Triumph
Classics


4.5
superb

Review

by wakeupdead USER (15 Reviews)
March 14th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Triumph is:

Rik Emmet-Guitar, Vocals
Gil Moore-Drums, Vocals
Mike Levine-Bass, Keyboards

Triumph is a rock band from Canada that started out as a Led Zeppelin cover band back in the mid 1970's. Although not too widely known, they hardly ever fail to write a good hard rock tune. Native to the city of Toronto, Triumph consists of the classically trained guitarist Rik Emmet (who also takes over the duty of lead vocals around half the time), drummer gil Moore (the other vocalist), and on bass guitar and keyboards, Mike Levine.

THE SONGS

Now the songs on this Classics collection have a very different sound than some of the other ones. Some are classic rock songs (ie. Lay It On The Line, and Rock And Roll Machine to name a few), and some with a few synthesizors (ie. Tears In The Rain, and Spellbound) but all of them are great songs in their own way. I personally thought that they were very comparable to Rush, but without the extreme amount of synthesizor use as they did. The heavier tracks such as Follow Your Heart, I Live For The Weekend and Lay It On The Line are among my favourite tracks on here. But the slower, softer tracks such as Hold On and much of Magic Power were just as radio friendly as any songs on this compilation. My personal favourite song on here is either Lay It On The Line or Follow Your Heart but it was a tough decision because the whole album was spectacular. There is not one bad song on the compilation, but if would have to choose a least favourite song I would choose Somebody's Out There.

THE GUITAR

Rik Emmett is a fantastic guitar player. He is classically trained and it is very hard to descibe the guitar tone on this album (due to this being a compilation and the guitar sound changing over the years), but the style stayed pretty much the same. Most of the guitar riffs on the hard rockers are power chord driven songs with fantastic vocals. The solos are not something to look past or ignore at all because they are some of the most soulful, melodic, and well written solos I have ever heard. The distortion isn't very high, but it is high enough to fool people into thinking that this band is heavy metal band. Just check out the solo in Rock And Roll Machine, which is basically 2 minutes of just guitar (not even bass or drums) with those pick melting riffs that tend to be sloppy at times, but very melodic ad speedy. Rik only placed at #97 on the Top 100 Heavy Metal Guitrists list on Hit Parader magazine, but I think he deserved a way higher place.

THE VOCALS

Rik Emmett and Gil Moore share this duty, but I feel that Rik is a better vocalist than Gil. Why? Because Rik can hit higher notes for longer periods of time and the fact that is vocal range is far superior to Gil's. That doesn't neccesarily mean gil is bad, because he is very talented as well. Gil's voice is the lower pitched voice, but still sort of whiney, and Rik's voice is the very high, more beautiful sounding voice which is good for the softer songs.

Well there you are. If you like Rush, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and other classic rock bands I urge you to check out this band.

Recommended
I Live For The Weekend
Follow Your Heart
Lay It On The Line
Rock And Roll Machine



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tom79
March 14th 2007


3372 Comments


Triumph is alright. Cheesy but fun. Rush is still miles better.

As for the review, dividing the sections up really doesn't do a lot, especially with lines like these:
"The bass and drums are very simple so I have nothing to say about that except that they fit the music very well."

that line says nothing. ehh, keep workingThis Message Edited On 03.14.07

Digging: Karate - Some Boots

MrKite
March 14th 2007


5020 Comments


I used to do a format similair to this but now looking back on it it's better to explain the atmosphere and what not in a less choppy way.

Bfhurricane
March 14th 2007


6197 Comments


I hear that Triumph is very good. Ill likely check this out

rockstar18
March 15th 2007


741 Comments


I'll check them out.

wakeupdead
March 15th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As for the review, dividing the sections up really doesn't do a lot
Meh. I was just trying to do something I haven't done before, but that didn't play out good i guess lol. Definetly check them out :thumb:

BigHans
February 19th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best Canadian band ever after Rush

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


16008 Comments


allied forces was a great album

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

BigHans
February 19th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well it does have Magic Power which is basically the best song ever

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


16008 Comments


fight the good fight i love off that

BigHans
February 19th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah song rules hard

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


16008 Comments


there's some great old song off their debut called 'Be My Lover' with the cheesiest voice box stuff ever, you heard that ?

BigHans
February 19th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive only jammed their compilation albums. Lay It on the Line is muh jam

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


16008 Comments


check out the debut man its great, corny but lots of fun

BigHans
February 19th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im sure it jams, will do



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