Sign of the Hammer

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
After getting everything right on the previous year's Hail to England, Manowar rushed back into the studio to record 1985's Sign of the Hammer -- and it shows. Despite the return of Hail producer Jack Richardson, the album sounds noticeably flat when compared to its predecessor, seriously dulling the impact of promising cuts like "Thor (The Powerhead)" and "The Oath." Uneven songwriting is also to blame, as becomes painfully obvious on the pair of epics contained here: the Vietnam tale "Mountains" and the Jonestown bio "Guyana (Cult of the Damned)," both of which alternate moments of brilliance and pointless excess. And there's little to write home about in terms of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
After getting everything right on the previous year's Hail to England, Manowar rushed back into the studio to record 1985's Sign of the Hammer -- and it shows. Despite the return of Hail producer Jack Richardson, the album sounds noticeably flat when compared to its predecessor, seriously dulling the impact of promising cuts like "Thor (The Powerhead)" and "The Oath." Uneven songwriting is also to blame, as becomes painfully obvious on the pair of epics contained here: the Vietnam tale "Mountains" and the Jonestown bio "Guyana (Cult of the Damned)," both of which alternate moments of brilliance and pointless excess. And there's little to write home about in terms of the uninspired title track, the dull, uneventful bass solo "Thunderpick," or the downright lousy "Animals." A cheesy but undeniable highlight does arrive in "All Men Play on 10," another amusing vehicle for Manowar's career-long mission to bring "death to false metal." The irony of it all, however, is that the band would promptly sell out the very next year, signing to a major label and betraying their hardcore fans with their overtly commercial next record, Fighting the World.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 077778674726
  • Catalog Number: 86747
  • Sales rank: 30,038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Men Play on 10 (4:01)
  2. 2 Animals (3:33)
  3. 3 Thor (The Powerhead) (5:23)
  4. 4 Mountains (7:39)
  5. 5 Sign of the Hammer (4:18)
  6. 6 The Oath (4:54)
  7. 7 Thunderpick (3:31)
  8. 8 Guyana (Cult of the Damned) (7:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Manowar Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tony Platt Producer
Jack Richardson Producer
Ross the Boss Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost 10

    Manowar is definitely made itself through! This fourth album definitely indicates that they have found their own style. The only bad track is intrumental "Thunder pick" and "The Oath" ain't fine either. The first track "All men play on 10" presents the power they have. "Animals" is hard rock'n'roll. "Mountains" and "Guyana" are good fast, slow, then fast again tracks. "Sign of the hammer" and "Thor" are more traditionel Manowar tracks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Heavy Metal Music Ever Released

    Its about time this CD was released. I have been looking for it for almost ten years and haven't been able to find it. I still have it in album form but it no longer plays. In fact, it was taken out of production until recently. Thanx for bringing it back.

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