first congratulations for your new album, this is a really great
job, and there are many different songs, very fast songs, very hard
songs, and songs very emotional songs.
Why have you made the album this way?
Eric: Well we try to make every album with some fast songs, anthem
songs, right from the first album to now, but in this album we have
the personnel to do this , anyway we didn't plan to make the album
exactly this way, sometimes the songs take their time and sometimes
they just come, this is what has happened in this album. Fight for
Freedom, Warriors Of the World, Nessun Dorma after all, is like
a symphonic metal music taken to its limits, something that the
rest of the bands haven't done ever.
You have made another anthem song with Warriors
Of the World, a great song to play live to make the people sing,
How do you get this anthems?
Eric: how do we get the anthems? (laughs) I think they just come,
there's no words to describe magic in the studio...you know, on
each song we try to include the fans as much as we can because they
are the greatest fans in the world and Warriors Of the World means
every fan in the world together again.
Karl: An anthem is an statement from the band, you know someone
can writte about flowers..or.. you know but, you say What do that
do for my life?, so you know an anthem is an statement about what
you feel in your life, and Warriors Of the World is the word to
I like a lot the album but I don't understand
things like that kind of patrioticism about "An American Trilogy",
maybe that patrioticism is understand in the USA, but maybe in another
countries not so much...
Eric: We made An American Trilogy really for a tribute to Elvis
Prestley, 25 anniversary of his death you know he's the king of
Rock'nRoll, he was the one who was against the normal maners of
the society, he lived great metal days, riding Harlyes, girls...
in a word Metal Life!
Karl: Is not like patrioticism, this song is for everyone who feels
able to brake the laws, I mean make something diferent you know,
but it's not an anthem to a patrioticism. I think in Europe can
be a meaning mistake between patrioticism and nationalism, but in
the end this song it's a tribute to Elvis the King of R'n'R and
everyone who lives in a rock or metal live!
The most important thing is Metal, of course
Metal is our religion too so no problem with this. Eric,Karl:
Hehehe Great!! Thx!
We know that a promotional recording has been
delivered to the media. Just one thing about it, Why that order
? I mean the songs order. We've realised that one side of the cassette
contains all the "slow" songs and the other, the heaviest ones in
the other, any particular reason for it?? And will that be the final
order in the CD??
Karl: As Joey explained, he arranged the songs in that order so
it had a special meaning, as if the songs told us a story. You know
a slow beginning and then finishing with power and strength.
It is surprising, and very risking isn't it?
Eric: Is like a live show, you begin slowly and then you get faster
in order the show continue... to get more feeling you know... it's
getting harder and faster with power and steel "bang bang bang bang!!"
to the end...and then "good night!!" (laughs) I think it's cool
and it is the manowar way.
"Call to arms" reminds me to songs like "Into
glory Ride", "Hail and Kill", are you agree with me? Eric:
Yeah I'm agree with you why not, in our WebSite The fans gives their
opinion about the songs..., so great part of them prefered to listen
a new manowar epic job reminding old times, but basically we've
made what the fans like to hear about us.
Will you let the fans to go on stage to swimming
to the audience during "House of Death"? It's the fastest song!
Eric: (laughs) It's cool but too hard at the same time, every time
with the fans are special times for us! And I'd jump out the stage
if after that I'm still alive (laughs)
Karl: (laughs) Well, If nobody breaks my fingers and if I can continue
playing the song solos...yeah! (laughs) But you know the "securiy"
rules in those cases
Eric: It's a Manowar way living, to invite them to do that, but
you don't know what's gonna happen in live so it's always a very
Well I was joking the fact is that "House
of Death" is a brutal Speed Metal song!
Eric: yes, it's very very fast, yeah we love that, to make fast
tracks you know.
"Fight for Freedom" reminds me to "Queen"!
What's your opinion?
Eric, Karl: Really? It's fun!!
Karl: When we started to make this song, it was a song full of power
and speed but we decided to make it a bit slower, and the result
of this was just powerful and better than the first thoughts for
Obviusly the typical Manowar ballad "Swords
in the Wind" seems to be the second part of the well-known ballad
"Master of the Wind" (Laughs)
Eric: Maybe you're right but it wasn't our intention, but what we
want to say on each song is that people make what they want," do
not accept things or shit from the others and build up your own
Karl: I can understand that, but people have to think that part
of songs, even Manowar songs we listen to... remind us to parts
of the new ones so it's inevitable, but it's fun to hear this.
Congratulations Eric for Nessun Dorma, it's
a really great interpretation of that song, What can you tell us
Eric: A lot, you know it is like Pavarotti singing Manowar songs
(laughs) I'd to learn more exactly how to sing these kind of songs.
With this song we have to explain that Manowar plays Heavy Metal
but you'll think...a lot of bands play heavy metal BUT Manowar goes
on to the limits and the unique band who has the balls to enter
with new styles and get into this kind of things like Nessun Dorma.
It was like a challenge that finally ended with a powerful and beauty
crash that will make the fans feel that kind of magic part.
What can you tell us about the tour? You will
be playing at the Lorca Festival, will you put an special stage
design or something like that?
Eric: We don't know exactly what's gonna happen yet, it's a big
surprise as all Manowar shows are (laughs)
Karl: It's like telling the end of a movie.
Is there a special stage - design for this upcoming tour ?
Eric : Our stage that involves power, that's metal, our stage has
always been nothing but speakers, a wall of speakers, a wall of
power, and it's always been plugged in, nothing fake about it. I
think that if you blow off explosions and fire and bombs and dummies
blowing off in the background, to me that takes away from the talent
of the band. If a fan buys a ticket for the show, goes by train
or whatever to the show, spend their money, buy a t-shirt, they
should see the band. Not that they look to what happens in the background
and don't see the band anymore. To me, it's a personal thing, to
me it's more important that the people look to what's going on on
stage, because that is what true metal is all about. Whatever we
do in the studio, we do live, no bullshit, it's all real, it's all
true. Our stage - set is just power, raw fuckin' power.
Are you gonna play live again some forgotten
songs from the past as a surprise for the fans ?
Eric : We always ask fans to write to our website about which songs
they want to hear live, and we remind to that when it comes to make
a set - list again. We 're gonna try to include songs from every
album, when you have 9 or 10 albums out there it's very difficult
to fit it in a show, but we're gonna do our damn best to make sure
that everybody hears what they wanna hear. The ones they vote for
that are the ones we are gonna play.
The Oath would be a great song to hear live
Eric : ( laughs ) really ? that's one we haven't done in a long
Karl : ( laughs ) Personally I'm looking forward to play the new
songs as I'm so sick of playing Ross' riffs ( laughs again ) I wanna
play my own songs.
Which songs from the new album will be played
Eric : ( laughs ) he wants me to give away everything, doesn't he
? Ehm … we will probably do Warriors of the World United, hahaha
I can't tell you what other songs will be there on the list and
to be truthfully and honest I don't even know what we are gonna
do yet, it's a month away or longer, we haven't really thought about
Karl : I don't think that there will be a song from the new album
that we definitely won't play. I think every song has it's possibility
to be translated live.
Eric : I guess it's just what the fans wanna hear.
The next questions are questions from the
people from the website :
What is your opinion about the fact that people say that Manowar
degrates women ?
Eric : Degrates ? Those people don't know Manowar. That's all I
can say, because if they have ever seen us with our ladies that
come backstage with us all the time, we treat them with the upmost
respect. Like every man should treat a lady with the upmost respect.
If a girl comes up on the stage and shows her tits to the crowd,
that's her business, we have nothing to do with that. It's the press
that has brought this on and people like for example in the United
States, where we hardly play, read this foreign news, and jump on
stage during a show and do the same thing, hey, that's cool, it's
fun, but we don't degrate women in any way.
Karl : People don't realise, see there is a cultural idea that women
are not sexual creatures, that they don't want to do things and
have their own sexual power and sometimes the girls who come on
stage, we cannot stop them from taking their clothes off. Look what
happened on the video in Brazil, where the girl took her clothes
off and I could hardly play my solo as she was rubbing me, we couldn't
have stopped her if we wanted to, so a lot of times people think
we are pushing the women to do this, but it's just the women themselves
who feel sexual empowered at the show. Eric : ( laughs ) It's a
Do you feel you are the pioneers of Metal concerts, you think that
too many bands have copied you in concerts ?
Eric : A lot of bands have copied us and that is a form of flattery.
