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
Length 40:33
Label 10/Virgin
Producer Jack Richardson, Tony Platt (track 5)
Manowar chronology
Hail to England
(1984)Hail to England1984
Sign of the Hammer
Fighting the World
(1987)Fighting the World1987
Singles from Sign of the Hammer
  1. "All Men Play on 10"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10[2]
Rock Hard (GER) 9.5/10[3]

Sign of the Hammer is the fourth album by heavy metal band Manowar, released on October 15, 1984.


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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Joey DeMaio, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "All Men Play on 10" – 4:01
  2. "Animals" – 3:34
  3. "Thor (The Powerhead)" – 5:23
  4. "Mountains" – 7:39
Side two
  1. "Sign of the Hammer" – 4:18
  2. "The Oath" (Ross the Boss, DeMaio) – 4:54
  3. "Thunderpick" – 3:31
  4. "Guyana (Cult of the Damned)" – 7:10

Song information[edit]

  • "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.





  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Sign of the Hammer at AllMusic
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Trojan, Frank (1984). "Review: Manowar - Sign of the Hammer". Rock Hard (in German). No. 8. Retrieved 2016-12-26. 
  4. ^ [...], 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.