Rockpages TV has uploaded a video report on the recent listening party for the new RIOT V album, which was held in Athens, Greece. Check it out below.
RIOT V is the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT. The group’s follow-up to 2014’s “Unleash The Fire” album is scheduled for a spring 2018 release via Nuclear Blast. Production duties were handled by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (METAL CHURCH, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, SLIPKNOT, KORN). The new songs promise to please fans of the “Thundersteel” era of RIOT, as longtime Mark Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern undertook a lot of the writing, as he did on “Thundersteel”, “The Privilege Of Power” and “Unleash The Fire”.
Don Van Stavern said: “This next offering will please longtime fans and create new ones, as the material is fresh and power metal at its finest.”
Hardly any other metal act has such a long and absorbing history behind it. Since the quintet formed in 1975, they have been hit by several severe strokes of fate during their long career. Three deceased members — Rhett Forester (R.I.P. 1994), Guy Speranza (R.I.P. 2003) and Mark Reale (R.I.P. 2012) — have left their mark on the four decades of RIOT‘s band history.
Since their legendary debut album, “Rock City” (1977), RIOT has released numerous heavy metal classics, including “Fire Down Under” (with classics like “Swords And Tequila”), their masterpiece “Thundersteel” (1988) and the unforgotten “The Privilege Of Power” (1990).
After the death of Mark Reale and the departure of Tony Moore, Todd Michael Hall (from Michigan), completed the lineup of RIOT, which changed its name to RIOT V and moved forward under the auspices of the two long-term members and main songwriters Donnie van Stavern (bass) and Mike Flyntz (guitar). With the critically acclaimed “Unleash The Fire” (2014), a pure power metal jewel once again underlined the musical importance and influence of the quintet.
Many artists name-check RIOT as an important influence of their musical career and have paid tribute to the power metal godfathers on multiple occasions. The list is long and includes several well-known acts such as HAMMERFALL (“Flight Of The Warrior”), Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY (“Thundersteel”), AXEL RUDI PELL (“Warrior”) and newcomers such as NIGHT DEMON (“Road Racin'”), ALPHA TIGER (“Flight Of The Warrior”), SAVAGE MASTER (“Swords And Tequila”) and STALLION (“Rock City”).