Riot V


Biography

RIOT’s Ready to Unleash the Fire on you Metal Warriors! Legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011’s ‘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 is ready to ‘UNLEASH THE FIRE!’

RIOT’s Ready to Unleash the Fire on you Metal Warriors! Legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011’s ‘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 is ready to ‘UNLEASH THE FIRE!’ The long anticipated disc is released via Avalon/ Marquee and Spv/ Steamhammer records once again and is receiving fantastic reviews! The CD entered the Hard Rock 100 Billboard charts at 75 and Rolling Stone Magazine gives it a 4 out of 5 and Burrn! Rock Hard and Aardshock are calling it album of the year! The new album promises to please fans of the ‘Thundersteel’ era of RIOT as main song writer and long time Mark 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 things for sure, a bands 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 and 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!

RIOT’s classic ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege of Power line-up reformed for a limited reunion in 2009 and delivered another ground breaking disc ‘IMMORTAL SOUL’. Released by major metal heavy weights Spv/ Steamhammer & Avalon/ Marquee, and a successful Tour with performances on the prestigious Royal Caribbean 70,000 Tons of Metal oceanliner concert and appearances at Sweden Rock and Metalway festivals solidified RIOT’s long sought after return a success, but success doesnt come without tragedy. RIOT‘s journey has never been easy, with personal changes and the untimely deaths of frontmen Guy Speranza, Rhett Forrester as well as the passing of long time guitarist Mark Reale who finally lost his life long battle with Crohns disease in 2012.

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Discography

1977 Rock City
1979 Narita
1981 Fire Don Under
1982 Restless Breed
1983 Born in America
1988 Thundersteel
1990 The Privilege of Power
1993 Nightbreaker
1995 The Brethren of the Long House
1998 Inishmore
1999 Sons of Society
2002 Through the Storm
2006 Army of One
2011 Immortal Soul
2014 Unleash the Fire


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