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.