|1. All Men Play On Ten|
|3. Thor (The Powerhead)|
|5. Sign Of The Hammer|
|6. The Oath|
|8. Guyana (Cult Of The Damned)|
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.Read more ›
This, however, is by FAR their weakest album. Sure, there's some catchy lyrics and riffs. Some of the songs are quite good. Read more