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Manowar

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

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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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Third Night Confirmed for Magic Circle Fest 2008

The rock ‘n’ roll rebel Ted Nugent is the latest artist confirmed to perform at the spectacular Magic Circle Festival 2008 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Ted Nugent joins an impressive lineup that includes heavy metal powerhouses Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, WASP, Doro, Brazen Abbot (featuring Joe Lynn Turner), HolyHell, Gotthard and many more, with the mighty MANOWAR headlining the whole festival and celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Kings of Metal.”

Two days of music was not enough to contain such an impressive lineup, so a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. “Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value,” says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. The Magic Circle festival will begin on Wednesday, July 9 with opening ceremonies, followed by three days of music on Thursday, July 10 with Alice Cooper appearing as very special guest, Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12

Tickets for the Magic Circle Festival are available now at www.magiccirclefestival.com, www.nuclearblast.de, www.ticketsonline.de, www.eventim.de, www.ticketagenten.de.

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Whitesnake, Alice Cooper On Magic Circle Fest '08

Whitesnake and Alice Cooper have been confirmed to perform at the Magic Circle Festival 2008. Beloved Enemy (GER), Sixth Sense (RUS) and Titanium Black (USA) have also been added to the festival lineup.

The four-day festival is set to take place in Bad Arolsen, Germany and it will feature two historical shows by MANOWAR where they'll perform their first 6 classic albums in their entirety. 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four Custom Built Choppers owned by the MANOWAR band members will be given away during what is set to be the biggest metal event of 2008.

More details and band announcements will be coming soon. For more information, visit magiccirclefestival.com.

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Magic Circle Festival Battle Of The Bands 2008

Magic Circle Music and MANOWAR are launching a Battle Of The Bands Contest where bands from around the world will compete against each other to win the once in a lifetime chance to play on the main stage at the Magic Circle Festival 2008. The winning band will be invited to play three songs on the main stage on Saturday, July 12th, 2008. The winning band will also be featured on the Magic Circle Festival Volume 2 DVD and will have their single released by Magic Circle Music.

Visit www.magiccirclefestival.com for information on how to enter. (At the time of this writing, there is no additional info there, however.)

You can view a video of the Battle Of The Bands announcement by Karl Logan on YouTube or below. More...

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Manowar To Play Romania In July

According to Metalfan.ro, MANOWAR will play in Bucharest, Romania on July 7. More information will be made available soon.

MANOWAR will headline this year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This year's event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away. Also scheduled to appear are HOLYHELL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MAJESTY and STORMWARRIOR.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". On the Saturday evening, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before. More...

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Manowar And Iron Maiden Singer Make Air History

According to Sofiaecho.com, Joey DeMaio and Eric Adams from the heavy metal band MANOWAR arrived in Bulgaria to take part in the New Year concert in the coastal town of Kavarna, the town municipality announced.

IRON MAIDEN lead singer Bruce Dickinson himself flew the two to Varna Airport by the Iron Maiden jet, Dnevnik daily reported.

Kavarna mayor Tsonko Tsonev said that it was the first time in history for the lead singer of one legendary band to fly another legendary band to Kavarna.

DeMaio will be anchor of the concert. At 12pm, Adams will sing Bulgaria’s national anthems in Bulgarian.

It would be the second time Adams performs the anthem in 2007. He sang it for the first time at the concert of the band in the summer, also in Kavarna.

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A Heavy Metal Christmas Song Round-up

Yet another way you can tell metal is on the rise (commercially) is by how many metal Christmas songs are out this year. I don't recall another year that I have heard of more than one or two metal renditions of Christmas songs. This year, however, I've seen postings for more than half a dozen of them - some old, but some new as well. So I've decided to compile a list of these metal Christmas songs so that fans of this sort of thing can listen to and download them while they're still online.

Personally, I'm a sucker for metal Christmas songs, but only if they're done well. I figure if I've got to listen to something, it might as well be heavy or at least have a rock or metal edge to it. Granted, some of these songs are not ultra-heavy, but I find them to be fun expressions for the holiday season by metal bands. Others are parodies of Christmas songs or Christmas itself, and these are usually heavier than the actual Christmas carols.

