Released in 1988 by Epic Records
Best Songs: Thundersteel, Flight of the Warrior, On Wings of Eagles
Interesting Facts: Riot (now known as Riot V) was founded in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale. Reaching a peak in popularity in the early 80s, the band has continued a long-running successful career. Riot has toured with AC/DC, Molly Hatchet, Sammy Hagar, Kiss, Vandenberg, Black Sabbath and Rush among others. Riot’s sound initially started out as straightforward heavy metal, but since Thundersteel their musical direction has been power metal.
After several lineup changes, in 2008 it was announced that the classic Thundersteel-era line-up would reunite for a tour, starting in June 2009 with high profile shows at the Sweden Rock and Metalway festivals, followed by a tour of Japan in the fall. Founding band member Mark Reale died of complications resulting from Crohn’s Disease on January 25, 2012 before he could appear at a few East Coast shows and the 70,000 Tons of Steel Metal cruise ship with his band Riot featuring the Thundersteel lineup, who performed the shows without him. Mark Reale was 56.
Mark Reale’s father requested the name Riot rest with Mark Reale but his legacy and his music will remain forever, so the band re-launched as Riot V, which have released this year (2014) a power metal masterpiece of an album titled ‘Unleash the Fire’.