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Review: Manowar - Into Glory Ride
Into Glory Ride

Label: Megaforce Records
Year released: 1983
Duration: 45:26
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 22, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Into Glory Ride

Rated 4.84/5 (96.84%) (19 Votes)

Into Glory Ride is the second of Manowar's four classic 80s albums and one that until now was not reviewed here at The Metal Crypt. Slotting in between Battle Hymns and Hail to England, it is an album known as much for the horrible cover photo, challenged by only Immortal's Battles in the North for pure cheesiness, as it is for the music. Looking past the cover and you'll find a band approaching their peak.

I didn't like Into Glory Ride much back in the day despite it featuring my favorite Manowar song of all time, "Gloves of Metal." This is the ultimate tribute to Heavy Metal music in my mind. Huge, chunky riffs, bludgeoning bass, pounding drums and high-pitched screams on a chorus that you simply cannot NOT sing along to. "Warlord" is an up-tempo rocker in the vein of "Fast Taker" from Battle Hymns but the balance of Into Glory Ride finds Manowar refining the epic Power Metal style that they've had ever since and dropping all vestiges of Hard Rock that were present on their first album. "Secret of Steel" and "Revelation (Death's Angel)" mix faster and slower tempos in a way that should be easily recognizable to fans. In revisiting the album, I realize that it's only the song "Hatred" with its plodding tempo and clunky chorus that I don't like. All the performances are a step up from Battle Hymns in terms of intensity with Eric Adams shrieking his head off, Joey DeMaio shredding his bass, Ross the Boss cranking up his guitar amp to 11 and new drummer Scott Columbus literally destroying his kit.

Into Glory Ride is a mandatory release, not only for Manowar fans, but for all fans of epic Heavy Metal. They may not be the best band in the style (especially today's bloated, pompous version) but they pioneered so much of what we take for granted today, it's almost ridiculous. Battle Hymns, Into Glory Ride, Hail to England, Sign of the Hammer; own them. And if you can find the "Defender" 12" single (with "Gloves of Metal") on the B-side recorded during the Into Glory Ride sessions, get it. It destroys the version on Fighting the World.

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