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Riot

Formed: 1975
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Riot News

Below is our complete Riot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Riot V Wants Your Old Embarassing Photos For Video

Legendary New York act Riot V, founded by the late Mark Reale, is looking for you to appear in the upcoming new music video "Take Me Back." Well, the you of your youth - back when hair was a bigger, cans of Aqua Net flew off the shelves and high school attire consisted of spandex and ripped jeans. Send those embarrassing moments to: RiotVRocks@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is August 14th.

"Take Me Back" is taken from the latest album "Unleash the Fire," which is available now through SPV/Steamhammer Records. Check out our review of the disc at this location.

The band comments: "We know you have a photo or two from back in the day. Photos that you might be a little embarrassed to show, where you had big hair and spandex pants. We want a copy of that photo along with a current photo of you for use in our upcoming video for the song 'Take Me Back'!

"Not that Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall loves to be embarrassed, but see his example photos. You do not have to format them for us. We will do that. Just send us two individual files, one from back in the day and one from now, and we will do the rest. Email us your photos to RiotVRocks@gmail.com by August 14th.

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Riot V Announces New Live Appearances

After the Sweden Rock Festival, Riot V now has more June/July dates scheduled for the west coast and a signing session arranged at Zia Records in Las Vegas at 04:00 pm on June 18th. More info on the event can be found here.

Riot V released new album "Unleash The Fire" last October via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD marks the first release from Riot without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on 2011's reunion album "Immortal Soul" because of his health issues.

See Riot V live on these upcoming dates:

June 17 Hollywood,CA - Whiskey A Go-Go
June 18 Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd
June 19 San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room
June 20 San Diego, CA - Ramona Mainstage

July 16 Portland, OR - Dante`s
July 17 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
July 18 Spokane, WA - tba More...

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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Riot V Posts New Lyric Video

The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers Riot regrouped last year as Riot V and released the "Unleash The Fire" album.

Today the band drops a new lyric video off the album titled "Ride Hard Live Free," which can be seen below. You can also catch the band live on these dates:

3/13: US-Brooklyn,NY - Defenders Of The Old Festival III
4/25: D-Lauda/Königshofen - Keep It True Festival
6/6: SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
7/25: E-Barcelona - Rock Fest More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds To 2015 Lineup

Four more bands were announced today for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal. On board at the last minute: Florida hardcore act Adaliah, Florida deathcore act Dark Sermon and Swiss groove act GurD and German thrashers Exumer.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off tomorrow January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Monday, January 26, 2015. The festival boards a new vessel, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com has its team on the scene and will report on all the events in the coming days. Stay tuned.

The roster lineup is as follows, with only 2 more left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Adaliah
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Dark Sermon
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Exumer
Gama Bomb More...

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Three More Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Three more bands were announced for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal: U.S. thrashers Whiplash, Brazilian groove masters Soulfly and U.S. legendary traditional metal act Riot, now known as Riot V.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Whiplash, Soulfly and Riot V join the previously announced bands below, with 6 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Gama Bomb More...

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Nifelheim, Ares Kingdom Named To Defenders Fest

The third annual Defenders of the Old Fest, which will be held from March 13-14, 2015 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, has added a third day for Sunday, March 15th featuring Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom, plus two more acts to be announced.

The main festival will see headline performances from Riot (n/k/a Riot V) (on Friday, March 13th) and Canadian legends Exciter (back with the original lineup featuring drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler) (on Saturday, March 14th).

Two day tickets for the festival can be purchased at this location. Single day passes for Friday can be purchased over here and Saturday over here.

The lineups for the now three day festival are as follows:

Friday, March 13th:

Riot V
Liege Lord
Destructor
Machine of War (Featuring NME's Brian Llapitan to perform "Unholy Death" in its entirety)
Aggression (Canada) (Legendary Speed Metallers from Quebec. First show in the U.S.)
Magic Circle

Saturday, March 14th:

Exciter (The First U.S. show with the original Beehler, Johnson, Ricci, line-up in 30 years.They will be performing classics from the first 3 albums)
The Rods
Brocas Helm (First East Coast show)
High Spirits
October 31
Cauchemar
Natur More...

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Riot V Posts "Unleash The Fire" Preview Clip

New York metal act Riot, now known as Riot V, released a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Unleash the Fire." The album marks the first release since the death of founder Mark Reale. The album features two tracks dedicated to the memory of Reale, including the track "Until We Meet Again," which contains a short in studio clip of Reale's voice and trademark laugh.

