Before recording The Triumph of Steel, megalomaniacal bass solo ninja/songwriter Joey DeMaio fired founding guitarist Ross the Boss. According to Ross, "Joey felt that Manowar would be better without me." Only Manowar could pull off the 28-minute "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts" that followed. Operatic, classical and even thrash metal parts make for a wholly over-the-top (and amazing) heavy metal re-telling of The Iliad. "Spirit Horse of the Cherokee" is more proof that Ross the Boss may have been unfairly ousted; still, Manowar didn't lose a step.