The ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ Silver Edition CD, featuring 2 discs and two 24-page booklets will now be released in retail and in Manowar’s own online stores, http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com and http://www.thekingdomofsteel.eu on March 21, 2014.
Both online stores will also offer exclusive Power Packages, containing the CD and brand new merchandise, not available anywhere else and only for a short time.
The digital album is already available on iTunes and on Google Play worldwide. “The ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ Silver Edition CD is a limited edition. It is important to us that every Manowar fan that has decided to own this collector’s item at the time of its release has a chance to find it in the store of their choice. Due to strong pre-orders we have increased our initial order and we decided to change the release date, so that all stores get the music at the same time, and every fan has a fair chance to get one of these limited edition CDs,” said a label representative.
Manowar’s ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ is a completely new recording, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic 1988 album ‘Kings Of Metal’ and their following world tour.
While staying true to the 1988 version, ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ captures the listener with new arrangements and other new elements, and with stellar vocal performances by Eric Adams, powerful drums by Donnie Hamzik, a searing new guitar sound by virtuoso Karl Logan and a new record-breaking performance of the bass solo “The Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV,” played at 300 beats per minute by Joey DeMaio.
“This is an entirely new recording as far as the music goes,” explained bassist and producer Joey DeMaio about the album. “Everything has been newly recorded. A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into this new album, on all levels, and you will hear this when you listen to it.”
Already a significant force with international success since their debut album ‘Battle Hymns’, the ‘Kings of Metal’ release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted Manowar 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.
“We started talking about the 25th anniversary of the album’s release, and how it could be done in a very special way. We love these songs as much as our fans do. So we started discussing the idea of a new recording which would allow for a fresh and massive sound, and added new elements,” explained Joey DeMaio. “And then the idea of the anniversary tour was born, to celebrate this album in an appropriate way. Live, with our fans!” he added.
“We have pushed man and machine to the maximum to honor the original recordings and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Everything sounds bigger, for once due to the ability to cram more sound onto a record than we could in the past. Because technology has gotten better; as well as the equipment we are using, from the guitar strings and the guitar pick ups to pre-amps, to the microphones and the recording process. Technology has progressed so much! The result is massive!”
With “Hail And Kill MMXIV” and the title track “Kings Of Metal MMXIV,” the album starts with the power and might synonymous to Metal fans all over the world with the name Manowar.
The power ballad “The Heart Of Steel MMXIV” is featured in 3 different versions: Acoustic Intro, Guitar Instrumental and Orchestral Intro Version, the last two being bonus tracks. “Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV” is, in the best sense, inspiring.
For the spoken word track “A Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV”, Manowar joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed, a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred in, among others, Kenneth Brannagh’s “Henry V”, Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” 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” for his contributions to Heavy Metal.
For the sound design on the track, the band recruited Hamilton Sterling, a Hollywood veteran who has contributed to numerous action blockbusters including “Batman – The Dark Knight”, “War of the Worlds”, and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”, two of which won Oscars for Best Sound Editing.
“Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV”, Manowar’s signature concert outro, is majestic both as Orchestral Version and as Metal Version (featured as bonus track), while “The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV,” now with additional new lyrics, is a salute to all countries that Manowar has performed in to this day. The tracks are further highlights on an album that bursts with energy and might.
“On Wheels Of Fire MMXIV” concludes the main album’s tracks in the most forceful and propulsive way possible.
Fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly contributed two new cover paintings that feature, as a continuation of his 1988 works, the flags of all countries that Manowar have performed in to this date, or are confirmed to visit during their current world tour.
The ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ Silver Edition, that Break Out Magazine in Germany calls “a new masterpiece” features 9 main and 9 bonus tracks with a total running time of 88 minutes.
“Kings Of Metal MMXIV, the album and the tour, will be a completely new experience, even for fans that have celebrated our shows and listened to these songs many times before,” promised Joey DeMaio. “Get ready to get your heads blown off!”
Manowar’s new world tour, featuring the performance of the new ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’ album in full and many other classics in a new multi-media stage show, started on February 8, 2014 with a long-anticipated U.S. tour and will resume on March 18 in Europe.
Kings Of Metal MMXIV Track List (FINAL):
Hail And Kill MMXIV
Kings Of Metal MMXIV
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro Version)
A Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV
The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV
Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV
The Sting Of The Bumblebee MMXIV
Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version)
On Wheels Of Fire MMXIV
Disc 1 Bonus Tracks:
Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV (Metal Version)
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Guitar Instrumental)
Hail And Kill MMXIV (Instrumental)
Kings Of Metal MMXIV (Instrumental)
The Heart Of Steel MMXIV (Orchestral Intro Version – Instrumental)
The Blood Of The Kings MMXIV (Instrumental)
Thy Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental)
Thy Crown And Thy Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version – Instrumental)
On Wheels of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental)