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  • THE BAND: Rik Emmett (guitars, lead vocals), Mike Levine (bass, keyboards), Gil Moore (drums, lead vocals). Hometown – Toronto.

    THE DISC: (1984) 10 songs clocking in at approximately 41 minutes. Included with the disc is a minimal 3-page foldout with original album artwork and song titles only. This is the band’s 7th studio album. Remastered in 2004 featuring expanded liner notes, but no bonus tracks. Label – MCA Records.

    COMMENTS: In my opinion, “Thunder Seven” was Triumph’s last classic studio album. It capped a three album run with the band easily at the peak of their success. Three years prior showed the band firing on all cylinders with “Allied Forces” (1981); and a strong follow-up in ‘83 with “Never Surrender”. “Thunder Seven” was followed by “The Sport Of Kings” (1986) and “Surveillance” (1987) – both simply under par albums in the eyes of fans and critics alike (not to mention the band not writing all their own material). “Thunder Seven” gave us two singles (“Spellbound” and “Follow Your Heart”) – both surprisingly sung by drummer Gil Moore. The real gems are the deep album cuts that never made it to the FM radio waves – “Rock Out, Roll On” is a solid Rik Emmett rocker; “Time Goes By” hits you in the same vein as Allied Force’s “Fight The Good Fight”; “Cool Down” sounds like it could have been written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant; “Time Canon” is a minute-and-a-half vocal (only) piece leading into the beautiful “Killing Time”; and two instrumentals – “Midsummer’s Daydream” (receiving numerous guitar composition awards) and the stunning and uncharacteristic bluesy album closer “Little Boy Blues”. For me, Triumph is/was always a guitar band first. Drums, bass and vocals were always great, but Rik Emmett’s guitar was the show-piece here. Triumph seemed to be labeled Canada’s 2nd best power trio (behind Rush), but I always thought they deserved more credit. Staying power with fans – “Thunder Seven” was certified gold in 2003, almost 20 years after its release. This is a great and often overlooked rock album (5 stars).

    Posted on November 19, 2009