Sound — 9
On the album you hear only one guitar (on the right channel), distorted bass guitar (on the left channel) and drums, but the mix is very heavy and tight, especially due to the fast double bass drumming by Kenny "Rhino" Earl. However, I don't like that there are almost no bass solos by bassist Joey DeMaio, which were a major part of the previous band releases. The 28 minute long epic song "Achilles, Agony And Ecstasy" is very well done, it is complex and consists of 8 parts: there are melodic parts, played with wind instruments and organ, and fast dynamic metal parts. The ballad "Master Of The Wind" (which completely isn't a heavy metal song) is a great ending for the album.
Lyrics — 8
The best lyrics are in the song "Achilles, Agony And Ecstasy", which is based on the poem "Iliad". Lyrics on the other songs sometimes may sound pretty cheesy though. Eric Adams' vocals are amazing and are great for aggressive metal songs and for melodic ballads. His voice is low and strong, but he is capable of singing very high notes too.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall it's a well made record. The album has both slow heavy metal songs and fast power-metal-like songs, so it really doesn't sound the same from beginning to end. The most impressive songs are epic "Achilles, Agony And Ecstasy", fast "Ride The Dragon", slow and powerful "Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee" and the ballad "Master Of The Wind". "The Triumph Of Steel" proved that heavy metal still could have original ideas, too bad that Manowar turned to a simpler style on the next album "Louder Than Hell".