"Battle Hymns" is the first official full-length album (LP) by the American Heavy Metal band "Manowar", it was released in 1982.


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Album Description:

Manowar is an American heavy metal band formed in 1980. Their debut album, Battle Hymns, was released in 1982 and was one of the defining albums of the early heavy metal genre. The album's title track, "Battle Hymns," is a classic heavy metal anthem that has become one of Manowar's most recognizable songs.

The Battle Hymns album is a powerful and intense collection of songs that showcases Manowar's unique brand of heavy metal. The band's signature sound is characterized by thundering drums, blistering guitar riffs, and the soaring vocals of lead singer Eric Adams.

The album opens with "Death Tone," a fast-paced track that sets the tone for the rest of the record. Other standout tracks include "Metal Daze," a tribute to the heavy metal lifestyle, and "Dark Avenger," an epic song that features narration by actor Orson Welles.

But it is the title track, "Battle Hymns," that truly stands out as a classic heavy metal anthem. The song begins with a stirring spoken-word introduction that sets the stage for the battle to come. The music then kicks in with a thunderous drum beat and a soaring guitar riff. Eric Adams' vocals are powerful and emotive as he sings the chorus: The song's lyrics are an ode to the warrior spirit, and the music perfectly captures the intensity and excitement of battle. It is a song that has resonated with heavy metal fans for over four decades.

The Battle Hymns album and its title track had a significant impact on the heavy metal genre. At a time when heavy metal was still in its early stages, Manowar's music was a breath of fresh air. The band's emphasis on epic themes, warrior imagery, and a "no compromises" attitude helped to define the heavy metal sound of the 1980s.

In addition to their musical impact, Manowar also had a significant influence on heavy metal fashion. The band's leather and denim outfits, studded belts, and long hair became synonymous with the heavy metal lifestyle.

Album Production information: 

The album: "MANOWAR - Battle Hymns" was produced by: Bob Currie, Ross the Boss, Joey DeMAIO, Manowar

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Joe Foglia, Jim Sessody

This album was recorded at: Criteria Recording Studio, Miami, Florida

Bill Burks - Art Direction

Gary Ruddell - Illustration

 Gary Ruddell an American Artist has illustrated the front covers of two albums: “Battle Hymns” by “Manowar” and the second self-titled album by the American Rock band “Storm” .

Jonathan Louie - Design

Record Label & Catalognr:

  Liberty 1C 038-15 7630

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1982 Made in Germany / Netherlands
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: MANOWAR - Battle Hymns
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ross-The-Boss - Guitars, vocals (Ross The Boss (real name: Ross Friedman) has been playing in the bands: "Shakin' Street" and "The Dictators" before founding Manowar in 1980.)
  • Joey DeMAIO - Bass (Joey DeMaio and Eric Adams both performed in a band called "Looks" before they started the Manowar band in 1980. )
  • Donnie Hamzik - Drums, percussions
  • Eric Adams - Lead vocals (Eric Adams (real name: Louis Marullo), is lead vocalist of the American Heavy Metal band "Manowar" since 1981. Before joining Manowar he has sung in bands like: "Bible Black", "Harlequin", "Kids" and "Looks".. Eric Adams and Joey DeMaio both performed in a band called "Looks" before they started the Manowar band in 1980. )
Complete Track-listing of the album "MANOWAR - Battle Hymns"

The detailed tracklist of this record "MANOWAR - Battle Hymns" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Death Tone
  2. Metal Daze
  3. Fast Taker
  4. Shell Shock
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Manowar
  2. Dark Avenger
  3. William's Tale
  4. Battle Hymn
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MANOWAR is a legendary American heavy metal band that has been rocking stages and delighting fans since 1980 with their powerful and epic sound.

Band Description:

  MANOWAR is an American heavy metal band formed in 1980 by bassist Joey DeMaio, who had previously worked as a bass technician for Black Sabbath. The band is known for their powerful sound, epic themes, and lyrics that often focus on battle, glory, and mythology.

  Early Years:

  MANOWAR's first album, "Battle Hymns," was released in 1982 and showcased the band's signature sound, which blended heavy metal with symphonic elements. The album featured the hit song "Manowar," which would become the band's namesake.

  The band's second album, "Into Glory Ride," was released in 1983 and continued to build on their unique sound. The album featured songs like "Gates of Valhalla" and "Secret of Steel," which became fan favorites.


  MANOWAR achieved significant success in the 1980s, releasing several successful albums including "Hail to England," "Sign of the Hammer," and "Kings of Metal." The band's popularity was fueled by their over-the-top live performances, which featured elaborate costumes, pyrotechnics, and larger-than-life stage props.

  In 1987, the band set a Guinness World Record for the loudest performance by a rock band, with a show in Hanover, Germany that registered at 129.5 decibels.

  MANOWAR continued to tour and release albums throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The band's sound evolved over time, with later albums featuring more complex arrangements and a more symphonic sound.


  MANOWAR has faced several controversies throughout their career. The band's lyrics and themes have been criticized by some as overly violent and misogynistic. In 1992, the band was banned from performing in the Netherlands after a local politician accused them of promoting violence and fascism.

  In 2009, the band was accused of lip-syncing during a performance at the Magic Circle Festival in Germany. The band denied the accusations, but the controversy led to increased scrutiny of their live performances.


  Despite the controversies, MANOWAR has remained a popular and influential band in the heavy metal genre. The band's sound and themes have inspired countless other bands, and their fans remain some of the most devoted in the music industry.

  In 2019, the band announced that they would be retiring after a final world tour. The announcement was met with mixed reactions from fans, many of whom were disappointed that the band would no longer be performing.