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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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 ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Manowar plays true metal and again real heavy metal songs: "All Men Play on 10", "Animals", "Thor the Powerhead", "Sign of the Hammer",... Read morePublished on April 11 2003 by Reijo Piippula
I love manowar. They are among my favorite bands.
This, however, is by FAR their weakest album. Sure, there's some catchy lyrics and riffs. Read more
This is a great ablum as is customary for Manowar. Mountains is very majestic and awe inspiring. The Oath is heavy, fast, and has great vocals. Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by E. Berg
The fourth release from America's most underrated band. All Men Play on 10 is a wake-up call to the 80'sbogus hair "I need a date" wimpy bands. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2001
Manowar fights the bloody war hard, and all who ignore their divine wrath shall be crushed by the might of the Aesir.Published on May 5 2001
Perhaps this is the best Manowar production. This music is a marvellous gods song after battles into glory ride.Published on Dec 23 1998