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Album Review

With a 28-minute opening track, slightly expanded lyrical themes, and some of the best rhythmic onslaughts recorded by Manowar, The Triumph of Steel is perhaps the band's finest '90s offering. While never abandoning their myopic swords-and-sorcery themed power metal, Manowar had evolved musically during their first decade together and the music of this 1992 release benefits from what must have been countless hours woodshedding extreme musical figures. Tighter than a tumble-dried loin cloth, the standout track "Ride the Dragon" is an exceptionally fast number that signifies a commitment toward high-speed compositions on the part of bassist/songwriter Joey DeMaio. There is absolutely no subtlety or irony to Manowar or their cartoon metal, and many listeners will have trouble taking either seriously. Their credo, "death to false metal," and similar messages are constantly repeated, and unlike other comic book outfits like Gwar, Manowar aren't hamming it up for laughs. They're dead serious. While it's understandable that audiences and critics refuse to even acknowledge Manowar's heavy-handed rallying cries — in America that is, while the band is often given favorable notices in the European metal press — there is also something admirable about musicians so committed to what they do, even if it is silly. Loyalty is a rare human attribute, and on The Triumph of Steel, Manowar demonstrate plenty of it to their fans, their craft, and themselves. When considering this veteran outfit, listeners and critics fond of heavy music might pause their snickering for a moment and give Manowar a little credit. For decades the band worked for an ideal, not fashion or money. In so doing, they helped define the bizarre edge of metal's amorphous but very real culture.

Customer Reviews

WHY

Why. In the. WORLD. Does iTunes not have more Manowar? I mean, there's no Die for Metal or Warriors of the World, two of the most epic metal songs ever. I don't think they even have I Believe. I mean, they're missing the very best stuff! Please bring in more.

It's Manowar

What you see is really what you get. And it's awesome.

Triumph?

I have been a Manowar fan since the 80's and have enjoyed all of their albums up until this one. This album has a few good songs with a bunch of filler type dogs. This is also the CD that started the decline of Manowar. The band would bounce back with Louder than Hell (another great album), but they would make the horrible Gods of War and the dreadful Thunder in the Sky--followed by the brand new Lords of Steel that is one of their weakest works yet.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Auburn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most internationally successful bands in all of heavy metaldom, Auburn, New York-born power metal outfit Manowar -- Eric Adams (vocals), Karl Logan (guitars), Joey DeMaio (bass), and Donnie Hamzik (drums) -- have sold over nine million records since their inception in 1980. Steeped in the pageantry of heavy metal, the group's approach was designed to be the raw, primal, Viking antithesis of classic rock, and their music followed suit, based on raw, aggressive riffs, with lyrics that were...
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The Triumph of Steel, Manowar
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 22, 1992

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