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Triumph of Steel
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
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gameguy103 | small-town North Carolina | 10/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've only heard every album preceding this so far (except Sign of the Hammer). But unless Warriors of the World is the most kick-ass Manowar album I'll ever hear this is by far their best. The production is bigger than the early-eighties albums. But the mtv-leanings that the last two albums had with songs like "Blow your Speakers" and "Kings of Metal" are gone. Instead the best elements of both those times, the purely medieval focus of Hail to England and the cleaner production of Fighting the World are combined in Triumph of Steel for the best Manowar album I've heard. All the songs are great but the best is Spirit Horse of the Cherokee (even though it is a pretty stereotypical view of Native Americans). Anyway if any Manowar album is worth your money, it would be this one."
A Masterpiece For the Discerning Listener
Senseofrage | Phoenix AZ | 08/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Manowar is one of those bands that has a lot of songwriting talent but are often dismissed from their inability to graduate from the "all hail us" kind of mentality that characterizes their lyrics. This album marks somewhat of a departure from that songwriting mentality; I say somewhat because it is still present on a few songs. However, overlooking that aspect, most of the material showcases some real lyrical talent, not to mention the amazing instrumental feats. This is not an album for those with short attention spans. This is not to be listened to piecemeal, or a little here and there. Lock the door, disconnect the phone, and put this on as loud as your neighbors will tolerate. It will blow you away. The first song, over 28 minutes in eight separate movements, is a masterful discourse of the story of ancient Troy in Greek myhology. Follow the leaflet so you understand the separate movements and what they represent, and you will be hard pressed to find anything similar in modern music that can reach this plateau. This is the kind of songwriting skill that the classical music masters put into their work, and it takes on a similar style and grandeur. The subsequent tracks all showcase similar effort, although the theme varies. The final track, Master of the Wind, is a soaring spiritual journey into the eternal strength of the human character that packs a more powerful punch than any of their earlier "we rule" mentality songs ever could. This album is an oddity for Manowar in their career, always advertising on the record sleeve "no synths, no pedals, no wimps: just power, metal, and might" they make extensive use of them in this album, and somehow stand more powerful and mighty through their intelligent use of such devices to bring their music to another level. Incidentally, the drummer for this album, listed only as "Rhino", is the most talented drummer I have ever heard, making Lars Ulrich and Tommy Lee look like kids banging on upturned kitchen pots in comparison. Too bad he isn't on any of their other albums. But then, none of their other albums even compare to this one."
Manowar - 'The Triumph Of Steel' (Atlantic)
Mike Reed | USA | 11/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Any band,especially metal that can lay down and record a twenty-eight minute epic that is based on the tale of Homer's 'Iliad',the disc's opener,"Achilles,Agony&Ecstasy In Eight Parts" must be given credit where credit is due.What a concept album.On the track "Death Of Patroclus",vocalist Eric Adams puts some emotion about the pain in which Achilles endures when his best friend gets slain by the evil Hector.A couple of the CD's rockers I also liked were "Ride The Dragon" and "Power Of The Sword".This was the band's seventh lp.Might be their best work since 1984's 'Hail To England'.If you are looking for some fine earth-shattering heavy metal,look no further."