Gods Of War review by Manowar

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  • Released: Feb 26, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (66 votes)
Manowar: Gods Of War
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Sound — 9
Manowar's latest release is of epic proportions. Telling the tales of the Norse gods with Odin in the driving seat the listener is in for Manowar's most ambitious album to date, with crushing metal, powerballads, storylines with enough heavy metal sound effects to make the soundscape of Braveheart seem jazzy. It apparently rains a lot in Viking world. The guitars are at their rawest yet, the bass guitar is more present than before and the voice of Eric Adams is as brilliant as ever. In true heavy metal he's up there with Bruce D. Gods of War is definitely a more experimental record than the previous 'Warriors of the World' was, even though it had covers of an opera tune and an Elvis anthem. This is for the ones with a heart of steel and fresh heathen blood on the sword. There are 16 tracks including the bonus track, the new heavy metal anthem 'Die For Metal'. Standout tracks are by far the ones where Manowar actually plays themselves (King of Kings, Loki God Of Fire, Sleipnir, title track) instead of the orchestral arrangements which some may oppose to claiming that they're too boring and repetitive, and I have to add that if it weren't because I'm from Denmark, the country with probably the most viking history along with Norway and Sweden, I could easily get a bit bored sometimes after listening to the album in it's entirety 4-5 times. it may seem irrelevant to someone from Spain, Holland or an American, unless they are die-hard fans. However, for me, there's absolutely no reason to complain. Manowar know their mythology, and when you're of viking origin, it's hard not to have a most joyous time.

Lyrics — 8
Although the theme and content has changed a little bit since Warriors of the World and the other Manowar releases, there's no need to buy any new true metal lyrics-dictionary. It's Manowar lyrics down to the very core. You have to know a little bit about this mythology to gain complete understanding of the album's story at first, however, the narrators will give you the needed insight after a little while.

Overall Impression — 9
Manowar is Manowar. Some bands never change, and some bands never should. Manowar is one of them. They will always stay true to us, the devoted fans, and themselves. Thus the album can only be granted with the highest score. Is it Manowar's greatest album to date? Possibly. It is not as accessible as previous recordings and lacks a somewhat instant persuasion skill that will tell you at once that this is a must have album. But undoubtedly, it's classic, true metal at its finest. Newcomers should begin with Warriors of the World. This one is for the fans.

