|Review: Manowar - Warriors Of The World|
|Warriors Of The World|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 14, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Warriors Of The World
Manowar's reputation for cheesy lyrics precedes them, so I won't even bother to mention that anywhere else in this review. :) This album screams "epic" right from the start and most of the songs carry that feeling. The major downside is a blatant abuse of ballads and the song ordering which makes this abuse even more damageable. After the opener "Call to Arms", you have to wait until the 8th track (the title track) for another rocker. For a metal album, this is almost a crime. Some of the songs almost sound like bedtime songs that you sing to children, with a bit of a fantasy sound to them. Others would be good on soundtracks of epic movies - most notably "Nessun Dorma", a very opera-like song which could almost be on the Titanic soundtrack, but would definitely sound good at the end of some epic movie (just listen to the end of the song and you'll be reminded of the songs played at the end of some old movies.) "An American Trilogy" with its glory-alleluia stuff reminds me of Stryper's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (off "Soldiers Under Command" - note that Manowar's song is much better.)
After an overdose of very soft songs and waking up to "Warriors of the World", the last three songs treat you to some good mix of heavy and speed metal, very fast and aggressive in-your-face stuff. Until these, Eric Adams was singing in a very clean and melodic fashion, while here he shows a lot of aggressivity while still retaining some melody. I must point out that Eric's performance is the highlight of the album, his performance is almost flawless, and I can say without the shadow of a doubt that he is one of the best vocalist in metal. He has excellent control of his voice and shows a lot of flexibility, always delivering the goods.
Musically this is a very good album, it just happens to be too soft for some two-thirds, and the song ordering augments that deficiency by a factor of ten. The soft stuff is played very well (and, again, the vocal performance is excellent), but I expect a metal album to rock... In this case you have to wait until the end before this starts rocking for more than one song in a row... An OK album, but if you're new to Manowar I suggest going for the 80's stuff first. It's the same type of music (they've barely changed in 20 years), but it will rock your world a lot more.
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