Sadly, however, their reputation is ruined by self-righteous "Manowarriors" who throw around the words "true metal," "false metal" and "poser" to justify all of their opinions about music.
What true metal REALLY means: Metal that comes from the heart, is played with real passion, and is not made just for money or mass appeal - NOT "any band that I really like." False metal is any metal that is the opposite of this - NOT "any band that I don't like," unlike what many of the idiots on this site say. ALSO, a poser is someone who tries to be something/one that they are not by any means, like a preppy trying to be an emo - NOT "any person who doesn't like Manowar."
What this basically means is that there may be a band out there that you like, but is not "true metal," and there may be a band that you really hate, but they ARE "true metal." And hell, there may be some big Manowar fans out there who are total posers themselves. Don't bend their words to try to justify any dumb opinion you may have.
For example, some people have said Lamb of God is true metal. The other day, someone on a message board said Lamb of God is false metal. So what does this mean then? Neither of those fans know ANYTHING about true/false metal. They are just throwing words around to try to seem like their opinion is law, and that "I know what I'm talking about because Manowar said so."
But, if you leave some of the moronic super fans out, Manowar is really a great, talented band that's worth a listen for anyone who likes metal.
Normal Manowar Fan: Dude... shut up, or Manowar will come out and rip your face off for disgracing their name.