Manowar | Concord Music Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. 2014
To call upstate New York power-metal institution Manowar “indulgent” would be the understatement of the century. Formed in 1980 by a Black Sabbath roadie and a former member of the Dictators, this muscle-bound, leather-clad band has cultivated a taste for the extravagant, perhaps best documented on their 2006 concert DVD The Day the Earth Shook: The Absolute Power. Filmed at the 2005 Earthshaker Festival in Germany, Manowar’s two-hour set includes an interlude where the members ride Harleys onto the stage (with rocker babes on their backseats) and climaxes with a 15-minute version of “Battle Hymn” that features almost every current and former member of Manowar playing at once—that’s three shredding guitarists and three drummers, all on levitating risers—as well as a full orchestra and chorus. Fronted by the ear-piercing vocals of Eric Adams, the band tells thundering, triumphant, symphonic tales of victory in battle, mystical sorcery, and the power of heavy metal. This year Manowar will release Kings of Metal MMXIV (a rerecording of the 1988 album Kings of Metal, adding narration by Brian Blessed), and I have a sneaking suspicion that it will sound a whole lot like the 11 studio albums that have come before it—not that that’s necessarily a problem. —Luca Cimarusti



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