Manowar's new studio album, 'The Lord Of Steel', will first be released worldwide on June 16, 2012 exclusively on iTunes and on the band's own online store, The Kingdom Of Steel (www.thekingdomofsteel.com). On the same date, Metal Hammer UK will release a special 'Steel Edition' of Metal Hammer #233, including the CD and a digital copy of the album.
'The Lord Of Steel' is blazing with pure power, untamed energy, and a sound as raw and wild as a force of nature. Track titles like 'Annihilation' and 'Hail, Kill And Die!' set the tone for a record that is packed with surprises.
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In contrast to the 2007 release 'Gods Of War', this new album is not a concept album, yet each song tells a different story, retaining the Manowar vision of righteousness, honour and everything Manowar fans have come to know and love.
Manowar fans should expect to have "their heads completely blown off" said Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio in a recent interview, and explained that "this album is all about brutality and raw power!"
The album will be mixed and mastered at the legendary Wisseloord Studios by long-time collaborators mixing engineer Ronald Prent and two-time Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper.
Known for their adventurous spirit and for never releasing the same style of album twice in a row, Manowar have this time tapped into the world of action heroes and their stories, writing their first song specifically for a Hollywood movie, El Gringo and another one, Expendable, inspired by Sylvester Stallone's action movie franchise 'The Expendables'.
The band recently announced that 'El Gringo' will be the theme song of the action western El Gringo, featuring Scott Adkins (Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Christian Slater and produced by After Dark Films (An American Haunting) and Joel Silver's (Matrix, Lethal Weapon) Dark Castle Home Entertainment.
The trailer for the film 'El Gringo' featuring a short sample of the theme song can be seen here:
A sneak preview into the song ‘El Gringo' can be viewed here:
A sneak preview into the song 'Expendable' can be viewed here:
"We were talking about a concept album but then got inspired to go in a different direction. This is where we are right now," explained Joey DeMaio. "I've been doing research on getting the best microphones and pre-amps for the guitars. The bass sound is death defying. We've done a lot of work on drums too, giving Donnie room to stretch out. And Eric will simply sound bigger than life as always."
Manowar are ready to celebrate their new album in a manner worthy of The Kings Of Metal with headlining performances at open-air summer festivals across Europe.
Upcoming Manowar headlining tour dates:
Sat, June 16, 2012 – Ost Fest – Bucharest, Romania
Thu, June 21, 2012 – Gods Of Metal – Milan, Italy
Fri, July 6, 2012 – Getaway Rock Festival – Gävle, Sweden
Mon, July 9, 2012 – Dortmunder Music Week Festival – Dortmund, Germany