Blood of the Kings
Label: Atlantic Records
The slickness that weakened Fighting the World has been tossed through a window here, on this masterful return to form for the indisputable kings of metal. The album name is dead on -- there is simply no other way to describe a band whose catalog is louder, more bombastic and more sincerely fixated on the tropes of heavy metal than any other band, by a wide margin. Meanwhile, the title cut is every bit as infectious as "I Love It Loud" or any other '80s metal anthem. It may have come out after their "classic" period, but Kings of Metal is one of Manowar's very best records.