Joey De maioMANOWAR bassist and producer Joey DeMaio has released the following statement to the U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine (also viewable in video clip below):

“After 16 years, MANOWAR will return to the U.K. — I mean, the whole of the U.K.: England, Scotland, Ireland, North Ireland and Wales. The ‘Battle Hymns’ 2011 U.K. tour will feature MANOWAR performing the entire ‘Battle Hymns’ record plus classic metal hymns that you’ve come to know. The exact tour dates and pre-sale information is coming this Thursday [July 21]. Watch Metal Hammer U.K.’s web site for the exclusive announcement and join us on See you there. Fuck the world! Hail and kill!”

MANOWAR recently returned to the studio to resume work on its long-awaited new album, “Hammer Of The Gods”.

DeMaio previously stated about the status of the songwriting and recording sessions for “Hammer Of The Gods”, “The truth is this: [original MANOWAR drummer] Donnie Hamzik is officially back in the band, and that changed everything for us. So all the songs that were written have been completely fucking thrown out, completely ditched — gone, never to be heard from again. The writing has changed because Donnie’s back in the band and he’s burning like a mad motherfucking demon on drums. So this album is gonna basically sound like I told you before — like somebody put gasoline on your fucking balls and lit it. So it’ll be worth the fucking wait, ’cause when it comes, it’s coming back.”

“Hammer Of The Gods” was previously described as the first installment of “The Asgard Saga”, the band’s unique multimedia fantasy adventure with best-selling author Wolfgang Hohlbein.

Metal Hammer – Manowar Special Announcement 20/07/2011 on MUZU.TV

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