The Triumph of Steel

Infobox Album |
Name = The Triumph of Steel
Type = studio
Artist = Manowar


Released = 1992
Recorded =
Genre = Epic metal
Length = 69:26
Label = Atlantic
Producer =
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://wm04.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dcfqxq85ldte link]
Last album = "Kings of Metal" (1988)
This album = "The Triumph of Steel" (1992)
Next album = "Louder Than Hell" (1996)

"The Triumph of Steel" was released in 1992 by Manowar. It is the only Manowar album to feature David Shankle and Rhino. Cover art by Ken Kelly.

Track listing

# "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" – 28:38
#* Prelude
#* 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 Desecration of Hector's Body
#** Part 1
#** Part 2
#* VIII. The Glory of Achilles
# "Metal Warriors" – 3:54
# "Ride the Dragon" – 4:33
# "Spirit Horse of the Cherokee" – 6:02
# "Burning" – 5:10
# "The Power of Thy Sword" – 7:51
# "The Demon's Whip" – 7:50
# "Master of the Wind" – 5:26

Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts

"AAaE" is the longest (28'38") and most complex Manowar song: probably an anticipation of a concept album that was never accomplished. Because of its Homeric content, "AAaE" has recently attracted the attention of a group of scholars at Bologna University (Italy). Mrs E. Cavallini, Professor in Classics, has written about this song:"Joey DeMaio’s lyrics imply a careful and scrupulous reading of the Iliad. The songwriter has focused his attention essentially on the crucial fight between Hector and Achilles, has paraphrased some passages of the poem adapting them to the melodic structure with a certain fluency and partly reinterpreting them, but never altering or upsetting Homer’s storyline. The purpose of the lyrics (and of the music as well) is to evoke some characteristic Homeric sceneries: the raging storm of the battle, the barbaric, ferocious exultance of the winner, the grief and anguish of the warrior who feels death impending over him. The whole action hinges upon Hector and Achilles, who are represented as specular characters, divided by an irreducible hatred and yet destined to share a similar destiny. Both are caught in the moment of the greatest exaltation, as they savagely rejoice for the blood of their killed enemies, but also in the one of the extreme pain, when the daemon of war finally pounces on them. Furthermore, differently than in the irreverent and iconoclastic movie Troy, in "AAaE" the divine is a constant and ineluctable presence, determining human destinies with inscrutable and steely will: and, despite the generic reference to “the gods”, the real master of human lives is Zeus, the only God to whom both Hector and Achilles address their prayers" [http://www.mythimedia.org/Achilles_age_metal_manowar.html] .

Personnel

* Eric Adams – vocals
* David Shankle – guitars
* Joey DeMaio – bass
* Kenny Earl Edwards (Rhino)– drums

References

* cite web
author = Eleonora Cavallini
date = 2007
title = Achilles in the age of metal
url = http://www.mythimedia.org/Achilles_age_of_metal.html
work = Mythimedia Project
publisher = University of Bologna


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