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Manowar is an American heavy metal band from Auburn, New Yorkmarker, formed in 1980. They are known for writing lyrics with an emphasis on the heavy metal genre itself, fantasy (particularly sword and sorcery) and mythological topics (particularly Norse mythology). Manowar's sound is loud and bombastic; in an interview for MTV in February 2007, bassist Joey DeMaio lamented that "these days, there's a real lack of big, epic metal that is drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras... so it's nice to be one of the few bands that's actually doing that." In 1984 the band was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for delivering the loudest performance, a record which they have since broken on 2 occasions. They also hold the world record for the longest heavy metal concert after playing for 5 hours and 1 minute in Bulgariamarker in 2008.

Although the band has never been a mainstream commercial success in the United Statesmarker, they maintain a strong cult following there. In contrast, they are extremely popular in Europe, Japan, Australia and South America. Dedicated fans are known and referred to by the band as "Manowarriors" or "Immortals", and collectively their fans are known as the "Army of Immortals".

The band has sold over 9 million albums.


Eric Adams of Manowar, 2002 Bercy Paris live
Joey DeMaio was working as a bass tech / pyrotechnic for Black Sabbath when he met with guitarist Ross the Boss, playing for a group called Shakin' Street, a Black Sabbath support band. They later recruited Eric Adams for vocals and Donny Hamzik for the drums, to create Manowar. Manowar recorded Battle Hymns, their debut album, which featured "Dark Avenger", a slow track with narration by Orson Welles. (Welles returned on the Defender EP and did the narration on the same title epic track. This song was later reworked for the band's Fighting the World album.)

Drummer Scott Columbus joined the band for their second album, Into Glory Ride. Custom equipment was built for the band by John "Dawk" Stillwell, which helped in achieving their sound.

The band usually performs in and around Europe, South America (especially Argentinamarker and Brazilmarker) and Japanmarker.

Manowar influenced the early Swedish Black Metal band Bathory during their transition from Black metal to their later Viking metal sound. Bathory's lead singer Quorthon stated in a 2002 interview: "In 1986-1988, Bathory had a drummer who was heavily influenced by Manowar. He didn't enjoy any other type of metal, but he was somehow sold on Manowar. It wasn't like we decided to copy what they were doing. However, the typical heavy Manowar beat seemed to perfectly suit my new ideas for lyrics at the time."

The band is also notable for its ownership of their entire operation. Record recording and distribution, as well as merchandise, are all controlled by the band. Singer Eric Adams has said that the reason for this is that the band has received unfair treatment financially in the past, and also to ensure the highest quality production. [8770] The band's label, Magic Circle Music, includes other bands such as Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell. [8771]

Their latest album is Gods of War; for other albums, see the discography. At the Magic Circle Festivalmarker 2008, Joey DeMaio announced that the band's next album would be performed in its entirety at the following year's festival, and its release would be accompanied by a video game, book and film. The Thunder in the Sky EP (2009) includes a second CD of 16 versions of the song Father, each in a different language.


Current members

  • Rhino filled in for drummer Scott Columbus during Manowars' recent show in Bulgariamarker and also played with them during their performance at Magic Circle Festival on July 11th & 12th 2008. It is not yet known how long Columbus will be absent for. During the soundcheck at Magic Circle Festival, DeMaio stated that Scott was missing due to recent "personal tragedies" he had suffered.

Former members





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See also


  1. MTV interview, February 2007
  2. : Gods of War: Manowar: Movies & TV
  3. Dawk Sound Limited - Bruce Springsteen
  4. Quorthon (Bathory) Interview at death/black metal interviews section
  5. Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold/Platin-Datenbank

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