MANOWAR (1980/1987)


Manowar's history began in 1980 when Joey DeMaio, bassist of the band, met Ross the Boss, a guutar player well known as member of THE DICTATORS, while working as a bass tech and fireworks manager for BLACK SABBATH on "Heaven and Hell".

Ross the Boss was at the time the guitar player in Black Sabbath's support band, Shakin' Street. At the end of the tour, they got together to form Manowar with classmate and friend of DeMaio, Eric Adams. On the strength of their debut demo, Manowar signed a contract with label Liberty Records in 1981.

The label pressured the band to make songs in few time.

The resultant album, Battle Hymns, was released the following year. The legendary actor Orson Welles served in the role of narrator on "Dark Avenger". Next Manowar engaged in their first tour. The band played support for TED NUGENT.

Manowar then decided to put together a short tour by themselves. The band gained domestic fame on this short tour and also began to get their European fans, specially in UK and in Germany. Tired from tour's life, Hamzik decided to leave the band and was replaced with Scott Columbus.

By 1983, the band left Liberty Records and signed a deal with Megaforce Records in the US and Music for Nations in Europe. When Manowar returned home, they went in a studio to produce an EP, but came out instead, due to the quantity and quality of the tracks made, as the band's second album, Into Glory Ride.

An EP was actually published in 1983 with the title Defender containing, as its main track, the eponymous song, which included more work by Orson Welles. The song "Defender" was later re-recorded and included in the Fighting the World album of 1987. To apologize for the failure of their UK tour, Manowar decided to dedicate their next album to the Uk (Hail to England). This platter was recorded and mixed in six days and was released in 1984. Its promotional tour, "Spectacle of Might", had several dates in England.The tour saw Manowar initially as support band for Mercyful Fate, but soon the group led by DeMaio was put in the headline slot. After leaving Music for Nations, the quartet released Sign of the Hammer ten months after their previous album.

Following further disagreements with their new label, the group changed record label to Atlantic Records in 1987.

Via Atlantic, they released Fighting the World, which increased the band's prominence in the international heavy metal scene.

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