The Triumph of Steel
|The Triumph of Steel|
Cover art by Ken Kelly
|Studio album by Manowar|
|Released||September 29, 1992|
|Recorded||Haus Wahnfried, New York|
|Genre||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Producer||Manowar, John Pettigrass|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||9/10|
The Triumph of Steel is the seventh studio album by the American heavy metal band Manowar, released in 1992. It is the only Manowar album to feature guitarist David Shankle and drummer Kenny Earl "Rhino" Edwards. Cover art by Ken Kelly.
"Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" is the longest (28 minutes and 38 seconds) and most complex Manowar song, and probably an anticipation of a concept album that was never accomplished. Because of its Homeric content, "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" has recently attracted the attention of a group of scholars at Bologna University in Italy. Mrs. Eleonora 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 "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts", 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"
All songs written by Joey DeMaio except where noted.
|1.||"Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts
|3.||"Ride the Dragon" (David Shankle, DeMaio)||4:33|
|4.||"Spirit Horse of the Cherokee"||6:02|
|5.||"Burning" (Shankle, DeMaio)||5:10|
|6.||"The Power of Thy Sword"||7:51|
|7.||"The Demon's Whip" (David Shankle, DeMaio)||7:50|
|8.||"Master of the Wind" (Shankle, DeMaio)||5:27|
- Eric Adams – vocals
- David Shankle – electric, acoustic & classical guitars
- Joey DeMaio – bass guitar, 4-string, 8-string bass guitars, piccolo bass guitar, bass pedals
- Kenny Earl "Rhino" Edwards – drums, percussion
- John Pettigrass - associate producer
- Rich Breen - engineer
- Dave Kresl, Doug McBride, Hank Neuberger, Dan Stout, Stefon Taylor, Bruce Breckenfeld, Andrew Rubin - mixing at Air Waves Studio, Chicago, IL
- John McCortney, Paul Grigonis, Ehab Haddad - digital editing and transfers at C.R.C., Chicago, IL
- Howie Weinberg - mastering at Masterdisk, New York
- Silvio "The Don" Bonvini - production co-ordination
- Jeffries, Vincent. The Triumph of Steel at AllMusic
- Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 262. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
- Eleonora Cavallini (2007). "Achilles in the age of metal". Mythimedia Project. University of Bologna.
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