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[North American Heavy Metal] Riot (US)
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Riot is, without a doubt, among my favorite metal bands of all time. Since their formation in 1975, Riot has put out a string of classic metal albums, each of them having a unique sound to boot. They are such a diverse band that they simply can't be considered as part of just one genre of metal. Mark Reale, who was a very talented guitarist, led his band all the way through the decades.

Unfortunately, Reale fell into a deep coma in early January 2012 and died just weeks after from Crohn's disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. A shame, of course, because they recently put out Immortal Soul, and were getting ready to tour for that album. What especially made it appealing to most Riot fans was that the Thundersteel-era line-up was back into form. It's a shame that it all came to an end. There is no Riot anymore. Just a sad cash grab bar band with no original members left.
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Quote:RIOT V, the new band featuring the surviving members of the most recent lineup of U.S. metal pioneers RIOT, is currently in rehearsals for its upcoming tour of Europe. The band is continuing on in honor of the late great founding RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, who died from complications from Crohn's Disease in early 2012 and these dates are in tribute to the axeman. The musicians decided to continue on in Mark's honor and wishes as well as the blessings from the estate of Reale to keep the music and spirit of RIOT alive.

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RIOT V heads to Italy for a string of tribute dates starting in Brescia, Italy, ending in Thessaloniki, Greece, then returning home to start recording the new record slated for a summer 2014 release. The touring band for these tribute dates are longtime members Mike Flyntz (guitar), who has been Reale's guitar partner for over 25 years, and bassist/songwriter Don Van Stavern ("Thundersteel", "Privilege Of Power", "Immortal Soul"), new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (BURNING STARR, REVERENCE) and RIOT's "Army Of One" drummer Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE, LIEGE LORD), who will be stepping in as Bobby Jarzombek is fulfilling his duties with FATES WARNING and SEBASTIAN BACH.

Although Reale can never be replaced, RIOT V has recruited former student-turned-teacher at Mike Flyntz's guitar school in Long Island, New York, 26-year-old guitar virtuoso Nick Lee, to handle the lead-guitar duties on the upcoming tour.

Says Flyntz: "I have decided to have guitarist Nick Lee join us on the live shows in Europe.

"The decision whether to add a guitarist or try it myself was very difficult. We did play some shows without Mark when he was sick. Although they went as well as could be expected given the circumstances, I felt it was better for the music to add a second guitarist, as Mark added me in 1989.

"It is very important to me that everyone knows that Nick is not Mark's replacement. Mark Reale can never be replaced. I will be taking on Mark's parts and Nick will be doing most of my parts.

"Nick studied with me weekly from ages 9 to 17.

"Nick has always been a perfectionist and has always poured his heart into his music. He is a great writer and performer. I am very proud of him. He lives and breathes music and is one with his guitar. He has met Mark and saw us play live.

"Nick and I are sitting and practicing in the same room at my school where Mark and I practiced and wrote for 19 years.

"I know there is no one else better matched to come in and help us recreate the RIOT sound. After the first rehearsal, I was convinced that we are doing the right thing by carrying on Mark's music and legacy.

"Mark's dad Tony has been involved and has advised me with every step and in all the decision-making and it has been crucial to us that we have his blessing.

