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Manowar

Formed: 1980
From: Auburn, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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 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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Sunday Old School: Manowar

Some bands play heavy metal music. Others embody it in every possible way. Perhaps the best example of the latter would be a group who formed in Auburn, New York in 1979. A band by the name of Manowar. Fittingly enough for a group so devoted to heavy metal, the seeds of the band were sewn on the touring cycle for metal godfathers, Black Sabbath, who were supporting their album, “Heaven and Hell” at the time. Their bass tech and fireworks manager, Joey DeMaio got talking to former Dictators guitarist, Ross Friedman (AKA Ross the Boss,) who was then performing with Black Sabbath’s support group, Shakin’ Street. They became friends quickly and decided to form their own band, rounding out the lineup just after the tour by adding drummer Carl Canedy and DeMaio’s former classmate, Eric Adams on vocals. They began by performing covers before moving on to craft their own brand of metal, eventually crafting their first demo, "Demo 1981," their only recording with Canedy, who left soon after and was replaced by Donnie Hamzik, a native of Poland. He joined at a fortunate time, as Manowar soon signed their first record deal with Liberty Records, with whom they released their debut album, "Battle Hymns," in August of 1982. The eight song record was perhaps most notable for the inclusion of acting great, Orson Welles who performed the narration on the song, "Dark Avenger." They promoted the album by joining controversial hard rocker Ted Nugent on tour as his support act, but the partnership wasn’t the most fruitful and the young metal act soon arranged their own North American tour, as well as their first gigs in Europe, where they found particular favour in Germany and Great Britain. These tours proved too much for Hamzik, who decided to leave the group upon returning to America and Manowar soon found their third drummer in Scott Columbus.

Along with a new drummer, the band found themselves a new label after parting ways with Liberty. They signed with Megaforce Records for their North American releases and caused a stir on the other side of the Atlantic when they signed a European deal with Music For Nations in their own blood. They began recording their sophomore effort immediately afterwards, releasing an EP named, "Defender," (it’s title track featuring another collaboration with Orson Welles,) before releasing their second full length, "Into Glory Ride." The album was a big hit with metal fans the world over due to the more adventurous nature of the music and the group planned to tour extensively in support of the album, paying particular attention to the United Kingdom, though they would ultimately be forced to cancel their British shows. To make up for the disappointment they caused their English fans, they titled their third album, "Hail to England," which, as one might expect, gained them an even larger fan base in the title country. The album was recorded and mixed in under a week but was instantly hailed as their best work, going on to be regarded as the pinnacle of their "classic" lineup by many fans. They teamed up with Danish black metal pioneers, Mercyful Fate for a number of shows, where they were initially serving as support, before audience reaction bumped them up to the headline position. More...

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Manowar To Release "Kings Of Metal 2014"

Manowar has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the "Kings of Metal 2014" album:

"Manowar's 'Kings Of Metal' album, a milestone in metal history, was first released on November 18th, 1988.

"Already a significant force with international success since their debut album 'Battle Hymns,' this release and the following 1989 'Kings Of Metal' world tour catapulted Manowar to a new sphere. Songs like 'Heart Of Steel,' 'Kings Of Metal,' 'Hail And Kill,' and 'Blood Of The Kings' became instant anthems and remain among the most demanded songs in concerts, celebrated not only by Manowar fans.

"In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kings Of Metal, Manowar are currently in the studio, recording a brand new special version of the album: 'Kings Of Metal 2014.'

"The new rendition will honor the original as it’s inspiration, but with additional energy, fully utilizing the power of today’s technology and 25 years of experience, and it will contain new arrangements and changes that incorporate live performance elements added over the years. The album will feature additional bonus material and many other surprises. More...

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Manowar Posts Live EP Teaser

Manowar has posted another preview clip online from "The Lord Of Steel Live" EP, which is due out on iTunes on July 9th and physical format on August 16th, 2013. Check out the teaser below.

With "The Lord Of Steel Live" Manowar celebrates highlights from the Lord Of Steel World Tour 2012/2013, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden.

"From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, The Lord Of Steel World Tour was a terrific experience" said Joey DeMaio. "Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP," he continued. "The Lord Of Steel Live" is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it." More...

