CD review RIOT ‘Rock World’

Riot is the brainchild of guitarist Mark Reale, who started the band in 1975 together with drummer Peter Bitelli, Phil Feit (b) and frontman Guy Speranza. Starting with the debut ‘Rock City’ in 1977 the band added many timeless Metal classics to their portfolio of releases. Although the band acquired renown, also with major label contracts in place, Riot never got the wider appreciation they actually deserve(d).

Riot was hit by fate in 2012 when mainman Mark Reale died of complications from Chron’s disease, a sad milestone that marked the end of Riot as we knew them.

Eight years later Metal Blade Records release an abum entitled ‘Rock World’. It’a s record that features rarities and material that hasn’t been released on previous records.

In 2016 Giles Lavery was given the task to dive into the archives of Mark Reale and what he brought to surface are partly unheard songs and/or alternative version, emphasizing the impact and brilliancy of the band.

‘Rock World’, the title of this album, goes back to a music TV from the late 70’s and the version on the album is outtake from the area with Guy Speranza. Furthermore the album contains alternative versions of songs like ‘Bloodstreets’ and ‘Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart)’, both being different than the versions of the ‘Thundersteel’ album.

Some tunes on the album feature Tony Moore behind the mic. ‘Killer’, in this version, is only sung by Moore while the ‘Privilege of Power’ album features shared vocals with Joe Lynn Turner. Last but not least ‘Rock World’ includes three songs with Moore at an early stage, tunes that ended up on the ‘Nightbreaker’ album with Mike Dimeo singing.

‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Magic Maker’ are two of these songs and the album also includes them as versions with no less than Jag Panzer frontman Harry ‘Tyrant’ Conklin on vocal duties. The songs have been recorded in the in between time of Moore leaving and Dimeo starting. Riot songs with vocals by the ‘Tyrant’ are certainly a highlight on this release and a treat for any metalhead.

‘Rock World’ is like opening a treasure box. The well-selected songs show that greatness of Riot and honors Mark Reale and Riot in a great fashion. Riot is much bigger than what any sales figures ever showed and this rarity collection underlines the importance of Riot for Heavy Metal.

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Tracklist:

  1. Rockworld Theme
  2. Bloodstreets (alt. version)
  3. Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart) (alt. version)
  4. Runaway (instrumental early idea demo)
  5. Killer (Tony Moore vocals)
  6. Maryanne (Rough Mix)
  7. Medicine Man (Tony Moore vocals)
  8. Magic Maker (Tony Moore vocals)
  9. Faded Hero (Tony Moore vocals)
  10. Sylvia (Outtake)
  11. Good Lovin (Outtake)
  12. Creep (Instrumental Outtake)
  13. Instrumental 1994 (Brethran Outtake)
  14. Medicine Man (Tyrant Sessions)
  15. Magic Maker (Tyrant Sessions)

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: March 27th, 2020

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