Like alchemists coming up with the right formula to make steel out of muscle, Manowar pushed forward twenty years ago with what probably is their magnum opus "Into Glory Ride". Black Sabbath,Mountain, Maiden and Priest go together with other 70's epic rock influences and are refined and honed into an epic metal masterpiece which stands on its own. This is seriously one of the best metal albums made, period. The cheese factor explored on later albums (still good though) hasn't shown up too much other than on the cover, and what results is also what many term Manowar's "Doom" album. Some of the slow Pounding pace of the sounds just take you to a place out of "Conan the Barbarian" or a Frank Frazetta painting and the melodies surge in your mind as the journey begins. The first song "Warlord" starts with a silly sample but the song is basically their statement about the way they want to live. The real journey begins on "Secret of Steel" and doesn't let up. Basil Pouledoris must have been another influence on these guys with their epic compositions (Bassist Joey Demaio is a huge Richard Wagner fan) and there are hardly any keyboards, just the four kings, and power, metal and might and that's all they need to create a musicical masterpiece up there with epic opera. Buy it immediately!