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Manowar Posts Second Sample Of Live EP

True metal warriors Manowar posted up a second sample clip for the upcoming live release "Lords of Steel Live" EP. The clip features the track "Thunder From the Sky," the title track of the band's 2009 EP. The new live EP is scheduled for release digitally as a worldwide iTunes exclusive on July 9th, 2013 and on CD via the Kingdom of Steel on August 16th, 2013. A sample of "Hail, Kill And Die" can be heard over here.

The track list for "Lords Of Steel Live" is:

1. El Gringo
2. Expendable
3. Hail, Kill And Die
4. Manowarriors
5. The Lord Of Steel
6. Thunder In The Sky

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Manowar Posts Preview Of "Lords Of Steel Live" EP

True metal warriors Manowar posted up a sample clip for the upcoming live release "Lords of Steel Live" EP. The clip features the track "Hail, Kill & Die," which appeared on the band's latest album "Lords of Steel" (see review at this location. The EP features performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden and is scheduled for release digitally as a worldwide iTunes exclusive on July 9th, 2013 and on CD via the Kingdom of Steel on August 16th, 2013.

The track list is:

1. El Gringo
2. Expendable
3. Hail, Kill And Die
4. Manowarriors
5. The Lord Of Steel
6. Thunder In The Sky

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Manowar To Release New Live EP

Manowar will release highlights of the band's Lord Of Steel World Tour 2012/2013 on a live EP, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden.

"From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, The Lord Of Steel World Tour was a terrific experience," said Joey DeMaio. "Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP," he continued. "'The Lord Of Steel Live' is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it."

The album will be mixed and mastered at Manowar's own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with long time Manowar engineer Dirk Kloiber.

"The Lord Of Steel Live" will be released digitally as an iTunes exclusive worldwide on July 9th, 2013 and on CD in retail and through this location on August 16th, 2013.

Tracks include:

El Gringo
Expendable
Hail, Kill And Die
Manowarriors
The Lord Of Steel
Thunder In The Sky

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Manowar Announces "Warriors Of The World" Reissue

Manowar's "Warriors Of The World" 10th anniversary remastered edition CD will be released across Europe on June 28th, 2013.

The new edition takes the album to the next level. Fully remastered and with a different bonus track, this brand new edition provides higher sonic quality than ever before. Mixed at legendary Galaxy Studios by mixing engineer Ronald Prent, the 10th anniversary edition was remastered at Manowar's own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with the band's in-house audio engineer Dirk Kloiber.

"It was an amazing experience, re-visiting this production. There are so many great memories associated with this album, from the recording to the post-production to the many unique live performances. All these experiences go into your work, when you sit in the studio and create a new experience for your fans," said DeMaio.

This edition contains all 11 tracks from the original release, entirely remastered, plus a live version of "House Of Death," recorded during the Battle Hymns MMXI Tour at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. The track listing is:

1. Call to Arms
2. The Fight for Freedom
3. Nessun Dorma
4. Valhalla
5. Swords in the Wind
6. An American Trilogy
7. The March
8. Warriors of the World United
9. Hand of Doom
10. House of Death
11. Fight Until We Die
12. House Of Death - Recorded live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England More...

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Manowar To Continue "Lord Of Steel" World Tour

Manowar will continue the celebration of latest studio album "The Lord Of Steel" and resume "The Lord Of Steel World Tour" starting March 4th, 2013.

"We had a terrific time during Leg 1 of our new world tour. We can't wait to be back on the road and unleash The Lord Of Steel and our brand new stage production to a brand new audience!" said Joey DeMaio. "And we will of course also play many of the fan's favorite classic hymns!" he continued.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mon, Mar 04, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega - SOLD OUT
Wed, Mar 06, 2013 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene - SOLD OUT
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - Karlstad, Sweden - Nöjesfabriken
Sat, Mar 09, 2013 - Örebro, Sweden - Conventum Kongress
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden - Münchenbryggeriet
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 - Oulu, Finland - Club Teatria
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone - SOLD OUT
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus - SOLD OUT
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 - Yekaterinburg, Russia - KRK Uralec More...

