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Gods of War

3.9 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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Manowar is a band that has set standards, broken records and won great accolades during its storied career. Known to their worldwide supporters as the "Kings Of Metal", the band has constantly redefined heavy metal by combining peerless musicianship and song writing with their undeniable commitment to true metal and their devoted fans. The band has always made the solemn pledge to create original music that is louder than hell and stronger than steel. The long standing lineup of vocalist Eric Adams, guitarist Karl Logan, drummer Scott Columbus and bassist Joey DeMaio is truly a force to be reckoned with in the studio and on stage. In addition they are the originators of the musical styles known as power metal and true metal.

As Manowar now prepares to unveil their tenth studio album, expectations from fans are higher than ever and Manowar are sure to exceed those expectations. The new album Gods Of War is Manowar's first entry in a cycle of concept albums; each a tribute to a different war god. Gods Of War brings out the greatest of Manowar's musical attributes by utilizing both epic song structures and dramatic narratives. Much like Ragnarok - the final battle at the end of the world - when listening to Manowar's epic saga, the earth will shake, the walls will crumble and only true fans of metal will remain standing, heads held high, with the triumphant glimmer of a battle well-fought in their eyes.

Gods Of War features brand new cover artwork by the world's leading fantasy artist Ken Kelly, as well as a scorching mix done by the unparalleled Ronald Prent.

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.

In their career Manowar has released 9 studio albums, two live albums and 5 DVDs with sales of over nine million records worldwide, as well as silver and gold records and numerous other industry awards. The last studio album Warriors Of The World was a critically-acclaimed worldwide chart topper, reaching gold status in Germany.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
  2. The Ascension
  3. King Of Kings
  4. Army Of The Dead, Part I
  5. Sleipnir
  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
  14. Odin
  15. Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
  16. Die For Metal (bonus track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magic Circle Music
  • ASIN: B000MQ3U5O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Z. William Arkosy on April 19, 2007
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If you're new to Manowar, I suggest starting with the excellent "Kings of Metal" as a starting point, as that album is not only a superb sample of everything Manowar embodies, but it is one of their most diverse albums, with a little bit of everything.

If you're a long time Manowar fan, read on, and let me share my thoughts on their latest CD "Gods of War."

Overall, Manowar have not strayed from the musical path they created over 2 decades ago. What makes this album different is that it is far more symphonic than any of their other releases. While Manowar have always embraced classical music, this album is more like Rhapsody of Fire, with its Wagnerian choirs, string arrangements, French horns and church organ interludes. Not only is this evident on intros and instrumentals that adorn this CD, but the classical influence is present even on the `regular' tracks. What bothers me is the amount of narration on the album. Added up it's almost 10 minutes of talking (even if there's cool music and sound effects in the background). As they say on radio: "Less talk, more rock!" Also, Manowar albums have become less and less organic overall. I know the band are perfectionists (4 albums in the last 15 years says it all), but I think a lot of the songs are overproduced. I kind of miss the band's early/mid years, when they were very raw. But I guess some would call this progress and maturing artistically. Lyrically, I've always enjoyed the mythological element of Manowar's music. This is a concept album based on the Norse god of war: Odin.

Overture to the Hymn of the Immortal Warriors - A most excellent orchestral intro. Very much like an epic Hollywood film score, full of choirs, and strings and even an organ section in the middle!
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Gods of War
By Manowar

First off let me state that I had never heard of the band Manowar prior to a month or so ago when a friend of mine turned me on to a YouTube video that someone had put together using , "The Sons of Odin", as the theme. I was blown away by not only the power and skill of the musicians but by how their lyrics reached out and grabbed me in a way few ever do. I ordered the CD form Amazon after it took me a week, (and 20 gallons of fuel), to figure out that these guys are generally not found in your normal music outlets. Needless to say the CD was nothing I expected it to be. I was astonished how well done it was. Don't get me wrong, I've been listening to "Metal" music long before it ever had a name. "Gods of War" is an Epic Ballad of interlocking songs that , dare I say, tells a story. The style of the CD is similar to what Rick Wakeman used in the 1970's with "Myths & Legends of King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table". Interestingly enough, the only track on the CD that I did not care for was the Bonus track, "Die for Metal". It seemed out of place and a bit juvenile compared to the rest of the CD. All and all I highly recommend this work. The only catch is you must listen to the CD in its entirety. This is not a work that can be looked at and judged by its individual songs. It must be taken as a whole, (minus the bonus track). The import version is musically the same as the domestic version.

On the down side, for you Heathens & Asatru out there, the Edda & Lore used in the lyrics is only marginally correct. But what the Hel, these guys are great musicians and not lore masters, they just kick butt!

In Frith,

"Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc"
M. Addams
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I have almost all of Manowar's cd's and am very pleased with this one. At first, it's hard to take Manowar seriously but when you hear their music it's actually very good. Manowar is one of the most original, dramatic and imaginative bands ever and their music keeps getting better. This cd is filled with instant Manowar classics like, Gods of War, Sons of Odin, Sleipnir, Odin, King of Kings and others.

It's not a cd that takes long to get used to either. After 1 listen you'll find yourself chanting along with them to their many catchy cadences of conquest and courage. If you're a Manowar fan I highly recommend this cd. If you've never heard Manowar, don't be too quick to judge. These guys are very talented musicians and very passionate about their work.
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Many have negatively reviewed this record due to many factors. Before I get into that, let me just make a few things clear about Manowar. Many people stereotype Manowar as well as the Manowar fans. Though Manowar wear interesting outfits on stage (hey, Kiss did this in the 70's so Manowar took it a step further...I think the loin cloth think was not a bad idea), the Manowar guys are very talented musically. Eric has a 4+ octave voice, Joey can pound the bass, Karl can shred on guitar and Scott destroys the drums...everything a metal band MUST have! Many do not look beyond the loin cloths and truly analyze the music of Manowar. Many also believe that Manowar fans are only live in Europe and no American fan would appreciate their music. I am actually an American living in Los Angeles (hey, there are metal heads here), and I am still a big fan. now that we've gotten this cleared up, let's get to the record.
Gods of War is a very different album compared to Manowar's previous work. It contains less "Gloves of Metal" and more "Battle Hymn's"-esque music. The songs are entirely of an epic nature. If you like symphonic metal, this album is for you. Many dislike the use of narration in the album. I do admit, I do feel that some of the narration and overtures weigh the record down, but remember, the tracks on this album cannot be heard as individual songs as many bands do. Instead, the listener must keep in mind that this is somewhat of a thematic album (not a concept album) and must make sure that he or she listens to the album as one piece, and not 16 different pieces. If you keep this in mind when listening, the album is about 50 times better.
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