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27th July 2011


In celebration of their forthcoming UK/Ireland Tour in November 2011 (see dates below), Manowar will be releasing a Special Edition of their 'Battle Hymns MMXI' album featuring four bonus live songs, recorded during Leg One of the Battle Hymns 2011 World Tour:

- Call To Arms (Recorded Live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, March 27, 2011)
- Hand Of Doom (Recorded Live at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain, April 10, 2011)
- House Of Death (Recorded Live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, March 27, 2011)
- Thunder In The Sky (Recorded Live at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal, April 2, 2011)

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The album is only available as part of the 'Manowar Battle Pack UK', which also includes Metal Hammer's 25th Anniversary Special Manowar Edition packed with exclusive features from Metal Hammer's 25 year history and featuring the full story behind this new CD.

The 'Manowar Battle Pack UK' is available in limited quantities and can be ordered immediately online for worldwide shipping by clicking here.

For the best value possible, those who wish can purchase the 'Manowar Battle Pack UK' along with a ticket for the Battle Hymns 2011 UK/Ireland Tour by clicking here. And if you choose to buy your CD in conjunction with a ticket you'll also receive a download of a brand new, unreleased new studio track straight from Manowar's upcoming album as an extra bonus!

Asked what made this Battle Hymns 2011 tour so special compared to previous ones, bassist Joey DeMaio explained: "With this tour we are paying tribute to our beginnings. It's very important to not forget where one starts. We are playing in venues similar to the ones of our first tours. They bring band and fans closer together.

"We love playing big halls and stadiums as well as festivals, and we are looking forward to doing this next year again. But these more 'personal' gigs have a very unique atmosphere. And like with the re-recorded Battle Hymns album, we give the fans the best of both worlds: The atmosphere of the past with the best technology of today."

Manowar had recently re-recorded their highly acclaimed debut album, since finally technology had caught up with Manowar's custom-built touring and recording equipment. The classic hymns now feature the massive sound and production that has become Manowar's signature over recent years and records, and also include a narration by screen legend and Heavy Metal brother Sir Christopher Lee on 'Dark Avenger'.

BATTLE HYMNS MMXI Special Edition - Track list:

1 - Death Tone
2 - Metal Daze
3 - Fast Taker
4 - Shell Shock
5 - Manowar
6 - Dark Avenger (feat. narration by Sir Christopher Lee)
7 - William's Tale
8 - Battle Hymn

Live Bonus Tracks:
9 - Call To Arms - Recorded Live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, March 27, 2011
10 - Hand Of Doom - Recorded Live at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain, April 10, 2011
11 - House Of Death - Recorded Live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, March 27, 2011
12 - Thunder In The Sky - Recorded Live at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal, April 2, 2011

Upcoming Battle Hymns 2011 UK/Ireland Tour Dates:

Tue, Nov 1, 2011 – O2 Academy Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, England, UK
Sat, Nov 5, 2011 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, England, UK
Sun, Nov 6, 2011 – The Great Hall – Cardiff, Wales, UK
Wed, Nov 9, 2011 – The Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 – Mandela Hall – Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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