Iris Bernotat of Focusion Promotion & Marketing recently conducted a short interview with MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio about the 10th-anniversary remastered edition of the band's "Warriors Of The World" album. You can now read the chat below.
Q: Hi Joey. How are you?
Joey: I am doing very well, thank you. We are currently working in the studio, finishing the mixing and mastering for "The Lord Of Steel Live" album, and listening to the recordings from these recent shows is a blast. Brings back so many great memories.
Q: We can imagine. Speaking of memories: You have remastered "Warriors Of The World" and released as a 10th-anniversary remastered edition. You must have plenty of memories about that album, too?
Joey: Too many to count or tell. There is something special about each of our albums and that is why we and our fans enjoy looking back on our material as much as we enjoy looking forward to the new material. "Warriors Of The World" was the beginning of a new era. One of the many memories is Stefan Raab of Germany's "TV Total" performing with us on stage, and we also had many insane moments with German comedian Olli Pocher. And, as everyone who joined us on this tour will well remember, the "Warriors Of The World" tour in 2002 was just wild.
Q: What is special about the "Warriors Of The World" 10th-anniversary remastered edition?
Joey: The new edition, of course, features all 11 original tracks, mixed by our brother Ronald Prent. Ronald has worked with literally everybody who has a name in the music industry. He is truly gifted and the collaboration with him was fantastic! For the new anniversary edition, I remastered the entire album in our own studios with our in-house engineer Dirk Kloiber. We constantly pushed each other to the limit to create a new sonic experience for these songs that we, and our fans, love so much. I love mixing and mastering as much as writing and performing. It is very liberating when you have the opportunity to bring your music to life exactly the way you envision it.
Q: What can MANOWAR fans expect after the release of the "Warriors Of The World" remastered edition?
Joey: Like I said, we are currently finishing "The Lord Of Steel Live". From the first show in Zaragoza, Spain in October 2012 to the last show in Yekaterinburg, Russia in March this year, "The Lord Of Steel" tour was a terrific experience. Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is an incredible experience, and our fans were just wild and open to this new material. Just look at the photos we posted on Facebook! So many new faces in addition to the loyal Warriors who have followed us for years. And with that said, you have another reason why "Warriors Of The World" is so special to us: Our fans really are these warriors! They come from all over the world; a family of brothers and sisters under the sign of the hammer and with a spirit of unity and honor that is second to none.