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Rik Emmett plays RUSH - Red BarchettaFor the first time Rik Emmett of the classic Canadian rock power trio TRIUMPH sang and played guitar in a unique “virtual collaboration” with a member of another legendary Canadian rock power trio, Rush. Rik performed as a guest artist with fantasy rock band “Sonic Elements” on a cover of the song ‘Red Barchetta’ which features drums performed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart via a music software sample library called “Neil Peart Drums” by Sonic Reality. Dave Kerzner, CEO and founder of Sonic Reality, put together a unique music project called “Sonic Elements” where various singers and musicians of progressive rock perform and record along with sampled musical elements from the music software Sonic Reality creates for musicians.

“At Sonic Reality we record (aka “sample”) the sounds of musical instruments and drum grooves so that musicians can use these deluxe sound elements in their own music on the computer or mobile devices.” says Kerzner “I created the Sonic Elements music project to not only show what these inspiring Sonic Reality sounds are like in musical context but to also explore giving songs an alternate reality with different fantasy combinations of musicians and authentic sounds.”

A premium example of such a fantasy rock scenario is ‘Red Barchetta’ featuring Rik Emmett which is another take on the classic Rush song with new life brought to it by Rik’s passionate performance and interpretation.

Listen to an audio clip preview of ‘Red Barchetta’ featuring Rik Emmett:

Here’s what Rik Emmett had to say about the project:
“It was such a great day in the studio, jamming out to Neil’s incredible tracks, getting to play virtual ‘basement band’ and laying down my versions of Geddy & Alex parts. I felt like I had been transported back to 1980 for an afternoon. ‘Red Barchetta’ is one of my absolute fave RUSH songs… like an exciting, Ray Bradbury-esque SF short story, told by a progressive rock band… so to get a crack at it, with the actual drum takes that Neil performed, was an ‘artistic’ challenge – almost like accepting a dare.” Says Emmett “This is like “Rock Band” for the seriously, deeply committed.”

The full release of the song ‘Red Barchetta’ by Sonic Elements featuring Rik Emmett is coming in Q1, 2012 and is part of a larger collection of songs with Sonic Elements and other guest artists performing with Neil Peart Drums by Sonic Reality.

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Dave Kerzner of the music software company Sonic Reality has headed up a unique “virtual fantasy rock band” called “Sonic Elements” combining the sounds and performances captured in Sonic Reality music software and sound library products such as Neil Peart Drums with performances of guest musicians like Rik Emmett on classic covers like ‘Red Barchetta’ by Rush. Collaborating through the use of the sample library “Neil Peart Drums” which was performed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart and recorded by top producer Nick Raskulinecz is something that any musician who owns the product can do. Neil’s digitally recreated DW® Snakes and Arrows drum kit in software or soon to be released audio grooves to play along to or loops can be used in any recording software on the Mac, PC or iPad™. To celebrate that concept Sonic Elements have been working up an entire Rush tribute album as well as original songs all built around Neil Peart Drums with various guest guitarists, bass players and vocalists including Rik Emmett (Triumph), Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Marillion) and many other classic and progressive rock musicians.

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Mike gave his thoughts in one of his Q&A videos on ‘Rock & Roll Machine’ being Canada’s first heavy metal song..

Possibly being Canada’s first, R&R Machine still ROCKS today! Remastered and re-released, with the ORIGINAL tracklist including our cover of Joe Walsh’s ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ and the two-part ‘New York City Streets’, plus who could forget Rik Emmett’s light-speed guitar solo in ‘Rock & Roll Machine’

TRIUMPH Rock & Roll Machine Bundle includes:
– Rock & Roll Machine. Released Nov. 3rd, 1977 (CD Download)
– Digital Album Booklet
– Choice of Men’s or Ladies’ Limited Edition “Rock & Roll Machine” T-Shirt
– Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper
– Rock & Roll Machine Music Video Downloads from: ‘Live at The US Festival’ AND ‘A Night of Triumph’

Available at the merch store, get yours now!

When you hear TRIUMPH, three words come to mind: Classic. Heritage. Hard-Rock. Pretty much sums up this sick bundle, remixed CD + DVD of TRIUMPH’s Greatest Hits with additional goodies.

The TRIUMPH Greatest Hits CLASSIC Bundle includes:
– Greatest Hits: Remixed CD + DVD
– Choice of: Men’s or Women’s GREATEST HITS T-Shirt
– TRIUMPH 18′ x 24′ “All Albums” Wall Poster

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It has been 30 years since Triumph, Rik Emmett (guitarist/singer), Gil Moore (drums, vocals) and Mike Levine (bass, keyboards), released their classic and best album Allied Forces. I had the opportunity to review their entire catalog of remastered releases several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This time I get to do it again in vinyl LP format. The LP also includes a code for a digital download of the album on the band’s website for all of you that like to have it on your PC or iTunes.
Triumph was more than your everyday power trio. Their big sound led you to believe there were more than three guys making all of that great music. With two double threats in Emmett and Moore manning their instruments and fully capable of delivering the powerful vocals that each song demanded, this lineup always provided the goods. Emmett had the high pitched delivery while Moore had the more traditional rock band voice.

In this digital/download age we live in it is always a treat to step back in time and have a vinyl LP in your hand. The reissue has the inner sleeve covered with pictures on one side and the lyrics for every track on the other. Although you will not find it necessary to follow along with the lyrics because the vocals are very clear and they always were easy to pick up when you heard one of their songs.
If you are too young to remember “Magic Power,” hearing it now in this format will blow you away. Whether you remember listening to it on the radio constantly back in 1981 or you are new to the music of Triumph, this will be a treat. The 9 tracks the make up the album are very strong and any group would be hard pressed to duplicate the consistency of such a landmark release. At the time they were and still are referred to as prog-metal however they sound like a good rock band to me with nothing too complicated going on. I can see where there are some prog influences but there is not enough to tag them as prog-metal. Maybe there was back in 1981 but that no longer applies in 2011, as the genre has changed and advanced dramatically.

30 years later the music has not lost its appeal, in fact in has weathered the test of time very well thank you. Celebrating the release of this album 30 years ago is not the only reason to offer it in a package with an LP and other goodies like the band has on their site, it deserves to get all of this attention and give people another chance to relive the magic or begin another era of fans altogether.
The three men that were Triumph have plenty to celebrate and be proud of. There are not a lot of bands around today making rock ‘n’ roll this timeless. Get your hands on a copy of the vinyl LP version of Allied Forces before it becomes another sought after collector’s item with an outrageous price tag on it. You can get just the album for around $25.00 or order a package that includes the LP, signed poster, letter from the band, keychain, and a T-Shirt for $49.99.

Key Tracks: Magic Power, Allied Forces, Fight The Good Fight

Allied Forces 30th Anniversary Bundle Pre-Order!

September 19th, 2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of TRIUMPH’s platinum selling album ‘Allied Forces’ which has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. The TRIUMPH online team has put together this fun video to take you back to the early 80’s.

Take a trip down memory lane and purchase the ‘Allied Forces’ Merch Bundle which includes:

– Choice of Allied Forces Long Sleeve OR Short Sleeve Tee.
– Allied Forces 30th Anniversary Edition Vinyl.
– Allied Forces Digital Download Card.
– Allied Forces Signed Poster.
– Allied Forces Keychain.
+ A Letter from TRIUMPH.

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