Manowar - Into glory ride
It's very hard for me to say that one Manowar album is my favourite because they all have a special meaning to me, each in it's own way. But when I'm in the mood for epic music Into glory ride takes the crown... Damn, even the title of the album sounds epic...

The album feels really fresh and the whole band sound like they are filled with power, ready to explode. And that is exactly what they do in one song after another. Almost every song builds a momentum and releases it with such force that I'm blown away every time I hear it. Even after thousands of listens I still feel the power of the songs running through me with the same excitement as the first time I heard them. How they were able to record this symphony of epic power metal in only four days is beyond me and a true example of the band's strength and devotion. Amazing! There is just so much feeling that runs through the entire album.

The funny intro set's the perfect mood for Warlord. Scott Columbus is the one making out while Joey plays the upset father... Warlord is a fast and furious in your face Manowar hymn and my least favourite song of the album. Not a bad song at all, it just misses some of the huge epic feeling that surrounds all the other songs.

One of the most atmospheric and epic songs in the history of Manowar is Secret of steel. This is what makes me love this album so much. This feeling is really special and has not been captured since by anyone I have heard. With simple means Manowar create a masterpiece of a song.

Gloves of metal is another great Manowar hymn and on a side note this is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen for a song.

Gates of Valhalla really shows the genius of Joey DeMaio's composition skills. Eric's divine singing in the intro part along with Joey's melodic bass playing is magic, pure and simple. The power that comes with the following parts makes it almost impossible for me not to stand up, bang my head and sing along to this wonderful music. Right from the magic start to the adrenaline inducing end with Eric's ear splitting screams this song is a masterpiece in metal history.

Hatred is probably the best definition of anger being delivered through a song if there ever was one. Eric's vocal performance here is simply put, mindblowing. That this guy still has a voice left must be a blessing from the almighty Nordic Gods of Metal...

Revelation (Death's Angel) was my favourite song of the album for a long time before being passed by March for revenge. This song is very melodic with an excellent chorus. Eric's voice gives this song so much power and atmosphere. The way he sings "Die with the beeeeeeaaaaeeeeeeeeaaeeeeiiii-iiiist" will haunt me forever, but in the good way... Another fantastic song.

March for revenge (By The Soldiers Of Death) has all the elements of a Manowar classic. The epic feel of the song is so huge and by the time the band reaches the emotional middle part I feel like dropping to my knees and thanking the higher powers for bringing this powerful music to my ears. The slow middle part leads up to a triumphant last part where I can not help but scream along with Eric's god-like vocal performance. Those who are unlucky enough to be around when that happens know what I'm talking about.

Even today I still feel this album is as good as it has ever been. A timeless and important part of history. I feel the power and devotion in the band's brilliant performance every time I hear it. Be sure to get the re-release that was put out in 2001 with better sound and very interesting liner notes.

A timeless classic!

Written by Steen
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
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Comment by Mads (Anonymous) - Thursday, September 12, 2002
Nice work Steen...

Comment by NenOwaR (from: Croatia) (Anonymous) - Saturday, October 12, 2002
I want just say:MASTERPIECE!!!

Comment by Maverick (Anonymous) - Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Sorry guys, but Manowars first album is also the best... BATTLE HYMNS is the album to buy!

Comment by Metalchick (Anonymous) - Thursday, January 16, 2003
Couldn't possibly pick a favorite album. If I didn't already love Into Glory Ride your review certainly would send me straight to the recordstore..
Excellent job.

Comment by Warlord (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 12, 2003
The middle part of March... allmost brings me to tears when I hear it, especially the Hell on Stage version. Eric sings with so much motion that it`s just amazing.
A true masterpiece!
Hail and Kill!
(fantastic review btw.)

Comment by callmeace (Anonymous) - Monday, October 27, 2003
Into Glory Ride is my favourite ManOWar album. Not only that but it's one of the greatest, best Heavy Metal albums ever!!!! Really amazing, I love every song on it (very rare for an album), get this album!!!!
Godd review by the way.

Comment by Mactep (Anonymous) - Saturday, June 5, 2004
Almost flawless album. The only things that annoy me are the intro and Revelation's gallop-like riff.

Comment by ardari(from:indonesia) (Anonymous) - Friday, March 11, 2005
you must have this album,guys.

Comment by Sanity (Anonymous) - Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I have the original vinyl on music for nations, the geffen release as part of the secrets of steel boxset and just recently the silver edition.

One of my all time favourite metal records.

I agree with a 9.5/10

Comment by Son of Odin (Anonymous) - Friday, April 6, 2007
Gates of Valhalla = orgasm

You need hear the album many times for love it, but when you are this... uauh¡¡¡¡ This song always estay by your side¡¡¡

Comment by killer (Anonymous) - Thursday, July 12, 2007
i love this is one of the best cd's in the whole world worths the money to take it original!!!!!


Comment by Dimitris Zaras (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 29, 2007
All time classic.
Hail from Greece

Review by Steen

Released by
Geffen - 1983

1. Warlord
2. Secrets Of Steel
3. Gloves Of Metal
4. Gates Of Valhalla
5. Hatred
6. Revelation (Death's Angel)
7. March For Revenge (By The Soldiers Of Death)

Epic Heavy Metal

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Manowar - German Defenders of Steel

Other articles
The Triumph of Steel - (Tommy)

Warriors of the world - (Steen)

Warriors Of The World - (Tommy)

Band information - (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)

Live with Rhapsody of Fire and HolyHell in Germany, March 2007 - The Tour Report - (Steen)

Gods of War - (Steen)

Fighting The World - (Steen)

Gods of War - (Alanna)

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

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

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