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.
"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.
"Sons Of Society" is the eleventh studio album by American heavy metal band Riot, released on September 7, 1999. Sons of Society continues Riot's move into a more European metal sound, strongly reminiscent of Rainbow and Thin Lizzy and tailored for the preferences of the Japanese market. It's a solid if unexceptional record, with all the well-executed craft of seasoned veterans and the rather conservative predictability of journeymen. Japan release comes with an exclusive bonus track: "QUEEN".
"Inishmore" is the tenth studio album by American heavy metal band Riot. It was released on January 27, 1998 (Japan, 97.11.12). The album is based on conceptual sagas of Celtic & Irish myths. The Japanese Zero Corporation version has an extended version of the beautiful "Inishmore Suite" that ends with an interpretation of the Irish folk song "Danny Boy" that is not available anywhere else. The Japanese version misses the song "Turning the Hands of Time" that is on the American Metal Blade version of Inishmore, but that is available on the Angel Eyes EP.
"The Brethren of the Long House" is Riot's ninth studio album. It was first released in Japan on November 11, 1995 and later in the United States and rest of the world in early 1996. The album is dedicated to the lost culture of American Indians.
"The Privilege of Power" is the seventh studio album by the American heavy metal band Riot, released in 1990. It was more experimental than their previous work, being an attempt at a concept album and also including a horn section on some of the tracks. "Racing with the Devil on a Spanish Highway" is a cover of an Al Di Meola instrumental track from the album Elegant Gypsy (1977). "Killer" is about convicted killer Jeffrey R. MacDonald and features a guest vocal appearance by Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen).
"Riot Live" (not to be confused with the 1982 EP of the same name with Rhett Forrester on vocals) is Riot's first full-length live album, recorded in the UK in 1980, but not issued until 1989 on CBS/Sony Music in Japan. This is the band's last output with original vocalist Guy Speranza. The album contains a cover of the well known 1950s rock'n'roll classic, "Train Kept A-Rollin'", brought to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s by the likes of The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.
"Thundersteel" is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Riot and their first with singer Tony Moore, released after coming back from a period of inactivity in the mid-80s. The album originally charted at No. 150 on Billboard 200.