Manowar is often imitated, but is never duplicated, so we are the
first of pioneering Heavy Metal and take it to it's symphonic stage,
and now a lot of bands came out with orchestra's behind it. We were
the first band that came out with great melodies in metal and now
other bands try to put in a melody as well, and now we are the first
band to be approached by Philips to be the first Heavy Metal band
that come out with a 5.1 Super Audio CD Sound. I don't know if you
are familiar with that, surround sound audio, which is the future
of music, and we are pioneering that as well, and I'm sure in a
few years from now, when all records will be Super Audio Cd, we're
gonna be talking with eachother again, and you will be saying :
" you were the very first band that came out with Super Audio Cd
" and I'm gonna say : " yes, that's right, because we had the fuckin'
balls to do it ".
What is your opinion about Metallium, a band
that follows the concept of Manowar and the Warriors of Metal ?
Karl : I race motorcycles, ok ? One of the rules of racing is that
you never follow in the line of the other person in front of you.
You always search for a way around to get ahead of them. These bands,
that's what they are doing, they are following in our line, and
it's funny, because Manowar is up front, but is still looking for
other lines, but these other bands, as long as they follow, they
will never find their own path and their own direction.
Do you think Heavy Metal is a style, a style
that began with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, than Manowar
Karl : But when you mention these bands, they all have their own
separate identity, that's the mark of a true band and others imitate,
but every super - band has their own identity, so it's a tribute
that all those bands imitate us, but I like to see those bands try
their own thing, find their own line.
Are you still in contact with Rhino, David
Shankle and Ross the Boss ?
Eric : Yes, all the time. Rhino is coming out with his solo - project
which is finished now. David is still in the music - world, so we
keep in contact with him and Ross, well whenever we see him, it's
" Ross " you know. We are all Brothers of Metal, it's no cliche,
it's the real deal.
Are there still coming a lot of Manowar albums
in the future ?
Eric : ( laughs ) Well, I hope so, I don't see us doing something
else, this is all I wanted to do all my life, it's a dream come
true for me and for Karl, for all of us. And to be able to tour
the world, play your music that you love, for the fans that you
love, party after the show is over and have a good time, and to
fuck as many chicks as you can along the way and get paid for it,
( laughs ) who wouldn't want such a life - style ?
You have released a live dvd and you're gonna
release 2 more live dvd's, why so many live - material ?
Karl : The fans asked for it, that's the easiest reason, that the
fans has asked for it.
Eric : It's funny, we're together for so long and the question we
always got from the media was " why don't you do a live - record
? ", so now when we come out with a live - record, the first thing
we hear from the media is : " why didn't you play the old songs
on your record ?", and now we came out with another live - record
to please the people and we played a lot of the older songs on our
second live - record, and the media reacts with " why don't you
come out with a DVD, everyone else has got DVD's ", so these things
take time, and so it's been a long time since we did a studio -
project, but we haven't been sitting on our asses, we've been doing
a lot, the 1st live - DVD is out, the 2nd one is done but not out
yet, the 3rd one is done and not out yet, we also have the live
- show in Brazil done in Super Audio sound, that's done for a future
- release, we've made our Warriors of the World United video, that's
done, so a lot of things have been in preparation for right now,
because we all talked about this and said, when we tour, we're gonna
be busy on the road, so it's time to get these things done when
we are off the road so our fans can still get to continue to get
new Manowar products, while we are on tour. We've always been very
very busy, but now that we're on the road, now that the touring
- schedule has started, now it's gonna be a much easier process
How did you get this drum - sound on this
new album ?
Scott : Many years of experience. And like my attorney said to me
one time : " if you want to keep a secret, tell no one ". ( laughs
Is the cover of the album still a secret ?
Eric : It's revealed on the Net in parts at this time.
Why do you show the cover in parts on the
Eric : We feel that the art-work is just as important as the album,
because we tried to incorporate every album cover into this cover,
so when you flip through looking for Manowar, you are looking at
the art - work, it is just hitting you, just like that.
When are you breaking the world - record again
Eric : I don't see the need for it, nobody has broken our other
record, so we have proved to the world 3 different times that we
are the loudest band in the world and the most powerful band, and
that is part of what metal is all about, being powerfull, not disturbed
powerful , but crystal clear sound powerful, and our live - performance
shows that, it's a unique sound that we are very very proud of,
and I see no reason why we have to prove ourselves again. Let's
one prove us we are wrong.
Thank you for the interview.
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