upcoming tour. Magic Circle Entertainment stated:

"With regard to Karl Logan’s arrest and the charges against him: Due to the fact that Karl and his attorneys are dealing with these issues, he will not perform with Manowar. The new album and upcoming tour will not be affected."

There has been no word yet on who will replace Logan on the upcoming tour dates and potentially the recording of the next album, but former guitarist David Shankle posted a lengthy statement on Facebook claiming he would be delighted to return to the fold: More...

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Manowar Guitarist Arrested Over Child Porn

Karl Logan, the fifty three year old guitar player for heavy metal legends Manowar, has been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with six counts of third degree exploitation of a minor. His bail was set at $35,000 and has been posted. Currently, no further information has been revealed, though the arrest record can be seen at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office web site by clicking here.

Logan joined Manowar in 1994, replacing David Shankle on guitar and made his recording debut with the band on the "Louder Than Hell" album, which also marked the return of drummer Scott Columbus. In 2016, Manowar announced that they would be retiring after a final world tour dubbed "The Final Battle," which is currently scheduled to continue into next year.

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Slayer, Manowar Announced For 2019 Hellfest

An initial lineup announcement has been made for the 2019 edition of ‘Hellfest Open Air‘ festival, which will take place again June 21st-23rd in Clisson, France. Below you can see the bands booked so far:

Mass Hysteria
Dropkick Murphys

The show will be Slayer‘s final French live show as the group are out on with their farewell tour. The announcement was made via the below video.

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Manowar Calling It Quits

Whether you've pined for this day since the '80s or have been an uberfan who lives and breathes the cheese, it's a moment we all never thought would actually come: Manowar is disbanding.

After 36 years of true glorious heavy metal, the kings of all things combat are throwing in the towel.... but not before a final farewell tour! The band comments:

"Message To All Manowarriors - Nachricht an alle Manowarrior: The Gods And Kings Tour was a groundbreaking moment in our career. The stage, sound, video and you, our fans, were magnificent!

"Coming off such an amazing tour it was clear that the next time we must go even bigger and beyond anything we have ever done; something that will fulfill every Manowarrior’s dreams. Then that will be the ultimate moment to say Thank You and farewell!

"The Final Battle will begin in Germany and take us all over the world to say goodbye to all of you.
If you know Metal you know MANOWAR. If you know MANOWAR you know Metal!

"Those who join this tour will be left with an eternal memory; having witnessed the band that has dedicated their blood, hearts, souls and every moment of their career to True Heavy Metal. We are calling all Manowarriors to prepare yourselves now and to join us for The Final Battle!” More...

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:


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Manowar Premieres "The Dawn Of Battle" Music Video

Manowar premieres a new music video for the song "The Dawn Of Battle". The live footage was shot this past April at the Monsters Of Rock festival in São Paulo, Brazil.

Check out now "The Dawn Of Battle" below.

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Pit Stories: Napping In The Bass Bin

Every week we chat up musicians from throughout the heavy music scene to get their favorite Pit Stories from the mayhem of metal shows.

Today David Defeis of Virgin Steele shares the following tale of a fan who found a rather odd place to take a nap:

Virgine Steele played a place in Staten Island called The Paramount Theatre a couple of times with Manowar. On this one particular evening, during our set I noticed that a kid had passed out inside the bass bin of one of the PA stacks. I asked security to check on him, they said they would, and I assumed that they did and I went about my night doing all the things that one has to do at a gig.

When I finally had a moment to catch a view of the stage once again, somewhere near the end of Manowar's set, I noticed that this same kid was still passed out in the bass bin. I don’t know what happened to him, his hearing or his reproductive capacity… but it could not have been a terribly good thing for him to have been held in the grip of that sonic onslaught for all those hours from 2 very loud groups!

Virgin Steele is gearing up to release "Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation" on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA via SPV/Steamhammer. Check out the lyric video for "Lucifer's Hammer" below. More info on the album can be found at this location. More...

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Manowar Cancels Loudpark Performance

After postponing tour dates to work on new material in the studio, Manowar has now pulled out of the Loudpark Festival and will instead be playing two Tokyo shows. The band issued the following statement:

"Due to circumstances beyond either the promoter's or Manowar's control, the band will be unable to perform at Loud Park Festival on October 18, 2014. The band will instead play 2 concerts at Zepp Diver City in Tokyo on October 29 and October 30, 2014.

"The promoters of Loud Park Festival have announced that all details about tickets will soon be available at this location. More...

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Manowar Cancels Shows To Record Album

Following the "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" edition (reviewed here) and "The Lords of Steel" (check out our review), Manowar has returned to the studio to begin working on a new studio album.

In order to concentrate on the yet-unnamed new studio album, Manowar will postpone upcoming U.S. tour dates in November due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets will remain valid and updates regarding new dates will be announced as soon as possible. Those who cannot attend the re-scheduled concerts will be able to get a full refund.

