Manowar - _Hell on Stage Live_
(Nuclear Blast, 1999)
by: Paul Schwarz (9.5 out of 10)
This is real metal. There is nothing false about Manowar, they are the real deal and in this mere human's opinion the greatest heavy metal band ever to have been in existence. This is the band's second live album and contains a totally different selection of songs than the last _Hell on Wheels_ did. It also features, for the most part, a different "side" of Manowar. _HoS_ contains many of the band's most classic, -epic- songs. Thus, the incredible power and emotion of brilliant live renditions of "Dark Avenger", "March for Revenge" and "Bridge of Death" are among the wonders available within _HoS_. The second disc brings forth "Heart of Steel" and "Master of the Wind" in electric live form along with the storming force and might of "Blood of the Kings", "Outlaw" and "The Power". Also among the 16 tracks on offer are two of Joey's bass solo pieces, his two classical conversions: "William's Tale" and "Sting of the Bumblebee". These sound great, though -I- would also love to hear him do "Thunderpick" live. Of course there are songs I would still like to hear live which aren't featured on either live album, but this is simply because Manowar have written so many brilliant songs, not because they have chosen tracklistings for either album badly. Basically, if you want to hear the power which Manowar has live, if you want to have that power, that energy, at your fingertips, to invigorate you when you need or want it, you need _Hell on Stage_, and I am among you.

(article published 19/5/1999)

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