TRIUMPH OF STEEL: MANOWAR RETURN

Kings of Metal Manowar have released previews and details of their long-awaited new studio album.

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“The Lord Of Steel” will be released worldwide on June 16th, exclusively through iTunes and the band’s online store.

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The album was mixed and mastered at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands with mixing engineer Ronald Prent and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper.

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Some rough mixes can be heard HERE

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According to a press release, the album is “blazing with pure power, untamed energy, and a sound as raw and wild as a force of nature. Track titles like “Annihilation” and “Hail, Kill And Die!” set the tone for a record that is packed with surprises. In contrast to the 2007 release “Gods Of War”, this new album is not a concept album, yet each song tells a different story, retaining the Manowar vision of righteousness, honor and everything Manowar fans have come to know and love.”

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Bassist Joey DeMaio recently stated that fans should expect to have “their heads completely blown off,” and said that “this album is all about brutality and raw power!”

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“We were talking about a concept album but then got inspired to go in a different direction. This is where we are right now,” explained DeMaio. “I’ve been doing research on getting the best microphones and pre-amps for the guitars. The bass sound is death defying. We’ve done a lot of work on drums too, giving Donnie [Hamzik, drums] room to stretch out. And Eric [Adams, vocals] will simply sound bigger than life, as always.”

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On March 12th, a group of “fans from all over the world were chosen to represent their countries and receive news and updates to share them with their fellow brothers and sisters, and listen to first songs from the new album”.

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The group, known as The Circle, represent the band’s international fan base and were invited to a special listening session of the new LP, as well as a tour of Wisseloord Studios.

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DeMaio explained: “It was important to us that the fans should be the first to hear the new music. After all, it is all for them!”

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“I know that a lot of people don’t wanna wait another five years for a Manowar record, but we hope that people are gonna think that it was worth waiting the time. Because, you know, you go to a restaurant and you order dinner, if the waiter walks in the kitchen and comes back out two seconds later and puts the dinner on the table, I really don’t know what you’re gonna get. Every now and then I like McDonald’s, too — it doesn’t mean something fast is not good — but we’re not a fast-food restaurant with Manowar. We think it’s quality, so we hope you’re gonna feel the same way.”

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The steel warriors will headline several European festivals this summer, supporting their new album and celebrating the 10th anniversary of  the “Warriors Of The World” record.

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