Metal Hammer Uk - 147 2005
BRIDGE OF METAL
Report taken by Doctor Doom
One of the songs that got people's attention on 'Hail To England was 'Bridge Of Death'. Look at the back cover, and you'll see that it was dedicated to a certain 'Doctor Doom'. Who? Actually, that person is me. So, how the hell [or hail] did I manage to get a dedication on a Manowar album? Simple, I happened to be in the right place at the right time. More than 20 years ago, I’d acquired the nickname of Doctor Doom - something to do with a love of all things deathly and black when it came to metal. Taking a liking to Manowar, I was fortunate to be one of those who championed their cause when they first came to England. I was even honoured by receiving the 'sacred salute', during a secret ceremony in the bar of a Central London hotel [I can reveal no more]. And then came the 'Hail To England' album.
"Hey, we've written a song for you," DeMaio told me in 1983, before the band had even started to record. "I’m not gonna say any more about it than that!"
It turned out to be 'Bridge Of Death', a rather impressive number that’s really an allegory about facing up to that moment when you breathe your last breath. I was, to say the least, rather humbled and slightly embarrassed by this, especially when the bassist went on to tell me later on:
"We actually wrote this with you in mind". So it’s not just for me, but about me? Given the fact that it talks about meeting Satan, standing in flame, I did muse over whether this was really a compliment, or something altogether more sinister. I was the Dark Lord Of The Flies in their eyes. Seriously, though, it was an honour - and it remains so.