The Lord of Steel

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The Lord of Steel
Manowar lord of steel retail.jpg
Cover art by Ken Kelly
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 2012 (Hammer Edition)
June 26, 2012 (Steel Edition)
October 19, 2012 (Retail Edition)
GenreHeavy metal, power metal
Length47:40 (Hammer/Steel Edition)
55:19 (Retail Edition)
LabelMagic Circle Music
ProducerJoey DeMaio
Manowar chronology
Battle Hymns MMXI
The Lord of Steel
Kings of Metal MMXIV
Limited Hammer Edition cover
The Lord of Steel.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars [1]

The Lord of Steel is the eleventh studio album of the American heavy metal band Manowar. It was first released as a download on June 16, 2012 and the limited-edition pre-release special edition CD of the British heavy metal magazine Metal Hammer on June 26, 2012; The retail edition of The Lord Of Steel featured different mixes and mastering, spectacular new art by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, and other surprises. The album was available as CD, limited-edition vinyl and digital album.[2] It featured cover art by Ken Kelly who has worked on many previous Manowar covers. It marks a change in the band's sound,[citation needed] moving away from the symphonic sound of Gods of War and going back to the style of Louder Than Hell with the production quality of Thunder In The Sky.[citation needed]

The song "El Gringo" was used in the credits of the 2011 film of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Joey DeMaio unless stated; all music is composed by Joey DeMaio unless stated.

Hammer/Steel Edition (limited) [3]
1."The Lord of Steel" (DeMaio, Karl Logan)4:07
3."Born in a Grave" (DeMaio, Logan)5:47
4."Righteous Glory" (DeMaio, Logan)6:10
5."Touch the Sky"3:49
6."Black List"6:58
8."El Gringo"4:57
10."Hail Kill and Die"3:56
Total length:47:40
  • The Hammer Edition is the CD version that came in the Metal Hammer's 100% Official Steel Edition bundle (including this CD, the HolyHell's "Darkness Visible (The Warning)" EP and the magazine Metal Hammer #233) exclusively from Metal Hammer UK. Also available as digital download released on Manowar webshop. It includes a 16-page digital booklet featuring complete lyrics and brand new band photos.
Retail Edition [4]
1."The Lord of Steel" (DeMaio, Karl Logan)4:07
3."Born in a Grave" (DeMaio, Logan)5:02
4."Righteous Glory" (DeMaio, Logan)5:47
5."Touch the Sky"3:48
6."Black List"6:44
8."El Gringo"6:55
10."Hail Kill and Die"3:57
11."The Kingdom of Steel" (DeMaio, Logan)7:20
Total length:55:19
  • The Retail Edition, originally scheduled for September 28, hit the stores on October 19, 2012 on CD, limited-edition picture vinyl and as digital album. It features a 24-page booklet, an opulent new illustration by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, a brand new song titled The Kingdom Of Steel, entirely different mixes and many new arrangements compared to the limited pre-release.[5]


Guest/session musicians
  • Joe Rozler – keyboards
  • Francisco Palomo – keyboards on El Gringo
Technical stuff
  • Joey DeMaio – engineering, recording, editing, production
  • Ronald Prent – mixing (at Wisseloord Studios)
  • Darcy Proper – mastering (at Wisseloord Studios)
  • Dirk Kloiber – additional engineering and editing (at Haus Wahnfried)
  • Francisco Palomo – additional editing


  1. ^ "Sputnik music Review". 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  2. ^ The Lord Of Steel bei My Favourite Magazines
  3. ^ ·Encyclopaedia Metallum, Additional Notes section·
  4. ^ ·Encyclopaedia Metallum, Additional Notes section·
  5. ^ ·Manowar Official Website - The Kingdom Of Steel· Archived 2012-10-28 at the Wayback Machine

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