MANOWAR has released the official lyric video for the song “Immortal”. The track is taken from the band’s latest digital EP, “The Revenge Of Odysseus (Highlights)”, which came out in June via Magic Circle Entertainment.
Conceived as a “thank you” for the steadfast and passionate support of the Greek Manowarriors, “The Revenge Of Odysseus” is MANOWAR‘s take on Homer‘s classic tale of the great hero Odysseus and his long and perilous quest to return to his wife and son, and protect his home and family. One of the centerpieces of this project, “Immortal” is a powerful mid-tempo hymn inspired by Odysseus‘s escape from the island of Ogygia. Yet it is also a hymn to the hero in all of us. A reminder to stay strong in the face of adversity. A call to push on, goal in sight. A testament that those who persevere will be rewarded.
For this project, MANOWAR went to great lengths: bassist/leader Joey DeMaio traveled to Athens to record a narration with father-and-son team Kostas and Konstantinos Kazakos. Kostas, hailed in Greece for his participation in many movies and as an accomplished theater actor and writer, and his son Kostantinos, who is also a talented actor, narrated a touching dialogue between Odysseus and his son Telemachus. And to honor the historic source material, they did so in Ancient Greek, translated from English by Sakis Tolis of Greek metal band ROTTING CHRIST.
“It was a pleasure and privilege to work with Kostas and Konstantinos, Sakis and everyone else who was involved in this narration,” DeMaio said. “I call Kostas ‘the Greek Orson Welles‘, not only because these two giants share many remarkable talents and outstanding voices, but also for being equally passionate to deliver a perfect narration while being humble and kind at the same time! We can’t wait to share everything with our fans.”
“The Revenge Of Odysseus (Highlights)” track-listing:
1. Athena’s Theme (00:57)
2. Telemachus – Part I (with Konstantinos Kazakos and Sakis Tolis) (Ancient Greek) (02:42)
3. Where Eagles Fly (with Chiara Tricarico) (03:27)
4. Odysseus and Calypso – The Island of Ogygia (with Kostas Kazakos) (Ancient Greek) (00:45 )
MANOWAR played the first of two “secret” warm-up shows on June 4 at Jovel Music Hall in Münster, Germany. DeMaio and his bandmates were billed as THE LORDS OF STEEL (performing “the music of MANOWAR“) for the gig, which marked MANOWAR‘s debut live appearance with new drummer Dave Chedrick, who has previously played with RAVEN and KILL RITUAL, among others.
Chedrick joined MANOWAR as the replacement for Anders Johannson who announced earlier that day that he would be unable to join MANOWAR on the band’s “Crushing The Enemies Of Metal Anniversary Tour ’22/’23” due to “family commitments.”
Two months ago, MANOWAR announced that it had recruited metal shred legend Michael Angelo Batio to play guitar for the band on its 2023 “Crushing The Enemies Of Metal” tour. The news came in the wake of guitarist Evandro “EV” Martel‘s announcement that he was taking a break from touring for a while for “personal reasons”.
Batio, who will play his first shows with MANOWAR starting February 2023, is a veteran both in the studio and on stage.