"At our first rehearsal playing our opener 'Narita', I actually shed a tear hearing the song that I had played so many years side by side with Mark, but know the band will shine on in his honor and not disappoint the diehard fans."
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#3
Riot V's first new song, called "Metal Warrior", was played live in Athens a few days ago. It definitely carries the Thundersteel vibe.
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#4
Song sounded great live. This was GREAT show.
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As of writing this, Tony Moore was replaced with Todd Michael Hall, known for his work with Jack Starr's Burning Starr. The band added a "V" to their name to signify the fifth chapter of the band, and they returned with their first new song in over two years:
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#6
I like Riot, my favourites are "Narita", "Fire Down Under" and "Born In America", i remember some of "Rock City" when i had downloaded it (i don't own the other two i mentioned as well, i just own "Narita") but i remember liking that album as well, need to buy that album and hear it again, along with "Restless Breed" and "Thundersteel", wich some of the songs off both album i heard years back were good, and that live song that was posted, pretty good.
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#7
Riot is a great band. Thundersteel is probably my all-time favorite followed closely by Fire Down Under. With that said, I really enjoy everything they've done up to and including The Privilege of Power. Admittedly, I've only heard bits and pieces of their 90's output, so I don't have much to say about it. Some of what I heard was a bit more mellow and atmospheric in a way, which I enjoy, but I guess it was harder to picture coming from Riot. On the other hand, the huge variety of style that Riot has shown throughout their career is a testament to their creativity, something few bands can attest to. Immortal Soul was a great comeback, and it is truly a shame that Mark Reale died shortly thereafter. I don't mean to sound insensitive, but Crohn's Disease is generally a benign condition if you take good care of yourself. The only reason I can see for Mark's passing was bad diet and living habits, and it's really very sad that such a great musician was lost so soon and it was totally preventable.
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#8
You should give Sons of Society a shot, if you haven't yet owned it. Personally, I would say Nightbreaker is my favorite, but don't expect any of the Mike DiMeo albums to sound like Thundersteel.
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#9
Yes I know Riot and I like them, Guy Speranza is still the best singer they had. I like Tony too but he imitate Halford too much.
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(04-26-2014, 01:40 AM)Sea of Madness Wrote: Yes I know Riot and I like them, Guy Speranza is still the best singer they had. I like Tony too but he imitate Halford too much.
Guy Speranza was indeed great. I disagree with Tony Moore sounding too much like Rob Halford, but I won't deny that his vocal style was inspired by him.
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#11
I just could never get into them and I've heard two or three of their albums besides Thundersteel. I was first introduced to the band through Thundersteel, and I was elated the album is amazing from start to finish soaring vocals, beautiful melodies, and great guitarwork. Fire Down Under and Born In America are all too hard rocky for me and pale in comparison to Thundersteel by quite a significant margin. They're a good band but I don't hold them as highly as their contemporaries in the scene.
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(04-27-2014, 11:05 AM)Winebottle Wrote: I just could never get into them and I've heard two or three of their albums besides Thundersteel. I was first introduced to the band through Thundersteel, and I was elated the album is amazing from start to finish soaring vocals, beautiful melodies, and great guitarwork. Fire Down Under and Born In America are all too hard rocky for me and pale in comparison to Thundersteel by quite a significant margin. They're a good band but I don't hold them as highly as their contemporaries in the scene.
I know this is a late reply, but I think you'd be surprised by how good Immortal Soul is. It features the same members as the Thundersteel and The Privilege of Power albums, with the addition of Mike Flyntz:
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#13
Just got a hold of Nightbreaker. This one is really a miss for me. To my ears: maybe 1-2 good tracks, some really iffy stuff and the Outlaw re-recording is not good. DiMeo shows hints of good stuff but fall through overall. Is this the peak of his era?
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(06-25-2014, 04:41 PM)Phantasm Wrote: Just got a hold of Nightbreaker. This one is really a miss for me. To my ears: maybe 1-2 good tracks, some really iffy stuff and the Outlaw re-recording is not good. DiMeo shows hints of good stuff but fall through overall. Is this the peak of his era?
Mike DiMeo is more of a hard rock singer; this era for Riot is a lot closer to later-period Rainbow, as Mark Reale was always fond of Ritchie Blackmore's playing.

If you didn't enjoy Nightbreaker, then I don't think you're going to like the rest of DiMeo's discography with the band. Inishmore and Through the Storm are quite tame albums, but they work under the right mood. If you want an album more like the one that you purchased, consider getting Sons of Society.

For me, I find most of these albums enjoyable. Most Riot fans I've known are either in JUST the Guy Speranza camp or the Tony Moore camp. Rhett Forrester doesn't get as much respect for his work, either.
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DiMeo being more of a hard rock singer is very true. Nightbreaker has much more of that feel than any other Riot album i've heard. I honestly don't mind his style and enjoy it at times but the whole package feels a little underwhelming for me. I'll slowly check out some of the other ones from this period.
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#16
I still have yet to listen to more Riot, I have only hears three albums so far.