Manowar will headline Loud Park Festival in Tokyo on October 18TH, 2014 and will then resume the "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" World Tour with first dates in Germany in January. More 2015 dates will be announced soon. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sat, October 18, 2014 – Loud Park Festival – Tokyo, Japan
Wed, January 14, 2015 - Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 - Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 - Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany (SOLD OUT)

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Manowar To Play Rock Fest BCN Festival

Manowar will crown Rock Fest BCN festival with a "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" anniversary show consisting of a set list full of classic hymns and fan favorites, including the entire "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" album.

Rock Fest BCN takes place on July 4th and 5th, 2014 in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, 10 km outside of Barcelona, Spain. Ticket links and more information are available at this location.

"We are excited to celebrate the 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' World Tour with our Spanish Manowarriors, who love metal as much as we do and who have always passionately stood with us!" said Joey DeMaio. "We have stopped at nothing to make this new production unique: The set list kicks ass, and the multi-media elements with rare footage straight from our vaults will present these songs in a fresh new way!"

The "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" Silver Edition, a completely new recording of Manowar's bestselling 1988 album, was released earlier this year, now brimming with the power of today's technology, 25 years of performing these classics live, and new touches and surprises for each song. See the band live:

Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek - Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 - Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 - Metal Summer Festival - Istanbul, Turkey?
Sat, July 5, 2014 – Rock Fest BCN – Barcelona, Spain
Sat, July 26, 2014 - Magic Circle Festival - Helsinki, Finland
Sat, October 18, 2014 – Loud Park Festival – Tokyo, Japan
Wed, November 12, 2014 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, November 15, 2014 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, November 16, 2014 - Royal Oak Theatre - Royal Oak, MI, USA
Wed, January 14, 2015 - Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 - Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 - Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

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Manowar Cancels Legacy Open Air Appearance

Manowar has issued the following announcement about cancelling the band's appearance at the Legacy Open Air festival:

"Despite all of our management's efforts over the last months to save Manowar's scheduled headlining performance at Legacy Open Air in Germany this June, the promoters' failures to fulfill essential contractual obligations have made it impossible for Manowar to put on the show that their fans deserve, leaving us with no other choice than to disassociate Manowar from this event.

"Those who have purchased tickets to see Manowar at Legacy Open Air this summer are recommended to contact their ticket outlets to obtain a full refund.

"The 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' World Tour continues across Europe starting March 18, 2014 in Krasnodar, Russia and Manowar will return to Germany for 3 indoor shows in January 2015 in Essen (January 14, 2015), Munich (January 15, 2015) and Frankfurt (January 17, 2015)."

Tue, March 18, 2014 - Olymp Palace of Sports - Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 - Luzhniki Palace of Sports - Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 - Yubileyny Sports Palace - St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 - Rock Café - Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Wed, March 26, 2014 - Rock Café - Tallinn, Estonia
Thu, March 27, 2014 - Rock Café - Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 - Teatro Arena - Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek - Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 - Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 - Metal Summer Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 - Magic Circle Festival - Helsinki, Finland
Wed, November 12, 2014 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, November 15, 2014 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, November 16, 2014 - Royal Oak Theatre - Royal Oak, MI, USA
Wed, January 14, 2015 - Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 - Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 - Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany

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Manowar Comments On Fans Being Denied Entry

Manowar has checked in with the following statement about fans being turned away from a show in Chicago last night:

"We are sorry for those Manowarriors who made the trip from Detroit yesterday, but could not get into the show last night.

"We were not the promoters of these shows and therefore had no control over the events. We had asked the promoters in Chicago to support us in helping our fans from Detroit and they agreed, for which we applaud them.

"Due to the unforeseeable issues at Concord Music Hall a move to a smaller venue at shortest notice required some changes and made it impossible for the promoters to let everybody in as planned.

"We are glad a solution could be found on such short notice to play the show last night. We are very sorry that it was not possible for some of you to get in. More...

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Manowar Comments On Album Artwork

Manowar recently revealed the front cover of upcoming double album "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" (available below), an evolution of the original 1988 cover by Ken Kelly.

A new painting by Ken Kelly, featured on the back of the CD, will also be revealed soon. Manowar's Joey DeMaio comments:

"Ken has always been able to perfectly capture the essence of Manowar in his art. These covers, the two new ones and the one he created in 1988, visualize what Manowar, our music and our fans stand for! Just look at these paintings and the story they tell: People have tried to keep this warrior down, attacked him and attempted to destroy him. But he stood tall, no matter what! He fought for true metal in country after country. And he will continue the march and fight for his brothers and sisters all over the world, until all enemies of true metal have been crushed!"

"This collaboration has been an incredible experience once again," said Ken Kelly. "We didn't know where the journey would lead us. The art literally takes over and the music and the lyrics guide us. I truly believe the Manowar fans are going to love this series."

"Kings of Metal MMXIV" is a completely new recording, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of "Kings Of Metal," and is due out on February 28th, 2014 as a 2 Disc CD with two 24-page booklets. More...

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Manowar Reveals New "Kings Of Metal" Artwork

Manowar's "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of "Kings Of Metal."

