Thunder Seven review by Triumph

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1984
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 10 (5 votes)
Triumph: Thunder Seven
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Sound — 10
In 1977 Triumph released Rock And Roll Machine and the repackaged version a year later proved to be one of the most brilliantly constructed and influential metal albums of all time. It raised a level of creativity that the band was never able to duplicate until the bands seventh album, aptly titled Thunder Seven. Triumph once again were years ahead of the present time, this time releasing the first complete and unbridled concept album in the history of any metal band, regardless of the genre. The sound is incredibly powerful and profound, theatrical and downright eerie. Luscious production and incredible skillful musicianship spans the entire course of the album.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics and music, along with the majestic album cover tell a story of a world at the end of the twentieth century, where machines and computers have a stranglehold on the creativity and morals of man. Where Domestic Violence, Murder, Corruption, War, Abuse, Laziness, Theft, Demonic Possession, Religious Extremists, have reached an all-time high and dictate the existence of the man. The technology exposing yet being the cause for the abnormalities of humans and their loss for creativity and moral regard. As with all but two Triumph albums Rik Emmett, one of the greatest vocalists in history, sings the majority of the songs. Killing Time, track eight, features, for the first time ever, Rik and Gil Moore dueling their vocals in the song. Rik does an incredibly orgasmic and luscious vocal a capella.

Overall Impression — 10
The album, for historical and present references alone, should be in any self-respecting metal fans top five of greatest metal albums. Midsummers Daydream is one of the finest classical guitar pieces in history, and Little Boy Blues is a profound way to end this masterpiece. Every bass line, which is very audible, is ball-busting, while every drum hit rings with beautiful precision. Every note of the guitar and synthesizers cut through the thick layer of darkness that surrounds the concept of the album. There is not a single dull moment on the album, thus making it perfect, which is what the number seven is supposed to represent. Any individual wanting to hear impeccable talent, brilliantly constructed lyrics, incredible vocals, precise musicianship, lusciousally sonic textures and production should look no further than this masterpiece. You will not be disappointed.

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    mad_mak-dog
    I can't believe that no UGer's have posted to this review and that there aren't more tabs for Triumph. This is an awesome rock trio on the heels of Rush up North. Rock on Triumph!
    AllJudasPriest
    mad_mak-dog wrote: I can't believe that no UGer's have posted to this review and that there aren't more tabs for Triumph. This is an awesome rock trio on the heels of Rush up North. Rock on Triumph!
    It is sad, isn't it? Triumph is one of the greatest