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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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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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Lion's Share Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

LION'S SHARE confirmed for Germany's MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL with MANOWAR, GAMMA RAY etc on July 7 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

The LION'S SHARE's video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" has been posted at YouTube.

The track, which features a guest solo from ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, comes off the Swedish melodic metal band's long-awaited comeback album, "Emotional Coma", due on June 15 via AFM Records. More...

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Manowar To Headline Magic Circle Festival

Throughout Manowar's legendary career, the band has delivered on its promise to return to each country where the band has performed. Still, the sold-out Schleyerhalle crowd was unprepared for what bassist Joey DeMaio would announce as he stepped to the front of the stage.

On July 7, 2007, Manowar will headline the Magic Circle Festival in the heart of Germany, Bad Arolsen.

The crowd was thrown into a further frenzy when the bassist announced that festival tickets will cost only 10 Euros.

"It is a way to thank the true fans for their undying loyalty during the last two years of unfortunate delays of touring and record releases," explained DeMaio.

The band's Schleyerhalle performance was part of the sold-out Demons, Dragons & Warriors Tour 2007. The tour, which also features Manowar's Magic Circle Music roster mates Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell, is in support of Manowar's10th studio album, Gods of War, the latest installment in the band's legacy of classics. Germany, Greece, Hungary and Finland are just a few of the countries where the album remains in the top-20.

Look forward to the approaching Magic Circle Festival, DeMaio declared, "This is the unique beginning of something designed for the loyal fans of true metal."

For ticket information and more breaking news for what is certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, stay tuned to http://www.manowar.com or http://www.magiccirclemusic.com.

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Manowar's 'Die For Metal' Video Available

MANOWAR's new video, 'Die For Metal' has been posted online here. The track is pulled off of the band's new album, Gods Of War, which will officially be released April 3rd in North America via Magic Circle Music.

The album features the following tracks: 'Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors', 'The Ascension', 'King Of Kings', 'Army Of The Dead, Part I', 'Sleipnir', 'Loki God Of Fire', 'Blood Brothers', 'Overture To Odin', 'The Blood Of Odin', 'The Sons Of Odin', 'Glory Majesty Unity', 'Gods Of War', 'Army Of The Dead, Part II', 'Odin', 'Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors'. Bonus Track: 'Die For Metal'.

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'. More...

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Manowar Charts With "Gods Of War"

Manowar's "GODS OF WAR" has debuted at chart position No. #2 in Germany. The album also charted in Greece at #2, in Finland at #12, Sweden at #17, Austria at #9 and in Norway at #36. it even tops the Rock-Charts at I-Tunes and Amazon at #1.

Manowar will soon be embarking on their "Demons, Dragons And Warriors World Tour 2007" with special guests Rhapsody Of Fire and HolyHell. The tour dates confirmed so far are:

14.03.2007 Czech Republic Zlin - Novesta
15.03.2007 Czech Republic Pardubice - CEZ Arena
16.03.2007 Czech Republic Plzen - Hala Lokomotiva
22.03.2007 Germany Berlin – Max Schmeling Halle
23.03.2007 Germany Munich - Olympiahalle
24.03.2007 Germany Frankfurt - Festhalle
27.03.2007 Germany Dortmund - Westfalenhalle
28.03.2007 Germany Hamburg - Color Line Arena
30.03.2007 Germany Nuremberg- Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
31.03.2007 Germany Stuttgart-Schleyerhalle
04.04.2007 Greece Athens – Olympic Fencing Center
07.04.2007 Russia Moscow – DS Luzhniki

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Manowar Announces Tour Date In Moscow, Russia

MANOWAR has confirmed to play in Moscow, Russia this upcoming spring. MANOWAR will perform on Saturday April 07, 2007 at the "DS Luzhniki " venue in Moscow. Here are their currently scheduled tour dates:

