RIOT: A band name that makes every metalhead’s mind ring alert – in a positive way for sure. Many iconic musicians and bands listing them as an important influence, the New York City based group have definitely paved the way for the hard ‘n’ heavy scene essentially. Their early musical steps — »Rock City« [1977], »Narita« [1979], »Fire Down Under« [1981] and »Restless Breed« [1982] to only name a few — made them grow fastly, following an artist development from hard rock to more metal sounds what resulted in their most iconic record, »Thundersteel« [1988]. The band’s path was unfortunately also marked by many strokes of fate which led to significant line-up changes. Especially the death of founding member Mark Reale made a big impact on the group and eventually Reale‘s »Thundersteel« bandmate and songwriting partner Don Van Stavern decided to continue the legacy and came up with an idea out of respect to add “V” (Roman numeral five) for the 5th chapter of the group as well as the recorded singer. 2013 was the year that RIOT (V) was born! The outfit kept writing and releasing music honouring their legacy – more successfully than ever before. The musical foundation titled »Unleash The Fire« was followed by another furious album that even made RIOT (V) hit the official German album chart for the very first time in their prominent history (»Armor Of Light« [2018] reached position 27). A success album that didn’t only give them the opportunity to play around the world, but also let their fans become hungry for more. More indeed is what the band have prepared in recent times. Heavy metal warriors around the world, RIOT (V) are proud to announce that new music is finally coming your way and that they have signed to new label home Atomic Fire Records in order to present their new record to the world in the best possible way.

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