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Triumph

Late-'70s/early-'80s prog metallists Triumph endured countless comparisons to Rush throughout their career, and with good reason; they were both quite similar musically and lyrically, comprised of three members each, and hailed from Canada (although it must be said that Rush were the originator, and were much more commercially successful). Formed in Toronto during 1975, the trio consisted of guitarist/singer Rik Emmett, drummer/singer Gil Moore, and bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and issued its self-titled debut a year later via the independent Attic label. Although the album was largely ignored, it became a favorite of a radio DJ in San Antonio, Texas, which led to a regional following solidified by a tour of the state.

The exposure also gave way to a deal with RCA Records, which reissued the debut as well as Triumph's sophomore effort, 1977's Rock & Roll Machine, which spawned the group's first semi-hit single, a cover of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way." It was also around this time that the group became known for its concerts, which relied heavily on pyrotechnics and an intricate light show (just in case their following couldn't figure this out themselves, the trio penned a track called "Blinding Light Show").

With their stock rising among hard rock fans, Triumph inked a new recording contract with MCA, which led to their most successful period both artistically and commercially. Such resulting albums as 1979's Just a Game and 1980's Progressions of Power inched the group closer to breakthrough success, which was obtained by a pair of back-to-back gold-certified albums: 1981's Allied Forces (often considered the group's best album, which spawned the hit anthem "Fight the Good Fight") and 1982's Never Surrender. Such further albums as 1984's Thunder Seven, 1985's Stages, 1985's The Sport of Kings, and 1987's Surveillance failed to meet the expectations set by Triumph's earlier releases, yet the group was able to retain its following. Come 1988, Emmett opted to leave the group to pursue a solo career, but instead of calling it a day, Moore and Levine decided to carry on with a new frontman/guitarist, while an 11-track best-of set, Classics, was issued a year after Emmett's exit.

Their first choice, ex-Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake member John Sykes, was too busy getting his project Blue Murder off the ground at the time, so the gig ultimately went to former Frozen Ghost/Aldo Nova associate Phil X (it was also around this time that the group built its own recording studio in Mississauga, Ontario, called Metalworks). The Phil X-led version of the group only managed to issue a single release, however, 1993's Edge of Excess, before Triumph split up for good. In the wake of their breakup, several archival releases popped up in record stores, such as 1995's In the Beginning and 1996's King Biscuit Flower Hour (the latter of which chronicled a 1981 concert), while Rik Emmett continued on with his solo career, issuing albums on a regular basis throughout the '90s.

In 2007, it was announced that Triumph were to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Subsequently, the original lineup of Emmett, Levine, and Moore reunited for several high-profile live shows leading up to their induction into the Hall of Fame during the 2008 Juno Awards. In 2012, the band released the DVD/CD set Live at Sweden Rock Festival, which documents Triumph's reunion concert from 2008. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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hurricanerc
Joe anthony and Lou Roney of KMAC/KISS back in the 70's
Saw this band in 1983 at the US festival in Devore, California. What a great show, these guys really rocked. Best concert in my life.
floden3
Definitely one of the best live bands that I havw ever seen!!!
Triumph Rocks!!!
bhuler
rush/triumph . . . c a n a d i a n music at it's best
davedeilkes
Triumph was one of my favorite bands back in the day liked them better than rush.
Triumph is better
pojcat
Don't see the comparison with Rush...but I really like both bands!
Triumph was a great Rock n' Roll band with numerous great jam songs. Straightforw a r d Rock!
jvukic
They're definitely a good band, R&R Hall of Fame (whatever that means) material, I don't know, but a great band. I don't think bands/people need any sort of plaque to be well regarded.
jserra83
I don't understand why people compare Rush and Triumph. Perhaps it is because they both are trios from Canada. To me, the comparison stops there. I enjoy both bands as well as Boston, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Kansas, The Eagles, etc.
I don't understand why people prefer Rush. I've only listened to 2 Triumph songs and I already like them more than Rush. I think Rush is overrated.
Triumph was much more Pop-oriented than Rush before Rush went that way in the latter part of the 80s. Girls in High School could relate to Triumph (She had a rotten day so she hopes the DJ will play her favorite song). Rush was a stoner band that only dudes could really dig.
Of course Rush is better. They're better than anyone. But Triumph was damn good.
I wrote this on my heavy bag, Fight The Good Fight. It took me awhile, but I did, and do...<><
Rush is better
Triumph Rocks. I sing this song for the common man ...
Love Triumph. Saw them in 1986. Great show. Rick Emmit has a great voice.
Song for every generation
R&R
brendao37
;)
Chuck T is wrong both bands are great
I CALL THEM THE CANADIAN KANSAS. THE SAME BASE MUSIC OF PROGRESSIVE METAL MIXED WITH JAZZ, ROCK AND BLUES
tylernascar1 7

Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
WHile a good/decent band - comparing them to Rush is somewhat misguided. Triumph is a AAA team. Rush is major league
Great... Great Band... Muy queridos en Puerto Rico
That's cause they don't nominate Rock n Roll bands into the R&R Hall of Fame anymore.
Don G - Cheeks, good question. Why is Triumph not in the R & R Hall of Fame?
katie.vt
I LOVE this group. It is they who have the magic power.
First concert allied forces tour 81 I was 11, with my big bro Tony, marquette, michigan loved live music ever since
Why is Triumph not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
they are the NO RECOGNITION band
this album may be their best
scotmasters
US Festival!!!! They played between Priest and Scorpions! Incredible!
First time listening to these guys... Fight the Good Fight and if you guys don't think they sound like Rush, c'mon now. I'm a Rush fan and when I first heard this song I thought they were a Geddy Lee side project. I've never heard anyone sound like a young Geddy Lee. The music is different.. but it sounds like Rush just got off stage and some other band came and picked up their instruments. Not the same, but I think the comparisons are pretty valid.
If you are a true Triumph fan then you already know that any comparison of the two is an injustice for either band, yes they are both talented beyond all belief and each a true part of musical influance, but no comparison, each great in their own way. My favorite is Triumph and Rush not very far behind, who really cares, it is who you like and mine is Triumph
tiffls69
Little Boy Blues one of the best instrumental s ever! Saw them Summer of 85 Rik did about a 30 minute solo that will never leave my mind. One of the best concert bands of all time.
Love Triumph hold on
sbove681
One of the best concerts i have ever been to,and i have been to over 300 concerts and still counting
sbove681
TRIUMPH ROCKED THE 80S HARD SAW THEM IN PHILLY SOMEWHERE AROUND 85,86 WITH YNGWEE MALMSTEEN,TH E JIMIMHENDRIX OF THE 80S
jalepard
Yeah, I never understood the comparison to Rush either. Just because they are a power rock trio from Canada & Rik's voice hits the high notes doesn't mean they sound like Rush. Triumph is an under appreciated group.
scottsavage2 8
I dont get why everyone thinks they sound like Rush. They sound a lot more like Yes than Rush
jalepard
Love their song 'Magic Power' on Allied Forces. Hell, the entire Allied Forces CD/album kick a#@. Brings back good High School memories :)
I was at the US festival and they kicked a**, the best day of metal ever
Love!!
Rik Emmett's got such a kick a** voice!. Wish the radio sounded like this more often.
Joe Anthony from San Antonio...I remember him, bad a** DJ!!
Check out SKILLET!!!!!
milosdad
That San Antonio DJ was the Godfather of Rock n Roll, Joe Anthony from the once mighty 99.5 KISS FM.
rik emmett is one the most talented people in rock even today he still hits it i sure miss the 80s music
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