Riot (V) – Mean Streets Review

"Mean Streets": RIOT (V) Keeps the Fire Burning for Heavy Metal Fans Everywhere...

Released by: Atomic Fire Records

Release Date: May 10th, 2024

Genre: Metal

Links: https://www.areyoureadytoriot.com/

 

Line Up:

Todd Michael Hall | vocals
Mike Flyntz | guitars
Nick Lee | guitars
Donnie Van Stavern | bass
Frank Gilchriest | drums

 

Tracklist:

01. Hail To The Warriors
02. Feel The Fire
03. Love Beyond The Grave
04. High Noon
05. Before This Time
06. Higher
07. Mean Streets
08. Open Road
09. Mortal Eyes
10. Lost Dreams
11. Lean Into It
12. No More

 

Mean Streets,” the latest release from RIOT (V), emerges as a compelling testament to the enduring vitality of heavy metal. Rooted in the vibrant streets of New York City, RIOT (V) channels the raw energy and defiant ethos of their urban upbringing, crafting an album that not only reveres their esteemed history but also propels them forward with renewed dynamism.

Photo Credit: Tom Flynn

Under the guidance of seasoned bassist Donnie Van Stavern, the band’s profound connection to their hometown resonates throughout the album, reflecting on their humble origins performing in Brooklyn. With an illustrious trajectory spanning nearly five decades, RIOT (V) ascended as pioneers of power metal, captivating global audiences with seminal releases like “Fire Down Under” and “Thundersteel.”

Highlighted by Todd Michael Hall’s exceptional vocal range, “Mean Streets” showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly merge their distinct street-style heavy metal with triumphant power metal anthems. Classic metal riffs reign supreme throughout the album, underscoring RIOT (V)’s commitment to upholding the timeless essence of the genre.

From the thunderous resonance of “Hail To The Warriors” to the relentless fervor of tracks such as “High Noon” and “Feel the Fire,” RIOT (V) delivers a relentless barrage of riff-driven intensity reminiscent of heavy metal’s golden era. The title track, ‘Mean Streets,’ is a burner of a tune, with some supreme guitar work and top-range vocals by Hall. 

With a cohesive lineup since 2012, including the vocal prowess of Todd Michael Hall, the band has found renewed purpose, embracing their role as custodians of the RIOT legacy.

With “Mean Streets,” RIOT (V) underscores the enduring allure of heavy metal, affirming its timeless relevance. As Van Stavern aptly articulates, heavy metal transcends mere musical expression—it embodies a fervent passion that pulsates within the heart and soul. Through each resounding riff and soaring anthem, RIOT (V) solidifies their stature among the venerated stalwarts of the genre.

 

Score: 9/10

Reviewed by: Shadow Editor

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