“Thunder And Steel Down Under” – first ever RIOT tribute album, will be released this Friday, on April 24, 2015, via Skol Records. Compilation has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel, Crystal Viper, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr), and will include Riot classics peformed by bands and artists such as: Axel Rudi Pell, Crystal Viper, Attacker, Alpha Tiger, October 31, Savage Master, Night Demon, Dexter Ward and others. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies worldwide. Income from the album will be given to Sir Tony Reale – father of the late Riot guitarist and founding member, Mark Reale.
As it was mentioned on VH1’s “That Metal Show”, RIOT are one of the innovators of Metal music in America and beyond. Their albums such as “Fire Down Under”, “Rock City”, “Narita”, “Restless Breed” or “Born In America” are the classics of Heavy Metal, and their ’88 LP “Thundersteel” helped to shape a genre which we know as Power Metal. Band’s history has been marked by bunch of tragic events: Rhett Forrester who fronted Riot between 1981 and 1986 was killed in 1994, the original vocalist Guy Speranza (in Riot between 1975 and 1981) lost his battle with cancer in 2003, and band’s founding member and leader Mark Reale (who was also the only one constant Riot member since the beginning of the band) left us in 2012, after suffering Crohn’s disease.
The band left 14 studio albums, and after Mark’s Reale death, remaining Riot members decided to continue his legacy and after changing the name to Riot V, returned with phenomenal album titled “Unleash The Fire”. “Thunder And Steel Down Under” is not a usual compilation with bunch of cover songs. It’s a celebration of the Riot and Mark Reale legacy, and a homage paid by both American and European bands and musicians, who were influenced by this premier act.
ONLINE METAL PROMO and METAL TO INFINITY webzine (Belgium) are proud to jointly release “By The Grace of US Metal”, a free download compilation featuring a mix of 34 current, deep, lost and unreleased original songs from up and coming as well as established hard rock and heavy metal artists from the United States.
Highlights of the compilation include:
The old school Scorpions sounding previously unavailable song “Arise” from San Diego, California power metal kings Cage off of their pre UNVEILED cd recording sessions from 1998.
The brand new unreleased song “Summoning of the Dark Ones (Skull, Rose and Dagger) from Chicago, Illinois horror heavy metal masters Ravensthorn from their upcoming cd “The Bell Tower Mansion”.
The brand new unreleased song “Not On My Own” from Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas classic melodic hard rock band Millennial Reign led by Aska bassist Dave Harvey from their upcoming cd “The God Particle”.
2. CRIMSON REIGN
5. LADY BEAST
6. MAXXXWELL CARLISLE
7. FEVER VEIN
10. DIAMOND LANE
12. DIRE PERIL
13. GROSS REALITY
16. CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
18. MILLENIAL REIGN
19. STEVE CONE
21. THE MIGHTY SWINE
25. DAVE REFFETT
27. LORDS OF THE TRIDENT
28. PREY ON THE FALLEN
33. CHRIS VIOLENCE
Download the free songs, compilation artwork and track listing at THIS LOCATION
As part of our Tribute To Ritchie Blackmore week, we have invited well known names in the world of rock and metal to share their thoughts about Ritchie. For the next in the series we have Mike Sabatini, drummer with New Jersery thrashers, ATTACKER. The band have had a recent addition, bass player Brian Smith and are currently working on new material for their next album which will be the follow up to “Giants Of Canaan.”
You can read some excerpts from the interview below and listen to the chat in full on the player:
Mike expressed his some of thoughts about Ritchie and his career:
“He basically brought Dio into the world – would we have known about Dio if Ritchie hadn’t taken him and other members of ELF and brought them in as his band in RAINBOW?
A lot of the guitar players in the late ’60’s into the ’70’s were blues based. He brought more of that classical thing in. You probably wouldn’t have had an Yngwie without Ritchie Blackmore.
That’s what Ritchie did, I think he brought that neo-classical style into rock music and influenced a lot of people.”
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have announced, via their Official Facebook Page, Brian Smith (in the picture below) as their new bassist, replacing Jon Hanemann, who left the band recently.
Commented the band manager Mike Sabatini:
“We are currently working on material for our as of yet untitled next album and we are very happy to have Brian onboard, he’s a fantastic player and a great guy as well and I believe he’s a good fit for the band.”
This is what new bassist Brian Smith had to say:
“I am psyched to announce that I have joined the ranks of the Lord’s of Thunder..ATTACKER..and I’m looking forward to working with this talented group of guys \m/”
New Jersey thrashers ATTACKER have covered the RIOT track ‘Fire Down Under’ as part of the “Harder Than Steel – The Official KEEP IT TRUE Festival Tribute Album” – unique compilation album. The album includes cover songs of bands that played at the KEEP IT TRUE festival, performed by other bands that also played at the festival. Check out ‘Fire Down Under’ below:
The album will be available exclusively at this year’s edition of the KEEP IT TRUE, that takes place on April 25 and 26, 2014. Its front cover artwork, painted by the longtime festival partner Dimitar Nikolov, can be seen below. The CD will be released by Skol Records, will be limited to only 500 copies and has been produced by Bart Gabriel & Oliver Weinsheimer.
“KEEP IT TRUE is not only a festival, it’s a community” says festival organizer and co-founder, Oliver Weinsheimer. “Not only among the fans, but also among the bands. It’s now eleven years after we started the festival, and with most of the bands we still share a great friendship. Now last year Bart Gabriel came up with this brilliant idea for this Tribute Sampler, and we were really flattered by that, and how fast the bands agreed to do this special thing for us. That’s something unique and we are very proud of that!” he adds.
01. ATTACKER “Fire Down Under” (RIOT)
02. PARADOX “March Of The Saint” (ARMORED SAINT)
03. CRYSTAL VIPER “Night Of The Demon” (DEMON)
04. WITCH CROSS “Angel Witch” (ANGEL WITCH)
05. OSTROGOTH “Plan Of Peace” (LETHAL)
06. JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR “Children Of The Storm” (VIRGIN STEELE)
07. SACRED STEEL “All For One” (RAVEN)
08. NIGHT DEMON “Axe Crazy” (JAGUAR)
09. WIZARD “Mind Body Spirit” (VIRGIN STEELE)
10. BORROWED TIME “Bound To Be Free” (SAVAGE GRACE)
11. SATAN’S HOST “See You In Hell” (GRIM REAPER)
12. DEADLY BLESSING “Notorious” (LIZZY BORDEN)
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have posted the following news on their official Facebook page:
“Due to the ongoing health situation with our singer Bobby, we have no choice but to pull out of the March 4th Saint Vitus show with Metal Church and the April 12th Puerto Rico show. We also have to announce that Jon Hanemann is no longer with the band, Jon has decided to pursue other avenues and we wish him all the best. In the meantime, we have decided to immediately begin work on material for the next Attacker album and remain productive during this downtime period for us.
Thanks to all for your support, it’s what drives us forward to continue what we love to do….
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bobby from Metal Shock Finland.