Manowar - The Triumph of Steel
Massive, magical, epic, comprehensive, adventurous, thrilling and I could go on, Manowar's seventh release was the first album I heard by the band and still today ranks as my favourite by the band.

David Shankle debuted on this one with both song-writing abilities and exciting guitar passages, and Rhino filled the drum position with a thrilling achievement.
Eric's voice is as always pure and impressive and Joey lays down some mean and innovative bass lines, to say it shortly musical skill is in no shortage.
The production has a raw and unpolished profile that still manages to appear clear and balanced, a special sound for a special album.
Lyrically we are dealing with classical Manowar themes, bravery, pride, revenge, magic, religion, mythology etc. and to be honest I have a hard time imaging it in any other way, it just goes hand in hand with the musical epic-filled universe.
To make the necessary points about this album I fell it appropriate to shortly comment on each song.

Lets start with one of the most remarkable songs ever put together, Achilles, Agony And Ecstasy In Eight Parts, a true historical epic that runs in at 28 minutes.
I get totally mesmerized when Eric starts to sing "oh friend of mine." or later "I hear the silent voices.", these slower parts throughout the song are magical to say the least.
The eight parts are nicely linked together and the fantastic spellbound flair of the story holds the attention of the listener all the way.
The drum solo part is ingeniously mind-blowing and the overall change and flow of this monster is just a thrill of dimensions.

Metal Warriors continues the tradition of ear-hanging Manowar anthems. A recognisable chorus and a solid drive in the rhythm section with enough power to shake the ground of any live arena.

Speed and intensity is central concepts in Ride The Dragon. Featuring a thundering guitar solo, technical drums and ultra heavy bass lines, a perfect example of how a fairly good composition can be made excellent by a world-class musical performance.

Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee is fantastic tale about the American Indians and the gruesome and unjust fate they meet with the appearance of the white man, but also a story of their fascinating and honourable way of life. The mind-blowing singing is one of the best aspects together with the powerful force of the bass/drums collaboration and the huge chorus.

Burning is a pretty odd track that nevertheless contains its own charm. The gloomy and mystic atmosphere works brilliantly with the dark vocals; on the other hand its main rhythm becomes a bit tiresome in length and its like you are waiting for a break that never comes. The Power Of Thy Sword reaches a higher level of quality, in fact its one of my favourite Manowar songs. Its intense pounding rhythm and powerful vocal lines is a real treat, the epic and enchanting slow mid-section is pure genius and David shows his own special and innovative lead guitar style in the ending part.

The Demon's Whip is together with Burning my two least favourite tracks, and also the ones that keeps this from a higher rating. The Demon's Whip has a long slow build-up that I find a bit too simple, unexciting and monotone.
The ultra fast ending section is nevertheless working in great style, the aggressive vibe put out is really massive.

The brilliant slow and bombastic Master Of The Wind is one of the best ballads from Manowar. It's symphonic and orchestral style adds much atmosphere and fantastic moods into the song, the acoustic guitar has a relaxing feel to it and Eric puts out a stunning and very melodic presentation of the emotional lyric.

This appraisal should pretty much describe what you can expect by this release; these exiting elements mentioned above are not some that comes along very often and the uniqueness of this release is really fascinating.

Written by Tommy
Thursday, April 11, 2002
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Comment by Morten Hansen (Anonymous) - Saturday, September 28, 2002
Youre right once again my Brother! This album is the best metal album ever made!

Comment by Marcus (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Buy Battle Hymns instead!

Comment by Metalchick (Anonymous) - Saturday, September 20, 2003
Just won a friend over with this album. He had never heard anything Manowar, but was very impressed with Joeys bass, Erics voice and "Achilles.." in particular. This album only gets better with each listening - check out Eriks voice(s) on "Burning", it's f...... awesome!

Comment by kris s (Anonymous) - Friday, September 26, 2003
i d wish there were not those solos!9/10!power of thy sword one of the best songs ever!!!!!

Comment by Hyena (Anonymous) - Tuesday, November 4, 2003
This is the Manowar album! A solid piece of male-metal. You can feel the smell of testosterone... Do not take it too seriously though.

Many bands make songs of dragons and heroes. What makes Manowar so different. Simple. They don't try to make it sound beautiful. Just raw and straightforwarded. In other words attitude.

Eric sounds more raspy on this album than before. I like it. Songwriting is good for Manowar. Guys also manage to take the best out of themselves as musicians.

The power of... is a truly impressive track. The Beginner, Achilles... is very good at best but tighter (=shorter) squeeze would have brought a better all-in-all result.

The weakest track is Metal Warriors. Purpose-built I'd say. It (too) is very Manowarish though at least in the terms of lyrics and attitude.

