are back.... The Kings Of Metal: MANOWAR. In the 15th of April the
new single will be released. At Wednesday the 18th the band will
play this song in “TV Total” and in May the 27th the long-expected
studio album "Warriors Of The World" will finally be available in
record shops. We have talked with Karl Logan before and we were
able to extract some more information from him after the press-conference
Hi Karl, how are you?
Hi, good, had a couple of interviews today, but aside from that
I wanted to thank you first for the invitation
to your listenings session in Belgium. It was really cool.
Hey, no need to thank us. Manowar always try to keep near their
I think that’s what makes Manowar what it
is. Ok, when you compare your new work "Warriors Of The World" with
"Louder Than Hell", where are the differences in your opinion?
I think there’s nothing similar between the two aside the fact that
both are Heavy Metal albums. Everything’s different, both from a
textual and musical point of view. The production itself went in
a totally different way. But still, it is a Manowar album.
There’s this song "Nessun Dorma" in which
Eric’s voice rises to opera heights. Has he learned how to do it?
That’s a question you’d better pose to Eric, because I’m not sure
how or what he’s trained. We made the track to show what an innovative
and versatile singer Eric is, that he can also step forward in classic
Do you think this song can also be played
live? Will you?
Yes, we’re definetly playing this song. Unfortunately, I can’t tell
you when or where. We played this song first live at the Gods Of
Metal Festival in Milan, as a “thank you” to all our italian fans.
Ok, then please tell me a story of one or
two songs which you especially liked.
"Call To Arms" is a classic Heavy Metal song which is always part
of Manowar´s belief. "Swords In the Wind" tells the story of a dying
warrior and his wish to come to Valhalla, the burial place of the
vikings. There, where the bodies are taken to in a ship through
the open sea.
Did actual events such as the attack at the
WTC influence your songwriting in any way?
Hm, this may sound kinda stupid now, but it really is strange: "Fight
For Freedom" had been completely written before the 11th September
2001 but you can somehow relate the song to such an event. But Manowar
isn’t a band that writes about political things. And then there’s
also "An American Trilogy", an original from Elvis Presley that
concerns itself about the american Civil War. We had been wanting
to make the song for quite a while and now seemed the right time
to do it.
Were you also involved in the songwriting?
Yes, Joey and I compose the core of a song, but the other bandmembers
contribute in the rest.
Do you have a favorite song in "WotW"?
Not really, no. I think all songs are good, they’re all great. I
believe in this album. These songs are like our children and we
just can’t pick one out and say: this one’s the best.
Is there a Manowar tour planned?
Yes, we are concentrating on a tour in Autumn, something like September
or October. We also want to play in some Summer Open Airs in Europe.
Will you have a support band, or will it be
Those are all things we’ll only be able to answer when the tour
is confirmed. It also depends on who has the time for it when it
"Louder Than Hell" is 5 or 6 years behind.
What have you done during this time? Were there some side-projects
or were you just travelling?
Many people think of it as travelling, but it’s wrong. It didn’t
take us 6 years to make a new album. During this time we made all
these videos and the double live album. We’ve also toured quite
a lot, playing at the biggest, most important festivals in Europe.
We were really busy all that time. It actually took us about 2 years
to make the new album. We can only say that in two years there will
be a new Manowar album. We have already written some songs and we
have a lot of ideas. We want to do it for the fans.
So, as it sounded, there was no time for any
Joey has a small label with a couple of other bands. But what he
truly commits himself to is of course Manowar. Maybe there will
be some projects in the future, but Manowar will always be the most
important. Personally, I won’t have any side-project. I want to
save all of my energy for Manowar.
How does it look like, your free time, that
is, when you’re not at songwriting or on tour? Do you keep in touch
with each other?
Each of us has his own life, of course. We were 4 years together
on tour. Every man needs some time for himself. I believe that freshens
creativity and energy up. But the priority is always Manowar.
When we were in Belgium, you showed us some
parts of the new DVD "Hell On Earth 2 + 3". Do you know when they’re
Well, I can’t really tell you that right now. That’s a “business”
decision and it depends on when we go on tour and so on. Those are
all facts we don’t really know for sure.
Ok, how do you feel about the Internet?
Personally, I haven’t yet found a use for the Internet, but neither
do I own a computer.
What other bands do you listen to besides
Manowar? Maybe non-Metal bands?
That’s a tough question. Of course I also hear other Metal bands.
And there are also non-Metal bands I like, but I can’t really tell
you which. If I said now, for example, I like this band and that,
there’s always people who will put you in this specific “closet”,
even when it isn’t so. I like every kind of “true” music, true to
its own form, people who write their own songs and stay true to
them. I could care less for stuff like Backstreet Boys and the like.
And I also have something against people who always have to go with
the trend, and I hate Hip Hop and Rap.
Are you interested in american Underground
Not really. We only really have an Underground Hardcore Scene. And
Hardcore isn’t Metal. Heavy Metal is music with good songwriting
and much talent. Also singers who can sing and guitarrists who can
play the guitar. Hardcore is people who learn a bunch of tones and
make noise. I’ve heard some of those bands, but they’ve all left
Is there anything else you’d like to tell
I think this Manowar Album will surprise some people and I believe
we went a step back to our roots, but at the same time a forwards
step towards the evolution of Manowar. Steel yourselves for our
Ok, thank you for the interview.
Thank you. Take care Brother.
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