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Battle Hymns [Original recording remastered, Import]

ManowarAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00004IC9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Death Tone
2. Metal Daze
3. Fast Taker
4. Shell Shock
5. Manowar
6. Dark Avenger (With Narration By Orson Wells)
7. William's Tale
8. Battle Hymn

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Digitally remastered reissue edition of the metal classic from 2000, including new sleevenotes.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars manowar battlehymns October 23, 2006
By warhead
Format:Audio CD
manowar debut,1982 no one sounded like this,manowar embraced and took metal to a whole new level-they were young and cocky and supremely talented,they were metal and proud of it, musicianship wise they were untouchable-lyric wise they were original and now often imitated,at that time no one sang about metal and fantasy ,you could sense the beleif and confidence they had in themselves,manowar has always been original and you can hear a lot of things that no one else was doing at the time in battle hymns,this is the recording that started it all, over the top guitar soloing,vocals and screaming that made you standup and listen with disbeleif,a bass sound that was truly original and heavy,you could actually hear every bass note in this recording,the weak link musicianship wise was probably the drumming a little generic in comparison to the caliber of the other musicians,ive neve heard a better narraration in music than orson welles part in dark avenger just one of the many original things about manowar,another original thing was the bass solo and the subject matters of the songs,so buy this cd and hear how it all started and see why manowar has one of the most loyal fanbases ever,and why they are still around 25 years later,always believe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Rolling Stone Magazine reviewed this CD by simply writing one word, "Comicbook-rock". Battle Hymns is also one of the great metal CDs of all time.

Battle Hymns could sound a bit more polished or refined for my tastes (for other fans it works the opposite way), but all the songs on this CD are really good. Vocalist Eric Adams is at his most powerful at least, here on this their first CD, but isn't that the stereotype of the 'great' heavy metal singer? Orson Wells himself narrates the song 'Dark Avenger' - one of the great metal songs of all time. 'Fast Taker', 'Shell Shock', 'Death Tone', 'Battle Hymns' and possibly my favorite, 'Metal Daze' - "Own-ly, one, thing, really sets me free, heavy metal, loud as it can be", fill up the rest of the CD. Orson Wells would go on to narrate 'Defender' another great great Manowar song found on 'Fighting the World', their most commercial sounding CD.

Manowar were probably influenced by Black Sabbath (like evey metal band somewhere along the way) tho they play, generally, a little faster. Manowar hail from NYC tho most people think they are European (where they are considerably more popular). They've written some truly great songs over the years, 'Dark Avenger', 'Defender', 'Mountains'. . . long live true metal.

I'm a Manowar fan and I'm not sure I would be if it wasn't for Battle Hymns. I might have picked up one of their other CD's and thought to myself ~'There's one or two songs on here I like but that's it'. Thank goodness for Battle Hymns introducing me to this great band and making me a believer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ive seen this done LIVE May 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
let me say that the first time i heard this album it ripped right threw my chest, it was in 1984 at the height of metals reign. I got to witness the performance of MANOWAR many times at Lamour's in Brooklyn, New York, the rock capital of earth at the time. Let me say that this was one of the rare occasions that the live performance blew away the album , but the spirit that lives in that recording is once of strength and excellence, a must for any metal devotee, and a collectors piece with the orson wells narration....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC Manowar! December 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Battle Hymns" was the second Manowar CD I've bought, the first being "The Triumph of Steel." I knew enough that this was their first effort as a band, and was anxious to hear how they started it all. I actually read most of the liner notes before I played the CD for the first time, and I was very impressed, ready for a great album. What I heard when I DID play the CD was everything I expected: Old-school heavy metal, with the trademark Manowar sound already evident from the first notes of "Death Tone" (after the sound of those Harleys taching up, of course!) Highlights are many: The aforementioned "Death Tone," "Metal Daze" (The first of MANY Manowar anthems!), "Shell Shock," "Dark Avenger" (Eric's signature vocals and Orson Welles' haunting narration make for a DEADLY combination!), and "Battle Hymn" (In a word, AWESOME!!) It only took one or two listens through the CD until I put it on the list of my all-time favorite CDs. The only gripe I could possibly have is that it is a little on the short side. But I'll willingly overlook that and say HAIL MANOWAR!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Incredible Album" December 18, 2001
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I first heard Manowar's music back in 1985. At the time I was a huge Iron Maiden fan (Still am).But when I bought Battle hymns (On cassette- Ha Ha)and listened to it from beginning to end I knew I had me a new favorite group.I couldn't get enough of this album.It sounded unlike anything else out at the time(Even though it was 3 years old already). It did not have that Prototypical Heavy Metal sound to it either.In fact the first 4 tracks on the album are pretty much straight ahead Hard rock songs.The last 4 songs( even "Williams tale" which is Bassist Joey DeMaio proving that the bass can be a lead instrument too) are what set Manowar apart from the rest of the pack.From the song titled after the group "Manowar" to the Orson Welles narrated " Dark Avenger" and finally the title track, they took Heavy Metal to a new dimension.All the musicians in this band are great and play their own unique styles. But I was totally blown away by the vocal ability of singer Eric Adams. This is definitely an album that has stood the test of time. It is a must for any fan of Manowar, Heavy Metal/Hard Rock or people with good taste.I own every Manowar album and I would have to rate this in the top three(3)of all of their albums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Debut !
Manowar's first lp heavy as hell !
Eric Adams vocals
Joey DeMaio bass
Ross " The Boss " Friedman ( formally of The Dictators )... Read more
Published 6 days ago by E. D. Clark
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What can you say they always never disappoint, I just wanted to get a flash back from the eighty's.
I use to have these albums and thought it was time to get them again, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Foerster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
As far as debut albums go,this one is awesome. Eric Adams has one of the best voices in metal of all time
Published 7 months ago by Erich Sorenson
5.0 out of 5 stars The original album from the greatest True metal pioneers. The one that...
Anyone who has ever liked metal, will want the original Manowar starter record. With awesome guitar work to the unique sounding bass, and the most powerful drums I think I have... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Figueira
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any Manowar fan!!!
Been looking to replace all my cassettes and finally completed my Manowar collection with this classic. Definitely one of the most underrated metal bands around. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gregory Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Warrior Metal!
Musically, a great first album. Lyrically it mostly seems immature/teenage-ish. Fast Taker talks about being with a 16-yea-old girl... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kendith S. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT TO GIVE ELEVEN STARS!
Do you like Baby Oil?
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Published 12 months ago by King Troll
5.0 out of 5 stars god damn
MANOWAR>chuck norris. not alone but together they could stop him. this album on vinyl proves it. four more words required.
Published 13 months ago by the matador
3.0 out of 5 stars Spinal Tap on Steroids
Manowar is an amazing band, not because they're good musicians, nor great songwriters, because their true talent lies in being one of the most enduringly (and endearingly)... Read more
Published 22 months ago by daveaton
3.0 out of 5 stars More attitude than music
The debut album by metal's loudest band, is simply more bark than bite, it sounds more to me like biker or ex con music than anything else. Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by Kevin Nazario Bartolomei
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