Manowar – The Final Battle I (Review)

Manowar – The Final Battle I (2019)

Manowar once pledged “if you don’t strap your nuts to your leg, they’re going to get blown off.” On their latest release, 2019’s The Final Battle I, it seems like the straps are now optional. The EP is inspired by the “legions of loyal Manowarriors” and they, like me, will find it enjoyable enough. It sounds great, the orchestral intro is quite stirring, Blood And Steel is the heroic pumper and Sword Of The Highlands is the elegiac (if overly Hobbit-y) ballad. Closing track You Shall Die Before I Die even turns the clock back to the band’s doomier early days. But there’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before, better. I’ll tap my feet and hum along but where’s the guts? Where’s the glory? Why are my unstrapped nuts still safely intact? This is supposedly the first EP of a trilogy. But two years on, there hasn’t been a follow-up and I’d hate this to be the last thing the Kings Of Metal put out. Come on Manowar! Stop preaching to the converted. Defy the naysayers, kill all the unbelievers. Give us part two and, this time, fucking go down fighting and take all the false metal with you. Blood! BLOOOOD!!

HMO Rating: 2 Out Of 5

15 thoughts on “Manowar – The Final Battle I (Review)”

  1. That is a great opening line your review Scott. You should have taken credit for that. lol
    Amazing that these guys are still at it even though the one guy is in the clink or I think he is..

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  2. I know they were once mighty but Blood & Steel sounds a bit like ‘Warriors of Genghis Khan’ by Bad News, marginally funnier maybe.

    Surely this is a band that should go out sacrificing themselves in a heroic battle against warriors from another dimension? rather than just by not bothering to record another 2 EPs?

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