MANOWAR Bassist's 11-Minute Basel Speech (Video)

Video footage of the 11-minute speech MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio gave from the stage during the band's March 25, 2011 concert at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland can be viewed below.

According to a posting on MANOWAR's official web site, the band is scheduled to return to the studio in April, presumably to resume work on its long-awaited new album, "Hammer Of The Gods".

MANOWAR bassist and producer Joey 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.

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