Manowar - Absolute Power Review
by Matt Hensch
Manowar is a band known for putting on legendary live shows that literally shake the very ground they walk upon, and now the world has a chance to witness their awesome performance power. Back in 2005, the loudest band in the world arrived in Germany with a camera crew to tape their headlining performance at Earthshaker Fest. The appropriately titled "Absolute Power" captures Manowar's sensational live show at Earthshaker Fest that was filmed with high quality equipment to produce the mother of all live DVDs.
The tracklist for this DVD is the most incredible live set a Manowar fan could ever imagine. Everything from "Sign Of The Hammer" to "The Crown And The Ring" is played on this monstrous disc, which is filled with twenty two different tracks from Manowar's lengthy catelog. The most surprising part of this DVD is when Manowar warmly welcomes former members to the stage to play songs like "Metal Warriors" and "Dark Avenger" for this great performance. An orchestra was also added to help enlighten several songs like "Herz Aus Stahl." The orchestra isn't a fantastic part of the show, but it does help maintain the live energy of some of these songs. Manowar manages to remain a true live powerhouse as guitarist Karl Logan nails every solo with ease and singer Eric Adams relentlessly hits incredibly high notes. In terms of live shows and music, this is the Valhalla of DVDs.
Even though the music and live presence of Manowar is great, there is one thing that remains untouchable here: the fans. I've watched several live DVDs before, and never have I seen a group of fans so loyal and excited to be at a live show. Not only do the several camera angles show Manowar's fans singing and moshing to their songs, Manowar constantly gets the crowd involved in songs as they stop and let the group of metalheads sing along to the tracks. I never really believed Manowar's rants about having the greatest fans in the world, but after viewing this DVD, it's clear Manowar has a unique bond with their fans that most other bands don't.
The bonus disc for Manowar's performance at Earthshaker Fest is a nice addition to the DVD package. The extra DVD contains information about the location of Manowar's show at Earthshaker, the sound and camera equipment used during the concert, footage of Manowar's rehearsal sessions that involved all the band's former and present members, and a massive documentary about Manowar's fan club convention. The fan club documentary shows a huge group of Manowar fans from all over the world gathering for a monstrous convention. The convention has everything from Viking battles to guitar lessons taught by Karl Logan. The bonus disc is a worthy addition to this fantastic DVD.
I honestly have never been this impressed by a live DVD before. This is essential Manowar fans and those who enjoy live DVDs.
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