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Manowar is an American heavy metal band from Auburn, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy (particularly sword and sorcery) and mythology (particularly Norse mythology). The band is also known for a loud and bombastic sound. In an interview for MTV in February 2007, bassist Joey DeMaio lamented that "these days, there's a real lack of big, epic metal that is drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras... so it's nice to be one of the few bands that's actually doing that." In 1984 the band was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for delivering the loudest performance, a record which they have since broken on 2 occasions. They also hold the world record for the longest heavy metal concert after playing for 5 hours and 1 minute in Bulgaria in 2008. They also have been known for their slogan "Death to false metal".

Although the band has never been a mainstream commercial success in the United States, they maintain a strong cult following there. In contrast, they are extremely popular in the heavy metal scene in Europe, Australia and South America. Dedicated fans are known and referred to by the band as "Metal Warriors", "Manowarriors", "Immortals" or "Brothers of Metal", and collectively their fans are known as the "Army of Immortals". Their albums have sold over 9 million copies worldwide.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1982 Battle Hymns 4 4
1983 Into Glory Ride 5
1984 Hail to England 5 8
1984 Sign of the Hammer 3.65 4
1987 Fighting the World 4 3
1988 Kings of Metal 4 2
1992 The Triumph of Steel 3.35 4
1996 Louder Than Hell 4 1
2002 Warriors of the World 10
2007 Gods of War 4.5 5
2010 Battle Hymns MMXI 2
2012 The Lord of Steel 2
2014 Kings of Metal MMXIV 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Manowar Kills Compilation 1
1994 The Hell of Steel Compilation 2
1997 Anthology Compilation 1
1998 The Kingdom of Steel: Best of Compilation 1
2002 Battle Hymns / Sign of the Hammer Compilation 1
Into Glory Ride / Hail to England Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1997 Hell on Wheels: Live Live 2
1999 Hell on Stage Live Live 4
2005 Live at Earthshaker Fest Live 1
2006 The Absolute Power Live 2
2007 Gods of War Live Live 1
Herz aus Stahl Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1983 Defender 2
1986 Blow Up Your Speakers 1
1988 Kings Of Metal / Herz Aus Stahl 1
1992 Metal Warriors 2
1996 Return of the Warlord 1
1996 Number 1 1
1997 Courage 2
2002 Warriors of the World United 4 4
2002 The Dawn of Battle 1
2005 King of Kings 2
2008 Die With Honor 2
An American Trilogy / The Fight for Freedom 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2006 The Sons of Odin 2
2009 Thunder in the Sky 3


Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Demo - 81 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
1998 Live in Spain 1
Fighting the World / Kings of Metal 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1999 Live in Germany Live 1
Live in France Live 1
Live in Portugal Live 1

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