Rolling Stone Magazine reviewed this CD by simply writing one word, "Comicbook-rock". Battle Hymns is also one of the great metal CDs of all time.
Battle Hymns could sound a bit more polished or refined for my tastes (for other fans it works the opposite way), but all the songs on this CD are really good. Vocalist Eric Adams is at his most powerful at least, here on this their first CD, but isn't that the stereotype of the 'great' heavy metal singer? Orson Wells himself narrates the song 'Dark Avenger' - one of the great metal songs of all time. 'Fast Taker', 'Shell Shock', 'Death Tone', 'Battle Hymns' and possibly my favorite, 'Metal Daze' - "Own-ly, one, thing, really sets me free, heavy metal, loud as it can be", fill up the rest of the CD. Orson Wells would go on to narrate 'Defender' another great great Manowar song found on 'Fighting the World', their most commercial sounding CD.
Manowar were probably influenced by Black Sabbath (like evey metal band somewhere along the way) tho they play, generally, a little faster. Manowar hail from NYC tho most people think they are European (where they are considerably more popular). They've written some truly great songs over the years, 'Dark Avenger', 'Defender', 'Mountains'. . . long live true metal.
I'm a Manowar fan and I'm not sure I would be if it wasn't for Battle Hymns. I might have picked up one of their other CD's and thought to myself ~'There's one or two songs on here I like but that's it'. Thank goodness for Battle Hymns introducing me to this great band and making me a believer.