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Review: Riot V - Mean Streets
Riot V
Mean Streets

Label: Atomic Fire Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 51:33
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 9, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.92/5 (78.46%) (13 Votes)

This is a fun album of upbeat heavy metal that still shows the band's '80s roots while sounding more modern and fresh. Whether that's good or bad is up to the listener. The vocals are very high-pitched and sometimes borderline shaky, which I found to be a distraction, and on top of that they often overshadow the music, which is too bad. This is very melodic stuff and lacks a bit of punch and crunch, though some guitar riffs still have of the band's old aggression, so it may appeal to a more tame crowd of listeners, but it's not "watered down" enough to turn away their existing fan base. It's pretty catchy overall, with lots of vocal lines that are bound to get the crowd singing along during live performances. Personally I prefer some of their older stuff, but this is a really good album if you're looking for something upbeat, fun and not too dark.

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