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Hail to England

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Hail To England is the third album by the "Kings Of Metal" and without a doubt a true milestone in the bands discography. No less than four of the seven tracks have become true Manowar classics: Kill With Power, Army Of The Immortals, the title track Hail to England and Bridge Of Death. Hail To England is Heavy Metal in its purest way – mighty, powerful and melodic.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blood Of My Enemies
  2. Each Dawn I Die
  3. Kill With Power
  4. Hail To England
  5. Army Of The Immortals
  6. Black Arrows
  7. Bridge Of Death


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 2, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magic Circle Music
  • ASIN: B00099BRV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Pedro Corbett on August 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After reading this comment's title you'll probably be thinking: "but I do want to listen to Manowar as loud as possible!". Sure, we all do. The expression "loudness war", however, refers to a trend in the music industry to master CD's with the volume too loud, often beyond the limits allowed by the technical specifications of the CD format. This process will almost always cause unwanted distortion and even "clipping" on various parts of the audio. In other words, parts of the audio are often irreparably damaged in the mastering process because they don't "fit" within the CD format's dynamic range limits.

I did a full audio analysis of this remastered "silver edition" of the album, and on the first track alone, "Blood Of My Enemies", there are at least 254 clipped (that is, cut off, LOST) samples on the left channel and 312 on the right channel. Please note that this is something completely different to listening to a correctly mastered CD as loud as you want - the sound will be intact in that case, and the loudness limit will be defined only by your audio equipment and your taste. On the other hand, an album that has been victimized by the "loudness war" will be missing parts of the sound even when played at a low volume.

It's a real shame that a band that's known for their perfeccionism when it comes to their music, and specially Joey DeMayo, allowed this absolutely classic album to be released this way. If you don't have "Hail To England" on CD, make sure you get the original release, which was mastered correctly.

For more information on the "loudness war", just Google the expression between quotes.
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I know this CD by heart from the first accords of "Blood of my Enemies" till the laughter at "Bridge of Death". It is so classical, so powerful and brimming with the ancient lust for unseen lands, for truth and honesty, for pride and glory. I have many many CDs in my collection, including a wide range of styles (From Heavy Metal to Classic to Electronic Arts), but this one here is an absolute key to everything, one of the foundations Heavy Metal lies on. I wouldn't even compare it to any other bands of that age, because it's so supreme. But Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" for Heavy Metal or "In the Nightside Eclipse" by Emperor for Black Metal have had a similar impact and importance. I'd score this 10 stars if I could!
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True, like "Into Glory Ride" and "Sign of the Hammer", the origional releases suffered from less-than-perfect production. Not that the sound was terrible, just muddy. The remasters sound a thousand times better. Now, when I first heard this album and it's opening tracks 'Blood of my Ememies' and 'Each Dawn I Die', I was sure that it was recorded at the same time as the previous one. Or at least fast on the heels of it. But, alas, I was wrong. Although sounding similar, it is a bit of a faster paced album than "Glory" as is clearly evidenced by 'Kill With Power'. 'Hail to England' is the first song to pay tribute to their fans overseas after being mostly ignored in America. 'Army of Immortals' is another, yet more direct, ode to the loyal fans of Manowar who are truly like no other. The closing two tracks always blow me away. 'Black Arrows' continues the tradition started on "Battle Hymn" of a Joey DeMaio bass assault, proving once again why he should get far more recognition as a musician than he gets. This Piccolo Bass solo shows that a great bass player is a great guitarist first, then a bass player. This leads directly into 'Bridge of Death' that opens with an 8 string bass solo unlike anything I've ever heard before of since. An almost 9 minute opus about dealing with satan, there is not much I can say about it other that I must be listened to completely to know what it's really about.

Once again, Manowar made a record with lush musical abilty, story telling lyrics, and quite simply heavy metal in it's pure form.
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Do you like Baby Oil?
Do you like Furry nappies?
Do you lack a sense of Humor?
Do you like Hail?
Do you like England?
Are you from Portugal?
Are you Immortal?

Picking your favourite MANOWAR album is a lot harder than picking your nose.
Today however it's Sign of the Hammer. Why? Because I've just listened to it!
Opening Track "Blood of my Enemies" sets the (death) tone for the album, HARD, HEAVY and FURIOUS and committed to destroying the lives of all those who follow FALSE METAL. Probably.
Hopefully "Each Dawn I Die" is what happens to all who follow FALSE METAL. Hopefully.
"Kill with Power" is what should happen to all those who follow FALSE METAL.
"Hail to England" should be the national anthem of Englandland and the WI.
"Army of Immortals" is what all us followers of TRUE METAL are.
"Black Arrows" should make all other bass players give up.
"Bridge of Death" is a slow burning MONOLITHIC MONSTER of a track, a KRAKKING good way to KLOSE the album. ALL HAIL!

So, if you like METAL - BUY IT!!!!

If you don't like METAL - BUY IT, you soon will!!!!!!
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By far my favorite Manowar album, Hail To England is pure driving tunes all the way. Turn it up, roll down the windows and sing along madly with this masterpeace. Every track on this album smokes like a full house of college kids in a coffee shop. The boys back up their "death to false metal" exclamations with true powerful metal. "Blood Of My Enemies" and "Each Dawn I Die" are incredible jump around like a madman tunes. "Kill With Power" and "Army Of Immortals" roll along brilliantly crushing anything weaker under it's wheels. Bludgeoning riffs, energetic, piercing vocals, "Hail To England" is a true adrenaline rush for metal junkies everywhere. So, what are you waiting for?
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