Movie soundtrack for the new
Hollywood blockbuster "Odin"? No not quite, but this album
has a lot in common with a soundtrack. Classical inspired
orchestrated intro's and interludes make almost half of this album.
Sure they tie the album together and some of the parts are fine, but
in all honesty, if I wanted a soundtrack for a Viking movie, then
I'd buy one!
Manowar has a very
faithful following and they have their work cut out for them with
this album, because this is perhaps their most adventures album
ever. The clichés are still there, and anyone, who hates Manowar,
will get more firepower here: from the album cover, thru the lyrics,
which are impossible to read, because they are written in runes and
I could go on...
Eric Adams proves once and for
all, that he has one of the best voices in metal - some of my
friends claim he has the best - the music, which after all is found
in between the spoken words sections, intro's and interludes is for
most parts what any Manowar fan had hoped for. The sound is
awesome, the guitars are a bit more up-front than we are used to,
and the rhythm section is as tight as a duck's ass!
I like Manowar, but
not unconditional and this is not another brilliant album, it's
just a good one. But I am sure hard-core Manowar fans don't
give a rat's ass about the quality or the lack of on this album and
will swallow this album like milk and honey!