Edge of Excess is the tenth studio album by Canadian hard rock band Triumph, first Triumph album released after original guitarist and lead singer Rik Emmett left the band in 1988. Drummer Gil Moore and bassist Mike Levine, after a few years of inactivity, added guitarist Phil Xenidis to their lineup and released Edge of Excess in 1993. The song “Troublemaker” was featured in the 1992 movie Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.
Thunder Seven Review:
My first Triumph record and beside Allied Forces the best they ever did (except Edge of Excess which is a fine piece of work).
I’m more a fan of the rough drum sound Gil used on Progression of Power and Allied Forces . Imagine that sound on Thunder Seven … Never were the lead vocals more intense – at least I can’t remember – from both Rik and Gil. It’s a shame Triumph’s not playing live anymore.
Edge of Excess Review:
This album is a far cry from what has been offered before…and I mean that in a good way. Even though Rik does not appear on this effort, it is more solid and more in the direction of hard rock than has been established by them in the past. From the title track to “Troublemaker” and “Riding High Again” among others, this album is one of the best efforts they have released.
I only hope they will re-issue this one along with the others as it deserves to be part of a great catolauge as well. Hopefully, another effort like this will be in the works sometime in the future.
Date Reviewed: 07/21/05
Location: Calgary, AB