Riot V - Unleash The Fire [2LP+CD] (Blue Vinyl, gatefold, 1 Bonus Track)
The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011's reunion record 'Immortal Soul'. They are ready to unleash power metal at its finest. They are ready to unleash music in the great RIOT tradition that you've come to know and love. RIOT V is ready to 'UNLEASH THE FIRE!' The long anticipated disc is slated for an October release via Spv/ Steamhammer. This marks the first release from the band without the late great founding guitarist Mark Reale who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on Immortal Soul because of his health issues
The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and will dedicate this new offering to him. The album promises to please fans of the 'Thundersteel' era of RIOT as main song writer and longtime Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern does much of the writing as he did on 'Thundersteel' and 'The Privilege of Power'. DVS is joined by long time RIOT band mate, song writer and Reales guitar partner of over 20 years Mike Flyntz to create what they feel is something they are proud to call a RIOT record and Reale would have thought that as well. RIOT has a tumultuous history of member, label and management changes throughout the bands 30 plus year career but one thing's for sure, a band's longevity is through good music and if this new record is any proof, they will be around for years to come.
Bursting out of New York City with three ground breaking albums in quick succession 'ROCK CITY'(Capitol), 'NARITA' (Capitol) and 'FIRE DOWN UNDER'(Elektra) featuring vocalist Guy Speranza then another iconic period with the albums 'Restless Breed'' (Elektra) and 'Born in America'' featuring vocalist Rhett Forrester, RIOT quickly became one of the biggest cult metal bands in the world. Stunning performances in the UK at the first ever Castle Donington Festival with Rainbow and Scorpions, and Port Vale supporting Ozzy Osbourne the following year, and support slots with Sammy Hagar, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Rush, Kiss to name a few cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.
With the Eighties developing into a metal fest, a new look new sound RIOT bounced back transforming from an edgy hard rock band into a power metal assault. Guitarist Mark Reale recruited metal bassist Don Van Stavern (SA) Slayer) and collaborated on songs for the widely acclaimed release 'THUNDERSTEEL' (Sony). Reale and Van Stavern joined vocalist Tony Moore, drummer Bobby Jarzombek and Marks guitar cohort, Mike Flyntz who completed the twin axe attack. RIOT was reborn, and followed 'THUNDERSTEEL' two years later with the jaw dropping conceptual album 'THE PRIVILEGE OF POWER' (Sony) featuring an elite list of guest performers.
With the departure of Van Stavern and Moore, Reale shifted gears with a new look RIOT featuring vocalist Mike Dimeo, bassist Pete Perez and drummer Frank Gilchriest. This line up released several albums and did tours but eventually after many industry, media and fan requests for the reformation of the legendary Thundersteel power metal line up Reale contacted former members and the plan was put into action!
Through the storm of life's obstacles the guys are joined by powerhouse vocalist extraordinaire Todd Michael Hall (Burning Starr, Reverence), Frank Gilchriest (Virgin Steele, Riot's Army of One) and former Mike Flyntz guitar student and resident shredder Nick Lee and are ready to raise the flag in honor of the RIOT legacy of music and our fallen band mates and the fans who have been demanding RIOT for years. This new onslaught headlined sold out shows in Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy and headlined the prestigious festivals Metal Assault and Metal Apocalypse early this year with rave reviews and upcoming Festivals this July including Bang Your Head with Twisted Sister/ Anthrax, Metal Days with Megadeth/Volbeat and will headline Headbanger's Open Air with support acts including Saxon/ Anvil and top it off with the headlining performance on next years Keep It True 2015 Festival with support acts including Scorpions Uli John Roth which is already sold out!
With reissues on Sony, EMI & Metal Blade, RIOT are consistently on radio and metal charts worldwide, as well as being a part of New York City's Top 20 most influential metal bands and numerous mentions on VH1's That Metal Show with Eddie Trunk and staff sighting RIOT as one of the innovators of Metal music in America and beyond!