Daniel da Silva
Bursting out of New York City with ground-breaking albums ‘FIRE DOWN UNDER’ (Elektra) and
“Thundersteel“ (CBS) RIOT quickly became one of the biggest metal bands in the world. Early stunning
performances in the UK at Castle Donington, Wacken Festivals and support slots with Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Rush, Rainbow and Kiss to name a few, cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.
With the Eighties developing into a metal-fest with Judas Priest and Iron Maiden tearing up the charts, a new-look new-sound RIOT bounced back transforming from an edgy hard rock band into a power metal assault with the widely acclaimed releases “Thundersteel“ and “The Privilege of Power“ (CBS/ Epic records), Riot was at the forefront of what we know today as power metal!
After a hiatus with commitments and various projects the band regrouped in 2008 and with a comeback release “Immortal Soul“ (SPV/ Steamhammer) which received great reviews and chart postions along with festival appearances, Riot continue on because the people have spoken or Metal Warriors for that matter!
STOP THE PRESS!
RIOT was inducted into the prestigious Heavy Metal History Hall of Fame 2018! Past inductee’s include
Scorpions, Randy Rhoads, Lemmy, Slayer and others and this year will be inducted along side rock
heavyweights Bill Ward from Black Sabbath, Carmine Appice, Billy Sheehan and others!
The band continues to slay audiences world-wide to this day and have gone on to release “Unleash the Fire“, “Amour of Light“ and a 17th record “Mean Streets“ produced by whiz Chris “The Machine” Collier (Korn, Prong, Flotsam and Jetsam, Metal Church, Dokken, Slipknot etc). The new album is due this summer 2023 on the awesome label Atomic Fire/ Nuclear Blast Family!
The new offering is pleasing fans of the ‘Thundersteel’ era of RIOT as main song writer and long time Mark Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern does much of the writing as he did on Thundersteel, The Privilege of Power and on Born in America before he officially joined the band. DVS is joined by 30 year RIOT band mate and Reale’s guitar partner of over 20 years Mike Flyntz.
RIOT has a tumultuous history of member, label and management changes throughout the bands 40 plus year career but one things for sure, a bands longevity is through good music and if this new record is any proof, they will be around for years to come!
2016’s “Unleash the Fire“ entered the Hard Rock 100 Billboard charts at 75 and Rolling Stone Magazine gives it a 4 out of 5 and most media including Burrn! Rock Hard and Aardshock calling it album of the year!
2018 See’s the band sign to legendary metal record label Nuclear Blast and releases there 16th record “Armor of Light“ which was well recieved in the US and Euro markets rising up the charts and debuted on the German charts at #22 and Japan herold it as #1 two weeks straight!
2022 saw RIOT picked to perform onboard the awesome KISSKruise with the legendary KISS, Black Label
Society, Stryper, Sebastian Bach from LA to Cabo and back! RIOT headlined shows including Germany’s Keep It True with the mighty Saxon and Phil Campbell from Motorhead, Mexico‘s Dragon Rojo Fest, LA Burning Fest, Hells Heroes and ProgPower! RIOT also performed at European festivals including the Legendary Wacken Open Air, Legends of Rock, Rock Fest Barcelona, Loud Park, Fall of Summer, Metal Apocalypse, Bang Your Head, Rock Hard, Helfest, Sweden Rock just to name a few and sharing the stage with heavyweights Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Nightwish, Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Scorpions and Journey to name a few!
2023 already see’s RIOT rockin‘ at Festivals and Tour dates and more to be added!
With the mighty Atomic Fire/ Nuclear Blast behind the band and with many more releases to come, and with reissues on Sony, EMI & Metal Blade, RIOT are consistantly on radio and metal charts worldwide, as well as being a part of New York Citys Top 20 Most Influencial Metal Bands, 100 Best Metal Albums of All Time, 100 Best Metal Bands of All Time and numerous mentions on VH1’s That Metal Show with Eddie Trunk and staff sighting RIOT as one of the inovaters of Metal music in America and beyond! RIOT truely are Metal Soldiers and will keep marching and fighting the good fight to bring you the music you’ve come to know, love and expect….. ARE YOU READY TO RIOT!
|29.07.23||Brande-Hörnerkirchen||Headbanger’s Open Air||DE|
|08.09.23||Püchersreuth||Storm Crusher Festival||DE|
|09.09.23||Torreilles||Pyrenean Warriors Open Air VII||FR|