This live offering is Manowar’s second live double-album release in a row, coming on the heels of 1998’s _Hell on Wheels_. Not having a lot of familiarity with the band meant hearing most of these songs for the first time in the live setting. This really wasn’t much of a concern though, as the production and mix is so good that in most places it doesn’t even sound like a live album. The vocals were pretty decent throughout, and there were a couple of outstanding solos, nothing mind-blowing, but solid all around. Favorite tracks include “March for Revenge”, “Guyana”, “Heart of Steel”, and what has always been an all-time favorite of mine “Master of the Wind”, just to name a few. The crowd interaction in reciting all of “The Warrior’s Prayer” in unison was also a highpoint. As live albums go, this highly energetic one is quite good and is definitely a must have for all the Manowarriors out there.
Released in 1999 Hell on Stage – Live has perfectly captured what fans can expect from a Manowar concert: nothing but pure excess energy and over the top uncompromising power. Dynamic changes and a great setlist make each concert a powerful experience which leaves no doubt to who the true ”Kings Of Metal” are. Features all-out versions of the classics Blood Of The Kings, The Power and Gates Of Valhalla and blasts them straight into your living room. The crowd participation on the intro of The Warrior’s Prayer is nothing short of breathtaking…
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Ah,another live 2-CD release by yet another veteran metal band.’Hell On…’ is a sixteen track assault that was recorded during their spring 1998 invasion tour of France,Spain,Germany,etc.I’ve heard that bands like Metallica and Pantera won’t even consider touring w/Manowar,fearing that the TRUE metal ensemble just might upstage them.My choice cuts are “Metal Daze”,”Dark Avenger”,the underground metal classic “Gates Of Valhalla(Cult Of The Damned)”,the earth shaking “Blood Of The Kings”,”Heart Of Steel” and “The Power”.Only downside is that “Blow Your Speakers” isn’t on here.All original line-up except guitarist Karl Logan.State of the art metal cover.
Finally, the second live CD set from Manowar has been released in the US! These CDs truly capture the power and strength of a live Manowar show and are a must-buy for any fan of True Metal. The 3rd bonus CD (3 tracks recorded live in Germany) includes a German-language version of “Heart of Steel” that is worth the price of the CDs by itself. “Grandfather, Who were those four men?” “Who were they? Thery were the METAL KINGS!”
Any true fans of the loudest band on earth would be remiss to keep this CD set from their collection. A good mix of old favorites and the newer Manowar songs makes for a great album. The bonus CD recorded in Germany features a killer rendition of “Heart of Steel”. So if your are brother or sister of true metal, check this one out.
This is a really good album, but slightly dissappointed me when I fist got it. Don’t get me wrong, all the songs are great and Manowar put on a truly first class performance but I was dissappointed with the selection of songs on this album. I saw this album in the shop and bought it on impulse, cos I love manowar, but didn’t look at the track listing. The reason for my dissapointment was that none of my favourite songs by manowar were on the album. I really love ‘Metal Warriors’, ‘Kings of metal’, ‘Fighting the world’ and ‘Thor the powerhead’ but these songs were nowhere to be seen. I do dig this album a lot and it has some really good stuff on it such as ‘Metal Daze’ which is a truly METAL song and Joey’s classic Bass solos, but it could be better. In the last week I discovered Manowar’s previous live album (released just before this one) which has all the ‘missing’ tracks that I mentioned before.[I have ordered 'Hell on Wheels' album from amazon and will review it when my copy arrives]I think this album was released because that previous live album, the similarly titled ‘Hell on wheels’ was so good and some of manowars fans felt that some of THEIR favourite songs were missing.To fully appreciate what manowar are capable of on stage I think you need both albums (Four hours in total, manowar play long sets on stage). I would say to anyone thinking of buying this ‘Buy hell on wheels first, then if you like that, buy this’. I would, assuming ‘Hell on wheels’ is as well performed which I think it will be, sum this album up as: ‘A tasty collection of the leftovers from the true metal feast that is Hell on wheels’.