Great Metal Albums of 1981: Triumph- Allied Forces


For all the moaning I do about Canadian metal not getting the respect it deserves, Triumph are one band that my moaning certainly applies to. Sure, they have enjoyed lots of success in the USA where they have sold many albums and have given Yanks many a good concert memory but if you mention them here in the UK, there are a lot of British metalheads who would answer “Who?” Now before I get a load of responses from my British readers shouting from the roof tops how much they love this band, there are many out there, including some long established metalheads who haven’t heard of Triumph. Sacrilege, I know.

“Allied Forces” was the album that first introduced me to Triumph and for me, it was love at first listen. I was hooked from the very first notes of “Fool For You Love,” a great rocking track and a very appropriate opener. I really love the second track, “Magic Power” and how it starts with a guitar intro that hints at being a fantasy ballad and then hits you over the head with all out power. That song got a couple of extra listens on its own. Like a good baseball team, the album has a very good middle of the order. All four songs are just fantastic, so much so, I can’t pick one that stands out above the other. They’re just all good. Thinking about it, Rik Emmett does play a rather mean guitar solo “Hot Time in the City Tonight.” The two instrumentals on the album are both short and to the point and that’s not a bad thing. It all closes with a very suitable “Say Goodbye” and while you know the album is finishing, you can’t help wanting to go back and listen to it all over again. I know I did.

Track Listing:

1. Fool For Your Love

2. Magic Power

3. Air Raid

4. Allied Forces

5. Hot Time in the City

6. Fight the Good Fight

7. Ordinary Man

8. Petite Etude

9. Say Goodbye



Rik Emmett- all guitars, vocals

Gil Moore- drums, percussion, vocals

Mike Levine- bass, all keyboards

If there is any album that supports the notion that Triumph should be heralded as a great band, it’s “Allied Forces.” I made me believe and I’m sure I’m not the only one this album did that to. If you haven’t heard it, have a listen and it will have the same effect on you.

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18 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1981: Triumph- Allied Forces”

  1. Been listening to them since I was a kid…one of the many bands my dad introduced me to growing up…definitely a great band!

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  2. Reblogged this on Scyranth's Castle.


  3. Only got this very recently – you’re bang on the money here.


  4. This Canadian is really happy you reviewed a treasure to Canada. 😃

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  5. Great review of what I consider the defining album by this underrated/underappreciated band. I discovered them via their previous album, Progressions Of Power, but the excellence of that album barely prepared me for the majesty of Allied Forces (which I bought on the day of release, as we teenagers did back then). Their biggest problem might have been that they were too melodic for metal fans and too heavy for AOR fans. I can’t think of any singers of that era who were better than Rik Emmett (not to mention what a guitar master he is), and many of their songs have the same uplifting qualities as the best material by Journey. Too bad they didn’t get the same kind of recognition as those guys.

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  6. I hereby grant you unofficial Canadian citizenship for this review.


  7. I’m honoured, then again, I have never met a Canadian I didn’t like, even my wife’s friends boyfriend, who was a Maple Leafs fan during a very vicious playoff series against my beloved Flyers.
    Jsak, if you’re reading this, you might want to check out your fellow Canadian’s music blog:


  8. Great review on what I would say is there best album from front to back!
    I reviewed This over at my place…
    Check it out and thanks 80 metalman for throwing down some Can Rock!


    • Thanks and I wouldn’t debate you on Allied Forces being their best album, I’m still more partial towards the follow up album Never Surrender. I will check out your post.


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