The release is due out February 28th, 2014 and today the band has revealed the new cover artwork, which can be seen below. You can also catch the band live on tour next month, with dates available after the jump. More...

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Manowar To Release "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" In Feb.

"Kings Of Metal MMXIV" is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of "Kings Of Metal" and Manowar's following world tour. The release is due out February 28th, 2014.

For "Kings Of Metal MMXIV," Manowar recorded timeless metal anthems with new arrangements and the band's signature "larger than life" sound. "Our fans have made us the 'Kings Of Metal,' and with this tribute to one of their favorite albums, we honor them and thank them for their unparalleled support and loyalty!" said Manowar vocalist Eric Adams.

The album will feature 9 main tracks packed with face-melting metal, plus 9 bonus tracks with over 40 minutes of additional music. "We have pushed man and machine to the maximum level to honor the original recordings that we all love, and to add new aspects and surprises that give this new album its own character," said bassist and producer Joey DeMaio. "The sound is again as massive and majestic as it has always been," he continued.

"Recording this album has been an amazing experience! After playing the songs so many times on tour, Donnie and I now had the opportunity to contribute our own sound and elements that the fans have come to love from our live performances," explained guitarist Karl Logan.

For the new narration on the spoken word track "The Warrior's Prayer MMXIV," Manowar joined forces with British actor Brian Blessed. For special effects of the highest level on "The Warrior's Prayer MMXIV," sound effects specialist Hamilton Sterling was recruited. More...

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Manowar Posts "Kingdom Come MMXIV" Sneak Peak

Manowar posted a video clip of the mixing of the track "Kingdom Come MMXIV" from the upcoming "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" a newly recorded special version celebrating the 25th anniversary of Manowar's hit album "Kings Of Metal."

The new recordings will feature contributions from guitarist Karl Logan and drummer Donnie Hamzik, who, after having played these classic hymns many times live, will now have the opportunity to add to their legacy by including their own signature sound and performance. The new album will also feature movie and theater legend Brian Blessed ('Hamlet', 'Flash Gordon') narrating "The Warrior's Prayer MMXIV."

The release of "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" is scheduled for spring 2014 and will be followed by an anniversary tour that will see Manowar perform the full "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" album along with their other classic metal hymns in a completely new stage production.

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Manowar Taps Hamilton Sterling

Following movie and theater legend Brian Blessed (“Hamlet,” “Flash Gordon”) Manowar has now teamed up with another Hollywood veteran - sound designer Hamilton Sterling - for “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV” fromforthcoming new album “Kings Of Metal MMXIV.”

Brian Blessed had recorded the epic narration earlier this year and called it “a brilliant piece of writing” and the collaboration with Manowar “completely miraculous and life changing.”

“Brian did a sensational job! He didn’t just narrate the story. He performed it.” said Manowar bassist and producer Joey DeMaio. “When you listen to the narration, you feel like you are watching a short Hollywood movie. We instantly knew that we had to complement Brian’s outstanding performance with sound effects of the same quality. We searched for another Hollywood heavyweight, and Mr. Hamilton Sterling was the perfect choice!”

Hollywood veteran Hamilton Sterling is a sound effects specialist with numerous credits including action blockbusters like “The Dark Knight,” “Men In Black 3,” “War Of The Worlds,” and “Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World,” two of which won Oscars for Best Sound Editing. More...

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Manowar Taps Brian Blessed For Re-Recording

Manowar (which was covered in today's Sunday Old School) has joined forces with British actor, author, and adventurer Brian Blessed for the spoken narration on "The Warrior’s Prayer" to appear on the upcoming re-recorded album "Kings Of Metal MMXIV."

"The Warrior’s Prayer" features a spoken narration that depicts a grandfather telling his grandson an epic fantasy story from his childhood. Manowar's Joey DeMaio comments:

"Brian is the perfect fit! Not only because he is a gifted screen and theater actor and has a majestic, thunderous voice. But also because he truly embodies the values of Manowar and heavy metal: He has an adventurous spirit and dares to do what he has set his mind on, no matter what. He has climbed the Mount Everest and has taken a trek to the North Pole! What else do I have to say? He may not have known it until he met us, but he is a true brother of metal!"

Brian Blessed has left lasting impressions in the cult movie "Flash Gordon," in Kenneth Branagh’s "Henry V" and in Kevin Costner’s "Robin Hood – Prince Of Thieves," among others.

"For me, the whole experience was completely miraculous and life changing. What a privilege to be part of such a divine, great team," said Brian Blessed after the recordings.

"Brian was spectacular! He didn’t just narrate the story. He performed it. He lived it! It was a magnificent spectacle that will bring the story of “The Warrior’s Prayer” to life in the listener’s mind," further commented Joey DeMaio.

For the recordings, Manowar returned to Birmingham, England, where 25 years ago the band recorded a 100 voice male choir for "The Crown And The Ring," another track featured on the "Kings Of Metal" album and to this day the signature ending of every Manowar show.

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