MANOWAR (1980–PRESENT). Eric Adams (vocals), Joey DeMaio (bass), Karl Logan (guitars/keyboards), Scott Columbus (drums).
Manowar’s career seems to be largely guided by the question comedian Bill Murray once asked on a game show spoof on Saturday Night Live: “Quien es mas macho?” With little doubt, in the pantheon of macho heavy metal bands, Manowar is the most macho, no small achievement given the macho context of heavy metal in general. And the band have long based much of their career doing their level best to live up to the heroic standards that have been set by heavy metal lyrics of their own and others’ songs, writing songs with a large degree of swords and sorcerers imagery and wearing leather outfits that go well beyond the typical.
Formed in the early eighties by former Dictators guitarist Ross the Boss Friedman and Joey DeMaio, the pair quickly added vocalist Eric Adams and drummer Donnie Hamzik and set about conquering the world with their primal brand of heavy metal. Beginning with their first release, 1982’s Battle Hymns, each album has featured aggressive metal songs with themes of aggression, death, and metal itself, with songs such as “Blood of My Enemies,” “Kill With Power,” “All Men Play on 10,” and “Sign of the Hammer.” While they failed to be taken seriously by the press or the music industry at large, Manowar have gradually been able to attract a cult following (especially in Europe), which has allowed them to continue recording and touring up to the present.
Discography: Battle Hymns (Liberty, 1982); Into Glory Rid (Music For Nations, 1983); Hail to England (Music For Nations, 1984); Sign of the Hammer (Grand Slamm, 1985); Fighting the World (Atco, 1987); Kings of Metal (Atlantic, 1988); The Triumph of Steel (Atlantic, 1992); Louder Than Hell (Geffen, 1996); The Very Best (Mayhem, 1998); The Kingdom of Steel: The Very Best of Manowar (MCA, 1999); Secrets of Steel (MCA International, 1998); Hell on Stage Live (Metal Blade, 1999); Hell on Wheels Live (Metal Blade, 1999); Fire and Funk (Flipnflava, 2001); Skillz Dat Killz: The First Dimension (Flipnflava, 2001); Warriors of the World (Metal Blade, 2002); The Sons of Odin (Inside/Out, 2006); Gods of War (SPV, 2007); Gods of War: Live (SPV, 2007).