Without further ado, here's the list: More...

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Manowar Issue Holiday Video Message

MANOWAR have issued the following holiday message:

"Season's Greetings and our best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!"

"Click here to watch a special video message."

"Manowar recorded both German and English versions of 'Stille Nacht' - known to English speaking fans as the classic Christmas carol 'Silent Night'- as a holiday gift to all of their loyal fans, the greatest fans in the world."

"To download these free MP3s, visit www.manowar.com."

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Manowar Record a Christmas Song

Magic Circle Music issues the following update:

"Visit MANOWAR.COM now to download a FREE mp3 of the Kings of Metal's first Christmas recording ever. MANOWAR recorded both German and English versions of "Stille Nacht" - known to English speaking fans as the classic Christmas carol "Silent Night" - as a holiday gift to all of their loyal fans, the greatest fans in the world. The song was recorded in "Hell" and mixed by Ronald Prent of Galaxy Studios, Belgium."

"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the true metal warriors from MANOWAR!"

To download both English and German Hi-Fi mp3 versions, please visit their website.

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Manowar Announce Condom Line

Magic Circle Music has issued the following update:

"MANOWAR fans have requested a special piece of merchandise from their favourite metal band. Manowar has heard these requests and delivered. The new Manowar condoms are the perfect romantic accessory for all true metal couples. Whether you are looking to spice things up in the bedroom or meet somebody new after the show, Manowar condoms will do the trick. Now, you are ready for any chance meetings that turn into unexpected friendships.

This special 'Warrior's Shield' is made of 100% natural rubber latex and transparent in colour. All condoms are FDA approved against pregnancy, AIDS and other STD's. Expiration date, lot numbers and health advisories printed on the back of each condom.

The 'Warrior's Shield' is individually packaged with the white Manowar logo emblazoned on the package. The "Warrior's Shield" is sold five (5) condoms per bag.

Manowar condoms now available at The Kingdom Of Steel Online Store, just in time for the holidays!

Now you can not only say Fuck The World, you can do it as well.

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Magic Circle Festival Volume 1 DVD MP3s Online

The Kingdom Of Steel is now exclusively offering all MANOWAR and HOLYHELL MP3s from the upcoming Magic Circle Festival Volume 1 DVD, which you can buy here.

This double-DVD package includes songs recorded live at their performances on July 6th and 7th of 2007, in Bad Arolsen, Germany and on June 30th, 2007, at the Kaliakra Rock Fest, in Kavarna, Bulgaria.

MANOWAR's performance from the German festival includes classic songs such as "Brothers Of Metal," "Kill With Power," "Holy War," "Black Wind, Fire And Steel" as well as newer songs "Gods Of War" and "Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors." The material live from the Kaliakra Rock Fest in Kavarna traverses MANOWAR's entire history, from fan favorites "Kings Of Metal," "Metal Warriors" and "Hail And Kill" to the powerful new anthem "Die For Metal" and MANOWAR's metal version of the Bulgarian National Anthem "Mila Rodino."

Magic Circle Festival Volume 1 DVD will be released on November 22nd and will be available for sale on MANOWAR's "True Metal Dealer" promo tour.

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Manowar Drummer Working On Instrumental Solo Album

MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus has told Brazil's NovoMetal.com that he is working on his first solo album.

"Over the past year, I've been working on a solo project, and it's instrumental — there is no vocals, it's all music," he said. "I've got about 80% of the songs [done] and hopefully, in the next year, 2008, it will get released. [Musically it's] a little different from MANOWAR, [but] it's really cool. It's fucking great driving music. You'll see yourself driving at high speeds if you listen to that."

MANOWAR has scheduled several German signing sessions at the end of November in connection with the release of the "Magic Circle Festival Volume I" DVD.

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Manowar To Perform Entire First Six Albums Live

MANOWAR has confirmed that it will perform the band's first six albums in their entirety at next year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12, 2008 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". The following night, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first-time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before.

Tickets for the four-day event are priced at $115.00 (80 euros) and can be purchased at this location.

For more information, go to www.magiccirclemusic.com.

