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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 10 Records / Virgin
  • ASIN: B000005RSW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. All Men Play On Ten
2. Animals
3. Thor (The Powerhead)
4. Mountains
5. Sign Of The Hammer
6. The Oath
7. Thunderpick
8. Guyana (Cult Of The Damned)

Product Description

1984 release from the heavy metal band featuring 10 tracks,including 'All Men Play On 10', 'Animals' and 'Thor (ThePowerhead)'. A 10 Records release.

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Format: Audio CD
There's so much misinformation and so many contradictory opinions regarding this album floating around that I feel compelled to try to set the record straight.
First of all, cheaply produced does not mean poorly produced. This album sounds the way it does for a reason. This is a unique recording; it doesn't sound like the garage-band sludge of early Manowar, such as the forgettable "Hail to England" (thank goodness), nor is it the slick, polished "eighties metal" of every record they made afterwards. This is as close as you can get to "Manowar unplugged". It's not really a metal album, but a hard rock album. The sound is dry, clean and tight, to match the songwriting. There are all sorts of brilliant little production touches throughout: the zany discombobulated choir of scattered voices on "Animals' is intentional, as some people don't seem to understand, and adds to the song. Likewise, the album cuts off suddenly after Eric Adams sings "mother, mother, mother" on "Guyana"(which by the way sounds a thousand times better here than on a later version on their second live album). This is a reference to the fact that Jim Jones famously shot himself just after saying those very words, as anyone who knows anything about the People's Temple cult will tell you. These are just two examples among dozens of the thought that went into making this record. Small label, yes, over twenty years old, yes, but high quality.
About the songs: The only problem is that there are only eight of them (really seven, since the bass instrumental really just acts as an intro to "Guyana"). Every song is a world of its own; they're all different.
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Yes, Manowar pounds onward. I will propably catch alot of heat for uttering this, but I think that Sign of the Hammer is a great improvement over Hail to England, which I felt lacked some of the power you expect from Manowar.
This time Manowar follow their old reciept, fast and furious metal, mixed with awe-inspiring hymns and exelent musicianship.
Even for non-fans there can be no doubt of the technical exelence of the members of the band.
The album starts out with All Men Play on 10, a good traditional Manowar tune. After that follows Animals, which I consider the albums weakest track. Thor(The Powerhead) is Manowar as we know them, fast, agressive, in-your-face metal. Mountains a Vietnam-hymn, and a traditional Manowar power-balad, is just as awe-inspiring as one would expect. The Oath and Thunderpick are good tunes too, although I feel that the title track and Guyana(Cult of the Damned) stand out here. Both I feel are Manowar classics.
I doubt any Manowar fan would be disapointed in this album. It contains all the qualities that you would expect from the Kings of Metal
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2001
Format: Audio CD
After two mediocre albums after a promisng debut, Manowar finally found its self identity with Sign of the Hammer. The album starts with the obligatory heavy metal is the be all and end all of life song, All men Play on Ten, a decent song that just never seems to really hit its stride. I think even a small increase in tempo would have made a world of difference here, taking it from being a good song to a great song. Nevertheless, it has classic manowar lyrics. Track 2 however really bites. In fact what bugs me most is the production here. When everyone screams "I'm an Animal" they're all over the place, no one is singing in any sort of union. The lyrics are a little cheesy even for Manowar. Thor is a great song, showing off Manowars ability to be majestic in their songwriting. Like most songs on this album this song is very un-heavy (if such a word can be created for this purpose). But somehow, it definately has that Manowar sound. This song also kept the evolution of Manowars lyrics pertaining to mythology rather than religion, and with the eighties being bogged down by 100's of Satanic bands, this was a breath of fresh air. Nowadays a lot of progressive speed metal bands sing of Norse mythology, sword and sorcery and so forth, but Manowar was the first to really bring it forth with glory, majesty and no remorse. These guys take their music seriously.
Mountains is a weird song, while I will admit that it comes across as boring I've found that I can really relate to this song when in certain moods. The song is very suggestively contemplative. Sign of the Hammer and The Oath again are good Manowar songs, but like the rest of this album, they still lack something that wouldn't appear until the next album and fully blossom until Kings of Metal.
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By Sean Friess on Jan. 27 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have nearly every Manowar album, with the exceptions of Fighting The World and Louder Than Hell (though I've listened to both quite thoroughly), and this just is not the best. The first sign of something wrong is the opener All Men Play On 10. The 'death to false metal' message is nice, but the lyrics are rather uninspired, and the music is slow. Plus, the bass solo on this one is boring. Overall, this album just seems tired and uninspired, as though they had no new ideas. Unfortunately, they did have a new idea after this, and it involved selling out.
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