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Manowar – The Day the Earth Shook – The Absolute Power

Label: Metal Blade/Magic Circle Music
Format: DVD
Released: 2006
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

You’d think after four of these DVD’s that Manowar would run out of material…….no chance. I mean just look at all this content……


Disc 1:
Main Program – 2.5 hours:
'The Ascension', 'Manowar', 'Brothers Of Metal', 'Call To Arms', 'Sun Of Death', 'Kings Of Metal', 'Sign Of The Hammer', 'Screams Of Blood', 'Blood Of My Enemies', 'Kill With Power', 'Triumph Of Steel Era Introduction', 'Metal Warriors', 'The Glory Of Achilles', 'Battle Hymns Era Introduction', 'Metal Daze', 'Dark Avenger', 'Outlaw', 'House Of Death', 'Herz Aus Stahl', 'Wagner Tribute', 'Prelude To Act III From Lohengrin', 'King Of Kings', 'Hell On Wheels', 'Warriors Of The World United', 'Hail And Kill', 'Black Wind, Fire And Steel', 'Battle Hymn' (featuring past and present members), 'The Crown And The Ring', Credits.

Historical Moments - 13 minutes: Bass Solo, Rainer's Award, Sound Check, Strohofer Family Tribute, Chopper Competition, Tour Dates
Audio Commentary By Director Neil Johnson

Disc 2: Bonus Disc
The Day The Earth Shook - The Absolute Power Of Manowar: 45 minutes:
Introduction, The Beginning, New York Rehearsals, Orchestra & Choir Rehearsals, The House Of Death, Lighting, The PA, Sound Check, Filming In HD, Conclusion, Credits

Manowar Fan Convention - The Extended Experience: 3 hours:
Introduction, Fan Club History, Fan Convention Story, The Doors Open, Opening Ceremonies, Jomsvikings, Greetings Brothers, The Face Of Destiny, Revenge, Fallen Brother, Fortitude, Women On Stage, There Can Be Only One, Battle, Special Guests, Past Members, The Kings Of Metal, Horses Of Steel, Ross The Boss Guitar Clinic, David Shankle Guitar Clinic, Karl Logan Guitar Clinic, Eric Adams Meet And Greet, Scott Columbus Drum Clinic, Voice Of The Immortals, Arm Wrestling Competition, Eric Adams' Scream Competition, Beer Drinking Joey Style, Manowar Q & A, Manowar Sound Check, Miss Manowar, Fan Confessionals.
Battle Hymn Geiselwind Rehearsals: 13 min.

. Unique packaging
. Almost 7 hours of footage
. Filmed in full HD quality with 27 cameras
. Digipak with 12 page booklet
. 1st full length headliner concert recording
. Features all band members - past and present
. Over 4 hours of bonus content
. Mixed by Grammy nominee Rich Breen in full 5.1 surround sound

When it comes to Manowar’s popularity in Europe, and especially in Germany, just based on this show alone you can see they are as big as giants Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, and Kiss.

The concert encore featuring past Manowar members Ross the Boss and David Shankle on guitar with drummers Kenny "Rhino" Earl and Donnie Hamzik, plus an orchestra, is what makes this DVD all the more special for Manowar, and Heavy Metal fans, everywhere. Past members also make appearances during the respective part of the show where they played on those songs from their time in the band. And if all this was not special enough ‘Heart of Steel’ is sung in German titled ‘Herz Aus Stahl’.

Camera work for the show is done very well as it gives plenty of close ups and wide enough shots, minus quick clips, to show the size of the crowd attending this outdoor Earthshaker festival.

Really after five volumes of DVDs filled with content Manowar really give their fans their moneys worth and they don’t skimp when it comes to material or production quality either. After seeing all four "Hell On Earths" and now "The Day the Earth Shook" I feel like I took a trip around the world to see all these countries because Manowar includes everyone and everything they have done tour. The fans really became a large part to these "Hell on Earth" releases. Its Manowar overkill I say (laughs).

"Manowar…..born to live forever more, the right to conquer every shore."

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