Two years after the death of founding guitarist Mark Reale, a few members have put together a version of Riot that is a cross between a continuation and a tribute band: Riot V. Their first CD, Unleash the Fire, shows not only that his band's output will survive his passing, but that they can even produce an album close to the quality of their 1988 classic, Thundersteel. The melodies and riffs of this one do more than just continue Riot's excellent track record; they bring back the lingering magic of this band's sound that reached full flower in the 80s.
Greatest Hits '78-'90 is Riot's only compilation album, released exclusively by Sony Music Japan in 1993. The collection was also issued as a limited edition Star Box. It contains no material from the Rhett Forrester era, focusing on the Guy Speranza and Tony Moore years only.
"Through the Storm" is the twelfth studio album by American heavy metal band Riot. It was released on August 26, 2002. It is the only Riot album to feature drummer Bobby Rondinelli, best known for his work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath. We're in 2002 and, 25 years after their first album, they are making almost the same music as in their first years. It's evident they are not the most innovative band in the world but, people who like classic Heavy and Power Metal will be grateful for records like this one in the XXI century. Japanese edition of this album has an extra track: Somebody. And the CD has two cover songs "Only You Can Rock Me" of UFO and "Here Comes the Sun" of The Beatles.
"Restless Breed" is the fourth album by the American heavy metal band Riot, and their first with vocalist Rhett Forrester, released in 1982. Exit vocalist Guy Speranza, who apparently had just become such a problem child in the band due to excessive drug use that he couldn't hack the touring life any longer. Enter new vocalist Rhett Forrester. "Restless Breed" will be available on Digi-CD (2016) with the 6-song "Riot Live" EP from 1982 as bonus as well as on vinyl in three different versions (180 g black/red opaque/violet blue marbeled).
Fire Down Under is the third album by New York City heavy metal band Riot, released in 1981, and the last with original vocalist Guy Speranza. The song "Flashbacks" is dedicated to Neal Kay, the British DJ who supported heavy metal in the UK during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ‘Fire Down Under‘ will be available on Digi-CD with two bonus tracks (‘Misty Morning Rain’ and ‘You’re All I Needed Tonight’) as well as on vinyl in three different versions (180 g black/artic white marbled/yellow with orange spots).
"Awaken The Guardian" is the third studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released in 1986 through Metal Blade Records. The album was the band's first to enter the U.S. Billboard 200, reaching No. 191 and remaining on that chart for four weeks. It is also the band's last album to feature original singer John Arch, who was replaced by Ray Alder on their subsequent 1988 album No Exit.
"The Spectre Within" is the second studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released in October 1985 through Metal Blade RecordsThis album is for die-hard fans only. The production is dated as are most of the riffs and vocals, but it is a good indicator of what was to come on the next album.
When it comes to excellent debut albums, bands such as Van Halen, Sonata Arctica, and Metallica often come up in conversation. However, Rock City by Riot seems to be largely overlooked. Rock City is raw, in your face slab of heavy metal fury. This is one of those debut albums where the chemistry of the band is perfect, and all cylinders are firing in perfect synchronicity.