After Triumph of steel, the following album, Louder than hell was a huge disappointment.

Comment by verdelak (Anonymous) - Sunday, August 1, 2004
...and to think I saw this Cd in the "lost and found" section at Tower records for the "right price" of $9.99. WRONG!

Comment by Ayatollah (Anonymous) - Friday, August 6, 2004
Incredible music.. truly, this is out of everything ordinary. The Power of thy sword is an outstanding song and it's forever catchier than Lost Horizon or Hammerfall. In fact, the lamest Manowar song has it all. There's not a single epic band that hits it quite like them. This CD kills.

Comment by Fuck you all hwo don´t like manowar (Anonymous) - Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Every album is great!!!!!!!!!if you don´t like every album,fuck you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Son of Odin (Anonymous) - Friday, April 6, 2007
Achiles... : When I hear this song, I can see the warriors fighting in battle, the charriots run, the blood... and I can feel the anger, the pain, the raw... Amazing¡¡¡
Metal Warrior: You only can sing and jump...
Ride the dragon: savage, wild, powerfull...
Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee: Freedom
Burning anda Demom´s Whip: misterius, darkness... greats songs¡¡¡
Power of my sword: sooooooooooo epic¡¡¡¡ you feel the power inside you¡¡¡
Master of the wind: a momento to relax and tears away.

Comment by ThraX (Member) - Monday, April 9, 2007
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Rhino is a drum god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment by Komnenos (Anonymous) - Friday, June 8, 2007
Now THIS is a Manowar album. Damned, I love it!!! Remove the first part of Demon's Whip and the drum solo on Achilles,... and I would give it a 10 for perfection. I want to ride, too.... fuckin great!

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In response to Komnenos , Yes this is by far the best Manowar album ever but removing the drum solo would be insane , Rhino is a drum god and it's fits the song perfectly!..But I'm glad you do love th genius of the album!.....This album is a perfect 10/10

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Comment by Komnenos (Anonymous) - Tuesday, July 3, 2007
In response to ThraX, I think you do have a point. Although I am not 100% sure, I believe that Rhino had just joined the band when this album was made and probably was eager to show off his drumming skills. Removing that section may be extreme, I admit, but I do find it a bit too extended for my taste. Anyhow, who cares, this is such an amazing album and I think most Manowar fans agree. Every metal fan should enjoy this epic album.

I would also like to add that I find Sign of the Hammer incredibly underrated for whatever reason and feel it can also be considered one of Manowar's best. I cannot say I feel the same about their newest creation...

Comment by ThraX (Member) - Wednesday, July 4, 2007
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In response to Komnenos , It's not that Rhino is showing of his skills (Which he is!) but it fits the song perfectly , it supposed to represent men fighting in war!......And Rhino had gotten the position because he's friends with Manowar's past/current drummer Scott Columbus.....Also I agree "Sign of the Hammer" is very underrated!

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The Triumph of Steel is a very interesting record.
I sometimes miss Ross the Boss however the main sound concept remains the same.
Good songs with special credits to The Power Of Thy Sword and Master of The Wind.
I saw this tour and this guys gave a good show.

Rating: 8/10

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Review by Little Drummer Boy (Member) - Monday, October 26, 2009
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This release was Manowar's finest moment and made a statement why they are metal gods. Creative brilliance and pure.

Rating: 9/10

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Manowar - The Triumph of Steel

Released by
Atlantic - 1992

1. Achilles, Agony & Ecstasy In Eight Parts
I. Hector Storms The Wall
II. The Death Of Patroclus
III. Funeral March
IV. Armor Of The Gods
V. Hector's Final Hour
VI. Death Hector's Reward
VII. The Dececration Of Hector's Body
Part 1
Part 2
VIII. The Glory Of Archilles
2. Metal Warriors
3. Ride The Dragon
4. Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee
5. Burning
6. The Power Of Thy Sword
7. The Demon's Whip
8. Master Of The Wind

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Into glory ride - (Steen)

Live At KB Hallen, Copenhagen - November 28th, 2002 - (Tommy)

The Dawn of Battle (Single) - (Steen)

Interview with Karl Logan - (Tommy & Steen)

Fire and Blood - (Steen)

Battle Hymns - (Steen)

Hell on Earth Part III - (Steen)

Hail to England - (Steen)

Sign Of The Hammer - (Tommy)

Hell On Earth Part IV - (Steen)

The Sons of Odin - (Steen)

The Day The Earth Shook - The Absolute Power - (Steen)

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Gods of War - (Steen)

Fighting The World - (Steen)

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Live At Birmingham O2 Academy, March 27th 2011 - (Stuart)

Hell On Earth - Part I (DVD) - (Steen)

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