ROSS THE BOSS – Legacy of Blood, Fire & Steel

ROSS THE BOSS - Legacy of Blood, Fire and Steel album cover artwork.
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Label: AFM Records
Release date: April 28, 2023

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When thinking of classic Heavy Metal guitarists who’ve had a huge hand in defining the genre during the 80s, Ross “The Boss” Freidman is one that immediately comes to mind. From either his work on the first six Manowar classic albums, to his Proto-Punk band The Dictators back in 1972, Ross The Boss has cemented his place in music history. From 2006 on, Ross “The Boss” Friedman has been delivering blistering Heavy Metal with his solo band Ross The Boss, and this year he’s releasing a special vinyl only album of the greatest hits off of those records, hand picked by Ross himself.

Vinyl Only Release

To commemorate 15 years of great music from the Ross The Boss Band, AFM Records asked Ross “The Boss” Freidman to hand pick three songs from each of the four albums New Metal Leader, Hailstorm, By Blood Sworn, and Born Of Fire for a very special vinyl only release. Ross “The Boss” Freidman on his song writing process:

“There’s not much difference in how I approach a solo album compared to my work with Manowar. It used to be just Joey [DeMaio] and I working on the songs – recording demos, like we do now. Then we’d present them in the studio and go from there. It’s basically the same process of songwriting, adding parts or taking parts away. I think this time it was just more straightforward and as a result, more efficient.”

Final Notes

Ross The Boss – Legacy of Blood, Fire & Steel is a great collection of the highlights from the band’s four great albums, so the listener can’t go wrong with this release. The album cover was co-designed by singer Marc Lopes, and looks fantastic in the full size vinyl format. If you collect vinyl, you can’t go wrong with this album, as not only does it sound great, but will also look fantastic on your wall.

Ross The Boss band on stage 2022


  • Marc Lopes – vocals
  • Ross Friedman – guitars
  • Mike LePond – bass
  • Steve Bolognese – drums

Legacy of Blood, Fire & Steel – Tracklist

  1. Blood Of Knives
  2. I Got The Right
  3. We Will Kill
  4. Kingdom Arise
  5. Hailstorm
  6. Great Gods Glorious
  7. By Blood Sworn
  8. This Is Vengeance
  9. We Are The Night
  10. Maiden Of Shadows
  11. Born Of Fire
  12. Denied By The Cross

Check out our recent interview with Ross “The Boss” Freidman where he talks about the release:


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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