Earlier today, Manowar announced their breakup, which dealt a crushing blow to the loincloth and baby oil industry. For the last 36 years, and over the course of 11 album, the New York city quartet have been letting loose their message of swords and sorcery. With their cries of “All Men Play on Ten” and “death to false metal,” they more or less invented a genre. Their brand of power metal was over the top to the point of parody, but if they were ever joking, they didn’t let anyone else in on the joke. Hell, they even had Sir Christopher Lee guest on an album, a 2010 re-recording of their 1982 debut Battle Hymns. The band’s Joey DiMaio paid tribute to the actor and musician upon his passing last year, stating “He was not only a great man and a talented actor, but also a great singer and a dear friend.” Below their breakup announcement, listen to Lee on “King of Kings.”

The Gods And Kings Tour was a groundbreaking moment in our career. The stage, sound, video and you, our fans, were magnificent!

Coming off such an amazing tour it was clear that the next time we must go even bigger and beyond anything we have ever done; something that will fulfill every Manowarrior’s dreams. Then that will be the ultimate moment to say Thank You and farewell!

The Final Battle will begin in Germany and take us all over the world to say goodbye to all of you.

If you know Metal
you know MANOWAR.
If you know MANOWAR
you know Metal!

Those who join this tour will be left with an eternal memory; having witnessed the band that has dedicated their blood, hearts, souls and every moment of their career to True Heavy Metal.

We are calling all Manowarriors to prepare yourselves now and to join us for The Final Battle!”