Already a significant force with international success since their debut album Battle Hymn’s, the Kings Of Metalrelease in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted the band into a new sphere. Songs like Heart of Steel, Kings Of Metal, Hail and Kill, and Blood of the Kings became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world.
For Kings Of Metal MMXIV, Manowar have recorded these timeless metal anthems with new arrangements and their signature “larger than life” sound that sealed their place in heavy metal history.
“Our fans have made us the “Kings Of Metal”, and with this tribute to one of their favorite albums, we honor them and thank them for their unparalleled support and loyalty!” said vocalist Eric Adams.
Kings Of Metal MMXIV will feature nine main tracks packed with plus none bonus tracks with over 40 minutes of additional music.
“We have pushed man and machine to the maximum level to honor the original recordings that we all love, and to add new aspects and surprises that give this new album its own character,” said bassist and producer Joey DeMaio. “The sound is again as massive and majestic as it has always been,” he continued.
“Recording this album has been an amazing experience! After playing the songs so many times on tour, Donnie and I now had the opportunity to contribute our own sound and elements that the fans have come to love from our live performances,” explained guitarist Karl Logan.
For the new narration on the spoken word track The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV, Manowar have joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian
Blessed. Blessed is a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh’s Henry V, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, in King Lear, and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie Flash Gordon. Not only an actor and adventurer, Blessed was also awarded the “Spirit of Hammer Award” from Metal Hammer UK for his contributions to heavy metal.
For special effects of the highest level on The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV, sound effects specialist Hamilton Sterling was recruited; a
Hollywood Veteran who has contributed to action blockbusters including Batman – The Dark Knight, Men In Black 3, War of the Worlds, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, two of which won Oscars for Best Sound Editing.
Kings Of Metal MMXIV will be released in retail on February 28th, 2014 as a two Disc CD with two 24-page booklets and additional new art by legendary fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly, and as a digital double album.
For the special anniversary, Manowar will also open their vaults and reveal never-before-seen photos and other insights into the history of
the band and the ‘Kings Of Metal’ era.
The release of the Kings Of Metal MMXIV album will be followed by a world tour (see dates below), featuring the complete new album and many other classics in a completely new stage production, and will see Manowar return to strongholds such as Germany and Finland but also to new territories, never before visited by the band, including Israel and Poland.
Kings of Metal MMXIV Track List (not final):
Wheels Of Fire MMXIV
Kings Of Metal MMXIV
Heart Of Steel MMXIV
Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV
The Crown And The Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version)
Kingdom Come MMXIV
Hail And Kill MMXIV
The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV
Blood Of The Kings MMXIV
Blood Of The Kings MMXIV (Instrumental)
Hail And Kill MMXIV (Instrumental)
Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro)
Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental)
Wheels Of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental)
Watch a trailer for Kings Of Metal MMXIV below.
Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour dates:
Fri, February 7, 2014 – Royal Oak Theatre – Royal Oak, MI, USA
Sat, February 8, 2014 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Sun, February 9, 2014 – Mill City – Minneapolis, MN, USA
Thur, February 13, 2014 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA, USA
Sat, February 15, 2014 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX, USA
Sun, February 16, 2014 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX, USA
Tue, February 18, 2014 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO, USA
Thur, February 20, 2014 – Regency Theatre – San Francisco, CA, USA
Sat, February 22, 2014 – Fox Theatre – Pomona, CA, USA
Tue, March 18, 2014 – Olymp Palace of Sports – Krasnodar, Russia
Fri, March 21, 2014 – Luzhniki Palace of Sports – Moscow, Russia
Sun, March 23, 2014 – Yubileyny Sports Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
Tue, March 25, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Thur, March 27, 2014 – Rock Café – Tallinn, Estonia – SOLD OUT
Sat, March 29, 2014 – Teatro Arena – Vilnius, Lithuania
Sat, May 17, 2014 – Spodek – Katowice, Poland
Wed, May 21, 2014 – Hangar 11 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Sat, May 24, 2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri-Sun, June 13-15, 2014 – Legacy Open Air – Weismain, Germany
Fri-Sat, July 25-26, 2014 – Magic Circle Festival – Helsinki, Finland
Wed, January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
Fri, January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
Sat, January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany