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Music: Manowar
aka: Man O War
Hail and Kill!

Father, on bend-ed knee
I ask thee, raise thy hand
We! The sons! Of Odin!
Await thy command!
— "Gods of War"

Manowar are a heavy metal band from New York, USA, founded in 1980. Fond of Vikings and insanely over-the-top Epic Rocking. Some believe they are the manliest band of all time.

Discography:

  • Battle Hymns (1982)
  • Into Glory Ride (1983)
  • Hail to England (1984)
  • Sign of the Hammer (1984)
  • Fighting the World (1987)
  • Kings of Metal (1988)
  • The Triumph of Steel (1992)
  • Louder Than Hell (1996)
  • Warriors of the World (2002)
  • Gods of War (2007)
  • Thunder In The Sky (2009) (EP)
  • Battle Hymns MMXI (2011) (remake of the 1982 release)
  • The Lord of Steel (2012) (digital album)


Manowar's music includes examples of:

  • Album Title Drop: Curiously made in the previous album: the words "into glory ride" appear prominently in "Battle Hymn".
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Scott Columbus. He had to play a kit made of stainless steel because his drumming technique destroyed conventional drumkits.
  • Audience Participation Song: "Die For Metal" has a chorus that was made for singing along to.
    They can't stop us, let 'em try!
    For heavy metal we will die!
  • Badass: The band in general pretty much oozes this.
    • Eric Adams is an actual hunter, too.
  • Badass Boast : In Kings of Metal:
    Other bands play... MANOWAR KILL!!!
  • Badass Beard: Scott Columbus wore one.
  • Band of Brothers: A common theme in Manowar lyrics, whether it's soldiers on the battlefield or metalheads defending "true metal."
  • Battle Cry: "Death to false Metal!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: The lyrics booklet for Gods of War is written entirely in Norse runes (although when translated into latin letters it's in English).
  • Blood Knight
  • Burning the Ships: "Heart of Steel" features a few lines about just this trope.
    Burn the bridge behind you
    Leave no retreat
    There's only one way home
    Those who laugh and crowd the path
    And cut each other's throats
    Will fall like melting snow
  • Child Popstar: Lead singer Eric Adams formed his first band at age 11.
  • Childhood Friends: Joey DeMaio and Eric Adams.
  • Concept Album: Gods of War, which is about inn.
  • Cover Version: Warriors of the World has their own take on Giacomo Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" and "An American Trilogy" by Mickey Newbury.
  • Cult: "Guyana (Cult of the Damned)" is based on the People's Temple led by Jim Jones.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Swedish metal band Hysterica has sometimes been called "The all-female Manowar" due to their leather stage outfits, Heavy Meta lyrics, and sword & sorcery imagery. The band members themselves even admit to being heavily influenced by Manowar, and their debut album was even titled "Metalwar."
  • Doing It for the Art: Basically the point of the band.
  • Epic Rocking: Plenty, but Triumph of Steel's "Achilles: Agony and Ecstasy (in Eight Parts)" tops them all as it is over 28 minutes long.
  • The Faceless: The Manowarrior is The Blank with Glowing Eyes of Doom. According to artist Ken Kelly, responsible for the covers, it was Joey DeMaio's idea, as the Manowarrior was to represent an Everyman - every fan of Manowar out there.
  • Fan Flattering: Several lyrics claim that Man O War fans are better than other people, more metal than other people. ''Wimps and posers, leave the hall''.
  • Fanservice: The cover of the Gods of War album consists of the Dark and Scary Sons of Odin getting Leg Clinged by naked women.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: The intro to "Pleasure Slave". See further below.
  • Great Balls Of Fire: This is one example.
  • Happiness in Slavery: "Pleasure Slave" from Kings of Metal.
  • Heavy Meta: "Metal Daze","Gloves of Metal","All Men Play on Ten","Kings of Metal",Metal Warriors","Brothers of Metal", "The Gods Made Heavy Metal", and "Die for Metal". In fact, the main focus of the band can basically be summed up as; "Heavy Metal is awesome."
    • If the lyrics of a Manowar song aren't about Odin or glory in battle, it's a safe bet the song will be about how the awesomeness of heavy metal.
  • Heavy Mithril: Possibly the Trope Codifier.
  • Heroic Fantasy: Manowar is probably the most recognizable heavy metal band to focus on sword and sorcery themes and imagery into their lyrics and album artwork.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Blood Brothers, a song about the bond between two comrades in arms, understandably has this in SPADES!
  • Horny Vikings: They were actually one of the first Heavy Metal bands to talk about the Vikings, and their lyrical styles ended up influencing a lot of Scandinavian musicians, and, in part, inspiring the European Viking Metal scene in general, alongside Heavy Load.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Revelation (Death's Angel) is about God's cleansing of the earth and the Horsemen are mentioned.
  • Hot-Blooded: Unbelievably so.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Sons of Odin", "Hand of Doom", "Gods of War" and "Call to Arms" could probably be sung just before a massacre. It is for this reason that their music tends to go extremely well with Warhammer 40000 and Warhammer Fantasy.
  • Jumped at the Call: The title character of "Defender".
  • Kayfabe Music: They're really manly men, fantasy heroes who are always ready to kill anyone. With STEEL, of course.
  • Large Ham: Joey DeMaio is the embodiment of this trope.
    • Also applies to Eric Adams.
  • Leg Cling: Seen on the cover artwork for Gods of War, which features several beautiful, buxom naked women clinging to the legs of the four dark sons of Odin.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: "Dark Avenger".
  • Loudness War: Officially the loudest band on earth. Just ask Guinness.
  • Mad Lib Metal Lyrics: Probably even more so than most metal bands around, mostly of the Heavy Meta, Heavy Mithril and Ancient Warfare kind.
  • Metal Band Mascot: The Manowarrior.
  • Metal Scream: Eric Adams is a master of these.
  • Misogyny Song: "Pleasure Slave."
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A fairly solid 7.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Battle Hymn makes reference to soldiers "brave beyond the grave". March For Revenge on the following album continues the theme of an undead army.
  • Norse Mythology: Many of Manowar's songs are about this subject. To their credit, they do tend to research the aforementioned in great detail. Odin would be proud.
    • Case in point, they directly quote the Havamal in Odin.
    Speared,
    Hung upside down,
    Nine days and nights,
    No food or mead,
    The will to be,
    A sacrifice,
    Of myself unto myself
  • Power Ballad: At least one per album since the late 80s. Often more.
  • The Power of Friendship: "Blood Brothers"
  • Power Metal: Some of Manowar's songs have a distinct power-metal feel to them, more so on their later albums.
  • Pretender Diss: The song "Metal Warriors" from ''The Triumph of Steel" includes this in its lyrics.
    Heavy metal or no metal at all,
    Wimps and posers leave the hall!
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The protagonists of Manowar lyrics are often portrayed this way.
    • This makes songs like Father, about a peaceful and kind family man, actually pretty jarring.
    • Fairly in line with the band's Rated M for Manly attitude, though. Ask yourself, what's a manlier subject than the relationship between a father and his son?
  • Rated M for Manly: So much so that the trope might as well be renamed, 'Rated M for Manowar'. Manowar's music has so much testosterone that it just might impregnate unprotected female listeners.
  • Rock Opera: Gods of War is an album heavily influenced by the works of Richard Wagner. The album is a Norse Mythology-influenced tale that tells the story of Odin and his four sons.
  • Serious Business: Served up with extra cheese.
  • Signature Style
  • Spikes of Villainy: "We wear leather, we wear spikes, we rule the night..."
  • Stab the Sky: On the cover of Gods of War, and the often used line "Swords in the Wind", which is also the name of a song.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "'till the blood on your sword is the blood of a king, 'till the blood on your hands is the blood of a king!"
  • Title Drop: "Sound the death tone on our march for revenge, Spill the blood of my enemies, the oath a friend, Fight the holy war for the crown and the ring..."
  • The Immodest Orgasm: The intro of "Pleasure Slave" features... Two girls sexually moaning, coupled up with an Evil Laugh.
  • Thud and Blunder: Many of their songs feature lyrics about warriors (not always heroic) and their battles.
  • Un-Person: "Hand of Doom"
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The Manowarrior on every cover he appears on.
  • War Is Glorious: Several of their songs are about battles (usually medieval or fantastic instead of current) and how honorable it is to kill or die on the battlefield. However, "Shell Shock" on their debut album is a about a shell-shocked veteran struggling to adjust to normal life.
  • World of Ham: Every album they have promotes war, heroism and violence. Listening to this band is like eating one big Ham.

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