Manowar - _Louder Than Hell_
by: Adrian Bromley (
For those of you who grew up in the 1980s listening to Judas Priest, Accept, Iron Maiden, and Anvil material (there were hundreds more), you will definitely cream your pants with Manowar's latest installment of "manly metal" with _Louder Than Hell_. As if written from the tales of Conan the Barbarian or Thundarr the Barbarian (80s cartoon hero), the material on _LTH_ lashes out in a blinding fury of aggression, speed, and harmony. It's tight, loud, and brings forth a tremendous feeling of power with every song. Stomp your feet and strap on your spiked-arm bands and head bang fast and furious with such delights as "Return of the Warlord", "The Gods Made Heavy Metal", and "Outlaw." At times cheesy, but for the remainder of the time, Manowar's _LTH_ is a definite ear-pleaser. This album may do moderately well and get some exposure seeing that they are on a major label (Geffen). Metallic mayhem unleashed!
(article published 11/18/1996)
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