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Riot – The Brethren of the Long House

USA – November 1995 (Japan), 1996 (elsewhere) – Sony Music Japan, Rising Sun Productions, Metal Blade

01. Intro/The Last of the Mohicans [Trevor Jones cover] – 01:41
02. Glory Calling – 05:11
03. Rolling Thunder – 03:56
04. Rain –  04:58 – !!!!
05. Wounded Heart – 03:56 – !!!!
06. The Brethren of the Long House – 05:24 – !!!!
07. Out in the Fields [Gary Moore cover] – 04:03 – !!!!
08. Santa Maria – 03:50 – L
09. Blood of the English – 05:49 – !!!!
10. Ghost Dance – 05:35
11. Shenandoah [traditional] – 03:57
12. Holy Land – 04:47 – !!!!
13. The Last of the Mohicans (Reprise)” [Trevor Jones cover] – 06:26 – !!!!
14. Sailor [bonus track] – 06:16

Released first in Japan (their promised land) and many months after in United States, “Brethren…” is an amazing concept album for the American primitive tribes, their wars against the European colonialists and a great perspective about the Indian way of thinking.
Besides this, “Brethren…” was a joking resemblance of the band’s status in the music industry… As Indians in a European world… Worthless to say that this album had the same luck with all the previous and next lps of the band, lacking any kind of professional promoting and commercial success.
Furthermore and contrary to other Riot’s albums that have won a respectable legacy throughout the years, “Brethren” remains almost completely unknown. Just like its Indian heroes.


Riot – Thundersteel (1988)

USA – March 1988 – Epic, CBSriot-thundersteel

01. Thundersteel – 03:49 – !!!!
02. Fight or Fall  – 04:25 – !!!!
03. Sign of the Crimson Storm – MU – 04:40 – !!!!
04. Flight of the Warrior – 04:17 – !!!!
05. On Wings of Eagles – 05:41 – !!!!
06. Johnny’s Back – 05:32 – !!!!
07. Bloodstreets– 04:39 – !!!!
08. Run for Your Life – 04:08 – !!!!
09. Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart) – 08:55 – LMU – !!!!

Seeking a major commercial success, Riot make a U-turn from bluesy/hard rock influences to a straight power metal sound. Though Thundersteel never gave them the status they’d deserved, it is widely venerated as one of the best power/speed metal stuff that has ever recorded… No power metal band before or after has managed to reach such an excellence in terms of fury and passion.
Their shift from a great hard rock band to a sensational power metal stunner is among the most remarkable moments of US metal scene of the 80s.


Riot – Fire Down Under (1981)

USA – February 1981 – Elektra, Victorriot-fire-down-under

01. Swords And Tequila – 03:15 – !!!!
02. Fire Down Under – 02:34 – !!!!
03. Feel The Same – 04:29 – L
04. Outlaw – 04:50 – !!!!
05. Don’t Bring Me Down – 02:57
06. Don’t Hold Back – 03:15
07. Altar Of The King – 04:45
08. No Lies – 04:10 – M
09. Run For Your Life – 03:15 – !!!!
10. Flashbacks – 04:01 [Live samples]
11. Struck By Lightning – 03:38 – M
12. Misty Morning Rain – 03:08
13. You’re All I Needed Tonight – 02:58
14. One Step Closer – 02:12
15. Hot Life – 00:25

Check also:
Outlaw – 06:00 [Nightbreaker, 1993]

A heavy metal masterpiece, probably one of the first “speed metal” albums ever heard… Riot would never had the success they deserved, mostly due to their wrong choices inside the sick and unbearable world of music industry…
Nowadays this stuff may be classified as “hard rock”, but in 1981 it was considered as an utterly extreme sound…


Riot – Rock City (1977)

USA – November 1977 – Fire Sign Recordsriot-rock-city

01. Desperation – 02:43 – !!!!
02. Warrior – 03:50 – !!!!
03. Rock City – 03:29
04. Overdrive – 04:13 – M – !!!!
05. Angel – 03:37
06. Tokyo Rose – 04:20
07. Heart Of Fire – 03:00
08. Gypsy Queen – 03:56
09. This Is What I Get – 04:09

 


Riot – Priviledge of Power (1990)

USA – February 1990 – EpicRiot-90-popower

01. On Your Knees – 06:37
02. Metal Soldiers – 06:40
03. Runaway – 05:11 – !!!!
04. Killer (feat. Joe Lynn Turner) – 04:53
05. Dance of Death – 07:17
06. Storming the Gates of Hell – 03:43 – !!!!
07. Maryanne – 04:55 – MUM – !!!!
08. Little Miss Death – 04:12
09. Black Leather and Glittering Steel – 07:07 – !!!!
10. Racing with the Devil on a Spanish Highway (Al Di Meola  cover) – 07:17 – !!!!

Power metal of high intelligence and great finesse, with some even more furious and anxious moments than its legendary predecessor, “Priviledge…” left a great legacy over the years but not the commercial breakthrough the band was searching then…