Mar 14th, 2007 Zlín Czech Republic Sportovní Hala Novesta
Mar 15th, 2007 Pardubice Czech Republic Cez Aréna
Mar 16th, 2007 Plzen Czech Republic Hala Lokomotiva
Mar 22nd, 2007 Berlin Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle
Mar 23rd, 2007 München Germany Olympiahalle
Mar 24th, 2007 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
Mar 27th, 2007 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
Mar 28th, 2007 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
Mar 30th, 2007 Nürnberg Germany Arena
Mar 31st, 2007 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
April 4th, 2007 Athens Greece Hellenikon Fencing Olympic Complex
April 7th, 2007 Moscow Russia DS Luzhniki

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Manowar Announce European Tour Dates

With the upcoming Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour MANOWAR is ready to bring true metal to your town and take you to Valhalla – the place of immortal warriors!

Mobilized with 7 trucks and 6 busses, MANOWAR's 100 strong army of warriors and crew will invade Europe with a storm of energy, devotion and power armed with more than 450,000 watts of lighting and 150,000 watts of sound equipment plus 40,000 watts of stage amplifiers. The three band touring package contains the Italian metal heroes RHAPSODY OF FIRE and the new female fronted super group HOLYHELL.

The performance itself will span the Manowar spectrum from classic songs to milestones like Warriors Of The World United and songs from the new and upcoming album "Gods Of War."

MANOWAR has decided to give away a free shirt to all fans who come to one of the shows and have travelled from another country. If you can identify yourself with your passport at one of the merchandise stands, you will receive this exclusive and special shirt, that will not be for sale anywhere. On top of this you will also receive another merchandise item for free.

Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour 2007 (with Manowar, Rhapsody of Fire and Holyhell)

14.03.07 – CZ - Zlín - Sportovní Hala Novesta
15.03.07 – CZ - Pardubice - C(ez Aréna
16.03.07 – CZ - Plzen - Hala Lokomotiva
22.03.07 – GER - Berlin – Max Schmeling Halle
23.03.07 – GER - München – Olympiahalle
24.03.07 – GER - Frankfurt – Festhalle
27.03.07 – GER - Dortmund – Westfalenhalle
28.03.07 – GER - Hamburg – Color-Line-Arena
30.03.07 – GER - Nürnberg – Arena-Nürnberger-Versicherungen
31.03.07 – GER - Stuttgart – Hans-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
04.04.07 – GRE - Athens - Fencing Arena at Olympic Complex of Hellinicon

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Manowar To Perform During Fight Night

On Friday, February 16th at 20:15h, for the first time ever in their history, German TV station PRO7 will transmit a live boxing event called FIGHT NIGHT hosted by famous German presenter Stefan Raab assisted by charming German boxing world champion Regina Halmich.

There’s no better act than MANOWAR to participate in this warrior event with their concentrated charge of sheer metal power!

Watch MANOWAR perform their new soon-to-be-a-classic anthem “DIE FOR METAL” from their forthcoming new masterpiece album “Gods Of War”. Be prepared to be run over by this massive piece of metal at-its-best!

The song will be available for download in advance exclusively at musicload.de, PRO7’s downloadshop and manowar.com from 16.02.2007 on.

3 WBA and WBO fights will take place that night , so don’t miss MANOWAR shatter the ring!

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Manowar Announce European Release Parties

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.

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Manowar Announces Tracklist for "Gods of War"

Manowar has finally announced the full track listing for "Gods of War":

14. ODIN
Bonus track

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

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New Manowar 'Gods Of War' E-Card Available

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).

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Manowar Revealing Bits About Gods Of War

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.

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Manowar Announce "Gods of War" Release Date

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.

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Manowar Plan DVD Release Parties In Germany

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 )

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Manowar's "The Sons Of Odin" Virtual Release Party

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...

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Manowar Reveals "Gods of War" Themes

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 )

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Manowar Postpone Tour

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...

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No Gods Of Metal Festival This Year?

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."

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Manowar To Release New Single In October

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.

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"Heavy Metal Thunder" Book To Hit Stores June 1

MTV.com reports:

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."

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