This is the first Riot song I ever heard..I metal radio show I used to listen to was showcasing Immortal Soul, and I really enjoyed it
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#17
I am really a RIOT fan, Thundersteel is to me a Speed Metal MUST, but I need to say that they get slower and with lack of HITS between 95-2010
(I just paid attention to inishmore, Angel eyes Is the last HIT to me )

the return 2011 just surprised me Smile It was my RECORD of the year Smile Imortal soul was a great dealSmile
Waiting for the next one Smile
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(06-26-2014, 06:03 AM)ivanthedragon Wrote: I am really a RIOT fan, Thundersteel is to me a Speed Metal MUST, but I need to say that they get slower and with lack of HITS between 95-2010
(I just paid attention to inishmore, Angel eyes Is the last HIT to me )

the return 2011 just surprised me Smile It was my RECORD of the year Smile Imortal soul was a great dealSmile
Waiting for the next one Smile
Thundersteel sounds more like a power metal release. It's got lots of beautiful melodies clashing with some fast-paced aggression in the background.

In fact, I'd say that album PROBABLY sounds much closer to the style of European power metal; there aren't enough pseudo-thrash metal parts for me to classify it in the same league as Liege Lord, Chastain, Attacker, or Jag Panzer.

And, yes, Immortal Soul took the whole band back to one of their glory days. Many people are still convinced that post-1981 Riot doesn't compare to the Guy Speranza era.
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#19
Sometimes we need to hear all the stuff to understand the band PATH.

I dont see Thundersteel as POWER METAL, in my opinion is just Classic Heavy Metal with some Speed Metal tunes, nothing about POWER. Go back to 89 and you dont have no one talking about POWER METAL Smile Its Heavy but with alot of SpeedSmile heehehhehe and catchy Chorus and Riffs.

I must say the Power Era of RIOT is not particulary Special to me, I perfer go back to the 70´s and early 80´s Days! Smile
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US "Power Metal" = Heavy Metal

Power Metal is largely a European sub-genre, at least the founding bands have their roots in European countries. I saw this being discussed somewhere else on the board but don't recall where.
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Riot V will be releasing Unleash the Fire in mid-August 2014. This is also the first release to not bear the late founder Mark Reale's name.
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Tracks appearing on this album are as follows:
Quote:1. Ride Hard Live Free
2. Metal Warrior
3. Fall from the Sky
4. Bring the Hammer Down
5. Unleash the Fire
6. Land of the Rising Sun
7. Kill to Survive
8. Return of the Outlaw
9. Immortal
10. Take Me Back
11. Fight Fight Fight
12. Until the Meet Again
13. Thundersteel (live)
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#22
Good News. Will definitely check this album out as I like the new track. Also hope they play some shows in the US to support this; very good live videos on the web.

Can't say Immortal Soul really did that much for me. There are some good songs on there for sure, but there's too much filler, playtime is too long, and Tony Moore lost some off his voice. New vocalist sounds great though.
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#23
Good news deffinitley, but...........that means spending more money, goddamnit!, at least i hope i like it, even if i did not hear Immortal Soul!, too me, it's gonna be different band though, so, at least it's not all like i'll be missing out too much, but in someway i'll be still missing out, i have to say though that album art, FUCKING KICKING!, gotta love that, seeing johnny holding that battleaxe wich is beeing struck down with lightning, badass i have to say.
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Smile I guess we are facing probably one to reach the BEST of the YEAR Smile
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(07-22-2014, 01:52 AM)Heavy Thrashhead Wrote: Good news deffinitley, but...........that means spending more money, goddamnit!, at least i hope i like it, even if i did not hear Immortal Soul!, too me, it's gonna be different band though, so, at least it's not all like i'll be missing out too much, but in someway i'll be still missing out, i have to say though that album art, FUCKING KICKING!, gotta love that, seeing johnny holding that battleaxe wich is beeing struck down with lightning, badass i have to say.
Mark Reale didn't write or record any of the songs on Immortal Soul, due to his debilitating illness. They seldom changed anything about the style on the aforementioned album that made them underground power metal legends on Thundersteel. The good news is that you still have drummer Bobby Jarzombek and bassist Don Van Stavern in the fold.
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#26
Yes I love Riot!
Sad what happen to Mark Sad
I love 1977-1981 more.
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Quote:The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011's reunion record "Immortal Soul".

Due on October 22 in Scandinavia, October 24 release in Germany, October 27 release in the rest of Europe and October 28 in the U.S. and Canada via SPV/Steamhammer, "Unleash The Fire" marks the first release from the band without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on "Immortal Soul" because of his health issues.

