Posts tagged “speed metal

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…


Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990)

England – September 1990 – ColumbiaJudas Priest - Painkiller

01. Painkiller – 06:06 – !!!!
02. Hell Patrol – 03:35 – !!!!
03. All Guns Blazing – 03:56 – !!!!
04. Leather Rebel  – 03:34
05. Metal Meltdown – 04:46
06. Night Crawler – 05:44
07. Between the Hammer & the Anvil – 04:47 – !!!!
08. A Touch of Evil – 05:42 – !!!!
09. Battle Hymn-00:56
10 .One Shot at Glory – 06:46


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…