Album Review – Manowar “Gods of War” 2007
In my last Deals and Steals I triumphantly declared that I had purchased this much-ballyhooed and expensive record for seven bucks. I’d like about six of them back. Why didn’t anyone tell me?
I’ll get this out of the way right now: I love Manowar. I love all the crazy shit they do, I was the first kid on the block to have a (cassette) copy of Kings of Metal. I don’t even care about the outfits on the cover of Into Glory Ride.
But I’m pissed about this one, and I’m going to tell you all about it, track by track:
1. Six minute keyboard into.
2. Two-plus minutes of narration. We’re up to about nine minutes before any members of Manowar play a guitar or drums or sing.
3. Actual Manowar song; not bad.
4. Two minute vocal solo/choral song; not good.
5. Song, cut and pasted from last album.
6. Good Manowar song!
7. Cheesy ballad. Manowar’s good at these but you’ve heard it before.
8. Four minutes of keyboards.
9. Four more minutes of narration.
10. Okay song. It’s six minutes long because there’s another 90 seconds of narration hiding inside it.
11. Narrative story. I can’t dis this, as it’s dedicated to the man himself, Arthur Pendragon Wiltshire.
12. Lengthy slow song.
13. Reprise of choral song.
14. Long but okay song.
15. Lengthy slow song.
16. Bonus track – better than anything else here. If you want to hear it, play Brutal Legend instead of buying this.
Since the entire booklet is in Viking runes, I went online to get the official translation. I now wish I hadn’t – it contains a poorly spelled fourth-grade lesson in Norse mythology. I’m aware that the whole thing is meant to have a Wagnerian flavour, but it’s disingenuous to label this with the main brand when it’s more like a classical side project. If you call yourself the loudest band the in the world, true metal warriors, etc. it’s not a great idea to release an album well over an hour long in which all four of you pick up your instruments and play together for about 20 minutes. This record has more filler on one disc than Nostradamus has on two. You can fit Sign of the Hammer into this twice over, and Reign in Blood almost three times.
Imagine me shrieking “Disappointiiiiiiing!” over a lick from an ’80s keyboard set on Orchestra. 2 out of 10
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