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In Germany, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Austria you can visit Official Release Parties for Manowar's GODS OF WAR:
23.02.07 Berlin - Halford
23.02.07 Kaiserslautern - Flash
23.02.07 Stuttgart - Club Prag
23.02.07 Köln - Valhalla
23.02.07 Hamburg – Ballroom
23.02.07 Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
24.02.07 Bochum – Matrix ( Showtruck available! Incl. cool new merch! )
24.02.07 Herford - X
24.02.07 Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
24.02.07 Essen - Turock
24.02.07 Bilbao (Barakaldo) - Leyenda Pub
25.02.07 Oslo - Rock In
24.02.07 Sintra - Don Baco
24.02.07 Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
For all details concerning these parties, please visit www.manowar.com/godsofwar.
Manowar has finally announced the full track listing for "Gods of War":
1. OVERTURE TO THE HYMN OF THE IMMORTAL WARRIORS
2. THE ASCENSION
3. KING OF KINGS
4. ARMY OF THE DEAD, PART I
6. LOKI GOD OF FIRE
7. BLOOD BROTHERS
8. OVERTURE TO ODIN
9. THE BLOOD OF ODIN
10. THE SONS OF ODIN
11. GLORY MAJESTY UNITY
12. GODS OF WAR
13. ARMY OF THE DEAD, PART II
15. HYMN OF THE IMMORTAL WARRIORS
16. DIE FOR METAL
As previously reported, an e-card for "Gods of War" has been made available at this location. The e-card contains the new album cover art, background information, new band pictures, dates for fan release parties, news about the "Virtual Release Party," an announcement for the participation in the "Royal Artist Club," and cool downloads.
The release schedule for "Gods of War" is as follows:
Germany - February 23, 2007
Rest of Europe, excl. France - February 26, 2007
France - March 5, 2007
USA/Canada - April 3, 2007
An e-card for MANOWAR's tenth full-length album, "Gods of War", has been made available at this location. The e-card contains the new album cover art, background information, new band pictures, dates for fan release parties, news about the "Virtual Release Party," an announcement for the participation in the "Royal Artist Club," and cool downloads.
"Gods of War" is scheduled for release on February 23 in Germany (February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada).
MANOWAR has started to give away parts of the CD cover for the upcoming new album GODS OF WAR, which is set to be released on February 23, 2007 in Germany ( February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada ).
Next to this first taste of what the album cover will look like, the band also gives away a bit more info about the CD - concept, including 2 more song-titles. GODS OF WAR is MANOWAR’s first entry in a cycle of concept albums; each a tribute to a different war god. Opening with the epic piece “Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors”, the tone is set for an album beyond anything MANOWAR has done before. This album honors Odin - almighty father of the Norse gods - and details the history and exploits of this storied character. His power and wisdom were unmatched among the gods and he is paid tribute with human sacrifice on the battlefield, as heard in the song “The Sons Of Odin”, the stomping title track “Gods Of War” and the storytelling “The Blood Of Odin”.
Besides the normal Jewel Case version, GODS OF WAR will also be released as a limited edition in an embossed metal slipcase containing a high grade mediabook bound in leather. Furthermore, this limited edition will feature a bonus DVD with unreleased material about the making of this album and some special behind-the-scenes footage.
A double-vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve will also be available.
MANOWAR will continue with revealing the cover in their upcoming E-Card.
MANOWAR have announced the release date(s) for new album, "Gods of War." Here they are:
February 23, 2007 (Germany)
February 26, 2007 (Rest Of Europe, excl. France/UK)
March 5, 2007 (France/UK)
April 3, 2007 (USA / Canada)
More details will be released soon, including the cover artwork.
In Germany, MANOWAR fans can celebrate the release of the upcoming new double- DVD "The Day The Earth Shook - The Absolute Power " with a series of nationwide DVD Release Parties. This is a unique opportunity to re-live the MANOWAR headlining performance at the Earthshaker Fest 2005 and view the DVD together with other fans.
Here are the planned DVD Release parties in Germany:
23.11. Braunschweig, Beatclub
24.11. Erfurt, Phauker
24.11. Mainz, Caveau
24.11. Bielefeld, Ringlokschuppen
25.11. Essen, Turock ( MANOWAR SHOWTRUCK will be present )
25.11. Herford, X
25.11. Bochum, Matrix
25.11. Hameln, Sumpfblume
25.11. Büsum, Jolly Joker
25.11. Hamburg, Ballroom
25.11. Oberhausen, Saint
25.11. Olbernhau, Die Halle
25.11. Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
02.12. München, Backstage
At the parties you will be able to watch the new DVD and win some goodies. The Manowar Showtruck (where you can buy MANOWAR merch) will be parked in front of the venue at the Turock in Essen.
Here are the release dates for the Double DVD "THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK - THE ABSOLUTE POWER ":
November 24, 2006 ( Germany )
November 27, 2006 ( Europe )
November 21, 2006 ( USA/Canada )
Between midnight and 4:00AM (CET) on October 6, 2006, you can listen to all of the songs from the EP, which will be streaming in a loop on manowar.com. You can currently find the link to the party at the intro-page of manowar.com. There is also a countdown on the page so that fans in a different time zone can join in the countdown to the party (the CET time-zone can be compared to the time in Amsterdam, Paris, Oslo etc.).
