Riot Signs to SPV/Steamhammer

Mark Reale reassembles the 'Thundersteel' lineup for a new alum and tour!

Bursting through from New York City at the end of the Seventies with three ground-breaking albums on the trot (Rock City, Narita and Fire Down Under) Riot quickly became one of the biggest cult metal bands in the world. Stunning performances in the UK at the first ever Castle Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in 1980 and at the Port Vale Festival the following year and support slots with Sammy Hagar in Europe and AC/DC in the United States cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.
 
With line-up changes knocking their momentum and the Eighties developing into a Thrash-fest a new-look Riot bounced back in 1988 with the widely-acclaimed Thundersteel. Although the faces might have looked unfamiliar, with only guitarist Mark Reale now left from the band's formative years, the aggression and musicianship remained unrivalled and unchallengeable. With Tony Moore's distinctive vocals, the muscle and might of bassist Don Van Stavern and drummer Bobby Jarzombek powering the songs along, and Reale's precision playing the band was reborn, and followed Thundersteel two years later with the jaw-dropping The Privilege Of Power,  an inspiring and at times truly epic album. However, by this time the music world was turning into a very different place, and Riot found itself struggling against a tide of apathy. Reale continued to guide the ship through the next two decades, delivering albums of consistent, quality metal, culminating in 2006's Army Of One - a true statement of intent, as if one were needed.
 
But the army of one is an army of five once more as Riot's classic Thundersteel and Privilege... line-up has re-united, adding guitarist Mike Flyntz who played in the live band at that time. Signing with SPV/Steamhammer for all territories except Japan, the band will release their new album Immortal Soul on October 28th in Germany, October 31st in Europe and early November in the US and Canada.
 
Riot has also been confirmed as special guests on the first leg of HammerFall's European tour this winter. The tour kicks off on 26th October in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ends for the five-piece metal machine in Cologne, Germany, on 18th November.