Manowar - Battle Hymns

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Release date: August 1982
Style: Heavy metal, US power metal


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01. Death Tone
02. Metal Daze
03. Fast Taker
04. Shell Shock
05. Manowar
06. Dark Avenger
07. William's Tale
08. Battle Hymn

Top 20 albums of 1982: 17

Additional info
Eric Adams - Vocals
Ross 'the Boss' Friedman - Guitars
Joey DeMaio - Bass
Donnie Hamzik - Drums

All tracks by DeMaio & Friedman except #2 by DeMaio
and #7 Rossini-featuring by DeMaio

In 2000, EMI issued a remastered version (only available in Europe).

In 2001 Metal Blade released its own remaster outside Europe, supervised by Joey
DeMaio. This Silver Edition has been digitally remastered from the original
tapes. It includes a 20-page booklet containing exclusive photos, improved cover
and interviews with the original members.
The artwork is the same as below (the original) but restored and with a silver
eagle on a black background.

Re-released by Back on Black in 2009 on 500 copies on orange vinyl.

Narration in ''Dark Avenger'' by Orson Welles.

Guest review by
Battle Hymns is the début album by the four piece Conanic metal band from New York. It is also Manowar's humblest album in terms of posturing, feel and attitude. This may well be attributed to the fact that Manowar still were a rather young band trying to find their niche, but as Joey DeMaio's bass solo "William's Tale" will attest the band members themselves were anything but modest. No, what really keeps the band and this album from banging on the doors of Valhalla is the fact that the true metal warriors still have one foot firmly planted in hard rock. Incidentally, the rock influence is also Battle Hymns' greatest strength.

published 30.05.2009 | Comments (24)

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28.12.2012 - 01:39
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Without doubt the best Manowar album. Its really impressive from start to finish.
24.06.2015 - 20:22
Rating: 9
Infernal Eternal
Although hard rock influenced and quite different from their later material, it's solid and contains their first classic (Battle Hymn). William's Tale wasn't necessary, though...
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23.07.2015 - 23:21
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele
Kick ass album, definitely one of the better Manowar releases.
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29.10.2016 - 01:20
Rating: 9
Re-listening to this album today and it really is superb. I'd forgotten how many great tracks there are. Fast Taker still one of my favourite heavy metal songs ever.
30.09.2018 - 11:22
Rating: 6
The best Manowar album imo.
04.01.2019 - 15:24
Rating: 8
Maasai Mara
Best Manowar album. This can be attributed to the fact that they had not hired the child abuser Karl master of weak, insipid, boring riffs. Manowar during the Karl years is nothing but the sounds of a haunted guitarist and keyboardist, frail, puny and battling imaginary metal enemies.
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16.07.2019 - 14:53
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Tage Westerlund
It was long time ago then I listened these poswers, now its time for true (poser) metal. For 80's this is so so, because many bands did blow better as this one, but its not bad album, but this is how overrated Conan born , I dont get all about this band and muscle metal and steel lifting? Beck to music, well there are many better bands anyway
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11.04.2020 - 10:48
Rating: 8
Old school fun. The title track and Dark Avenger is excellent epic heavy metal and Fast Taker, Metal Daze and Manowar are simple heavy metal done right. The rythm section with Joey Demaio in the front really shines on this one. Great stuff!
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