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Manowar's Magic Circle Music Signs With Universal

MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music has announced that Universal Pictures, one of the world's foremost motion picture companies, will release the "Magic Circle Festival 2007 - Volume I" double DVD, which includes footage from the 2007 Magic Circle Festival, as well as two full MANOWAR live sets. MANOWAR's own Joey DeMaio says, "Universal Pictures are the real deal and they are ready, willing and able to blow the roof off the house with this first release."

Hinrich Stuerken, the band's manager and Managing Director of Magic Circle Music Germany joins: "As the entertainment industry continues to evolve this new partnership with Universal Pictures will create a synergy that will provide us both with new opportunities for the future."

Universal Pictures' representatives are also enthusiastic about the deal, which was spurred by MANOWAR's lasting appeal and the impressive quality of their DVD products. Universal Pictures Germany's A&R/Local Acquisition Manager Susanne Wagner: "MANOWAR's remarkable documentary of 'Magic Circle Festival 2007' is Universal Pictures Germany's first music acquisition. We are very excited to work with a band who are a trademark in the music industry!"

Dirk Lisowsky, Managing Director of Universal Pictures Germany is confident in Universal's ability to make the most of the deal. "We are looking forward to our new partnership with MANOWAR and Magic Circle Music. Music DVDs are a relatively new segment for us. We see great opportunities here and we are positive our expertise in other genres will become a driving force in this area, too."

The inherent value of each Magic Circle Music DVD to date has made a great impression on Universal Pictures. "Music shows on DVD offer the audience the chance to experience a great session again and again. MANOWAR's outstanding spectacles have set — and raised — standards for live events. Their DVDs with hours of live music and multiple bonus features offer the best value-for-money a consumer could possible dream of," says Universal Pictures Germany's Local Aquisitions Manager Peter Preisser.

"A wider partnership between Magic Circle Music and Universal Pictures could offer even bigger and better things in the future," concludes Hinrich Stuerken.

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Angel of Eden Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music recently announced the signing of Roger Staffelbach's Angel Of Eden. Acclaimed for his unique style, aggressive rhythm playing and his considerable soloing skills over 7 albums with prog metallers Artension, guitarist Roger Staffelbach has served up a potent offering of first class song writing over the ten tracks on the debut Roger Staffelbach's Angel Of Eden album "The End Of Never".

Fuelled by Roger's virtuoso guitar work, the melodic soaring vocals of Carsten "Lizard" Schulz [Evidence One, ex Domain], keyboard wizardry of Mistheria [solo, Bruce Dickinson], the powerhouse drumming of Rami Ali [Evidence One] and thunderous bottom end of Steve Di Giorgio [ex-Testament,ex-Death] along with guest performances from John West [ex-Royal Hunt], David Shankle [ex Manowar] and Ferdy Doernberg [Axel Rudi Pell], "The End Of Never" is a first class album from some of metal most respected names offering lush vocal melodies, pulsating rhythms and virtuoso lead breaks within captivating songs.

Here is the complete "The End of Never" track listing:

01. The End Of Never
02. Dreamchaser
03. Angel Of Eden
04. Return Of The Pharaoh (Pt. I)
05. The Battle Of 1386
06. Into The Black
07. Return Of The Pharaoh (Pt. II)
08. Keys To Avalon
09. Stampede
10. Towards The Light

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Manowar Make Big Promises For Magic Circle Fest

A five-minute video clip containing left-over fan interviews from the upcoming Magic Circle Festival DVD can be viewed below.

The Magic Circle Festival, which was organized by MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music, took place July 6-7, 2007 Bad Arolsen, Germany and was reportedly attended by 25,000 fans.

In addition to different sets by MANOWAR on each day, this year's Magic Circle Festival featured performances by GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, MOB RULES, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY, IMPERIA and SAIDIAN.

MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio reportedly announced at this year's Magic Circle Festival that the event will be held annually from now on. On the first day of next year's gathering, MANOWAR will sign as much stuff as they can and will give away "thousands" of free beers and copies of their new single as well as four custom-built chopper bikes, each belonging to one of the bandmembers. On top of that, MANOWAR will apparently play their first six albums in their entirety, from "Battle Hymns" to "Kings of Metal". More...

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Magic Circle Festival To Be Held Annually

At last weekend's (July 6-7) Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany, bassist Joey DeMaio of MANOWAR — who organized the event — reportedly announced that the festival will be held annually from now on. On the first day of next year's gathering, MANOWAR will sign as much stuff as they can and will give away "thousands" of free beers and copies of their new single as well as four custom-built chopper bikes, each belonging to one of the bandmembers. On top of that, MANOWAR will apparently play their first six albums in their entirety, from "Battle Hymns" to "Kings of Metal".

In addition to different sets by MANOWAR on each day, this year's Magic Circle Festival featured performances by GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, MOB RULES, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY, IMPERIA and SAIDIAN.

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Manowar To Perform Bulgarian Anthem As Thanks

Novinite.com reports that American heavy metal band MANOWAR has announced it will play Bulgaria's national anthem during its gig in Bulgaria's seaside town of Kavarna, 30 kilometers northeast of the port of Varna.

MANOWAR is scheduled to headline the third and final day of the annual Kaliakra Rock Festival on June 30. More than 10,000 people are expected to gather at the stadium in the town.

"The Bulgarian anthem is fantastic and when played with a symphony orchestra fits perfectly our style," singer Eric Adams commented, adding that this is a gesture of gratitude to their fans in Bulgaria.

There are more surprises in store for MANOWAR fans, one of whom will leave Saturday night's gig with the keys of a new car and another with a guitar.

MANOWAR's new double live album, "Gods of War Live" will be released on July 6, 2007. This over-two-hour-long manifestation of pure power will feature the entire set list of the recently completed leg of the "Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour 2007".

MANOWAR's video for the song "Die for Metal" has been posted online at YouTube. Portions of the clip were filmed on February 24, 2007 in Bochum, Germany, during the release party for the band's new album, "Gods of War". Besides the fans, the video stars well-known German actor Tim Sander.

"Die for Metal" comes off MANOWAR's tenth full-length album, "Gods of War", which was released on February 23 in Germany (February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada). More...

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Manowar Reveals "Gods Of War Live" Track List

MANOWAR has revealed the track list of their upcoming double live album, "Gods Of War Live" to be released on July 6, 2007. It is as follows:

1 - Manowar
2 - Call To Arms
3 - Gloves Of Metal
4 - Each Dawn I Die
5 - Holy War
6 - Mountains
7 - The Oath
8 - Secret Of Steel
9 - Son Of William's Tale
10 - The Gods Made Heavy Metal
11 - Die For Metal
12 - Kings Of Metal
13 - Warriors Of The World United
14 - Black Wind, Fire And Steel
15 - The Blood Of Odin
16 - The Sons Of Odin
17 - Glory Majesty Unity
18 - Gods Of War
19 - Army Of The Dead, Part II
20 - Odin
21 - Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
22 - The Crown And The Ring

MP3s of "Gods Of War Live" will be available for purchase exclusively through manowar.com very soon.

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Magic Circle Festival Adds A Second Day

The Magic Circle Festival has now been extended to two days. The festivities will now begin on July 6th, 2007, in addition to the original date of July 7th, 2007. The festival will take place in Bad Arolsen, Germany with the low admission price of 10 Euros for each day. Tickets for the 7th are now available at the official Magic Circle Festival website and tickets for the 6th will be available very soon. "We are very proud that our idea to reward the metal fans around the world with this special event has been received so well that we can give another show to them", says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

Besides different sets of MANOWAR on each day, the Magic Circle Festival on July 6 and 7, 2007 will also feature performances of GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY and others.

The festival grounds will be opened on July 5 already with a special "Titty Twister Tent". Sufficient campground and on-site parking areas will be provided as well as a shower-city, supermarket and various vendors.

Furthermore, MANOWAR's new double-live album "GODS OF WAR LIVE" will be released on July 6th and will be available for purchase at the festival. This album will not only feature more than two hours of MANOWAR live music, but will also feature an exclusive 7-minute video of the song "Gods Of War", complete with MANOWAR's trademark explosive stage set including fireworks, a Viking ship and other special effects.

A video teaser has been posted on YouTube.com to give fans an example of the performance they can expect to see at the Magic Circle Festival. More...

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