Monday, November 06, 2006

Triumph-Thunder Seven, 1984

Triumph were one of those bands that I heard here and there on the radio a lot in the mid-1980's. However, I didn't know anyone who owned any of their albums for me to borrow and it was actually several years until I heard a whole album by them. Too often known as "that other power trio from Canada", Triumph to me slowly built up their skill in the late 70's, but came into their own in the early to mid 80's. At times they hit a progressive sound, but more often than not they are closer to being a very polished hard rock band. However they do it very well and this album mixes things up just enough to keep it from being too standard. The instrumentals Midsummer's Daydream and Little Boy Blues allow the band to show they still have an edge. While the vocal short Time Canon allows the band to something very different from what people expected even if it's just for a minute or so. I think most of the is album is melodic without being sappy and not all bands who attempt to do this type of hard rock can do that. Tracks like Spellbound and Rock out, roll on have some elements of standard hard rock of the time, but the band was quite honestly more talented than a number of other bands. They have their own touches thrown in, you just have to listen. Triumph may be subtle to a point, but that what's worked for them and I think they were certainly a solid hard rock whose best album (this one) and most of their albums still hold up pretty well.

***Canada Rocks week continues with Annihilator's Never, neverland.


Blogger Elric said...

Did u know that these guys released a live album a couple of years ago ? I heard that they continue as live band now

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

I love Triumph. Like Rush, they have a very distinctive sound which is immediately recognizable. IMO, they are highly underrated and obviously don't get the props that they deserve.

5:45 AM  
Blogger OnMyWatch said...

I like them so much and still listen to them often. First heard of them through watching the 1983 US Festival on TV.

My top 5 favorite songs: Spellbound, Tears in the Rain, Lay It on the Line, Follow Your Heart, and Somebody's Out There.

good post!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Sgt Fluffy said...

Wow, Never Surrender was the First LP I ever bought. THey had an awesome sound

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Rhodeislandrock said...

Totally under-rated due to the comparisons to Rush. Great live band, would sell out Providence everytime they played.

I had most Triumph albums cassette copied and they are long gone now. Picked up the US Festival CD and DVD back in 2003.....excellent stuff. The band is no more but Mike Levine & Gil Moore have remastered/re-released the whole back catalog and put out some great live DVDs. I'm probably more into Triumph now than I was back in the 80s.

I remember seeing the commercial for Stages on TV and the announcer saying, "Coming to the Providence Civic Center.....TRIUMPH!" The way he said "Triumph" gave me goosebumps back then, that made them seem larger than life. Funny what you remember.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Triumph a lot. Have always been a fan of Rik Emmett.

9:46 PM  

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