On Saturday, Manowar shared a sneak preview from the studio and announced that they were back in the studio but didn't explain what they were recording exactly. But now we know. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the album Kings Of Metal, Manowar are currently in the studio, recording a brand new special version of the album Kings Of Metal 2014. This release is scheduled for the end of this year. 2014 will see Manowar anniversary tour, performing the full Kings Of Metal 2014 album along with their other metal hymns in a completely new stage production.
Kings Of Metal was first released on November 18th, 1988. The new rendition will "honor the original as it's inspiration, but with additional energy, fully utilizing the power of today's technology and 25 years of experience, and it will contain new arrangements and changes that incorporate live performance elements added over the years" said Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio. "The album will feature additional bonus material and many other surprises," he added.
The new recording is only one component of the Kings Of Metal 2014 anniversary celebration. For this special occasion, Manowar will also open their vaults and reveal never-before-seen video footage, photos, behind-the-scene interviews and insight into the history of Manowar and the Kings Of Metal era.
The recordings will also feature guitarist Karl Logan's and drummer Donnie Hamzik's contributions, who, after having played these classic hymns many times live, will now have the opportunity to add to their legacy by including their own signature sound and performance.
For the new narration on "The Warrior's Prayer", the band will be joined by British actor Brian Blessed (Henry V, Macbeth). Blessed is a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, in King Lear and Oliver Stone's Alexander. Brian also has an affinity with heavy metal music. In June 2013 he received the "Spirit of Hammer Award" at Metal Hammer UK's Golden Gods Awards.
I get it about Battle Hymns (sort of), but what's wrong with 'Kings'? Would be a better honor the restore their glory with writing a Kings of Metal Part II...
the re-recrording was also a money thing imo. Did you listen to the rerecording? I is really badly played and Christopher Lee just puts huge discredit to Orson Welles' part in Dark Avenger my God what an atrocity the Battle Hymns re-recording was, also due to the fact Eric Adams can't reach the high notes needed on quite a few songs there.