41 comments sorted by best / new / date

    -metalhead-
    AND WHY THE HELL ARE PEOPLE IN THIS REVIEW DISCUSSING SYSTEM????? btw...both manowar and system rocks...
    NWOBHM2006
    manowar rock, they've stayed constantly good for a few decades, i kneel beore thee lords
    save_ass
    SOAD is good, but it's not metal... new metal isn't metal... And about Manowar music - thei're the best! Like it was written - some bands never change, and some bands never should.
    ArdoRamone
    manowar rocks... they are from new york, and their lyrics should never be taken serious
    rock_and_blues
    i just bought this album, havent had a chance to listen to it...but the whole booklet is in the Runic alphabet...WTF? I know its Manowar and what not but now i have to translate out the booklet (they give you the english equivalent of the rune) to read it.
    -metalhead-
    ViperCS wrote: why does ultimate guitar pay attention to bands like manowar? There is almost no guitar in their songs, cause they are alrdy filled with crap and disneylike vocals. If you take a way the only thing System of a down has, which is the guitar, you'll get Manowar!
    you know youre not making any sense?
    -metalhead-
    Aginor wrote: they play the German style of heavy metal. but are not german, their from the uk if memory serves, and are based out of new york. first off, hell of an album, great vocals, no cyborg shit here, and he can reach high notes, great ****in guitars, and lastly, ViperCS go to hell. obviously you dont understand a thing about ture metal. s o a d is false metal. go cut your ears out if you cant handle manowar. i give everything thats rated a 10
    ' FIRST ! System is NOT Nu-metal. System has so much different music that theyre cant be put in one genre SECOND JESUS CHRIST!?!?! why are people so obsessed with one style of music that they cant listen to other bands?!!? i mean cmon! i can listen to music from clapton to nile! what rule says you cant like both system AND manowar?????
    koshie
    They ARE from Auburn, NY. Just the music they play can be determined as German Metal. Calm down, guys!
    ironmaidendude
    This is great album, but there are too much narration and classical stuff there. Only 3/5 of this album is metal.
    wildchild6660
    MetalNick wrote: German metal band? Eric Adams not a talented singer? Even seen his rendition of Nessun Dorma?
    They're not german. They're from USA
    wildchild6660
    Aginor wrote: they play the German style of heavy metal. but are not german, their from the uk if memory serves, and are based out of new york. first off, hell of an album, great vocals, no cyborg shit here, and he can reach high notes, great ****in guitars, and lastly, ViperCS go to hell. obviously you dont understand a thing about ture metal. s o a d is false metal. go cut your ears out if you cant handle manowar. i give everything thats rated a 10
    S.O.A.D is as good as any other metal band. You guys just can't accept the fact that metal from the 80's wont remain the way it was.
    balliztik1
    I don't think you can really classify SOAD as metal. They're too ecclectic for a genre. And they sure as hell can't be compared to Manowar. Apples to Oranges, bud. That said, I found this album to be very good, in most parts. It's a nice change of pace from some of their other stuff. Some of the backstory parts, I skip, because it gets pretty boring once you've heard it, but the songs that can stand alone (King of Kings, Sleipnir, sons of Odin, etc) are great. Die for Metal has cheesy lyrics, but still totally rocks. But I've come to expect it in most of their songs, anyway. Overall, I'd give it about 8.5/10.
    haffner
    Eric Adams can't sing? Erm...duhkayyy... This album, along with Judas Priest's triumphant "Nostradamus", is what is REALLY happening in Metal today.
    jimejames
    Manowar are, and always have been, an american band. Eric Adams is probably the most accomplished singer in contemporary music. The first review should be deleted.
    kerrykingfreak
    they do have a summer house in hamburg,germany though they throw an annual party there with about a thousand people attending each year
    Raijin.xiii
    Mul wrote: How can you give a manowar record a lyrics rating of 8? Theyr lyrics hardly make any sence
    nor does your spelling. go back to school, moron.
    megaganj
    Can't wait to hear it. Manowar truly are the kings of metal. HAIL AND KILL. ROCK, DRINK and FUCK!!
    Mul
    How can you give a manowar record a lyrics rating of 8? Theyr lyrics hardly make any sence
    MetalNick
    German metal band? Eric Adams not a talented singer? Even seen his rendition of Nessun Dorma?
    jpmetal
    Sorry guys, but Manowar is NOT a Greman metal band, they are from NY USA. And Eric once held the title for the longest note sung by a singer, quite impressive if you ask me. Yes he is older now and can't hit too many high notes any more, but he is still a damn good singer!
    Your41Plague12
    Raijin.xiii wrote: Mul wrote: How can you give a manowar record a lyrics rating of 8? Theyr lyrics hardly make any sence nor does your spelling. go back to school, moron.
    Pwn3d like a silly nublet. But anyways, sounds like a good album, I might pick it up.
    Stolenidentity1
    Mul wrote: How can you give a manowar record a lyrics rating of 8? Theyr lyrics hardly make any sence
    That is because you know not, the epic amazingly awsomeness of norse mythology My favorite power metal band, gotta get this one
    kerrykingfreak
    yeah same here, they've been rocking my socks off for the last 10 years and aint nothing changed since then except the year.
    ViperCS
    why does ultimate guitar pay attention to bands like manowar? There is almost no guitar in their songs, cause they are alrdy filled with crap and disneylike vocals. If you take a way the only thing System of a down has, which is the guitar, you'll get Manowar!
    †[Posessed]†
    OMG!...manowar...new album...*drools* I am sooo getting this! Oh and since when have manowar been a German band?
    rock_and_blues
    vipercs...shut up, Ross The Boss (Manowar's original guitarist) was shredding his ass off, playing some of the ballsiest riffs and creating the genre of power metal before System Of A Downs guitarist even had his fist axe or pubes. DEATH TO FALSE METAL!!!!! HAIL! MANOWAR!!!!!
    sphrth289
    ViperCS wrote: why does ultimate guitar pay attention to bands like manowar? There is almost no guitar in their songs, cause they are alrdy filled with crap and disneylike vocals. If you take a way the only thing System of a down has, which is the guitar, you'll get Manowar!
    ...What?
    Aginor
    they play the German style of heavy metal. but are not german, their from the uk if memory serves, and are based out of new york. first off, hell of an album, great vocals, no cyborg shit here, and he can reach high notes, great ****in guitars, and lastly, ViperCS go to hell. obviously you dont understand a thing about ture metal. s o a d is false metal. go cut your ears out if you cant handle manowar. i give everything thats rated a 10