play, Manowar KILL!
"The whole purpose of playing live is to blow people's heads
off," says Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio . "That's what we do; that's
the energy of this band. We're out there to kick ass. We're out
there to turn our
on and blast. We're out there to kill. That's what metal is. Anybody
who says otherwise is not playing heavy metal. We will melt your
With the double live CD, Hell On Stage Live, Manowar's first
album for Metal Blade, the band proves that the rumors of metal's
demise have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, metal's alive and
well and still as devastating as ever. True to form, they are back
with 16 tracks steeped in the august tradition of Deep Purple's Made
in Japan , the Who's Live At Leeds and the Led Zep classic, The Song
Remains The Same, giving fans what they've been waiting for.
The fans' appreciation of Manowar's various moods is just one
component of an intense, magical bond between the band and their
following. Stories of Manowar fan loyalty have become legendary.
Fans constantly send the band letters signed in their own blood and
photos of themselves tattooed with Manowar
imagery. On the band's last European tour, a Norwegian acolyte flew
over 1,000 miles South from beyond the Arctic Circle to see Manowar
play in Oslo. When a group of Australian fans heard Manowar were
playing in Japan, they caught a flight there and attended all four
shows. Devotees in Argentina collected thousands of signatures
pleading with the band to come to their country.
"We have the greatest fans in the world," attests drummer Scott
Columbus . "For a long time, our fans have stood by us. They've
given everything to the belief that together we are the defenders of
the heavy metal faith. That's why we've been able to keep playing
our brand of music. That's why we haven't wimped out or bowed to
commercialism. Our fans are at the core of everything we do. That's
the way it's been done from the beginning."