Posts tagged “power metal

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.


Running Wild – Black Hand Inn (1994)

Germany – March 1994 – NoiseRunning Wild - Black Hand Inn

01. The Curse – 03:13 (intro)
02. Black Hand Inn – 04:31 – !!!!
03. Mr. Deadhead – 04:03
04. Soulless – 04:57
05. The Privateer – 04:21
06. Fight the Fire of Hate – 06:40 – M
07. The Phantom of Black Hand Hill – 06:23 – !!!!
07. Freewind Rider – 05:18 – !!!!
08. Powder & Iron – 05:18
08. Dragonmen – 05:42
09. Genesis (The Making and the Fall of Man) – 15:20 – !!!!
10 .Dancing On A Minefield – 05:00
11. Poisoned Blood – 03:44


Leatherwolf – Street Ready (1989)

USA – April 1989 – Island RecordsLeatherwolf - Street Ready

01. Wicked Ways – 06:03 – !!!!
02. Street Ready – 03:05
03. Hideaway – 03:56
04. Take a Chance – 03:10
05. Black Knight – 02:58
06. Thunder – 03:47 – !!!!
07. The Way I Feel – 04:54
08. Too Much – 03:34
09. Lonely Road – 03:44
10. Spirits in the Wind – 05:05 – !!!!


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…