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Riot formed around 1975 in New York. The band experienced many changes in their line-up but guitarist Mark Reale has been the only stable member of the band. From 1977 to 1981, the band cranked out three studio albums with original singer Guy Speranza (Rock City, Narita, and Fire Down Under). The third of them, Fire Down Under, is considered by many critics to be one of the most underrated hard rock albums of the time in 1981. Speranza left in 1981 and was replaced by Rhett Forrester. With Forrester, the band made another two albums (Restless Breed and Born in America) but the band had hit rock bottom financially in 1983. Also, a band called Quiet Riot was becoming popular and confusion happened often. The band either split or kept quiet until 1986 when Reale reformed the band with a new line-up. This new line-up included Reale, singer Tony Moore, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. This incarnation of Riot released the power metal heavy Thundersteel, which achieved some commercial attention. When the band went on tour, guitarist Mike Flyntz joined. In 1990, the band released The Privilege of Power. It was the last album with Moore and/or Stavern on it as they left in 1992. Riot continued to release new music and tour, with Reale and Flyntz as stable members (Jarzombek was in and out). In 2008, the Thundersteel line-up of Reale, Moore, Stavern, Jarzombek and Flyntz reunited.Read more ›
Difficult to even pick a favourite song - but if I have to... its Still Your Man, and Riot...and Wings Are For Angels...and..well, that's what I mean. Every spin results in another favourite - so I guess - I love them all!
Strong buy for anyone, that loves Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal and anything that kicks ass!
Riot's original 1988 Thundersteel era lineup of Tony Moore (Vocals), Mark Reale (Guitars), Mike Flyntz (Guitars), Bobby Jarzombek (Drums), Don Van Stavern (Bass) are all back and in absolute top form. Classic and great albums have all the ingredients from great song writing, excellent musical arrangements, searing attitude and professionalism with a touch of magic that just happens. Some line-ups just have this. This line-up is one of those bands. I cannot say enough about the musicianship, it's all here. There was great care taken on this album and it shows. A few bands could learn a few things from how to stage your comeback by listening to this album. This is, without any doubt, a cracking effort which stands right along side the classic Thundersteel album. For those of you that still buy CD's clear a spot on the shelf along side of Thundersteel and proudly (after you're done wearing the disc out) place this one right beside it.
There is not a single weak track to be found, plus there is a good bit of diversity here from the all out power metal of the opening track to the melodic haunting Echoes. The following are the highlights if you can really pick them: The frenetic, angry, pounding opener "Riot", the excellent "Crawling", the for Japan single "Wings are For Angels", the melodic "Sins of The Father", the hard rockin' Whiskey Man and the haunting Echoes.Read more ›
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Great Album!!!!! I received this as a gift.... I see all the reviews that say it was the last album that Mark Reale played on.... Read morePublished 9 months ago by FallonLeaves
Released in 2011, IMMORTAL SOUL was the final Riot album, which means that Mark Reale & Co had a 34-year run. The run, of course, ended with Mark's death in January, 2012. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wuchak
This disc rocks! The Thundersteel lineup is back. And they didn't miss a beat. They should have kept this lineup together for their whole career. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Brian Demler
Best release from Riot since they took their more metal turn in the late 1980s. Terrific songs, playing and vocals. I hope they carry on without their founding guitarist.Published on March 25, 2014 by JD
2011's Immortal Soul is the fourteenth studio album from American heavy metal stalwarts Riot, and given the death of founding guitarist Mark Reale (RIP), it may end up being their... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Justin G.
This CD is very rowdy! It is great to crank! They sing about what would make you go crazy and riot!Published on December 16, 2012 by Matthew Wade Thomas
If you like Riot then you most likely love Thundersteel, Rock City and Fire Down Under. Immortal Soul is literally Thundersteel Pt2. made a few decades later. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Vikeen