CD review RIOT CITY ‘Burn the Night’

(8/10) When I received this album my first thought was: “Why do I get Triumph’s ‘Surveillance’ album?” Things straightened out rather quickly since the sender of this album is not Triumph but a band called Riot City and although the artwork reminds a lot of the classical Triumph release this record contains totally different music.

Riot City is a young band from Calgary, Alberta. The city, being more known for Olympics than Metal, hosts Riot City’s headquarter and the ‘Burn the Night’ album is their debut.

The band started in 2011 and a demo entitled ‘Livin’ Fast’ was a first sign of life. Five years later the first full-length album hits the record stores and I must say that it’s a great one. No Remorse Records shows again their great sense for signing new bands and Riot City is one of them.

The quartet, consisting of Cale Savy, Roldan Reimer, Dustin Smith and Chad Vallier, is rooted in US Metal and more traditional Metal a la Judas Priest. Razorblade-sharp riffs throughout are a key-factor for success. Together with filigree solos, a solid beat and great vocals each of the songs is a treat for metalheads. Listen to the anthemic ‘The Hunter’ and you know what I mean. Riot City’s debut is a dynamic and energetic one with all signs being on ‘green’ when it comes to the near future. I guess we will hear much more of this Canadian steam hammer. Riot City, an unstoppable force.



  1. Warrior Of Time
  2. Burn The Night
  3. In The Dark
  4. Livin’ Fast
  5. The Hunter
  6. Steel Rider
  7. 329
  8. Halloween At Midnight

Label: No Remorse Records

Genre: US/Power Metal

Release Date EU: May 17th, 2019


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