Manowar is an American heavy metal  band from Auburn, New York. Formed in , the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy particularly sword and sorcery and mythology particularly Norse mythology and Greco-Roman mythology , as well as numerous songs celebrating the genre and its core audience. The band is also known for a loud and bombastic sound. In an interview for MTV in February , bassist Joey DeMaio lamented that "these days, there's a real lack of big, epic metal that is drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras As of Manowar has sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Manowar's history began in when Joey DeMaio , the future bassist of the band met guitarist Ross the Boss while working as a bass tech and fireworks manager for Black Sabbath on the Heaven and Hell tour. The two bonded over their shared musical interests, became friends and decided to form a band with the suggestion and advice of Ronnie James Dio during the tour. At the end of the tour with Black Sabbath, the duo got together to form Manowar.
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They were both native New Yorkers, both enthralled by tales of epic fantasy, and both invigorated by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal at the height of its powers. They resolved to create the ultimate heavy metal band: Manowar. What would be wilder? Animal fur!