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Louder Than Hell

Manowar Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1. Return Of The Warlord
2. Brothers Of Metal Part 1
3. The Gods Made Heavy Metal
4. Courage
5. Number 1
6. Outlaw
7. King
8. Today Is A Good Day To Die
9. My Spirit Lives On
10. The Power

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Just when you thought heavy metal had either died or mutated into dissonant alternative music, along comes Manowar to prove once again that straight-ahead guitar crunch, powerhouse drumming, and histrionic vocal yowls can be far more potent than the latest Nirvana clone band--and far more amusing. On Louder Than Hell, Manowar guard the heavy metal torch with unintentionally hilarious lines like, "The Gods made heavy metal and they saw that it was good/They said to play it louder than hell, we promised that we would." This never-say-die spirit, along with muscular, audacious riffs, razor-sharp hooks, and strong, simple songwriting keeps Manowar's flame burning, even when they resort to violin-laden power ballads like "Courage." --Jon Wiederhorn

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By Vader
Format:Audio CD
Manowar is a band that has been influenced by Black Sabbath and other heavy metal artists. Manowar's Louder than hell is a metal masterpiece and is one of the few albums that prove that heavy metal is alive and well. Manowar is one of the best bands of all-time and it's a shame that their albums are often overlooked. This is one of the best metal albums from the 90s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New ground for an established band. March 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Manowar has always been a somewhat unusual heavy metal band, both for their constantly evolving, but always recognizable, musical style, and for the thematic content of their songs. Most of them, anyway: Manowar's best albums, like KINGS OF METAL, have felt like the sort of thing Vikings would listen to, were they still actively pillaging in the 20th century. Blood, valor and the beauty of single combat have often been strong components in Manowar's songs. LOUDER THAN HELL follows the same pattern to some degree, but with significant deviations that demonstrate that the band might be ready to move beyond odes to sword and axe.
The album opens with the hard-driving, defiant "Return of the Warlord." Like rappers who build self-aggrandizing rhymes into their lyrics, Manowar touts their credibility as old-school heavy metal devotees. The song has a classic vibe to it, complete with irresistible guitar licks and growling vocals. It's an excellent start to an almost-perfect CD, followed in quick succession by the howling, impassioned "Brothers of Metal, Pt.1" and "The Gods Made Heavy Metal." These three songs form a sort of mini-arc, as if to say: "We play heavy metal, we love it and you love it, so let's get it on!"
Manowar downshifts for "Courage," a solid power ballad that never descends, as many such songs do, into a sticky mess of syrupy nonsense. On an album with so many great, speaker-blowing rockers, it's surprising to find that one of the softer songs is actually the best track of the entire set. It's also remarkable that, thus far on LOUDER THAN HELL, Manowar hasn't pushed many of their usual, sword-swinging buttons.
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Louder than Hell is really a proper title for this release. This is the loudest, hardest and most unrelenting release from these long-time metal gods. Manowar goes for the simple, brutally powerful beauty of power chords and lots of double kick drum thunder here, and to good effect. If you can sit still and not feel like kicking some ... with this disk on, perhaps they should take you out back and bury you. If there was ever a disk to get hyped up for weight lifting, this would be the one. Manowar shows us nothing new, other than a new shredder at the guitar post (the capable Karl Logan). Courage, the ballad/heroic ode of this disk, might seem a bit odd to some of you who've not been indoctrinated into the ways of Manowar, but you'll end up humming it in the car one day, mark my words. Not as powerful as "Triumph of Steel" (lacks the mighty Rhino's drumming), as classically Manowar as "Kings of Metal", or as wonderfully "True Metal" as "Hail to England", but a must-have for both fans and newcomers to the Manowar world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Power ! The Ultimate Power !!! June 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
If this album would have only had one song on it and that song would have been the last one (The Power) it would still rate as my second favorite Manowar album (nothing on Earth beats Kings of Metal)but with other incredible songs like Courage, Outlaw and King, it is oh so close to being as good. For those that get the Manowar concept I can't think of anything more awesome than the intensity of The Power. The song just oozes that very feeling with every chord, every beat, and every word Eric Adams roars into the microphone. I've had "new-bie" metalheads telling me Manowar was old and not heavy enough. Put this song on (or Outlaw for that matter) crank it to the max and that'll shut em up fast. Simply awe striking.
But that's just one song, the rest of the album is outstanding too !! In fact I can't really find anything I don't love on this album, even the two instrumantals are cool, although the second one is admittedly a little weaker than the first. Buy this album !! If you like Manowar, buy this album !! If you like Heavy Metal, buy this album !! If you have any sense whatsoever, buy this masterpiece now !!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why so many 5 stars? This is a pity! :-( Feb. 20 2002
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The razor-sharp axework of the excellent guitarist Karl Logad and the sincerity of Manowar's themes don't save this CD. Eric Adams vocals and Joey DeMaio boring bass lines actually ruin this album, which should never be compared to the high flies of "Kings Of Metal" and "Fighting The World". If you want to explore Manowar, take the aforementioned albums instead of this one. What happened to Adams' voice? It sounds broken, finished... It's a shame listening him, as you won't identify this voice with the one that sang "Stand And Fight!". Drumming is also second-class rated -Well, I admit that Manowar had never had a extra-class drummer. The production is flat, and the sound is outdated and unexciting. I can't stand so much monotony! Why so many 5 stars? Go for something better and do yourself a favor: overall, this is a poor album, and I encourage you to avoid purchasing it. Two stars is by far a gift to this release!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MANOWAR RULES!!!
Louder than hell is one of MANOWAR's most fast and powerfull albums. it has speed and power, and with songs like Return of the Warlords, Outlaw and Power, it creates a True Heavy... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 stars
I really don't care the band's appearance or the meaning of their lyrics..what I care and what had made me listen Manowar was their music alone. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Yuksel Guney Hanedan
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor excuse for music
If you are looking to spend your hard earned money on a great Rock CD "Louder than Hell" isn't it. Banal lyrics, awful amaturish musicianship, and tacky packaging. Read more
Published on June 7 2003 by Thor
4.0 out of 5 stars Gods of Metal
Manowar still plays loud heavy metal. "Brothers of Metal", "Gods Made Heavy Metal", "Number 1", "Return of the Warlord" are good examples... Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by Reijo Piippula
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn it up, man
This record needs to be heard blasting through your cracked car windows as you speed past a church on Sunday. Manowar can get the job done. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2002 by Trevor D Massatt
3.0 out of 5 stars king of metal keepin' metal alive
Manowar can make a record completely loyal to their fans anytime, everytime. Through tragedy and discomfort they have emerged as one of the most loyal metal bands, and this record... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2002 by Trevor D Massatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1
Best Albums from one of the best bands ever.
Return to the Warlord starts up the album with a great masterpiece. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gods Made Heavy Metal
At least according to Manowar they did. If the gods made heavy metal then surely Manowar must be their emmisaries, playing metal like it should be, loud and fast. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002 by Christian Jorgensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Manwar's worst album
I am a die hard Manowar fan. They are the best heavy metal band in existance. Every recording they have produced is excellent with 6 or 7 great songs. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by E. Berg
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