"Unleash the Fire" is out in Scandanavia on October 22nd, in Germany on October 24th, in Europe on October 27th and in the USA on October 28th - all via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The track list is as follows:

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 We Meet Again
13. Thundersteel (Live) (Bonus Track)

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Pit Stories: Joining Fans In The Pit

Every Tuesday we check in with metal musicians from across the genre spectrum to get their most memorable Pit Stories from live shows.

This week guitarist Nick Lee from Riot V shares a tale of a band that's not afraid to leave the stage and get right into the pit with fans - all while still playing the set! Nick had this to say:

I've grown up in pits at local shows and I feel like this was my favorite story to tell. My favorite pit-like experience has to be anytime Alabama's Daikaiju rolls through NYC. Within the first few songs of their set the band (amplifiers, drum kit, and all) is right in the middle of the floor with the audience.

The last time I saw them, right after they set their cymbals on fire in the middle of a tiny, cramped, dive bar with spectators' faces mere inches away, they had the crowd hoist the drummer, and each of his drums into the air, where he played the next song on top of any hands, shoulders, and heads he could balance on. Meanwhile their guitar players are taking turns climbing the bar, and surfing across the audience on their backs, never missing a note. The audience takes the cue and finds their own way to add to the insanity while the employees of the bar look on in horror.

I chose these experiences because they are always intense, sweaty, physical, over-the-top RAGERS but without any violent, chest-beating, machismo bullshit that tends to ruin the vibe of heavy shows. The audience leaves battered and bruised but never without a smile on their face and some crazy stories to tell their friends who stayed home that night.

Riot V - the band born from the remaining members of U.S. metal outfit Riot - is now dropping brand new album "Unleash The Fire." It was released in Japan back in August, and will be released in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. in October.

"Unleash The Fire" is the first record since the passing of guitarist and Riot founder Mark Reale. It features Riot veterans Don Van Stavern on bass, Mike Flyntz on guitar, and Frank Gilchriest on drums, and it is the first record with Todd Michael Hall on vocals and Nick Lee on guitar.

The band is also getting ready to play Loud Park '14 in Japan on October 19th with headliners Dream Theater & Manowar, as well as lining up new tours for 2015. More...

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Riot V Reveals Artwork For "Unleash The Fire"

Riot V, the band born from the remaining members of U.S. metal pioneers Riot, have unveiled the artwork and track list for the upcoming new release "Unleash the Fire," which is set for release on August 27, 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album is the first from the band since "Immortal Soul" (see review here) was released in 2011 just before the death of founder/guitarist Mark Reale. It also marks the first for new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Reverence).

Earlier this month, guitarist Mike Flyntz reported on the new album via Facebook, saying: "I just listened to the rough mix of the new RIOT V record "Unleash The Fire." Mark and I would always burn a CD, or back in the day make a cassette tape for the car. 'You must always listen to it in your car first,' he would say. This record is for my friend Mark Reale. I am very proud of it. We made a great record on a shoestring budget. When it is released you will hear Mark's spirit throughout. We couldn't have done it without the constant support from the Riot fans and of course the support of Tony Reale."

The track list for "Unleash the Fire" is as follows:

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 We Meet Again
13. Thundersteel (Live) (Bonus Track) More...

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Riot Announces Tribute Shows And Live Lineup

Riot V, the remaining members of US metal pioneers Riot are currently in rehearsals for an upcoming tour of Europe next month in early February. The band is continuing on in honor of the late great founding Riot guitarist Mark Reale who died from complications from Crohns disease in early 2012 and these dates will be tribute shows to the guitarist.

The band states: "The band decided to continue on in his honor and wishes as well as the blessings from the estate of Reale to keep the music and spirit of Riot alive.

"The continuing members decided to alter the name to Riot V (5) as the fifth chapter of the bands long history as well as Todd Michael Hall being the fifth singer following Guy Speranza (Mar. ‘56–Nov. ‘03), Rhett Forrester (Sept. ‘56-Jan. ‘94), Tony Moore and Mike Dimeo in the sum odd 30 years of the bands existence. The band 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 long time members Mike Flyntz on guitar who has been Reales guitar partner for over 25 years and is joined by long time Riot bassist songwriter Don Van Stavern (Thundersteel, Privilege of Power, Immortal Soul), new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Burning Starr, Reverence) and Riots “Army of One” drummer Frank Gilchriest (Virgin Steele, Liege Lord) steps in as Bobby Jarzombek is fulfilling his duties with Fates Warning and Sebastian Bach. Riot feel that obviously Reale can never be replaced so they have recruited for live guitar duties former student turned teacher at Mike Flyntz’s guitar school in Long Island New York, 26 year old guitar virtuoso Nick Lee." More...

