Manowar has recently announced that the talented musician Michael Angelo Batio will handle the guitar duties for the band’s Crushing The Enemies of Metal 2023 world tour.

While Manowar’s latest studio album with the original material, ‘The Lord of Steel, ‘ dropped in 2012, the band released their new digital EP, ‘The Revenge Of Odysseus (Highlights),’ in June 2022. Besides new music, the band announced the Crushing The Enemies Of Metal Anniversary Tour ’22/’23 to celebrate their long career spanning over four decades and honor the iconic albums like ‘Battle Hymns,’ ‘Into Glory Ride,’ ‘The Triumph Of Steel,’ and ‘Warriors Of The World.’

However, they announced on the first day of the tour in June 2022 that drummer Anders Johansson would not be available for the tour due to his family-related issues. Dave Chedrick replaced him as the band’s new touring member. Recently on September 2, 2022, Manowar released a statement saying that guitarist E.V. Martel could not perform with the band next year for personal reasons.

Following that, the band immediately announced that former Nitro guitarist Michael Angelo Batio joined the band as their touring guitarist for their forthcoming 2023 tour. Batio will be playing his debut show with the band in February 2023. The guitarist said he feels very excited to share the stage with Manowar. The band’s bassist Joey DeMaio also expressed his gratification for having Batio in the band and praised his stunning playing technique.

Here is how Manowar announced their new touring guitarist:

“Following guitarist E.V. Martel’s announcement that he will not be available next year, Manowar have invited metal shred legend Michael Angelo Batio to perform with them. Martel announced on social media that he will take a break from touring for personal reasons. He added: ‘Manowar, their crew, along with all the Manowarriors around the world, have been really great to me from the moment I came onboard. I could not be more thankful for the good times we have shared.’

‘We love and respect E.V. and support his decision.’ said Joey DeMaio. ‘He is a true brother, and we’ll forever share unforgettable memories like playing near the Arctic Circle or in Mexico for the first time!’ Batio, who will play his first shows with Manowar starting February 2023, is a veteran both in the studio and on stage.

Voted by Guitar One Magazine, the ‘No. 1 Fastest Guitar Shredder of All Time’ Chicago-native Batio is an accomplished musician in many genres but is best known for his lightning-fast metal performances. He is renowned the world over for his technical mastery of the fretboard, extremely fast picking, and his invention, the ‘MAB Over Under’ technique. His ability to play a double-necked and quad-necked guitar, using both hands, has earned him the respect of fans and fellow musicians alike.”

They continued:

“‘We’ve known Michael for many years and have always admired his work.’ said Joey DeMaio. ‘His technique is astounding; when we invited him to come and jam with us, we played together at the speed of light. Everything fell into place immediately. We’re ready for a killer tour!’

I could not be more excited!‘ said Michael Angelo Batio. ‘I love metal more than anything, and it doesn’t get more metal than Manowar! I can’t wait to get on stage and play for the Manowar fans!’ Manowar’s Crushing The Enemies Of Metal Anniversary Tour 2023 celebrates the band’s over four decades-long career and iconic albums such as ‘Battle Hymns,’ ‘Into Glory Ride,’ ‘The Triumph Of Steel’ and ‘Warriors Of The World.'”

Michael Angelo Batio is a prominent guitar player mainly known for his success in performing in various metal genres. The guitarist stands out with his technical approach to the instrument, which will definitely contribute a lot to Manowar’s sound.