Manowar were guilty of committing more heavy metal clichés in the first half of their 1982 debut, Battle Hymns, than most bands commit in their whole careers, but that's part and parcel of their often frustrating, sometimes endearing "death to false metal" credo. And yet, macho-man lyrics aside, the quality musicianship of guitarist Ross the Boss and bassist Joey DeMaio is undeniable, as are the powerful pipes of singer Eric Adams. Appropriately introduced by the roar of motorcycle engines, opener "Death Tone" sets the, errr, death tone, for ensuing highlights like "Heavy Metal Daze," "Manowar," and "Fast Taker" (reminiscent of Rainbow's "Long Live Rock & Roll") -- which are still surprisingly rock-based in structure and hampered by a rather thin production that would quickly be remedied on subsequent LPs. The band proceeds to use a suitably dramatic Orson Welles narration (for the first, but not last time) during the quasi-epic "Dark Avenger," and DeMaio shows off his deft fingering on a bass solo version of "The William Tell Overture," retitled "William's Tale." A very promising start, Battle Hymns remains one of Manowar's more consistent albums.
Performance CreditsManowar Primary Artist
Orson Welles Narrator
Eric Adams Vocals,Group Member
Ross the Boss Guitar,Keyboards
Joey DeMaio Bass,bass pedals,8-string Bass,Group Member
Donnie Hamzik Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Technical CreditsTom Brown Liner Notes
Ross the Boss Producer
Joey DeMaio Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Jeff Wagner Liner Notes
Brian J. Ames Art Direction
Bill Burks Art Direction
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Bob Currie Executive Producer
Joseph Foglia Engineer
Gerardo DeMaio Composer
Vinny Cecolini Liner Notes
Joe Foglia Engineer
Bob Currie Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are a Manowar fan how dare you not to have this original manowar classic... It took me 5 yrs to finally get this album since they stop making them anymore..Now here is your chance to get it.. For others of you I can suggest to wait for re-mastered version of this album which comes out by the end of the summer....But for ManowaR fans that is unacceptable.... After this album you will be in Shell Shock for awhile....
Manowar's debut album, Battle Hymns, is great album for heavy rocker: It has 36 minutes and 5 seconds heavy metal! There is no weak tracks! All the tracks are powerful and I'm sure they've been written with heart, truly believing what they have done. They don't bow to no one, they do their one thing! This album is evidence for that! Especially track 'Battle Hymn' is tracks like no other. 'Metal Daze' is classic. It is very powerful track! Motorcyckles, women and rock'n'roll! Yeah!