Manowar DiscographyManowar Biography
Manowar is a metal band from Auburn, New York, United States that prominently features mythology and fantasy in their lyrics as well as songs about Heavy Metal and a theme of camaraderie with rebellious attitude.
Manowar was founded by bassist Joey DeMaio and guitarist Ross “Ross the Boss” Friedman in 1980. Joey DeMaio was a bass/pyro technician for Black Sabbath, who were playing a show in England at the time, and Ross the Boss was the guitarist of a band called Shakin’ Street. The whole thing started when the two locked themselves in a locker room to find out which one could play the guitar harder and faster.
After agreeing that they would found a band, the two took in Eric Adams, the “man with lungs of leather”, as their vocalist, and Donny Hamzik as their drummer. They released their first album, “Battle Hymns”, with this lineup in 1982. On their second release, “Into Glory Ride” (1983), Scott Columbus was introduced as their new drummer, along with his custom made stainless steel drums (regular ones would not endure his aggressive style). The contract for Into Glory Ride was also signed in the band’s own blood.
Manowar’s third album, Hail to England (1984), started a tour in Great Britain. However, the band were fed up with their current record company’s dominant nature, and released yet another record during the same year; “Sign of the Hammer” was published by 10 Records - hence the song “All Men Play on 10” included on this album.
In the beginning of 1987, “Fighting the World” was released, featuring hit songs such as “Fighting the World”, “Black Wind, Fire and Steel” and “Defender”. Followed by a tour in Europe, “Fighting the World” was a success.