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Todd Michael Hall Comments On Staying In Reverence

It was recently announced that Reverence vocalist Todd Michael Hall had joined Riot. Todd has now checked in with the following statement clarifying his position in the bands:

"Hey Rev heads. Some of you may have heard that I (Todd) was selected as the new singer for Riot.

"I am psyched about this new opportunity, but apparently some people are mistakenly thinking I have left Reverence and that is not the case. I have already written five songs for our new album and look forward to continuing the band Bryan and I started." More...

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Riot Announces New Singer Todd Michael Hall

Legendary metal act Riot, who lost founder/guitarist Mark Reale due to complications arising from Crohn's Disease in January of 2012, have revealed the name of the new vocalist for the departed Tony Moore....its Todd Michael Hall (Reverance/Jack Starr's Burning Starr). Hall is the fifth singer in the band's existence, so they band is calling itself Riot V. The band previously announced that the new album will be entitled "Chapter Five, Back for the Attack" and is targeted for release in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The full announcement reads: "RIOT would like to thank all of our fans for their undying patience, love and support as we go through a difficult transitional period for the band.

"As all of you know, we lost our inspirational leader, founder and brother Mark Reale last year after a long battle with Crohn’s disease. In Mark’s honor and with the blessing of his father, Tony Reale, we have decided to continue to carry the torch for our fallen comrade.

"There has been a lot of speculation and opinions concerning what the band should do next. We understand the apprehensions held by many, but out of respect for Mark and our legion of fans we have decided to continue to bring you the RIOT music you’ve come to know, love and appreciate throughout the years. We promise to continue on in this same great tradition. We couldn’t move forward without your support.

"We also would like to thank the many singers who tried-out to be a vocalist with RIOT as we worked to replace the great Tony Moore, who has decided to step away from the music business. He has settled down with his wife, Ann and a great job. We thank Tony for joining us on a reunion record and a few dates for our fans and we wish him and his wife nothing but the best; Never Surrender Tony! More...

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Riot Posts "Guess The Singer" Clip

Legendary metal act Riot, who lost founder Mark Reale due to complications arising from Crohn's Disease in January of 2012, have posted a clip featuring the band's new vocalist. Still unannounced, the band has dubbed the clip "Guess the Vocalist," and it features re-recorded tracks "Wings Are For Angels" and "Still Your Man" (from the 2011 "Immortal Soul" album - see review here), as well as snippets of pre-production versions of two new tracks.

Details of the new album are not yet revealed, only that the new release will be entitled "Chapter Five, Back for the Attack" and is targeted for release in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer Records. This video clip would indicate that an announcement is imminent. The band has indicated that they will announce the winner of the contest in a few days. Enjoy the clip here:

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Riot To Release New Album In 2014

Riot, the band who lost founding member Mark Reale due to complications from Crohn's disease back in January 2012, announced that remaining members will release a new album "Chapter Five, Back for the Attack" in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

It is unclear as to whether the band will issue the album under the name Riot or another name (since there exists no original member), nor the current status of whether vocalist Tony Moore has rejoined. However, an extensive press release is impending.

The band posted the following on the Riot Facebook Page: "RIOT: Chapter 5, Back for the Attack! Extensive press release coming soon as well as info and samples for the 2014 release on SPV/Steamhammer (US, Euro) and Avalon/Marquee (Asia)! Thank you FANS for your support! Thank You Mark, this is for YOU and dedicated to YOU! Shine on Metal Warrior!" More...

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Cover to Cover: Riot

Last time around I covered Manilla Road’s uber-manly efforts in the world of metal covers. This time we are back and taking a look at the New York heavy metal legends Riot, their “unique” approach to album covers, and honouring the legacy of mastermind Mark Reale who sadly passed away in January this year. Well, we’ll largely just be tearing into Riot’s cover art, but it goes without saying that Riot created some of the best power/speed metal in existence. Seriously, I’m putting a ban on reading this article until you’ve at least heard one track from “Thundersteel” because it’s one of the greatest metal classics ever released. Right? Right, let’s get cracking. More...

