is an American heavy metal band from Auburn, New York, formed in 1980.
They are known for writing lyrics with an emphasis on the heavy metal
genre itself, fantasy (particularly sword and sorcery), themselves and
mythological topics, particularly Norse mythology. Manowar's sound is
loud and bombastic; in an interview for MTV in February 2007, bassist
Joey DeMaio lamented that "these days, there's a real lack of big, epic
metal that is drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras
... so it's nice to be one of the few bands that's actually doing
that." In 1984 the band was included in the Guinness Book of World
Records for delivering the loudest performance, a record which they
have since broken on 2 occasions. They also hold the world record for
the longest heavy metal concert after playing for 5 hours and 1 minute
in Bulgaria in 2008.
Although the band has never been a
mainstream commercial success in the United States, they maintain a
strong cult following there. In contrast, they are extremely popular in
Europe and South America. Dedicated fans are known and referred to by
the band as "Manowarriors" or "Immortals", and collectively their fans
are known as the "Army of Immortals".
The band has sold over 9 million albums.