Sign of the Hammer
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|Sign of the Hammer|
|Studio album by Manowar|
|Released||October 15, 1984|
|Recorded||Phase One Studios, Toronto, Canada, November 1983,
Virgin Records' Manor Studios, Oxford, UK, 1984
|Genre||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Producer||Jack Richardson, Tony Platt (track 5)|
|Singles from Sign of the Hammer|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||9/10|
|Rock Hard (GER)||9.5/10|
In 2005, Sign of the Hammer was ranked number 418 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
All songs written by Joey DeMaio, except where noted.
- Side one
- "All Men Play on 10" – 4:01
- "Animals" – 3:34
- "Thor (The Powerhead)" – 5:23
- "Mountains" – 7:39
- Side two
- "Sign of the Hammer" – 4:18
- "The Oath" (Ross the Boss, DeMaio) – 4:54
- "Thunderpick" – 3:31
- "Guyana (Cult of the Damned)" – 7:10
- "Guyana (Cult of the Damned)" is a song about the 1978 mass suicide led by Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple group, at Jonestown, northwestern Guyana.
- "Thor (The Powerhead)" is about the Norse God Thor (as the name suggests), destroying the evil of the world and the Giants (enemies of the Gods) as well. The song often brings about the Ragnarök, with "live to fight on that final day" stated many times. The Norse people believed that at the end of the world the Gods and the Giants would battle for control. It is foreseen that the Gods would lose, and many of their deaths have been foretold before the battle. Regardless, the Gods still will fight on the final day for the right to control Earth. This song has been covered by symphonic metal band Therion on the album Crowning of Atlantis.
- Eric Adams - vocals
- Ross the Boss - guitar, keyboards
- Joey DeMaio - bass guitars
- Scott Columbus - drums
- Rivadavia, Eduardo. Sign of the Hammer at AllMusic
- Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 213. ISBN 978-1894959315.
- Trojan, Frank (1984). "Review: Manowar - Sign of the Hammer". Rock Hard (in German). No. 8. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
- [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 42. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.