The latest from true metal heroes Manowar, Thunder In The Sky, is an EP released to wet your metal appetite for the forthcoming full-length Hammer Of The Gods to be released later in 2009. This EP is the beginning of a introduction to 'The Asgard Saga,' Manowar's fantasy adventure created in collaboration with Germany's best-selling author, Wolfgang Hohlbein. More important, it's a glimpse of Manowar's return to their 'true' heavy metal heritage after the dismal Gods Of War in 2007. In only six songs, Manowar revitalizes their sound and reclaims their seat upon the throne of epic, melodic, and heavy battle metal.
With the exception of Father, an epic ballad with acoustic guitar and vocals (and repeated 16 languages on a second Cd), Thunder In The Sky is a tour-de-force of classic Manowar metal. Title track Thunder In The Sky builds with melodic heavy metal progression; Let The Gods Decide is a bit heavier and is more akin to power metal; Die With Honor is pure epic heavy metal, grand and sweeping; Manowar updates The Crown and The Ring from Kings Of Metal giving it a solemn choral metal feel; and, God Or Man combines the best melodic metal with power metal and thrash accents for a blistering finish.
After my disappointment with 2007's boring Gods Of War, Manowar's EP Thunder In The Sky is a return to their grand and classic style of truly epic and melodic heavy metal. Very recommended!