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Hail To England

by Manowar
Hail To England by Manowar
Released: Jan 1984
Label: Magic Circle Music
Bass player/songwriter/maniac Joey DeMaio's spoken intro to a four-minute bass solo, "Black Arrows," says it all: "Let each note that I now play be a black arrow of death sent straight to the heart of all those who play false metal. BLAAAARRRGGG!" Hail To England marks the zenith of Manowar's six-album domination of the power/fantasy metal subgenre they practically invented. The entire band makes a major leap, playing with a ferocity only hinted at on the first two albums. Ross the Boss' ribboning shred-fest that explodes halfway through "Blood of My Enemies" is a major highlight.
Mike McGuirk