'Kings of Metal' by 'Manowar': then as now, a milestone in the history of heavy metal, with nine hymns for eternity.
Tracklist - Kings of Metal
- 1.Wheels Of Fire
- 2.Kings Of Metal
- 3.Heart Of Steel
- 4.Sting Of The Bumblebee
- 5.The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)
- 6.Kingdom Come
- 7.Pleasure Slave
- 8.Hail And Kill
- 9.The Warriors Prayer
- 10.Blood Of The Kings
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The truth is that they can speak whatever they want of Manowar in visual terms, poses and inflamed speeches. As good actors, they know how to interpret their roles. But, few bands had the same competence to do classic Heavy Metal, especially in albums like this Kings of Metal.
Originally released in 1988, it was marked as the ultimate release with the eminent guitarist Ross The Boss, to this day the best musician who has gone through the group.
After the controversial Fighting the World (1987), that displeased some radical fans by the proximity with commercial elements, the band decided to follow another way. In addition to rescuing more aggressive elements, he got even closer to classical music, with spectacular orchestrated passages, such as "The Crown and the Ring", used until today as "outro" in the concerts. Likewise, Joey DeMaio offers his adaptation to "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, part of his opera, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, here renamed "Sting of the Bumblebee". A superb performance from one of the best bass players of the genre.
The weight is also very present, with songs that have become real hymns for the fans. The opening with the double "Wheels of Fire" and "Kings of Metal" is a real blockbuster. The great "Kingdom Come" mixes elements in a fantastic way, sounding closer to Hard Rock. And "Hail and Kill" delights from beginning to end, being one of the great classics in the group's history. To close the play, "Blood of the Kings" features a lyric that functions as a kind of retrospective of the history of Manowar until then.
But it takes an exclusive paragraph to speak of the magnificent "Heart of Steel". Simply one of the most beautiful ballads in Heavy Metal history. The first part, with piano and voice, shivers. When the band comes in, it sounds like a punch in the stomach. From those songs that we listen to for the first time and want to listen again and again. And the performance of Eric Adams shows why he is one of the great vocalists of the style.
Kings of Metal ends the first phase of the band with their classic line-up.
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