Before we get down to the nitty gritty, there’s a little business to take care of.  First of all, this is the Canadian band called Fist, not the U.K. band of the same name.  Second, this album, Fist’s third, was released in Canada as Fleet Street with this cover.  In the United States, the album was called Thunder In Rock, with the album cover shown on the left.  In Europe, the album was also called Thunder In Rock, but the band’s name was not Fist, it was Myofist.  This, of course, was to avoid confusion with the U.K. Fist.  All versions mentioned contained the same track list, and all were released by A&M Records.  The real bitch of it all — this album still hasn’t been released on CD!  Somebody do something!

Now for the music…

Fist took a very confused heavy metal stance on Thunder In Rock.  We can forgive them for two reasons; number one – it was 1981, and number two – they were Canadian.  This mix of gruff bikerish vocals, crunchy riffs, and overzealous keyboard tinkering is quite an odd amalgam of sounds.  But it all kind of works itself out thanks to a truly powerful and robust mix, one that helps shine a light on the fat-ass grooves Fist churned out song after song.  As mentioned, vocalist Ron Chenier sounded like a biker, or at least someone with a beer belly (and possibly a full beard).  Meanwhile, drummer Bob Patterson beat his kit like a caveman and keyboardist Ivan Tessier provided a never-ending supply of synth silliness.

Thunder In Rock is a consistently good album, but one track stands out as an absolute monster, Thunder In Rock!  It houses a simple main riff with a really nice percussive “chigga-chigga” thingy that makes all the difference.  Thunder In Rock is a simple song, but sometimes simplicity is the key to an unforgettable tune.  The groove on Thunder In Rock is just gargantuan!  And is that a sax solo I hear?  Yes, yes it is.  Like I said, Fist had a confused way of doing things!  My score: B

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