In MANOWAR news today, details have been revealed about the new full-length album "Gods Of War", which is scheduled for release on February 23 in Germany (February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada).
MANOWAR has always used warrior imagery that takes the listener back to legendary times. These themes have included the dark ages, Greek mythology and Norse mythology. MANOWAR's upcoming opus "Gods Of War" will feature Nordic themes as evidenced by the " The Sons Of Odin" EP.
"Gods Of War" has evolved into a multi-part epic cycle which will include tributes to the Gods of Valhalla. Continuing MANOWAR's mission to never stray from their heavy metal style, "Gods Of War" will present a new level of heaviness, intensity and brutality to the MANOWAR mythos. "With this kind of theme… when you are paying tribute to Odin, the God of War, country music or jazz would not create the appropriate mental imagery and would not do justice to the Father of the Gods himself," says MANOWAR bassist and founder Joey DeMaio. "Heavy Metal is needed to tell this tale."
With "Gods Of War", MANOWAR is calling all warriors to enter Valhalla. Let the battle begin!
Finally, also the new cover artwork for "The Sons Of Odin" EP, by longtime MANOWAR collaborator Ken Kelly, has been revealed.
When asked about the pricing set for the upcoming "The Sons Of Odin" EP, DeMaio says "Our fans deserve the best and we don't care about chart rankings when we can offer fans a bonus by defying the ranking system." It seems that the EP will not be ranked on the new German music charts upon its release because it defies price requirements which would require that the special EP package be sold at a double-album price, but MANOWAR's intention was always to offer maximum value and minimum cost to fans.
"We will not comply with the German chart regulations because we want to give the fans a great package (with a full poster booklet which includes also the brand-new artwork "King Of Kings") for a reasonable price not dictated by the industry. That results in the non-chart-ability for Germany".
The EP will be available on the official MANOWAR website for direct order and direct download upon its release.
MANOWAR's battle will begin within the next few days with the launch of the E – Card for "The Sons Of Odin" EP and the fans can also expect a Virtual Release Party at www.manowar.com . More info about this will follow shortly.
Release dates "The Sons Of Odin" EP:
October 6, 2006 (Germany)
October 9, 2006 (Europe)
October 24, 2006 (USA)
TRACKLISTING of "Gods of War"
"Gods of War" is MANOWAR's first entry in a cycle of concept albums; each a tribute to a different war god. Opening with the epic piece "Overture to the Hymn of the Immortal Warriors", the tone is set for an album beyond anything MANOWAR has done before. This album honors Odin — almighty father of the Norse gods — and details the history and exploits of this storied character. His power and wisdom were unmatched among the gods and he is paid tribute with human sacrifice on the battlefield, as heard in the song "The Sons of Odin", the stomping title track "Gods of War" and the storytelling "The Blood of Odin".
Besides the normal jewel-case version, "Gods of War" will also be released as a limited edition in an embossed metal slipcase containing a high grade mediabook bound in leather. Furthermore, this limited edition will feature a bonus DVD with unreleased material detailing the making of this album and some special behind-the-scenes footage. A double-vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve will also be available.