Release dates The Sons Of Odin EP:
Germany: October 6, 2006
Rest of Europe: October 9, 2006
United Kingdom: October 16, 2006
France: October 23, 2006
US/CDN: October 24, 2006 ( Immortal Package only)
Below are the complete details on the “The Sons Of Odin“ EP and Digipak format of the EP. More...
In MANOWAR news, some details have been revealed about the new full-length album “Gods Of War”, which will be released in mid to late January of 2007.
MANOWAR has always used warrior imagery that takes the listener back to legendary times. These themes have included the dark ages, Greek mythology and Norse mythology. MANOWAR’s upcoming opus “Gods Of War” will feature Nordic themes as evidenced by the “ The Sons Of Odin” EP.
“Gods Of War” has evolved into a multi-part epic cycle which will include tributes to the Gods of Valhalla. Continuing MANOWAR’s mission to never stray from their heavy metal style, “Gods Of War” will present a new level of heaviness, intensity and brutality to the MANOWAR mythos. “With this kind of theme… when you are paying tribute to Odin, the God of War, country music or jazz would not create the appropriate mental imagery and would not do justice to the Father of the Gods himself,” says MANOWAR bassist and founder Joey DeMaio. “Heavy Metal is needed to tell this tale.”
Finally, also the new cover artwork for “The Sons Of Odin “ EP, by longtime MANOWAR collaborator Ken Kelly, has been revealed: "The Sons Of Odin" EP - Jewel Case and "The Sons Of Odin" EP - Immortal Edition Package
Release dates for “The Sons Of Odin “ EP follow:
October 6, 2006 ( Germany )
October 9, 2006 ( Europe )
October 24, 2006 ( USA )
The release of the upcoming MANOWAR album has been postponed, and as a result, so has the accompanying European "Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour".
However, fans should not be alarmed, as MANOWAR has a good reason for this postponement. "This is actually being done for the betterment of our fans," says bassist and MANOWAR founder Joey DeMaio. "After having to delay the tour the first time due to Karl's [Logan] accident the band returned to the studio to continue work on the album. We wanted to do something special for the fans and so we decided the only real way to thank them for their faith would be to give them more MANOWAR metal."
"Thus the 'Gods Of War' has grown into a massive, multifaceted concept, similar to Wagner's 'Ring Cycle', this is a massive project of epic proportions. The really good news is that elements of this grand new opus will be released periodically over the course of the next year so that fans won't have to wait years for new songs. Naturally as the album concept has grown in the true MANOWAR style the tour production has grown beyond epic proportions as well and this next tour will definitely bring the metal concert experience to new heights." More...
announced that the promoters of The Gods Of Metal have reported that, due to financial constraints placed upon their company, the festival may not take place in 2007.
As a result, they will not honor their original agreement made with Magic Circle Management for what would be MANOWAR's 4th headlining appearance, bringing with them RHAPSODY OF FIRE as special guests and the Italian debut of HOLYHELL. As a side note,
MANOWAR holds the record of headlining the Gods Of Metal Festival more times than any other band. MANOWAR and Magic Circle Music would like to clarify that they are in no way responsible for the cancellation of next years MANOWAR's performance.
MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio says, "We wanted to inform fans as soon as possible so that they would not purchase tickets expecting to see MANOWAR perform at the festival. The promoters have, in the past, been known as men of honor and our trust in them went so far as to allow them exclusively to announce our appearance for 2007. We as a band understand that our Italian fans will surely be disappointed, but make no mistake about it. This was not our decision. We too are disappointed. We have been preparing a very special show just for our Italian fans and we will now seek every opportunity to bring this massive show to Italy. We will never let our fans down."
MANOWAR will release a new single, "The Sons of Odin", in October 2006, followed by a full-length DVD containing the historic Earthshaker Fest 2005 performance in November. Fans can soon expect more details about the release date of the new studio album, entitled "Gods of War".
MANOWAR were forced to reschedule some of their previously announced European dates earlier in the year due to an unfortunate accident involving MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan. "Our first concern was to be sure that Karl was in good condition," MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio said at the time. "As soon as we were certain Karl would be able to play again in the near future, we wanted to give our fans as much information as possible to keep them abreast of plans for the tour."
MANOWAR has sold over eight million records worldwide. The group's last studio album, "Warriors of the World", was a critically acclaimed chart-topper in Europe, reaching gold status in Germany.
The upcoming MANOWAR album will be released on the band's own label, Magic Circle Music.
A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.
According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.
"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."
The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.
"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."
Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."
One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."
Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.
But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."
Heavy Metal giants MANOWAR will play two dates in Greece this coming March as part of the band's "Demons, Dragons & Warriors Tour 2005-2006". This information was confirmed by both the Greek concert-promotion company Neo Revma and the offficial Greek MANOWAR fan club. The "Demons, Dragons & Warriors" tour will also include Italian power metallers RHAPSODY and HOLY HELL. For the Greek shows, Neo Revma is also advertising the addition of two guest acts, neither one of which has yet been announced. Exact dates and venue details will be made available soon.
