Metal Thunder: Arena Rock Classics is part of a voluminous series of poor '80s heavy metal compilations released cheaply by the Montreal-based St. Clair Entertainment label. The Metal Thunder series feature mostly long-forgotten metal acts that attained moderate success at best during their respective '80s zeniths. Furthermore, most of the performers were more associated with the pop-metal movement than the more influential and interesting thrash metal scene of the time, making the featured music on these volumes even more trite. The Arena Rock Classics volume features Winger's "Down Incognito," Saigon Kick's "Suzy," and a live version of Cinderella's "Gypsy Road," in addition to nine other songs.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier