- Product Code: 3984-14215-1
- You will get bonus-scraps: 25
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- Price in bonus-scraps: 249
First re-release of the debut full-length studio album by cult American Epic Power/Heavy Metal band.
Originally released in 1984, "Battle Cry" is one of the quintessential US Metal albums, and it is one of the best Heavy Metal albums ever written. Alongside Manowar’s first four albums, Manila Road’s "Open The Gates" and "Crystal Logic" and Bathory’s (un)holy trilogy, Omen’s "Battle Cry" is one of the most important chapters in the Holy Bible of Epic Metal.
Omen were originally formed in 1983 in Oklahoma. Not long after they moved to Los Angeles and found an outstanding vocalist, J.D. Kimball. Their song "Torture Me" appeared on "Metal Massacre V". Soon after, Omen inked a deal with Brian Slagel’s legendary Metal Blade Records an started recording their first album, "Battle Cry", which saw the light of day in 1984.
Songs like “Death Rider”, “Dragon’s Breath”, “In The Arena” and “The Axeman” were hailed as classics in the band’s native America (and in the UK for that matter). Europe and especially Germany took Omen to its heart. At the time, Omen were quite often described as “Iron Maiden on speed”.
Boris Kaiser, chief editor of German Rock Hard Magazine said in the book "Best Of Rock & Metal": “The world will probably never again see a band that sounded as unique as Omen on their first three albums, "Battle Cry", "Warning Of Danger" and "The Curse". That was mainly down to J.D. Kimball’s deep, majestic and highly melodic vocals. Add some great guitar work by Kenny Powell and a more than solid rhythm section, and you will end up with one of the best American Power Metal bands of all time.”
"Battle Cry" is definitely a landmark album, for not only US Power Metal, but the entire Power Metal genre in general with its more violent approach to the lyrics and artwork, as well as its undeniable catchy, anthem-like choruses and riffs. If this album isn't one that you have got to yet, or one that you found to be entirely unenjoyable, then you had better lock your doors because the Axeman will have you bound and gagged!!
Mastered for vinyl, strictly limited to 200 copies DTC Edition Opaque Red/Purple Splatter Vinyl includes giant 2-sided poster.
Metal Blade Records Inc., 1984/2017 (3984-14215-1). Made in Germany.
1. Death Rider 3:29
2. The Axeman 4:27
3. Last Rites 3:40
4. Dragon's Breath 3:00
5. Be My Wench 4:06
6. Battle Cry 3:42
7. Die By The Blade 3:09
8. Prince Of Darkness 2:46
9. Bring Out The Beast 4:11
Total playing time: 36:30 min.