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Manowar Pushes Back Album Release

After previously releasing the digital "Hammer Edition" of new album "The Lord of Steel" (reviewed here), Manowar has now pushed back the physical release of the album to October 19th, 2012 (originally scheduled for release later this month).

The new retail edition of the album will feature a 24 page booklet, a new illustration by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, a brand new song titled "The Kingdom Of Steel," entirely different mixes, and many new arrangements, making this a distinctly different release from the earlier version.

"It will feel like you experienced The Lord Of Steel for the first time!" said Joey DeMaio. A sneak preview into the new material will be revealed shortly. The band's upcoming tour dates are:

Tue, Oct 09, 2012 - Zaragoza, Spain - Interpeñas
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 - La Coruña, Spain - Coliseum
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 - Barcelona, Spain - St Jordi Club
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 - Paris, France - Trabendo
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 - Kerkrade, Holland – Rodahal
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 - Pardubice, Czech Republic - CEZ Arena
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 - Prague, Czech Republic - Mala Sportovni Hala
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Euronics
Sat, Nov 03, 2012 - Moscow, Russia - Stadium Live
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 - Long Island, NY - The Paramount
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 - Long Island, NY - The Paramount

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Manowar Announces Physical Album Release

Manowar's new studio album, "The Lord Of Steel" (reviewed here), will be released into worldwide retail on September 28th, 2012 following its previous digital release and limited-edition pre-release as the "Hammer Edition" in collaboration with Metal Hammer.

The retail edition of The Lord Of Steel will feature different mixes and mastering, new art by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, and other surprises. The album will be available as CD, limited-edition vinyl and digital album.

"Manowar has always dared to do things differently. You have to look at these two versions like a movie that comes out in alternate versions; a Director's Cut or alternate endings or stories even told from different perspectives," explained bassist Joey DeMaio. "For those of you who enjoyed the first taste of The Lord Of Steel, meaning the Metal Hammer version, I can tell you that the forthcoming Lord Of Steel release on Magic Circle Entertainment will be even more unique and yes, more brutal," he continued. More...

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Manowar Reveals "The Lord Of Steel" Details

Manowar's new studio album, "The Lord Of Steel," will first be released worldwide on June 16th, 2012 exclusively on iTunes and on the band’s own online store, The Kingdom Of Steel.

On the same date, Metal Hammer UK will release a special ‘Steel Edition’ of Metal Hammer #233, including the CD and a digital copy of the album. The following press release was also issued:

"The Lord Of Steel is blazing with pure power, untamed energy, and a sound as raw and wild as a force of nature. Track titles like Annihilation and Hail, Kill And Die! set the tone for a record that is packed with surprises.

"In contrast to the 2007 release Gods Of War, this new album is not a concept album, yet each song tells a different story, retaining the Manowar vision of righteousness, honor and everything Manowar fans have come to know and love."

Manowar fans should expect to have “their heads completely blown off” said Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio in a recent interview, and explained that “…this album is all about brutality and raw power!” More...

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Manowar Song To Appear In "El Gringo" Movie

Manowar and After Dark Films announced today that a track from the new, forthcoming Manowar album will be the theme song for the After Dark Action franchise film, "El Gringo," an action Western starring Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum), Christian Slater and Yvette Yates (Without Men).

After Dark Action will showcase "El Gringo" and four other original, adrenaline-pumping films theatrically as a commercial film festival in US markets nationwide and on Video On Demand on May 11th. The following press release was also issued:

"Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez (Stash House) and written by Jonathan W. Stokes, 'El Gringo' is about The Man who crosses into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000 cash, a bloody past and a plan to live out his remaining days on a beach. Instead, he gets stuck waiting for a bus in El Fronteras, a sleepy desert town that’s so uninviting that – forget about the ocean – he can hardly find a glass of water. Then, word of his money spreads to the underworld. Under sudden attack from corrupt cops, gangsters, and desperados, The Man must push back his retirement plans, lock and load and save sleepy El Fronteras through a dizzying display of spectacular gunfights."

View the trailer of the upcoming action-packed "El Gringo" featuring a segment from the new Manowar song below. "El Gringo" marks the first time Manowar has written a song specifically for a movie. The song depicts the struggle of a hero torn between his moral code and financial gain, and the challenge of being true to oneself and the real values in life. More...

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