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Riot Issues Statement About "Cashing In"

The remaining members of Riot, who recently announced that they will carry on after the tragic loss of founder Mark Reale in January, fired back at critics who claim that the band is "cashing in on the Riot name." The band is writing and recording the follow up to "Immortal Soul" and have over fifteen songs written for the release, but have recently come under fire from unnamed sources.

The statement on the band's official Facebook Page reads as follows:

"FOR THE RECORD! To all the people and other 'so called' pages that dont know what the real true story is and whats going on with Riot. First off, we are NOT cashing in on the name, Riot has never really made lots of money, not even Mark he lived with his parents til the day he passed AND we all have day jobs! We do it for the love of music and have to take time off to play. Mark was our brother and he lived with us and we took care of him up until his untimely passing and we are still deeply saddened by the death of a family member.

"Mike did ALL the guitar work on the Immortal Soul except 4 rhythm tracks that Mark layed because because of his illness he was too shakey to play correctly and It did frustate him. Don wrote most of the songs like he did on Thundersteel and Privilege of Power and has been with Mark since he co-wrote songs on Restless Breed and Born in America back in the early 80's. Mark was at the studio and was pleased with how it was coming out and was proud to call it a Riot record. This is NOT the Rock City line up, this is NOT the Fire Down Under line up, IT IS THE THUNDERSTEEL LINE UP, with the original member of that era, we were ALL fans of the early stuff with Guy and Rhett. Mark and his estates wishes were us to go on and most people want us to! We play songs WE wrote or co-wrote and play a few of Marks songs in tribute to him and the early years!

"There are bands out there playing songs and performing with ONE original guy in the band and some didnt write any of the music, Quiet Riot, Guns n Roses, Great White now Queensryche! and of course Thin Lizzy (well a couple guys, but NOT Phil) but people come out to hear songs they love. Get the REAL or REALE info hear. Mike Flyntz has been taking care of Mr. Reale since Marks death because he is like a son to him now. Have a little compassion and get the real story before you post anything you have NO clue about! Opinions are welcome, but vicious uneducated posts and comments will NOT be tolerated and will be removed and blocked. A press release will be issued soon to let you know whats coming! Shine On believers!"

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Riot To Continue On, Fifteen New Songs Written

According to "The Mark Reale Tribute Page," bassist Don Van Stavern, guitarist Mike Flyntz and drummer Bobby Jarzombek have written new songs for Riot in the style of "Thundersteel" and "Immortal Soul" and are planning big news for the band.

In a post on Facebook: "DVS and Mike have written over 15 new songs in the Thundersteel/ Immortal Soul tradition! Riot is on the move! Great news coming soon...............Shine On, Riot!"

Founder Mark Reale passed away at the end of January due to complications from Crohn's disease. This is the first word that the band will continue on. More...

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The Reale Story Of Struggle & Greatness

Pain…the pain affects your lower abdomen. When you sit, you do so very gingerly and even walking is uncomfortable. The ceaselessness pain is so intense it assaults your stomach to the point where your ribs start to separate and nausea forces you to succumb to even more painful, but ironically relieving, evacuation from both ends. Imagine experiencing this in varying degrees for a period of forty plus years while also creating honest, brilliant and universally underrated music for thirty six of those years. Through fourteen albums with Riot and three albums with Westworld, this was the life of Mark Reale. The endless struggle he had with such underwhelming media/fan reaction to his brilliant music only paralleled his near lifelong struggle with Crohn’s disease. Ironically, his epitaph was the eerily prophetic “Immortal Soul.” It was his finest moment and just as he reached that pinnacle of his career it was over. Now the world is left with a largely unappreciated legacy, one which I hold to be even more relevant than the tragic loss of Dimebag Darrell. As long as I am alive, the mastery of Reale will always be remembered. More...

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Mark Reale Funeral Service Details Announced

Riot announced details for the funeral services for founder/guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away on January 25, 2012 due to complications from Crohn's disease. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio, Texas (http://www.porterloring.com).

A guestbook can be found here: Guestbook

The living guestbook can be found here: Mark Reale Living Guestbook

A funeral mass will take place: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @ 12:00 pm. at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1602 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, Texas 78232 (http://www.stmarkevangelist.com).

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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