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Sport Of Kings Review:

I remember when I came across this album back in ’86 and I was 15 and I had no idea who Triumph even was but a good friend of mine lent this album to me. Well let me tell you, I never have been able to put it down since; I still have it and still listen to it and from beginning to end. I never skip one song on this album. I think it was aged well too, still stands up well today, actually I would be thrilled if someone tried to release something like this today, it would be very refreshing to hear something like this instead of all that crap I have been hearing for the last 15 years. Excellent guitar licks through out, I especially like them on “Take a Stand.” Very good singing, everything is crisp and sounds great, a very clean sound. I never really knew what happened to Triumph after this but man this one did a lot for me. I must have worn out four cassettes before I got the CD and every time I ever played this album for anyone they always had the same response, “Who is this?” and they would also be as very impressed with the music as I was.

Date Reviewed: 04/19/06
Reviewer: Scott H
Location: Blakely, PA

Never Surrender Review:

To follow up an album like Allied Forces is for sure not an easy task, and Triumph did its best. Unfortunately, Never Surrender just wasn’t the same commercial success as Allied Forces and it missed the mark.

The album starts off strong. With the furious rocker “Too Much Thinking” followed by “A World Of Fantasy,” things really get rolling. Unfortunately, the second half of the album has a more tedious feel to it, which is hard to swallow.

Also included are several impressive instrumentals that showcase Rik’s guitar talent, and Gil’s drumming. Although the album did have some good songs, it just didn’t seem to fit together as well as Allied Forces did.

Just A Game Review:

This album is known by most as the record that introduced Triumph to the rest of the world, and they couldn’t have started off on a better note! Just A Game is a nice little album, easy to sit down and enjoy, which makes it a great factor to appealing to many people. The album also have a nice balance of some good rock and roll (Lay It On The Line, Hold On, American Girls), some amazing blues-rock that does a good job of showcasing Rik’’s guitar playing talents (Suitcase Blues, Young Enough To Cry) and some more prog rock tracks (Just A Game). A solid album that sure promised more good things to come from Triumph!

Date Reviewed: 02/15/06
Reviewer: Scott
Location: Quebec

Thunder Seven Review:

There’re 3 Triumph studio albums that I’ve worn out in every media that it’s ever been released and that is Allied Forces , Never Surrender and Thunder Seven . Thunder Seven has to be my favourite, probably because that’s when I got into the band for the first time. Seeing Triumph at good ol’ Maple Leaf Gardens back in 1984 was memorable, to say the least. And 80 concerts later, Triumph (the Thunder Seven tour in particular) is still one of my all time favourites. If the powers to be are listening, PLEASE release a show from this tour, HOPEFULLY from Toronto.

OK, here we go…Thunder Seven in review…

1. Spellbound – Man, oh man! In the immortal words of Ric Ocasek, that was ”just what I needed”! Nothin’ like good ol’ rock n” roll riffery, a pounding drum that even Excedrin couldn’t remove, and a backup thundering bass line to complete the storm. And let’s not forget the non-apologetic, non-politically correct beautifully written lyrics about every straight man’s desire – a woman. Freakin’ love that song!

2. Rock Out, Roll On – True to Triumph’s motivational and inspirational lyrics, these are very close to the ”Follow Your Heart” theme, and I’ve always wondered why Triumph never marketed ”Rockout Roll-On For Men. ehh…couldawouldashoulda… Another gem of a song…

”..ghosts of Woodstock still haunt the next of kin…”


3. Cool Down – Can you say Zeppelin, boys and girls? And I thought KISS’ ”Keep Me Comin” sounded Zeppelin! Great track, perhaps a tribute to the fallen hero Bonzo…

4. Follow Your Heart – Ah yes, here we are. The masterpiece. This song has pulled me through and also made me cry, ain’t ashamed to admit. Beautiful lyrics, powerful rock, and great vocals. The perfect song, and quite frankly, one of the best written, ever in history.

5. Time Goes By – A reminder of the ever ticking clock…yet still a great song!

6. Midsummer’s Daydream – Let’s see Kirk Hammett do that! I’ve always said that Rik could kick Kirk’s metallibutt in any department. This is proof. The best acoustic instrumental since EVH’s ”Spanish Fly’.’

7. Time Canon – This was WAY too cool to see live in ’84 with lasers. On album, it’s kinda nice but live it became multi-dimensional.

8. Killing Time – This one’s a sad reminder of the ticking clock, and although it’s a very well-manufactured song in every dept and in general, you can’t help but look in the mirror and ask ”where am I killing time in my life.” OK, maybe it was just me, but it was very effective.

“…the time we waste on hate, full of anger and jealousy, the times you were so cruel and the times you turned on me…”

With lyrics like that, it’s no wonder Triumph was one of the all time best lyricists.

9. Stranger in A Strange Land – ”When Will The Light Shine Through?”…”nuff said. Great Rik track.

10. Little Boy Blues – This coulda been called ”Suitcase Blues Pt 2.” It had the classic jazzy vibe goin’, and you can’t help your mind wandering off to a hotel lobby around 4am, in some American city. Girls and boys of the new generation, now THIS is what you call EMO. ‘Cause if this don’t get you all emotional, you’ve been musically deprived.

Triumph’s Thunder Seven……….ahhh, the memories…gawd bless.

Date Reviewed: 01/27/06
Reviewer: Mr. Thunder Seven
Location: Toronto

Allied Forces Review:

A milestone for rock fans, yet a kind of hidden jewel over here in Germany. High vocals to make you shiver, beautiful sparkling acoustic guitars, slicing sharp electric guitars, stomach-felt bass lines and great, skilful, high-energy drumming – maybe the best combination of skill, melodic beauty, power and sound I managed to hear up to now – and this is stated by a true Rush fan. Anyway, this is all so far away from now, being one of the first rock albums I ever listened to back in wonderful 1981, at the age of 16. Still the music rocks today without any loss of energy or freshness.

Date Reviewed: 10/07/05
Reviewer: Tom
Location: Herrsching, Germany