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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 15, 2024
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.92/5 (78.46%) (13 Votes)

Since the death of original guitarist Mark Reale, Riot have called themselves "Riot V," but it's really the same band underneath, and if you just say "Riot" everyone knows who you mean. This is a legendary band, with an almost 50-year history and a number of classic albums in their catalog. Even without Thundersteel this would be a remarkable band, but they have bucked the odds by still making good music after all this time. Incredibly, Mean Streets is their seventeenth full-length album, and it shows they still have the goods.

The remarkable thing is how Riot have managed to keep their style consistent over the decades. Always a band who kind of straddled that line between arena rock and the NWOBHM influences of the early days of the metal scene in the US, Riot still sound like it is 1984 as far as their songwriting is concerned. Their riffs sound fresh and classic at the same time, the playing is sharp and energetic, and it is remarkable how much current vocalist Todd Micheal Hall sounds like Tony Moore did on Thundersteel and The Privilege of Power—clean and melodic, with a hard edge and what I can only describe as a boyish quality that hits that nostalgia button hard. It's great to see a band that's been around this long still putting out music this good.

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