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"Unleash The Fire" will be available as a digipak version with one bonus tack, a double gatefold colored vinyl version with one bonus track, as a standard version and as a digital download.

"Unleash The Fire" limited digipak (including one bonus track):

01. Ride Hard Live Free
02. Metal Warrior
03. Fall From The Sky
04. Bring The Hammer Down
05. Unleash The Fire
06. Land Of The Rising Sun
07. Kill To Survive
08. Return Of The Outlaw
09. Immortal
10. Take Me Back
11. Fight Fight Fight
12. Until We Meet Again
13. Thundersteel (live) (bonus track)

"Unleash The Fire" jewel-case version:

01. Ride Hard Live Free
02. Metal Warrior
03. Fall From The Sky
04. Bring The Hammer Down
05. Unleash The Fire
06. Land Of The Rising Sun
07. Kill To Survive
08. Return Of The Outlaw
09. Immortal
10. Take Me Back
11. Fight Fight Fight
12. Until We Meet Again

"Unleash The Fire" double gatefold LP, blue vinyl (including one bonus track):

Side 1

01. Ride Hard Live Free
02. Metal Warrior
03. Fall From The Sky
04. Bring The Hammer Down

Side 2

01. Unleash The Fire
02. Land Of The Rising Sun
03. Kill To Survive

Side 3

01. Return Of The Outlaw
02. Immortal
03. Take Me Back

Side 4

01. Fight Fight Fight
02. Until We Meet Again
03. Thundersteel (live) (bonus track)
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#28
A nice rehearsal footage, recorded sometime in 1999:

Bobby Jarzombek is a beast on the drums.
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#29
I don't quite get the hangup over genre definitions? Why does it matter if Riot is speed metal? Thrash metal? Melodic black metal with surfer rock influences? Riotcore?

It shouldn't matter. The music is what matter.

Also do you not realize, power metal was not even used as a "genre" until the early 90's when Blind Guardian got popular? It was intended for European bands adding more melody and speed to old metal.

For the record by the way I vote Rhett. I love his range style. Guy is 2nd, Tony 3rd, Dimeo - yup the least fave.

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#30
The only Riot I am most familiar with... is THUNDERSTEEL. I love that album, it is very melodic and technical.

I think I will listen to that album now, thanks Smile
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#31
Tony Moore with Guy just behind him as a close second.
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#32
I know you are going to hate me for this but whenever I read RIOT in the name I keep thinkin of QUIET RIOT. Yeah I know, that's really pathetic..

What RIOT album should I start with?
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#33
(08-06-2014, 03:25 PM)ZeldaFan82 Wrote: What RIOT album should I start with?

Depends on what you're looking for. I'd say either Thundersteel for speed/US power metal or Fire Down Under for more a classic heavy metal sound
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#34
Ah okay thanks man, will check those 2 out.
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#35
Phantasm picked two of Riot's popular albums for you, and not only that, but they're both significantly different styles.

If you happen to prefer the simple-yet-catchy hard rock vibes, then the Guy Speranza albums -- and, to an extent, even the Rhett Forrester albums -- are your best ways to experience Riot.

Finally, the albums Thundersteel, The Privilege of Power, and Immortal Soul are quite sped-up and full of soaring vocal and guitar harmonies.
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#36
I like what I am hearing on Fire Down Under. Altar of the King is a great song, beautiful intro and of course the whole thing is genius. Run For Your Life is very catchy too.

I also heard Rock City. It was released way back in 1977... Dang that is admirable for this band to accomplish, they even had a mascot already. I love Warrior, what a fast song for the time.

I will listen to Thundersteel later. Also Pinkiller, your current avatar is Thundersteel! That makes me think of X-Men or something (not that its a bad thing, I love Marvel).

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#37
Good band, it was all downhill from here when Guy left the band. Of course I do like Rhett and Tony, Riot's polished style shifts meant obliterating their raw hard rock fury from Rock City to Fire Down Under.

This has always been my favorite Riot song...



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#39
Cool. Will definitely at least check this out. I've always enjoyed hearing bands try their hand at another bands song(s)
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(08-19-2014, 02:52 PM)Painkiller Wrote: Image

I think THAT is VERY COOL of them.. I am interested in who will be playing what!

