'Kings of Metal MMXIV' is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of 'Kings Of Metal' and MANOWAR's following world tour. Already a significant force with international success since their debut album 'Battle Hymns', the 'Kings of Metal' release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted MANOWAR into a new sphere. Songs like "Heart of Steel", "Kings of Metal", "Hail and Kill", and "Blood of the Kings" became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world. For ‚Kings of Metal MMXIV', MANOWAR have recorded these timeless metal anthems with new arrangements and their signature "larger than life" sound that sealed their place in heavy metal history.
‚Kings of Metal MMXIV' will feature 9 main tracks packed with face-melting metal, plus 10 bonus tracks with over 45 minutes of additional music. For the new narration on the spoken word track "The Warrior's Prayer MMXIV", MANOWAR have joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed. Blessed is a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh's "Henry V", Oliver Stone's "Alexander", in "King Lear", and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie "Flash Gordon". Not only an actor and adventurer, Blessed was also awarded the "Spirit of Hammer Award" from Metal Hammer UK for his contributions to heavy metal. For special effects of the highest level on "The Warrior's Prayer MMXIV", sound effects specialist Hamilton Sterling was recruited; a Hollywood Veteran who has contributed to action blockbusters including "Batman - The Dark Knight", "Men In Black 3", "War of the Worlds", and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World", two of which won
Oscars for Best Sound Editing. ‚Kings Of Metal MMXIV' will be released in retail on February 28, 2014 as a 2 Disc CD with two 24-page booklets and additional new art by legendary fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly, and as a digital double album.
The release of the Kings of Metal MMXIV album will be followed by the Kings of Metal MMXIV world tour, featuring the complete new album and many other classics in a completely new stage production, and will see MANOWAR return to strongholds such as Germany and Finland but also to new territories, never before visited by MANOWAR, including Israel and Poland.
01. Blood of the Kings MMXIV
02. Hail and Kill MMXIV
03. Heart of Steel MMXIV
04. Kingdom Come MMXIV
05. Kings of Metal MMXIV
06. Sting of the Bumblebee MMXIV
07. The Crown and the Ring MMXIV (Orchestral Version)
08. The Warrior's Prayer MMXIV
09. Wheels of Fire MMXIV
10. Heart of Steel MMXIV (Guitar Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
11. The Crown And The Ring MMXIV (Metal Version) (Bonus Track)
01. Blood of the Kings MMXIV (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
02. Hail and Kill MMXIV (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
03. Heart of Steel MMXIV (Acoustic Intro) (Bonus Track)
04. Heart of Steel MMXIV (Orchestral Intro) (Bonus Track)
05. Heart of Steel MMXIV (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
06. Kingdom Come MMXIV (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
07. Kings of Metal MMXIV (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
08. Wheels of Fire MMXIV (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)