"Demons, Dragons & Warriors Tour" currently confirmed dates:
Apr. 04 - Festhalle – Frankfurt, GER
Apr. 06 - Olympiahalle – Munich, GER
Apr. 07 - Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, GER
Apr. 08 - Arena – Nuremberg, GER
Apr. 10 - Max-Schmeling-Halle – Berlin, GER
Apr. 11 - Westfalenhalle – Dortmund, GER
RHAPSODY guitarist Luca Turilli is currently putting the finishing touches on a new solo album, tentatively due in January/February 2006. Turilli's last solo CD, "Prophet of the Last Eclipse", came out in 2002.
RHAPSODY will be releasing their first live album ever in early 2006. The recordings will be based on performances made during leg one of MANOWAR's "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour" where RHAPSODY appeared as the special guests in spring 2005.
RHAPSODY released "Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret", in September 2004 via Magic Circle Music/SPV. The CD features a very special appearance by acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow").
Italian power metal band NANOWAR have spoofed a well-known macho heavy metal legend with their album "Other Bands Play ... Nanowar Gay". Not only does the album cover spoof MANOWAR's "Fighting the World" album sleeve, it also twists the well-known MANOWAR battle cry from "slay" to "gay" and portrays the heroes in suitable VILLAGE PEOPLE-style attire. Needless to say, the album, with songtitles such as "Tricycles of Steel" and "Power of the Power of the Power (Of the Great Sword)", is the best-selling item on the newly opened rockdetector.com indie CD store too.
Based in Rome, NANOWAR comprises vocalist Potowotominimak, guitarists Gatto Panceri 666 and Mohammed Abdul, with Uinona Raider on drums. The band also targets RHAPSODY, re-working "Emerald Sword" as "Emerald Fork".
MANOWAR will be teaming up with RHAPSODY and HOLYHELL for the "Demons, Dragons And Warriors World Tour 2006" beginning next spring.
Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:
Apr. 04 - Frankfurt, GER - Festhalle
Apr. 06 - Munich, GER - Olympiahalle
Apr. 07 - Stuttgart, GER - Schleyerhalle
Apr. 08 - Nuremberg, GER - Frankenhalle
Apr. 10 - Berlin, GER - Max-Schmeling-Halle
Apr. 11 - Dortmund, GER - Westfalenhalle
MANOWAR recently signed an exclusive worldwide distribution deal with SPV for their Magic Circle Music label. A new MANOWAR album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2006.
MANOWAR performed live late last month with several other Magic Circle Music bands at the Earthshaker Fest 2005 in Geiselwind, Germany.
A Canadian website has reported that Oasis have picked a fight with an unlikely foe - Manowar. Liam Gallagher was rabbiting on about how Oasis were the loudest band in the world onstage, when the interviewer interrupted to inform him that if he in fact checked the Guinness Book Of World Records he would see that it wasn't The Who, or even Motörhead, but NWOBHM band Manowar.
"But they're loud and shit though, aren't they? They're just shit," Gallagher said. "Who are they anyway?" Oasis bassist, Andy Bells chimed in, "Heavy metal?"
"Fuck Manowar," yelled Gallagher.
Octogenarian actor Christopher Lee is reportedly performing at a heavy metal festival in Germany. The 82-year-old Lord of the Rings star is taking part in the Earthshaker Festival in Geiselwind, Bavaria. He will sing with two bands, Manowar and Rhapsody, according to concert organisers. Lee will be accompanied by a live orchestra and a choir and will perform alongside heavy metal bands such as Grave Digger, Dragonlord and Forces of Evil.
Manowar is proud to announce the upcoming release of their newest video, "Hell On Earth IV," which contains 2 video discs and 1 audio disc for a total of 4 1/2 hours of total viewing time.
More details on the availability to be confirmed soon, watch here!
- Highlights of the entire 2002 "Warriors Of The World" tour
- 1 hour and 30 minutes of main program
- 6 bonus songs equaling 30 minutes of additional material
- 11 full live songs
- Subtitles in 12 languages (Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish)
- 5.1 surround sound mix
- Private behind the scenes footage
- A true visual tribute to the fans
- Highlighting concerts in 35 cities throughout Europe
- Shot with 70 camera angles
- Commentary track with all band members
- Director Neil Johnson's commentary track
- Personal commentary track by Joey DeMaio
- New artwork by fantasy art legend Ken Kelly
- 1 hour of behind the scenes footage
- 1 hour of complete TV shows featuring Manowar (incl. TV-total, Olli Pocher, VIVA Comet and Popkomm Gala)
- Special commentary track featuring director Neil Johnson and Joey DeMaio
- Subtitles in 12 languages (Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish)
- 30 minute hidden easter egg with special commentary track by editor and director
- Contains brand new audio track by Manowar (taken from their forthcoming album)
Long-running American heavy metal legends Manowar and Italian symphonic metal maestros Rhapsody will be joining forces for these confirmed U.S. dates:
June 18 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
June 19 New York City, NY - BB King's Blues Club
More dates are expected to be announced as they become available.