Btw my vote is for Guy because I like the hard rock years better.Smile
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Quote:“Unleash the Fire” drops today in Japan as well as all the Asian territories and we are excited and a little overwhelmed with heavy emotion at this time.

This is a very important time in the bands 30 year plus existence. As you know this is our first release since the passing of our great leader Mark Reale. We have come a long way and were not sure about the future of the band but continuous support from our fans, labels, media and Family including Marks father Tony Reale we forge ahead in Riot and Marks honor.

We have literally put, not to sound cliché, blood, sweat and a lot of tears into this new release. We feel we are doing the legacy justice and have spent many hours, days, months and years putting this back together. Thank you for believing as we saw your support at all the Festivals we played this year. Japan has always stood by us no matter what as you can tell as there release doesn’t have the “V” on the cover because the re-signing was so quick before we started writing and recording again and decided to add it and Josh Block (Virgin Steele/ Andy Sneap engineer) produced this version. We thank you Naohiro and Yoshi at Avalon/ Marquee for believing in us and wrote a song called “Land of the Rising Sun” for there great country and next time it will have the RIOT V.

The release for America, Canada and European territories via the great Olly Hahn at SPV/ Steamhammer is in mid-October and will have the “V” obviously because we had a lot more time for things and had the great artist from Poland Mariusz Gandzel add the “V” and “Immortal Soul” producer Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger/ Westworld) turns the knobs on this one. We were so concerned with the final product that we have 2 producers and many hours of finalization mixing being done because we were being very picky so each release will be a little different in sound as well as added parts!

We pay tribute to Mark on this release with a forward from the great Kerrang writer Malcolm Dome and song tributes from bassist Don Van Stavern with his song “Immortal” and guitarist Mike Flyntz with his song “Until We Meet Again” which features Mark speaking and infectious laughter at the end that brought us all to tears including producers Bruno Ravel and Josh Block and were sure it will touch you the same way too.

So Don, Mike, Todd Michael, Frank and Nick, RIOT V, thank you for undying years of support and hope you enjoy our latest release. Take a moment of silence, a shot of Tequila, and look towards Mark, Guy, Rhett and the Heavens above then turn it up to 11 and may the music make you smile, headbang, rock out but most importantly Shine On!
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#42
I hope this album is promising. Riot have been quiet lacking after Thundersteel for me, Immortal Soul was good but not one of the best.
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#43
What didn't you like about Immortal Soul? It doesn't go without mentioning some significant flaws, but I think it's a very consistent album. The only main issue is Tony Moore's voice -- he's aged quite a bit.
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(08-28-2014, 01:48 PM)Painkiller Wrote: What didn't you like about Immortal Soul? It doesn't go without mentioning some significant flaws, but I think it's a very consistent album. The only main issue is Tony Moore's voice — he's aged quite a bit.

Well I don't like Fall Before Me, Sins of the Father or Insanity. They are very mediocre songs, no disrespect to the band or Mark Reale but I was bored of them. Wings Are For Angels and Riot are great tracks though heheh I like em.
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#45
Just saw Riot live this year at Headbangers Open Air . An awesome show indeed .. my favourite Riot tunes are Angel Eyes, Maryanne, Black Leather And Glittering Steel , Kings Are Falling , Blood Streets, Fire Down Under , Still The Same , Swords and Tequilla. What`s yours ?
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#46
They're all over the place, but Thundersteel is highly consistent in classics akin to "Fight or Fall" or "Johnny's Back Again". I have a bit of a soft spot for the power ballads "Bloodstreets", "Runaway", and "Maryanne".

Did you ever hear the re-recorded version of "Outlaw"? It's honestly pretty lacking, but this was during the Mike DiMeo era.
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#47
Re-recording of Outlaw is unlistenable.
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#48
Has anyone heard any of the tracks off the new album yet? It's been out in Asia for a few weeks now.
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(09-14-2014, 05:46 PM)Phantasm Wrote: Has anyone heard any of the tracks off the new album yet? It's been out in Asia for a few weeks now.
Not bad. I like the song "Land of the Rising Sun". Reminds me of one of Praying Mantis' songs.
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#50
I was hoping it would be before I heard anything...can't say it held up too well from the few songs I've heard. I'll have to listen to it some more.
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