MANOWAR - "HELL ON STAGE LIVE" (NUCLEAR BLAST)
Manowar have done some really good stuff. "Kings of Metal" is a fine album, for example. "Hell on Stage Live" comes with nice artwork and all, but the music lets down. I miss the intensity, it sounds too polished, and if this is the band of the legendary Black Wind, well, I found no such thing arising in my room. Those one or two songs off "Kings of Metal" did please me, though perhaps the presence of the entire "The Warrior's Prayer" is a tad too much.
The past twelve months have seen the release of more than their usual share of (usually double CD) live albums, and "Hell on Stage Live" is not particularly one of the most essential of these.
Written April 1999
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