Triumph - Allied Forces

geoviangeovian Earth Orbit
edited July 18 in year-1981

ARTIST: Triumph
ALBUM: Allied Forces
SERIAL: AFL1-3902, LAT-1122
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2004, TML Entertainment, TML 78005

LINEUP: Rik Emmett - vocals, guitars * Gil Moore - vocals, drums * Mike Levine - bass, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fool For Your Love * 02 Magic Power * 03 Air Raid * 04 Allied Forces * 05 Hot Time (In This City Tonight) * 06 Fight The Good Fight * 07 Ordinary Man * 08 Petite Etude * 09 Say Goodbye



I think out of all of Triumph's discography, 'Allied Forces' would just be marginally ahead of the rest. Not by much mind you, but this one has been closer to me than many of the others, though 'Never Surrender' and 'Surveillance' are cool too and rank quite high. At this point in their career, the band had released a handful of impressive albums, and got better with each one.

'Progressions Of Power' their prior release from 1980 was full of powerful moments, and saw them finally move away from comparisons with that other notable power-trio from Canada, the wonderful Rush. If anything though, comparisons with Led Zeppelin were more appropriate, and for a couple of tracks on 'Aliied Forces', this view is reinforced.

The Songs

Leading the way is 'Fool For Your Love', a heavy handed workout, followed up by one of their best known tracks 'Magic Power', perhaps also their most commercial? The title track 'Allied Forces' is next, blasted with all the fury and precision of a Norman Schwarzkopf army assault.

'Hot Time (In This City Tonight)' literally lives up to it's name, a full-on blues workout Chuck Berry would be pleased to hear. 'Fight The Good Fight' is one of my all-time favourite Triumph songs, a near epic at 6.20. Then to top it off, it's followed by another pearler in 'Ordinary Man' which is an epic at 7.04. Both are long-winded Zeppelin-oriented pieces, with ebb/flow dynamics, and killer solos!

'Say Goodbye' is another commercial track, with a strong chorus to finish up the album. Apart from a few short musical interludes ('Air Raid' and 'Petite Etude'), 'Allied Forces' represents all that is classic about the hard rock scene from this era.

In Summary

The band continued on course with another five albums during the 80's period, though this particular line-up, being relatively stable all through the years, ended its tenure in 1988 after the release of 'Surveillance' with Rik Emmett's departure to go solo. All those later albums are worth checking out, but don't forget about the earlier ones too, namely 'Progressions Of Power' and 'Just A Game'.

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    dtabachndtabachn Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Triumph are releasing a 40th anniversary edition of Allied Forces as a vinyl box set on July 17, 2021 for Canadian RSD. The band are also serving as the official Ambassador for said Canadian Record Store Day.

    Mike Levine discussed the details on this interview for Goldmine magazine:
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    Do any of you remember that Rik used to do cartoon work for Hit Parader magazine in the early 80s?

    Triumph was a quality band that was in its own interesting niche. Definitely a hard rock band, but not sure that they were ever considered heavy metal. Too early for the ‘hair metal’ scene. As canucks, not NWOBHM. Somehow they did have hits however… can’t feel too sorry for them!!
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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    Great to see this band getting love decades after their heyday. There's still two albums left to review to finish up their back catalogue (the debut and the 1985 Live album), we'll get to sooner rather than later.
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