A heavy metal fan in the mid-80's, I knew nothing about this band. I mean, of course everyone knew that Samson was the name of the band where Bruce Dickinson sang before he joined Iron Maiden, but nobody I knew had any of their music.
The first time I ever heard Samson's music was in early 90's. That fabulous "NWOBHM '79 Revisited" sampler features the song "Vice Versa" from this album. I was totally blown away. Bruce Dickinson sang in a totally different way than he sang later in Iron Maiden. In fact, his singing style was pretty much like Paul di'Anno's. (Even though their voices are obviously very different.) And the song was just amazing. I wanted more.
However, it took me years to get my hands on this CD. And I was very disappointed to find that the album was not good at all. Apart from the magnificent "Vice Versa", there are two songs on this record which would be just fabulous if they weren't ruined by unbelievably pussyish melodic choruses. A couple more are barely listenable, but the rest of the songs is just complete crap. The music is so... how should I put it... empty.
If I had to try and describe it somehow, the general style is not unlike Iron Maiden, Bruce's singing being totally different, as I already said. The drum sound is occasionally too amateurish-punky, and Thunderstick's playing varies greatly from fantastic to poor.
Curiously, "Thunderburst" is clearly the same song as Iron Maiden's "The Ides of March" from their 1981 album "Killers". I have no idea what this is all about but I'm curious to find out.
If you are interested in Samson, maybe you are better advised to start with their next album, "Shock Tactics" (1981). That's very different from this one, and clearly better.