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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
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...
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...
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...
New York true metal band Manowar has posted additional footage from the event on March 12, 2012 in which members of The Circle, a select group of special fans who represent Manowars's worldwide fan base. The fans were invited to a private pre-listening session of the forthcoming new Manowar, as well as a tour of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands where the album will be mixed and mastered.
In the video, the fans are shown previewing a rough mix of the new song "Expendable." The track is on the yet untitled new Manowar LP which is due to be premiered at the band's June 21, 2012 performance at the Gods of Metal festival in Italy.
Check out the video here:
Manowar has posted a second sneak preview from the band's upcoming album, coming this Summer 2012. This second preview also comes from the private listening session held for a select group of journalists and fans at Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands. Check out the clip below, featuring the song "Expendable."
Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio, mixing engineer Ronald Prent, and Grammy award winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper provided insight into the making of the Manowar record, and the specific requirements in the production for a band that is world-renowned for a sound that is louder than any other band and yet equally clear and perfect.
The new album will be "everything you've come to know and to love about Manowar; and more," DeMaio recently said in a press conference.
It will once again feature art by the world renowned fantasy artist Ken Kelly. Manowar will be headlining several festivals this summer, celebrating the new record and the 10th anniversary of one of "Warriors Of The World."
Sat, June 16, 2012 -- Ost Fest -- Bucharest, Romania
Thu, June 21, 2012 -- Gods Of Metal -- Milan, Italy
Fri, July 6, 2012 -- Getaway Rock Festival -- Gävle, Sweden
Mon, July 9, 2012 -- Dortmunder Music Week Festival -- Dortmund, Germany More...
Manowar will perform an exclusive show for 2012 in Germany's prestigious Signal Iduna Park Stadium (aka Westfalenstadion) in Dortmund on July 9th, 2012. This will be the band's only show in Germany in 2012.
The band will celebrate the release of a new studio album and also the 10th anniversary of "Warriors Of The World."
"Germany is like a second home to us. After all, this is the country of Richard Wagner, the father of all heavy metal and the German fans are unique in their devotion for true metal! We can't wait to be back!" said Joey DeMaio. "We are calling all our warriors in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and from all over the world to join us and party louder than hell!"
Manowar has the following upcoming shows:
Sat, June 16, 2012 – Ost Fest – Bucharest, Romania
Thu, June 21, 2012 – Gods Of Metal – Milan, Italy
Fri, July 6, 2012 – Getaway Rock Festival – Gävle, Sweden
Mon, July 9, 2012 – Dortmunder Music Week Festival – Dortmund, Germany
New York true metal band Manowar has posted footage of the event on March 12, 2012 in which members of The Circle, a select group of special fans who represent Manowars's worldwide fan base. The fans were invited to a private pre-listening session of the forthcoming new Manowar, as well as a tour of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands where the album will be mixed and mastered.
In the video, the fans are shown previewing a rough mix of the new song "El Gringo." The track is on the yet untitled new Manowar LP which is due to be premiered at the band's June 21, 2012 performance at the Gods of Metal festival in Italy. Recently, the band posted a Q & A interview on its Facebook Page hinting at the new release.
Check out the video here:
New York's own true metal band Manowar announced that the band will headline the Saturday, June 16, 2012 portion of Ost Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be held from June 15-17, 2012 at the Romexpo.
Other acts confirmed are as follows:
June 15: Motley Crue, Dimmu Borgir, Overkill
June 16: Europe, Manowar
June 17: Megadeth, Motorhead, Lake of Tears, W.A.S.P.
New York true metal band Manowar posted a question and answer interview responding to frequently asked fan questions relating the long awaited follow up to the 2007 release "Gods Of War." It appears the yet untitled album will premiere on June 21, 2012 at the Gods of Metal festival in Italy.
The posting reads as follows:
With MANOWAR non-stop in the studio working on the new record it is not easy to get a hold of them these days. The band took some time during a brief recording break to answer some frequently asked fan questions.
Q: How are MANOWAR doing?
Donnie: We’re doing great! We are having a blast in the studio, I am really happy with my drum sound and with these new songs I can really stretch out and burn.
Joey: Couldn’t be better. We are still so energized from the live shows last year that you can feel this killer energy in the studio coming out of the speakers. It’s amazing.
Q: Why haven't we heard more about the album on Facebook or on your website yet?
Eric: We've simply been so concentrated on working on the material that we literally couldn't be stopped. When you're in the middle of a creative process, or recording, there is simply no good time to take a break.
Q: What is the status on the album?
Joey: We are extremely critical of the songs in every step; I have said before that most of the stuff we reject other bands would consider finished. Finally now we are recording. And then the album goes into mixing and mastering.More...
Manowar will be headlining the Gods Of Metal Italy on June 21st, 2012. This will be the fulfillment of Manowar’s promise made 10 years ago to return to Italy in triumph.
"The Italian fans have won; their belief, shown by their non acceptance of false metal is the reason we will finally return." said Joey DeMaio after the announcement. "There was no compromise on our part and on the part of our loyal fans and there never will be. There was a war between promoters as to who would bring MANOWAR back to Italy to give the fans what they want and Gods Of Metal won.
"MANOWAR have a strong and loyal following in Italy and all over the world. This will be MANOWAR's fourth headlining appearance at Gods Of Metal; no other band has ever done that! 2012 is the celebration of 15 years of GODS OF METAL and the festival is like a home to MANOWAR and we are once again proud to bring the band back to Italy" said promoter Andrea Pieroni. More...
Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...
After 16 long years, Manowar returned to England in March 2011 with a sold-out concert in Birmingham. That obviously wasn't enough for the Manowarriors in the U.K. and the band is now announcing a tour that hits England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Wales!
The band will perform the debut album "Battle Hymns" in its entirety, along with the other tracks. During an exclusive pre-sale period, which starts on Friday, July 22 2011, tickets will only be available through Metal Hammer UK. Stay tuned for more details.
The currently announced dates are as follows:
Tue, Nov 1, 2011 – O2 Academy Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, England
Sat, Nov 5, 2011 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, England
Sun, Nov 6, 2011 – The Great Hall – Cardiff, Wales
Wed, Nov 9, 2011 – The Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 – Mandela Hall – Belfast, Northern Ireland
Late Friday night, Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio appeared onstage at this year’s Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle, Sweden and announced that Manowar will perform as next year’s festival headliners.
“The Swedish fans have won; their belief, shown by their non acceptance of false metal is the reason we will finally return.” said DeMaio after the announcement. “There was no compromise in their voices, nor in our resolve; we promised each other that it’s all or nothing. It is no secret that there was a war between promoters as to who would bring Manowar back to Sweden and finally give the fans what they want and Getaway won.”
“This is a major step for us and naturally we are honored that we could secure Manowar as headliners for Getaway Rock Festival 2012.” said festival organizer Tomas Gernberg. “Manowar have a strong and loyal following in Sweden, Scandinavia and all over the world. We are proud to be the ones to bring the band back to Sweden.”
“We played our last festival in Sweden in 1999 and we promised we would not return until we could give our fans what they deserve and next year that promise will be fulfilled. We vow to crack the earth with power and might,” said Joey DeMaio.
“This will be a show which no true metal warrior will want to miss. We are calling all Manowarriors not only from Scandinavia, but from all over the world to join us for earth-shattering, face-melting metal.” continues DeMaio, "The voice of the fans in Sweden has been heard, many other countries will also take heed and their voice too will be the reason Manowar will appear in their country next. There will be more news and surprises to be announced!"
While performing a concert in the Netherlands, American heavy metal veterans Manowar paid tribute to their former drummer, Scott Columbus, who died on April 4th at the age of 54. An excerpt reads as follows:
"I'm sure by now all of you have heard that we lost Scott Columbus this week; he passed away just a few days ago. I can only tell you there's a lot of rumors on the Internet flying around because people have nothing better to do with their fucking boring lives than to stir up shit and create rumors 'cause their lives have no fucking meaning. But I can tell you the truth, and the truth is this - Scott Columbus was our brother and your brother in metal. He was a father, and he was a friend. And he was a great musician, and he was a great guy. And he had a heart of gold. And he liked to drink beer, and he certainly liked this country a hell of a lot.
"Scott Columbus will never be forgotten, his memory will live on because he was one of those rare people. And heavy metal will never die as long as we all stick together. More...
According to a post on former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus' official Facebook page by his girlfriend Nancy, he passed away on April 4th at the age of 54. The cause of death has yet to be revealed. The message reads as follows:
"For all you to know, this is Scott Columbus's girlfriend of over 3 1/3 years... and I cannot get the words out, but he died today. Please send your thoughts and prayers. I can't believe he is gone. He was the absolute love of my life."
Former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss commented on the passing with the following brief message:
"Scott Columbus R.I.P my brother. I'm gonna miss you!"
An official statement from the band reads as follows: More...
The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.
Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
3. ROB ZOMBIE
5. MACHINE HEAD
Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde
Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection
The demands of the Spanish fans have been answered and Manowar will bring the Battle Hymns Tour to Spain on April 10, 2011 at La Riviera. In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire "Battle Hymns" record. The upcoming Manowar tour dates are as follows:
Saturday March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA - USA
Friday March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA
Saturday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday March 17, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece
Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece (SOLD OUT)
Saturday March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece (SOLD OUT)
Friday March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel - Switzerland
Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham - UK (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg - Sweden (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg - Sweden
Saturday April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon - Portugal
Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade - The Netherlands
Sunday April 10, 2011 @ La Riviera in Madrid - Spain
Manowar's Joey DeMaio has posted a brief video clip online with a message to the band's Italian, French, Belgian, and Swiss fans. You can check out the video below.
Manowar has issued the following announcement about adding on a new live show in Greece:
"Manowarriors strike fast: The Manowar show on Friday March 18, 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece is already sold out! To give more Greek fans the opportunity to see the band in Greece again, Manowar have added a second show on Saturday, March 19 2011! Tickets for the show on March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki, Greece will go on sale on Thursday, February 3rd at this location, Metropolis and Musicland Records (Ticket House) in Thessaloniki and Monday, February 7th at No Remorse in Athens.
"If you already have a ticket for March 18, don’t miss this additional opportunity to join a feast of True Metal! And yes: Although the band will play Battle Hymns from beginning to end on both nights, the set lists WILL be different each night! To all brothers and sisters from all over Greece, Europe and the world: Join MANOWAR on March 18 and March 19 when they will make Thessaloniki the capital of True Metal!"
The upcoming Manowar tour dates are as follows:
March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA - USA
March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA
March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA (SOLD OUT)
March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece (SOLD OUT)
March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece
March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel - Switzerland
March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham - UK (SOLD OUT)
March 29, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg - Sweden (SOLD OUT)
March 30, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg - Sweden
April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon - Portugal
April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade - The Netherlands