Release Date: Feb 26, 2007
Genres: Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Number Of Tracks: 16
Being a true metal record, Gods Of War is louder than loud with a collaboration of musicians being so solid, it creates a strong force.
Gods Of War
UG Team, on march 07, 2007 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
Sound: For the fans of German metal band Manowar the release of their new album Gods Of War was the most important event of 2007. The album was due to be out on the 23 February in Germany (26 February for the rest of Europe and 3 April for the USA/Canada) and there were people looking for it on the internet since the beginning of the year. But the band guided their art like real warriors, saving the mystery around it to the release date.
Finally Gods Of War is here and from the first chords it gets obvious the album would meet your higher expectations, whatever they are. First of all the record gives a start to series of concept albums based on mythological gods and this one is dedicated to the greatest of them all -- Odin.
The music paints vivid images and scenes of a fantasy novel -- windy streets, thunder in the night, people killing each other -- with the new record Manowar are making a real theatre of their music. They crammed the album with so much different sounds like waterfall or a horse running that sometimes you feel like listening to an audiobook.. The sounds match the lyrics of the songs, so you know what's going on even if you don't quite listen to the lyrics.
The album is rich for long instrumentals so solemn it would very well suit any funerals. The opener Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors with chorals and organ would be a good example.
There's a metal anthem on the album and Manowar based it on the guitar tune that by the number of covers already became platinum. It is a bonus track Die For Metal with a very recognizable Led Zeppelin's Kashmir as a backbone. Marching rhythms and a bunch of drunk guys on the back-vocals create a dangerous atmosphere.
Being a true metal record, Gods Of War is louder than loud with a collaboration of musicians being so solid, it creates a strong force. Fast guitar solos and smooth production once again prove their status of Kings of Metal. // 9
Lyrics: It was a good idea to make a record about mythological Gods -- it's educative and it dispenses the band from thinking up lyrics for the songs. One song not about Odin is more than enough to prove it. With lyrics Cause I need metal in my life/ Just like an eagle needs to fly and For heavy metal we would die (from Die For Metal) it can't be more ridiculous.
Eric Adams is not a talented singer and he can barely hit higher notes, but he is a great actor with hollow gruffy significant voice that fits in perfectly. Especially when he imitates German accent and adds some scary mystery, putting the listener in the atmosphere of a dark gloomy story tale. Quite often he speaks to the listener in the voice that sounds more like a cyborg than something a man can produce. The most exciting thing of all of that is that he can scream at pitch and demonstrates it quite often! // 7
Overall Impression: The first impression after Gods Of Wars is you read an interesting book. Even more than that, it involves the listener, making him or her a witness of the story. A lot of metal bands have written epic songs, including masterpieces honoring Odin, but Manowar appear to be so creative the listener actually wants to know more about the affair. With the current CD being the band's tenth album Manowar surely knows how to intrigue you.
Even though, it is more about mythology and story-telling than music, there are still enough instrumentations to be proud for. In short, the album is made of two different pieces -- theatrical monologues and instrumentals with a few tracks that sound like songs, which doesn't quite make a normal metal record. Not that it bothers Manowar at all -- after 27 years in the business they are used to set standards! // 9
Gods Of War
cman138, on march 07, 2007 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Well, of course Manowar's first impression is always a powerful one. To tell you the truth I wasn't expecting a great lot from this album, and god was I surprised. This album reigns supreme among the upper echelon of the Manowar discography. Blaring out no doubt the best guitarwork I've heard from Karl Logan, some epic symphonies that proved greatly unexpected, and a fairly decent concept album about all of the Norse gods. Even though I've only been listening to this album for upwards of a week I think it will, and is, becoming one of my favorite Manowar albums. // 10
Lyrics: Heavy narration is evident throughout this album. All of this pertaining to the loosely based plot about the 'Norse Gods', with imagery about Odin, Sleipnir, Loki, Thor, and several other honorable mentions. The lyrics, of course, aren't great poetry, but nonetheless they prove nothing under par for any Manowarrior's standards. The epic delivery of Eric Adams makes every line come to life. This is very evident in 'Die For Metal' (bonus track). // 9
Overall Impression: This new album is everything you expect from Manowar, and more! Delivering some riffs that seem to bring these "Kings of Metal" back to life. With the thunderous riffs like 'King Of Kings', 'Sleipnir', and 'Die For Metal' Karl Logan once again proves his supreme status of the fairly new member of the band. I highly recommend this album to any metal fan, and especially fellow Manowarriors. If you had any doubts about this new album I promise you Manowar blows the speakers on second guessing. Go pick up this album as soon as possible! // 9
Gods Of War
unregistered, on march 07, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 9
Lyrics: 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. // 8
Overall Impression: 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. // 9