The bandmembers history

1. Joey De Maio (born in Auburn, NY) played bass in schoolband. Worshiped Black Sabbath. Used to get closer with BS on their "Heaven and Hell" tour, when he lended some of his equipment to Terry Butler. For a while he worked as a roadie for BS (he himself claimed that he worked just as a light-effect technician). Now (and since 1983) he almost singlehandedly has written music and lyrics.

2. Eric Adams (born Auburn, NY) a school days friend of Joey. Started singing earlier (when he was 9) than Joey plaing his bass. Being from one town - never played in the same band (even on school level) before Manowar came to life. He handled the band's finances since he joined Manowar.

3. Ross Friedman (born in Australia) moved to New York City and played guitar for The Dictators since 1975. Released 3 albums with them. Than went to France (worked for 1 year in "Shaking Street"). On Black Sabbath heaven and Hell tour Shaking Street opened for Sabbath - this how De Maio met Friedman.

He left manowar in 88 after "Kings of Metal" album to play more blues stuff - he organised "The Pack"

4.Donny Hamzik (born in Poland) and Karl Kennedy before him were found from a newspaper advertisement. Basically, Manowar searchedf for an appropriate drummer with "heart black enough" for 2 years, until one of accident female friends of De Maio recommended to him:

5. Scott Columbus, who worked in a plumber shop in a little town in New York State.

6. Michael Shankle played for a while for "Chicago", before he was choisen from about 150 guitarists to replace Friedman. Eric and Joey met him while recording "Kings of Metal" in Chicago.

7. I hope to unfound more about Karl Logan after next Manowar album (due in April 95) will be released.

STYLE of Manowar was heavily influenced by Ozzy Sabbath on the musical side, and by an outburst of interest to Sword-and-Soucery fiction in early 80th on the side of the lyrics. This made band exceptionally popular in Europe (esp. Germany and England), but next to unknown in USA. They were dropped by their label month after "Battle Hymns" was released. They had problems with Megaforce. But they didn't have too much problems with Geffen , which released them in Europe. Atlanic picked them up in 87, promoting their "Fighting the World" album quite well, "Kings of Metal" was promoted way worse, after the band refused to sell it out in their "Trimph of Steel"(92) release, they were finally dropped by Atlantic. Now they back with Geffen also for the US (as well as European) deal for the oncoming album.

NAME of Manowar was described by Joey as a compiliation of WAR (because life is WAR, in his opinion) and MANnish substance (because the metal scene was and is whimpy).

  • WHO ARE THE 'FALSE ONES' ? - De Maio said that
  • "False Metal" is every band which does not play
  • to expectations of their followers, therefore
  • cheating them.
  • PRESS and MANOWAR - mutual animosity with US press. American press tried very hard to neglect them totally. They. , in responce, never lose a chance to bash US metal press on their European concerts.

    HOBBIES of Manowar members - Joey is known in metal circles as a "karate kid" for a long time. All memebers of the band are know as a dedicated weighlifters, who like to pump their muscles up and than demonstrate their impressive physics on the concerts.

    CHILDHOOD REMINISCENCIES - Joey used to tell that he's prouid that he's grown up in the 70th, when the music was great (he always mentions Ozzy Sabbath and Deep Purple as the most prominent examples).

    TOPICS of MANOWAR SONGS - I tried to "group" them up - here's the result>. Don't forget that Sword-andSoucery topics are often played with a "magik number of 4 metal KINGS" (4 members of Manowar), therefore, in many cases Sword-and Soucery topic is very close to that of Manowar as a band.
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