The wait is finally over! Today marks the release of the heavily anticipated »Armor Of Light«, the new studio album from the New York cult heavy metal band and godfathers of power metal RIOT V via Nuclear Blast.
Armor Of Light has received critical acclaim from the press and public alike:
“It's an instant classic! The guitars, the riff-section, the vocals - everything is perfect. This album brings the Thundersteel spirit back to life! ” ROCK HARD (GR)
“A powerful compendium of electric riffs and astonishing vocals, a wall of sound that becomes a weapon for the demitting victory.” ROCK HARD (Italy)
"...the best heavy/speed/power/US-metal album of the year!" STORMBRINGER.at | 5/5 Points
"Who likes to listen to the album of the year, should deal with 'Armor Of Light'!" METAL.de | 10/10 Points
To celebrate the release of this masterpiece, the band is pleased to release an official lyric video for the brand new song, "Angels Thunder & Devils Reign": The video can be viewed, here: youtu.be/v0vk7szt5aI
Don Van Stavern stated: "When I decided to keep RIOT going it was a very emotional time for Mike and I. Mark Reale was not only a founding member, a great musician and a mentor but a best friend to me and I vowed to him and his family that I would keep the Legacy moving forward. Riot's 16th record drops tomorrow and I am beyond proud to move forward in this legacy of a band that I once listened to on the way to high school and was once a fan of and now I'm a member of. Some people follow, some don't. I grew up listening to Joe Anthony in San Antonio and vowed top keep the music alive. This is my 5th and Mike's 9th record with Riot! Thank you for all the believers including Markus Wosgien at Nuclear Blast! We do this with the utmost respect for the legacy of the band. Thank you again and Shine On!"
The Armor Of Light album trailers can be seen here: "Heart Of A Lion" OFFICIAL VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSznM3ITp0s "Victory" OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZkUCklg5Bs "Messiah" OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3OI7vaFA5M Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/h7ZqncPcY6Y Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/PRFI0XBB-IE Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/aZpI5rFQNT4
The album was produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (METAL CHURCH, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, SLIPKNOT, KORN a.o.), while the cover artwork was created by Mariusz Gandzel (CRYSTAL VIPERa.o.).
RIOT V live: 27.07. D Hagen - Kultopia (w/ WOLFEN) 28.07. D Brande-Hörnerkirchen - Headbangers Open Air 29.07. UK Glasgow - Ivory Blacks *NEW* 30.07. UK Newcastle - Trillians *NEW* 31.07. UK London - Underworld *NEW* 02.08. D Mannheim - 7er Club 04.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air 05.08. B Genk - Colosseum *NEW* 08.08. E Villena - Leyendas del Rock
APOCALYPSE OVER EUROPE Tour 2018 w/ PRIMAL FEAR 28.09. D MANNHEIM - MS Connexion Complex 29.09. D MEMMINGEN - Kaminwerk 30.09. HU BUDAPEST - Barba Negra 02.10. AT SALZBURG - Rockhouse 03.10. IT MILANO - Legend Club 04.10. F GRENOBLE - L´llyade 05.10. ES BARCELONA - Salamandra 1 06.10. ES MADRID - Mon 07.10. ES BILBAO - Santana 27 10.10. F PARIS - Le Petit Bain 11.10. UK LONDON - The Dome 12.10. BE VOSSELAAR - Biebob 14.10. D BOCHUM - Zeche 16.10. D HAMBURG - Markthalle 17.10. D ROSTOCK - Alte Zuckerfabrik 18.10. D BERLIN - LIDO 19.10. CZ ZLIN - Masters of Rock Cafe 20.10. D CHAM - LA Cham 23.10. AT GRAZ - Explosiv 24.10. CZ PRAGUE - Nova Chmelnice 25.10. CH PRATTELN - Z 7 26.10. D STUTTGART -LKA Longhorn 27.10. D GEISELWIND - Live Music Hall
Since their legendary debut album "Rock City" (1977), RIOT has released numerous heavy metal classics, including "Fire Down Under" (with classics like "Swords And Tequila"), their masterpiece "Thundersteel" (1988), and the unforgotten "The Privilege Of Power"(1990).
After the death of Mark Reale and the departure of Tony Moore, Todd Michael Hall (from Michigan, USA), completed the line-up of the band, which in the meantime performed under the name of RIOT V under the auspices of the two long term members and main songwriters Donnie van Stavern (bass) and Mike Flyntz (guitar). With the critically acclaimed "Unleash The Fire" (2014), a pure power metal jewel once again underlined the musical importance and influence of the quintet.
Many artists name-check RIOT as an important influence of their musical career and have paid tribute to the power metal godfathers on multiple occasions. The list is long and includes several well-known acts such as HAMMERFALL (Flight Of The Warrior), Luca Trill's RHAPSODY (Thundersteel), AXEL RUDI PELL ('Warrior') and newcomers such as NIGHT DEMON (Road Racin), ALPHA TIGER (Flight Of The Warrior), SAVAGE MASTER (Swords And Tequila) and STALLION (Rock City).
RIOT V truly 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 from RIOT V.