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RIOT Narita
Rock Candy CANDY001 (2005) (43:27)

With the explosion or guitar based hard rock bands in America in the mid 70s, in the face of prog rock, glam, punk and disco, we also got Riot.

Think what Nugent, Montrose and Boston were all doing in 1976 and get a good idea. Riotís second album, released in 1979, keeps much of that sentiment, and this CD shows just was a classic album it was. Much touring, even playing Donnington in 1980, and the band were still largely passed over.

Guy Speranzaís vocals are high, sounding Rush like in places, and the rhythm section of Iommi and Bitelli is solid.

Thereís solid metal, boogie and lots of duelling guitars which made for an excellent album, if a little samey throughout, and should have received more attention at the time.

Well annotated too.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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